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  • SA’s mobile TV app Tuluntulu part of Foundry50’s top global startups

    South African TV and audio streaming app Tuluntulu is named one of Unilever's Foundry50 top startups from around the globe. Tuluntulu is the first startup from Africa recognised by Foundry and will be introduced to relevant marketers and agencies from around the globe at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Unilever is one of the world's biggest ad agencies with over 7 000 marketers at its disposal and 300 designated as mentors for the selected Foundry50 startups. "The reality is that the more the marketing industry can get behind startups, pilot with them, partner with them and help them scale,...

  • Ghana’s student app startup Flippy Campus is going to DEMO Africa 2015

    Flippy Campus, a made-in-Ghana product that aims to improve students' campus experience has become one of the first startups that will be pitching to investors at the one of the continent’s biggest startup event, DEMO Africa, held later this year in Lagos, Nigeria. The Flippy Campus team emerged the most outstanding startup among the ten that participated in the DEMO Africa pre-pitch event in Accra. According to the organisers, Flippy Campusu stood out and the team was able to convince the jury on their ability to link innovation, creativity and scalability. Students that follow Flippy Campus channels can access campus events...

  • Enter your app into the MTN Business App of the Year Awards

    Entries for the annual MTN Business App of the Year Awards are now open. This year the awards will be focusing on categories rather than platforms, which is a change to form since the event first started back in 2012. MTN Business's competition has crowned many successful apps over the years, with startups like SnapScan and Wildlife Tracker to the big guys like FNB's banking app, Health ID from Discovery and DStv's Supersport app. Entries for the awards will close on the 26 June and can be submitted on the MTN App of the Year website. The final ceremony will take...

  • Travelstart’s Flapp wants to be the go-to tool for SA’s busiest flight route

    Flapp -- a portmanteau of Flight App -- is online travel booking site Travelstart's entry into the app market. The recently released app is touted as "the two tap booking app" for Cape Town to Johannesburg flights and vice versa. According to Travelstart, Flapp has been designed to specifically cover the two-hour Cape Town to Johannesburg route, which is among the busiest in the world. It will not be a spin-off of Travelstart, but rather its own brand with its own target audience. The company found that last year 43% of bookings for the route were booked under a week in advance,...

  • GetBucks app pushes innovation in online micro-lending

    GetBucks, a South African micro-lending company, has recently released its new lending app. Its aim is to innovate the market with this new offering. With international mobile usage overtaking desktop, how could the company not cash-in on this opportunity? Stiaan Dreyer, Group IT Executive at GetBucks, believes the company has the key to success: "With the GetBucks app customers can expect continuous access to their credit facilities as well as almost instantaneous turn-around when it comes to credit applications, something we believe will prove a key differentiator going forward." The app will allow existing customers 24-hour access to their wallets and potential...

  • WeChat to launch on-demand delivery service Picup this week

    It was 16 April 2015 that Picup -- WeChat Africa’s on-demand goods collection and delivery service -- was meant to be launched. It wasn't clear why it got postponed but the launch is to take place 28 May. The service is intended to disrupt South Africa's logistics market. Popular mobile social network WeChat Africa says that Picup will remove the hassle and admin involved with traditional courier services by offering a hassle-free approach to logistics and deliver whenever and wherever. The service will be hosted entirely on WeChat. According to the press release, the service is the perfect courier alternative for...

  • Does the future of instant messaging apps lie in bulk?

    The instant messaging space is a tough nut to crack. Add a couple feature and it becomes cluttered and the users become uncomfortable. Remove a feature and the product risks falling behind the pack. Just ask Mxit, which has gone from being Africa's largest mobile social network with 27-million registered users in 2010 to dwindling numbers suspected of being less than 1 million. Instant messaging phenomena WhatsApp, on the other side of the spectrum, has achieved international success in just six years after after which it boasted 800 million active users around the globe and got bought out by Facebook...

  • Startups, listen up: No, you don’t need an app

    It seems like everyone who’s starting a business nowadays wants an app. They want to go mobile first and launch an app -- maybe just on one platform too. Because, you know, that's how you launch a lean startup right? “I want it to be like Uber crossed with AirBnB” or “the way Instagram launched on only one platform.” If you’re thinking about your app in this way, you’re doing it all wrong. Going mobile-first only makes sense in a couple of situations where (a) your users need to use you on the move or (b) if the service requires a...

  • WeChat to launch GoBeauty for booking all your beauty treatments [update]

    WeChat is launching a new service in South Africa. The service is called GoBeauty, a smartphone app for booking beauty treatments. The invite to the launch of GoBeauty is short on details and provides nothing on whether this startup has been bought out by WeChat. GoBeauty is today available to download as a standalone app on Android and iOS. Whether it will continue to be a standalone app or become exclusive to WeChat users is unclear. WeChat is becoming quite the platform from which many apps build, operate and grow. This off course is not without its problems. Wide reach...

  • Ghana’s social events startup Suba wins #MWA2015 app competition

    Social events startup Suba emerged as winner of the Mobile West Africa 2015 App Developer Competition recently. Out of five finalists Suba was voted the top app by delegates to the Mobile West Africa 2015 conference held in Lagos, Nigeria. The winning startup got an iPad Air courtesy of appsafrica.com, high-end smartphone from Innjoo and gift card from SureGifts. Read more: SureGifts is Nigeria’s premier gift card startup targeting the corporate world In all, five startups emerged as finalists -- four from Nigeria and one (Suba) from Ghana. Suba pitched first at the final. Founded by Nelson Klutse and Eric Hackman, Suba was...