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  • Microsoft Ventures expands into Africa through 4Afrika

    Microsoft is expanding its venture partnership programme into Africa though its 4Afrika initiative, starting with Kenya. "The Ventures partnership programme, which was introduced in June 2013, is designed to bring tools, technology and training to startups through partnerships with global accelerators," says the software giant. According to Microsoft, its Ventures division was created to give startups a leg-up and Kenya is quickly being recognised as an innovation hub, particularly in the mobility space. It’s been reported that there are 74 mobile phones for every 100 Kenyans and, of those who access the internet, 99% do it via a mobile device. "We...

  • Rocket Internet’s Lamudi launches real estate site for emerging markets

    Looking to rent, buy or sell property? Lamudi is officially launching its operations in 12 counties across Asia, Africa and Latin America with more to follow. The property marketplace allows real estate for emerging markets and plans further global expansion in the coming months. The Rocket Internet-backed venture grouped several real estate services under different names in various markets over the past five months. Amido (Africa), Ubilista (Latin America), Zamudi and House (Asia) are all now set under one brand namely Lamudi. The venture provides an internet marketplace that customers can use to easily find or sell their house, apartment,...

  • Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship: the 2013 winners

    The winners of the 2013 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE) has been announced at a Gala Awards Ceremony held in Mauritius by the African Leadership Network (ALN) on Thursday, 3 October. The award show is sponsored by the philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network that hopes to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. There's a total number of five winners (from 12 nominees) all ranging from different industries such as technology, manufacturing, social development and agriculture. Quoted by Bizcommunity ALN CEO, Isaac Kwaku Fokuo Jr. hopes the promotion of this impressive group of entrepreneurs will help inspire more...

  • Gust Pay launches Rocking the Daisies app, showcases NFC wristband tech

    Can't find your car or tent at the festival? Just one of the many inconveniences mobile payments startup Gust Pay wants to sort out. The company launched its Rocking the Daisies festival app recently in order to simplify and modify your festival experience. The startup will furthermore showcase its NFC wristband technology to improve things like payments and access control. The app takes advantage of advanced navigation smartphone features and sensors to guide over 16 000 people rocking out at Daisies music festival to be held from 3-6 October. The Daisies app lets you build your own custom schedule. It...

  • Nigerian online marketplace Kaymu expands to Morocco and Ghana

    Part of Africa Internet Holding, Nigerian online shopping marketplace Kaymu recently announced that it's launching its service in two new markets. By opening up to both Morocco and Ghana, the startup aims to connect more buyers and sellers in a more convenient and productive way. Kaymu offers an online market service which enables businesses and individuals to sell items at no additional cost. Customers on the other hand have access to a large selection of products including electronics, gadgets, books, cars and fashion accessories. This platform gives merchants the ability to own an online shop where they can sell...

  • SA environment creating the ‘perfect storm’ for ecommerce industry

    According to Groupon South Africa, the country's current online environment is creating the "perfect storm" for a lucrative eCommerce industry. While certain internet statistics suggest that an online market is taking shape, competition is furthermore becoming more and more significant. Earlier this month at The South African eCommerce Awards 2013, Yuppiechef was awarded best eCommerce Website of the year with Simplicity and Takealot being the runners-up. Groupon SA, which was also one of the 20 finalists, has accordingly received positive feedback from South Africa's online market increase. Groupon South Africa joint CEOs Daniel Guasco and Wayne Gosling notes that the...

  • PHPSouthAfrica: for the developer who cares about the craft

    If you have a tech startup, more often than not you are looking for a developer, or you are a developer and would like to network with your peers and perhaps get some help with a particularly buggy piece of code. If so then, listen up. Aimed at proficient developers, new developers and people who care about developers, with a core focus on coding 'Craft' as both skill and passion, PHPSouthAfrica is a two day conference that hopes to help you with your developer needs. "PHP is one of the most popular web programming languages used today to power...

  • ‘Lagos Silicon Village’ to become Africa’s next tech hub by 2020

    According to an analyst, Lagos is expected to become Africa’s technology hub by 2020. That's per recent trends that have seen an impressive number of tech startups sprung up within the last few years. In efforts to further encourage and embrace this vision, chief campaigner for the "Lagos Silicon Village" has officially detailed his plans recently. Tomiwa Idowu, partner at Hudson & Idowu and chief campaigner for the Lagos Silicon Village, detailed his plans and vision to develop "Africa's next tech hub." At a media briefing in Lagos, he detailed the construction of an ambitious 23-floor architectural masterpiece in...

  • Learn the secrets of crowdfunding success with ‘The People of Kickstarter’

    Have you ever wondered what the secret recipe to success is with popular Kickstarter projects? In an effort to tell the stories of the most successful crowdfunding projects on Kickstarter, entrepreneur Andrew Gale is currently raising funds for a book titled The People of Kickstarter . The book features ten popular products from successful Kickstarter campaigns, such as the Pebble smartwatch which managed to raise more than US$10-million through its campaign. Ever since the cash and publicity injection was found via Kickstarter, it has become a popular piece of tech that is sold in stores across the United States. Since...

  • R1bn in six months: mobile transactions kicking ass in SA

    Speaking truth to Africa's mobile frenzy, mobile transaction enabler wiGroup has processed in-store mobile phone transactions worth over R1-billon in 2013. This is a 500% increase on the 2012 number according to the company as major retailers, including Shoprite Checkers and Pick n Pay have come on line with applications like EeziCoupon and MTN Mobile Money. The Cape Town-based wiGroup is mobile software business, that focuses on the development of mobile transaction and application technology, while specializing on the integration into a retailers point of sale software. "This shows quite clearly that mobile phones are now firmly part of the...

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