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  • CES to host Africa Tech Now Village startup showcase in 2017

    Taking place at the yearly CES technology exhibition in Las Vegas, Eureka Park is the destination for startups to launch new products during the event. In 2017, it will also play host to African startup showcase, Africa Tech Now Village. The Africa Tech Now Village will connect ten pre-selected startups with investors, potential clients, and more. They will also receive training, access to workshops, and a webinar for the event. The event is looking at early to mid-stage startups in the digital technology field, such as edtech, agri-tech, and ecommerce, to name a few. They also need to "show a ground breaking innovation," preferably addressing the...

  • Food for thought: UN launches accelerator for hunger

    Life is hard and can become unimaginably difficult if you're left weak and malnourished. World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics show that about 795 million people don't have enough food to lead a healthy life. Of those 795 million people, most of them live in developing countries. It is with these facts that the United Nations (UN) World Food Program (WFP) has launched the Innovation Accelerator which focuses on food relief, progressing towards ending hunger by 2030. The project, based in Munich, Germany, was started by Ertharin Cousin, who has over 25-years of national and international non-profit leadership experience. The WFP in collaboration with experts...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [18/07/2016]

    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 add to the list, or...

  • There’s a Startup Weekend happening in Mauritius

    There's a Startup Weekend in the island nation of Mauritius taking place from 15 to 17 July at the BPML CyberTower 1 in Ebene. The event is expecting around 60 participants, including entrepreneurs, professionals, and students. Those participating will pitch their business ideas for a startup company. They will then need to form groups in order to develop a working prototype. On Sunday evening, teams will pitch their business to a panel of judges who will decide the final three winners. All teams will have the opportunity to receive free mentorship and feedback on their projects from professionals. The coaches will include the likes...

  • Millionaire Underdog Club to hold open startup pitching event in Cape Town

    Are you an entrepreneur in CT with a startup idea in need of funding? The Millionaire Underdog Club is holding an event that may be right for you. Taking place on 14 July at the Table Bay Hotel, the event will allow entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of top SA business icons and the audience. Those wanting to participate will need to conduct a two-minute elevator pitch, followed by two minutes of open Q&A. The judging panel will consist of Raj Wanniappa, CEO and founder of Future Horizon Technologies; MD of Internet Solutions Saki Missaikos; commercial director of Bidvest Lionel...

  • Seedstars World selects 10 startups for Mozambique pitching event

    Global pitching event, Seedstars World, has finalised their top 10 startups for the Mozambique leg of the tour. The event will take place on 15 July at Rua dos Desportistas. The winner of this event will go on to represent Mozambique at the Seedstars World global competition in Switzerland next year. Startups from 65 countries will compete for the chance to win up to US$1-million, as well as international networking opportunities. In addition to the grand prize, Seedstars World partner, TRECC is awarding the Transformation Education Prize of US$50 000 to the best startup in education. "Part of Standard Bank’s pan-African strategy, is...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [11/07/2016]

    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 add to the list, or...

  • Seedstars World looks for its next Mozambique winner

    Global pitching competition Seedstars World is on the lookout for its next startup from Mozambique. The event will take place on 15 July in Maputo. "After kicking off last year's Africa tour in Mozambique and finding a young but vibrant ecosystem, we can't wait to come back and see the massive growth and development that has taken place in the country's startup ecosystem since last year." writes Claudia Makadristo, Seedstars World associate for Africa, in a press release to Ventureburn. Up to 12 startups will be selected for the pitching event. The overall winner will represent Mozambique in the Seedstars World finals . The...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [04/07/2016]

    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 add to the list, or...

  • Convergance Partners, Nedbank Private Equity, IDC pump R500m into Comsol Fibre Connect

    Investment management firm Convergance Partners this week announced that it, along with Nedbank Private Equity and the IDC, have invested over R500 million in Comsol Fibre Connect. Billing itself as South Africa’s "first and only nationwide open access high-speed carrier grade data network", the network will reportedly connect enterprises in both major metros and small towns. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the key advantage of Comsol Fibre Connect is that customers are guaranteed connectivity of a high capacity, uncontended product, underpinned by a carrier grade service level agreement. The first elements of the network have reportedly...