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  • ZipZap partners with Microsoft to turn your mobile into a PoS solution

    ZipZap, the mobile PoS solution from Paycorp, has partnered with Microsoft Mobile to offer businesses and retailers the ability to accept payments using Windows Phone devices. According to a recent press release, ZipZap's mobile PoS together with a Lumia smartphone will help merchants accept all card payments, issue e-receipts via SMS or email, and view a detailed transaction history via the app or the online merchant portal. Business-to-Business (B2B) lead at Microsoft Mobile Veran Maharaj says that Microsoft is committed to reinventing productivity and business process: Together with Paycorp, we are able to offer businesses a mobile payment solution that is not...

  • Kenya starts testing new online IP registration system

    The Kenyan Copyright Board (KECOBO) in development collaboration with Microsoft 4Afrika has created an online intellectual property (IP) registration system. This new prototype system should make things easier for those who wish to register IPs in the East African country. KECOBO hopes to replace the current IP manual registration process, which consists of downloading documents, paying a fee, and then submitting the documents to the KECOBO. The manual process isn't ideal in today's busy and internet-driven lifestyle. Dr. Marisella Ouma, the executive director at KECOBO, explains the benefit of the new system: With the new system, users will no longer have to...

  • Designer marketplace Hello Pretty revamps site for mobile-friendly audience

    South African designer marketplace Hello Pretty has recently relaunched its website geared for the country's mobile-friendly designer folk. Head of strategy and social Lee Geldenhuys explains in a recent media release that the online shop receives over half of its traffic, and that a responsive site simply became a no-brainer. "We look to global ecommerce trends for inspiration, and while over a third of the site visitors are international, we’re most excited to see how South African consumers respond," explains Geldenhuys. Launched in 2012, Hello Pretty has spurred an impressive community of designers, crafters and the like. Today, it boasts over 19...

  • Tony Elumelu Foundation welcomes 1k entrepreneurs to Pan-African bootcamp

    What's being dubbed the largest ever gathering of emerging entrepreneurs on the continent, the Tony Elumelu Foundation's (TEF) two-day bootcamp session will host 1 000 selectees from the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme from 10 to 12 July in Ota, Nigeria. "We hope The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme can catalyse and encourage other African business leaders to empower emerging entrepreneurs. If we all come together with requisite resources we can make a significant difference," said Tony Elumelu, the founder of the US$100-million Pan-African entrepreneurship initiative at a recent press conference. Selected out of a total 20 000 entrepreneurs from across the continent, the 1...

  • Online business network introduces ‘Small Business Toolkit’ for SA SMEs

    South African online business network OpenTenders this week introduced its Small Business Toolkit which aims to connect entrepreneurs with relevant opportunities as well as encourage networking. Developed by South African entrepreneurs and founders of OpenTenders Madoda Khuzwayo, Sivu Maqungo and Mnive Nhlabathi, the trio have compiled over 5 000 pages geared to teach entrepreneurs and small business owners the basics of starting and running a sustainable business. The toolkit is divided into 10 chapters covering the following topics: how to register a business, drafting a business plan, legal compliance, marketing plan, finance, as well as a myriad of templates that entrepreneurs...

  • Startup competition Seedstars World partners with SA’s Standard Bank

    Global startup competition Seedstars World has announced a strategic partnership with Standard Bank in South Africa. A third time in South Africa, Seedstars World is on a mission to place the spotlight on entrepreneurs from emerging markets. Over the past few years we've seen interesting companies recognised through this initiative like the South African fire detection startup, Lumkani, and mobile payments outfit GustPay. The shortlisted entrepreneurs will pitch in Cape Town 30 June, followed by the final round 17 July in Johannesburg. The winner will be invited to Switzerland in March next year to represent South Africa at the...

  • Self-awareness is key contributor to entrepreneurial growth

    Most challenges around small business tend to revolve around figuring out the technical dynamics of the company or the market it's operating in, but too often than not, is the understanding of one's own character put under the microscope. Self-awareness -- a conscious knowledge of one's own character, feelings, motives, and desires -- contributes extensively to the success of an entrepreneurial business, says Busi Raphekwane who's a senior business mentor at South Africa-based incubator The Hope Factory. Founded in 2001, The Hope Factory is an established enterprise and supplier development, non-profit organisation. It's driven to develop black business owners, with...

  • 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,...

  • BitHub launches this week to help drive digital currency innovation in SA

    Digital currency innovation is getting hot in Africa. As we saw at the first-ever Bitcoin Africa Conference earlier this year, innovation is being seeing everywhere, from the remittances space and anti-piracy industry, to forward-thinking utility meters and smart grids. In order to harness and leverage these technologies, the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) will be launching a new space dedicated to digital currency innovation at the Bandwidth Barn in South Africa this week. Ian Merrington, the CEO of the Cape Town tech incubator, explains the value this space will bring to the digital currency space: BitHub will be the physical space where coders, designers...