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  • New career acceleration programme hits Cape Town

    The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) in partnership with the Kingdom of Netherlands and #CocreateSA has launched the TenaCiti Career Acceleration Programme. Ten companies will be selected to participate in the programme. As this is a pilot initiative, companies will be exempt from a subscription fee for the duration of the programme. Participating companies will receive specialised HR support while  junior staff will have the opportunity to participate in various skills workshops as well as online learning initiatives. Junior staff will also receive one-on-one coaching, peer-to-peer learning and various other social engagement skills. The TenaCiti Career Acceleration Programme aims to enhance the skills and...

  • Budding entrepreneur? eLearnAfrica might be for you

    Starting your own business with zero experience or knowledge can be difficult. Fortunately, online education platform eLearnAfrica has announced its new marketplace for online education, which includes several SME-related courses. The SME courses offered through eLearnAfrica, range from customer service skills from itSM Mentor or a course on starting your business through the University of Leeds. Students across Africa can enrol in these online courses to obtain degrees as well as professional certifications in their pursuit of more SME knowledge. eLearnAfrica aren't doing it by themselves, however, together with edX and FutureLearn, are providing a wide range of other courses to a predominantly African audience. The non-profit...

  • LakeStreet seeks startups for International Tech Investor Roadshow in Cape Town

    Direct and co-investment deal club, LakeStreet, will be hosting its first International Tech Investor Roadshow in Cape Town on 28 November. The event is looking for innovative and disruptive startups to join them. It is geared towards startups looking for investors to facilitate expansion outside of SA. "This is an investment round for scalable and disruptive startups looking for international investors and ready to take their startups outside South Africa into Africa and beyond," says founder and CEO of Victoria Lion Partners (sister company to LakeStreet), Lydia Ofori, to Ventureburn. In order to participate, the startups need to be post-revenue, in a position to...

  • Delvv.io crowned winner of the Ventureburn Pitching Den

    Delvv.io has been announced the winner of the Ventureburn Pitching Den. The event took place at the 2016 Innovation Summit in Johannesburg on 23 September. They will go on to compete in the Startup World Cup in 2017, hosted by US- based Fenox VC, where they will compete for a US$1-million investment prize. The event will take place in Silicon Valley. Overall, 40 startups pitched over the two-day competition. Thereafter, the judges deliberated over the winner, which was announced at the Innovation Summit. The competitors pitched in front of a panel of judges and an audience. They were allowed six minutes for...

  • French Tech Cape Town looking for 2 startups to pitch in France

    French tech ecosystem hub French Tech Cape Town is looking for two startups to pitch in France. Those chosen will be able to meet investors, "leading" firms, and public institutions in France at Development and Digital Africa Days 2016. The event takes place from 26 to 28 of October and is organised by the French Directorate General for Enterprise and La French Tech. In order to apply, SA startups will need to be "willing to develop partnerships with French firms from the digital industry". The startups will also need to operate in the digital content, digital economy services, digital infrastructures, or e-government services spaces. If...

  • 80 hackers expected at game-changing Santam blockchain hackathon [SPONSORED]

    It’s all systems go for the Santam Blockchain Hackathon, which brings together 80 radical geeks, lateral thinkers, problem solvers and innovators to find powerful solutions to an extreme issue facing South African and global insurers today. Billions lost to fraud annually Insurance fraud in South Africa amounts to a staggering R3.6 billion per year. This not only results in huge losses for insurers, but also negatively impacts on the consumer. The problem is experienced industry-wide and to date no effective solutions have been found. In an attempt to crack the code on insurance fraud, Santam, along with IBM and the Blockchain Academy,...

  • Lagos Startup Week to kick off with over 600 attendees

    The Lagos Startup Week is set to begin on 24 September 2016. This free five-day event aims to celebrate everything that makes an entrepreneur or an SME, with over 600 attendees already registered to join. It will consist of presentations and competitions including how to navigate "The New Media Era," best practices for digital marketing, and much more. One of the key offerings at this year's Lagos Startup Week includes a session titled "From University Research to Real World Innovation." This session will give students and researchers of Tertiary Nigerian institutions the opportunity to pitch their research projects to the investors...

  • SABC Education naming & media partner to 2016 SA Innovation Summit [SPONSORED]

    The 2016 SA Innovation Summit is a few days away and once again offers a jam-packed programme designed to ignite and accelerate innovation in every sense.  “SABC Education is proud to announce this significant naming and media partnership with the SA Innovation Summit. This partnership started already in 2015 and it’s one we are proud to be associated with. The spark has been ignited”, says Danie Swart, Head of SABC Education. “SABC Education is passionate about supporting conversations and action around the integration of innovation projects and policies that will assist innovators,” adds Swart. The 2016 SABC Education SA Innovation...

  • Afrihost to buy back majority share from MTN

    South African ISP Afrihost is looking to but back its shares from majority shareholder, MTN. The announcement came in the form of an email to customers. In the announcement Afrihost CEO Gian Visser stated that he wanted to personally let customers know about the buyback. Visser, along with other directors, family, and friends, are looking to re-aquire the 50.02% that MTN holds. In November 2014, MTN purchased a majority share in the ISP for R408-million, which equated to 50.02%. The other 49.50% was retained by the then current shareholders. Read more: MTN acquires controlling stake in Afrihost but nothing changes says CEO "And we're...

  • innovateAFRICA: a $1-million fund for enterprising newsrooms in Africa

    Whether you accept it or not, journalism is changing fast in the modern age. Traditional media and even digitally focused newsrooms are facing a host of challenges, so what are writers and editors to do? If you think your newsroom is innovative or has a unique solution to overcome these obstacles, you can apply for the US$1-million innovateAFRICA Fund, which aims to support digital innovations and "leapfrog technologies". The programme, which is open to both individuals and mainstream organisations, will deliver mentorship, seed funding and technology support to successful applicants, innovateAFRICA custodians Code for Africa announced in an emailed press statement. "innovateAFRICA will provide grants from $12 500 to...