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  • French African Fund to invest in top African startups

    Investment firms, AfricInvest and Bpifrance have announced a joint French-African Fund (FFA) which will aim to invest in top small and medium businesses within Africa and France. The FFA will be managed by AfricInvest, a pan-African private equity firm focused on mid-cap investments with almost €1-billion of funds under their management. They also have offices in six African countries and more in France. "The cornerstone of the strategy for the French African Fund -- the first cross-border fund between Africa and France -- rests in AfricInvest's ability to help French companies grow in Africa, and at the same time attract African companies to...

  • Ventureburn, Startup Grind CT announce partnership

    Good news for startup enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs! Ventureburn is teaming up with startup community Startup Grind Cape Town. The partnership will see Ventureburn attend every Startup Grind Cape Town meetup this year, featuring pre- and post-event coverage. Ventureburn editor Graham van der Made shed more light on the agreement. "Two of the strongest brands in the SA startup ecosystem, Ventureburn and Startup Grind, are partnering to create more awareness in the industry. This partnership will see Ventureburn covering all of the Startup Grind Cape Town events in-depth, with social media and written coverage," van der Made explained. Read more: Startup Grind Cape...

  • NSBC Summit to feature 100 seminars and sessions for businesses

    The 9th annual National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) Summit will take place on 15 to 16 January at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The NSBC Summit will consist of over 100 sessions and seminars, as well as the My Business Expo, Business Start-Up Expo, The Franchise Show, Access to Finance Indaba and Trading Across Borders showcases. According to Mike Anderson, the CEO and founder of NSBC, the event will is ideal for anyone wanting to start a business. "The objective of the event is to give enterprising and aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners the knowledge and tools they need to get ahead and become tomorrow’s...

  • JA Youth Enterprise Development Programme for women now accepting applications

    The Junior Achievement (JA) SA, a non-profit organisation, has opened its Youth Enterprise Development Programme, which is set to begin on 6 February 2017. Selected participants will be taken through the 20-week learning programme, which consists of three-hour theoretical and practical sessions taking place twice a week. The participants will be taught various aspects of running a successful business, namely business theory, market research, basic computer literacy, financial and business management as well as sales and marketing. Workshops will take place around SA at various community centres near Gauteng, the Western Cape as well as Limpopo. Those wanting to apply are required to...

  • Applications still open for Barclays fintech accelerator 2017 programme

    For fintech startups, applications are still open for the Barclays Techstars Accelerator programme, which takes places from 9 May to 2 August in Cape Town. Out of all the applications, 10 startups will be selected for the 12-week programme. They will receive training and mentorship from the bank and Techstars as well. "The Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is proud to open its doors in Cape Town, offering a gateway into many of the fastest growing global economies," writes the programme. The Barclays Techstars Accelerator programme will fund up to US$45 000 per startup and takes between a 6 to 8% equity share. "We are interested...

  • Kairos Society is looking for 50 startups to showcase at the NYSE

    Applications are open for the Kairos 50 (K50) New York Stock Exchange startup event. It will take place at the Kairos Society Global Summit from 21 to 22 April 2017 in New York. The aim of the event is to showcase a range of startups from around the world. The Kairos Society is looking for 50 startups from around the world to take part. These companies need to be in the seed stage of their growth, with at least one co-founder being under 26 years of age. Those selected will receive an all-expenses-paid trip, where they will also meet over 350 entrepreneurs from 50 countries. Each participant...

  • Ventureburn wants to know about your tech startup

    Ventureburn is dedicated to featuring and writing news about startups in emerging markets. In fact, it's our passion to inform our readers about new startups, entrepreneurs doing great things, entrepreneurs not doing such great things, and events. Even with all of our networks and contacts, sometimes there are startups that fall through the cracks. In this case, we'd love to know about them. If you think your startup (or someone else's) has some interesting news then please let us know. The company needs to be tech-based, or using technology in an interesting way, and be situated in an emerging market (such as...

  • Call for nominations: Digital All Stars’ top green startups

    There are an incredible amount of startups in SA who are tackling natural resources, harnessing power, or even changing the way cars work. For Ventureburn's next Digital All Stars piece, we will be focusing on the top green startups in South Africa. We are looking for candidates who are using tech, or who are are tech-focused, with green startups. These can range from solar solutions to redefining how car emissions work. Now is your chance to submit whoever you think would fit the criteria. In order to do so, please email editor@memeburn.com with the subject "Digital All Stars green startup nomination". The email...

  • OPIC to finance Unreasonable Capital with US$5-million

    The US government's Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has announced their  support of Unreasonable Capital, to the tune of US$5-million. Unreasonable is a venture capital firm which invests in emerging startups across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Their main focus is assisting startups which address social and environmental issues while still showing promise of being profitable and scaleable. OPIC's president and CEO, Elizabeth Littlefield commented on the investment in a press release. "OPIC is delighted to support Unreasonable Capital as the fund invests across several regions and in a variety of sectors, from energy access to financial technology, that will have a positive development...

  • 2017 applications now open for Street Business School

    The Street Business School, a Johannesburg-based institution for entrepreneurs, is taking applications for 2017. Ten students are selected for the programme per annum. Their studies will be fully funded and they'll have an existing business to "take and break" over the period of three years. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the school "offers practical opportunities to aspiring entrepreneurs by giving selected candidates the chance to build startups and gain commercial business experience in a real-world setting". "We have launched Street Business School, the first-ever school for entrepreneurs, with the aim of creating more opportunities for young South Africans. We...