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  • Foodpanda drives into Czech Republic, munches further into Brazil

    The ever-expanding food delivery service foodpanda has just launched in Czech Republic. At the same time, going under the name hellofood, it acquired its Brazilian competitor MegaMenu in a bid to strengthen its presence in Latin America. Housed under Rocket Internet's umbrella, foodpanda goes by the name hellofood in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. These recent expansions will put foodpanda serves a total market of 3 billion covering 28 countries on five continents. On top of this, the company says it's planning future rollouts in the coming months. Hellofood launched in Brazil six months ago and has since...

  • Lazada officially launches online shopping mall in Southeast Asia

    The Rocket Internet-backed ecommerce site Lazada has today officially launched its Marketplace for Southeast Asia. This online platform will allow merchants to sell their products on Lazada's website in Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand or the Philippines. Also known as Southeast Asia's online shopping mall, Lazada will add to its role as one of the regions most popular ecommerce sites. The marketplace lets SMEs, big brands, distributors and retailers open up a store on the website where the Philippine-based company becomes the channel to customers via the site. The site provides customized logistical arrangements, state-of-the-art online marketing initiatives and exposes...

  • Online banking security company Entersekt, wins Frost & Sullivan Award

    Online banking security company Entersekt, has today been awarded the 2013 South African Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Leadership for its innovations in providing easy-to-use and secure mobile banking solutions. Transakt, as its app is called, offers an alternative method to online banking that claims to eliminate fraud and enhance transaction convenience of both the bank and customer. Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Lehlohonolo Mokenela notes that Entersekt has received accreditation from the world's largest payments networks American Express, MasterCard, and Visa and is the first and only company in Africa to earn all three of these certifications....

  • MEDO office goes mobile to support entrepreneurs across Cape Town

    The City of Cape Town and MEDO (Micro Enterprise Development Organization) have joined hands in an attempt to search for and present opportunities to entrepreneurs aspiring to expand their businesses across the Western Cape of South Africa. The nine-day tour will involve trekking a mobile office to eight corners of the Western Cape province where entrepreneurs can go and pitch their business ideas. Applicants that prove impressive will receive a boost to their enterprise in the form of access to further training programmes. Councillor Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning further details the initiative's...

  • Tech travel startup Tourism Radio looks to Kickstarter for Google Glass app

    Travel technology startup, Tourism Radio, is aiming to get a head start in utilizing emerging technologies. The startup wants to pair up with Google Glass to guide you through cities. Launched today, the founders are running a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to create easy to use audio travel guides for Google Glass wearers. The team wants to create a product for travelers based on the idea of a local person giving information, but using technology instead. This travel information plays automatically as the user travels past points of interest and general areas. Walking through Barcelona, you'll have a tour guide...

  • Online travel agency Travelstart shares its growth strategy in new markets

    Travelstart aims to help customers with travel research and has made some impressive inroads into emerging markets. Online travel solutions now include six African countries as well as Turkey. Recently the company has shared what it's claiming to be its "winning growth formula" in emerging markets. Founded in Sweden, Travelstart has since moved ever more into emerging markets and has successfully launched its headquarters in South Africa where it has been since 2006. Today, the company has about 150 employees worldwide and 1-million monthly visits. Some points of interest that the company recently "divulged" include taking presenting...

  • iROKING launches Android app taking Nigerian music on the go

    iROKO, the popular entertainment streaming service in Nigeria, has released an Android app for its popular music service iROKING this week, letting users stream and download both music and music videos. Creating Africa-for-Africa content, the company hopes to serve the great demand for local content. iROKING CEO Michael Ugwu says that the company's "users are fanatical about Nigerian music and they want to be able to access the freshest tunes and videos, as soon as they are released and on the go – anytime, anywhere, so really hope that they love the new App – it was built...

  • miPayslip: latching onto the growing trend of mobile payslip services in Africa

    miPayslip claims to offer an affordable and easy way for employees to receive information about there payslips electronically via their phones. This is only part of a growing trend of services using mobile devices in receiving bulk information such as payslips. miPayslip enables employees to receive their payslips directly on their mobile phone. The company behind this, Cellfind is responsible for providing location-based services. “There’s no quicker, cheaper and easier way to deliver payslips to your employees than via their mobile devices," says Jacques Swanepoel, MD at Cellfind. Payroll providers can now send bulk text messages each carrying a unique...

  • Tsogo Sun partners with MEDO for further entrepreneurial support

    MEDO recently announced its partnership with Tsogo Sun. Together, the hotel and entertainment group and the Micro Enterprise Development Organisation plan to help facilitate entrepreneurship in South Africa. Tsogo Sun is planning on mainly being responsible for supplying venues and accommodation to MEDO and affiliates. This would further enable the delivery of the enterprise development programmes as it will support business trips and meetings. MEDO meanwhile will be helping with Tsogo Sun's Book-a-Guesthouse programme, which is a skills-based entrepreneurial development initiative that provides support to black South Africans, particularly women, who operate their own guesthouses. "The view is that...

  • Nigerian serial entrepreneur’s HopStop acquired by Apple

    Last week Apple acquired the Nigerian tech entrepreneur Chinedu Echeruo's HopStop. The startup is part of a legacy Echeruo is currently building and plays a crucial role in Apple's aim to become on par with Google Maps. After working for Mergers & Acquisitions in the US, serial entrepreneur Chinedu Echeruo founded HopStop in 2005. This came after being involved in Financing and Private Equity transactions. He's also known for having found another startup called Tripology that was bought by the American travel and navigation information company Rand McNally. Both these startups were bought for a total of US$8-million. Echeruo grew...