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  • Bureaux Black: take a look at Cape Town’s new high-end co-working space

    Cape Town has its fair share of co-working spaces, catering to the city's startups, freelancers, and anyone else who needs a bit of flexibility in their working environment. Each of them offers something different, including the latest entrant into the space: Bureaux Black. The penthouse office suites, managed by The Bureaux, are located in Sea Point and are meant for people looking for something a little more sophisticated than your average co-working environment. “We’ve designed premium private office suites and luxury office space for professionals, travelling executives and independent consultants who require an impressive, functional fully-serviced space with no...

  • 3 of Africa’s top fintech startups heading to Switzerland for global showcase

    Three African fintech startups will be winging their way to Geneva in September after they were named the winners of the 2016 Innotribe Startup Challenge for Africa. The event, which took place this week in Mauritius this week, forms part of SWIFT’s African Regional Conference (ARC). Winners of this year’s challenge received a US$10 000 cash prize and invitations to attend Sibos, SWIFT’s annual global financial services conference, taking place from 26-29 September in Geneva. The startups will have the opportunity to share the stage with FinTech experts, providing great insights on innovation happening across Africa to...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [16/05/2016] [update]

    Update, 2016-05-17: addition of Launchlab event Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to...

  • SA agency organising contingent for Paris startup show

    This June will see the debut launch of VIVA Technology Paris, a conference co-hosted by advertising giant Publicis which aims to provide a "real-time platform for collaboration and a high-level stage for discussions around the impact technology has on both businesses and society". According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, an estimated 30 000 visitors, comprising entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and venture capitalists, the event promises to be a melting pot of tech, interaction and innovation are expected. And if local digital agency Popimedia has its way, there'll also be a strong South African contingent. The company, bought out by...

  • BBC teams up with Nigerian innovators to broaden African appeal

    The BBC, as part of its Connected Studio initiative, has announced collaborations with two teams of Nigerian innovators as it looks to increase the number of young Africans engaging with its content. The teams: Codulab, a small company based in Lagos, and a collaborative team of Nigerian innovators (Team Timerail), have been chosen for the next stage of the digital innovation programme from BBC Connected Studio and the BBC World Service. In January this year, a briefing session for 100 people within the tech community of Lagos was held in partnership with the Co-Creation Hub and was streamed live...

  • Startups from around the globe can apply for this Korean accelerator

    When most people think tech business in South Korea, they picture a handful of tightly controlled companies. But as we discovered a couple of years ago, it's doing everything in its power to shed that image and position itself a startup nation. Its latest move on that front has seen the government launch an initiative that will invite 40 startups around the world for three months of all expenses paid acceleration in Seoul. Participating startups on the ‘K-Startup Grand Challenge’ programme will be given office space in a purpose built US$160 million ‘Startup Campus’ near Gangnam, Seoul. The campus...

  • 10 things we just learned about the Berlin startup scene

    Berlin is one of Europe's startup hot-spots and is often held up as an example of the cool and at-ease-with-itself contemporary Germany likes to project. That's all well and good. Being home to large number of startups can give you serious kudos as a city. After all, entrepreneurship is key to building a country's future. But what about the people who work at those startups? What kind of salaries are they earning? How do they feel about the positions they're in? And do they face similar problems to people in other startup hubs around the globe? Well, thanks to a...

  • Flickswitch inks partnership with Airtel

    Mobile SIM card management startup Flickswitch on Wednesday announced a partnership with mobile operating giant Airtel to launch an enterprise SIM management service in Kenya. The deal is one of the most important in the company's ongoing efforts at expanding into Africa. Founded back in 2007, the Cape Town-headquartered company was, as of the end of 2015, recording R22-million in annual turnover, generating R1-million in profit. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, Flickswitch complements Airtel Kenya’s bouquet of Machine to Machine (“M2M”) solutions by providing an online portal for enterprises to manage their mobile connectivity. The...

  • Mark Zuckerberg gives a shout-out to Nigerian startup Jobberman

    Earlier this week, Facebook announced the launch of its Free Basics internet service in Nigeria. It was big news for Africa's largest economy, where internet usage has hovered at just under 50% for the past couple of years. On the same day, Mark Zuckerberg took to the social network to give a little recognition to Jobberman, one of Nigeria's most successful startups. "There's a lot of innovation across Africa right now, and Nigeria in particular is home to a lot of talented developers," the Facebook founder writes. "In 2009, Olalekan Elude, Ayodeji Adewunmi and Opeyemi Awoyemi started a site called...

  • Alphacode announces partnership with NYSE-listed fintech giant

    Alphacode, the Johannesburg-based Fintech accelerator, has inked a deal with the fintech giant Envestnet | Yodlee which will see the New York Stock Exchange-listed company provide startups with three months of production level access to Envestnet | Yodlee APIs, developer forums and support services. The accelerator, which describes itself as a collaborative club for next generation financial services entrepreneurs, is meant to provide a platform for members to engage and work alongside experienced entrepreneurs, technology investors and industry experts, resulting in accelerated growth and access to market. Among the services Envestnet | Yodlee will provide Alphacode with are its...