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  • Adfu partners with social network Yookos to extend reach in Africa

    Adfu, online marketing company situated in Johannesburg, has recently partnered with Yookos which is the popular Africa-born social network site. The partnership aims to both increase market reach into a more defined growing African market and to drive advertising and future revenue. Adfu is part of a network of sites owned by Kagiso Media. Kagiso Digital has launched the AdFu network in 2012 to offer a range of opportunities within vertical markets to advertisers and niche publishers. The company has since included a host of online publishers such as Nation Media, Sky News, Sky Sports, and the Teamtalk...

  • The Barn enterprise development programmes entries close today

    Applications for the Bandwidth Barn entrepreneurial course programmes are closing today. The Barn focuses on providing an ecosystem to support both start-up and growth orientated SMMEs in the ICT and Creative sectors by offering business development programmes. The Entrepreneurial Development winter programmes are closing for the June intake and kick-off. The two programmes that now up for grabs are VeloCITI-Y and VeloCITI. VeloCITI-Y is designed for the idea stage entrepreneurs and aims to assist a potential entrepreneur in determining concept feasibility along with your capability in taking that first leap to commit and launch your business. The programme officially...

  • Teen science wizz represents Africa at Google Science Fair

    The Google Science Fair claims to be the biggest online science fair in the world. It's tagline "90 ways to change the world," represents the 90 regional finalists of 2013. Among these, are 16-year-old South African Samantha Heyward who explores the pros and cons of Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation and a Kenyan team which looks if heat and tomatoes can produce electricity. Google's annual Science Fair aims to encourage young scientists and innovators between the ages of 13 and 18 across the globe. Through initiatives like these, Google attempts to foster the "next generation of scientists and engineers." Among...

  • 2go finally launches mobile app on Google Play

    Social networking company, 2go has just launched an app for Android. 2go is currently the largest social network in Nigeria and is making its way steadily into other emerging markets. As Android becomes the proffered smartphone OS, this move sees 2go getting a head start of its potential upcoming market. 2go was founded in 2007 by Alan Wolff and Ashley Peter in South Africa. The company managed to get over 10-million active users with only four developers. Since then, its popularity has grown immensely. The service's user base is mostly African and it has over 30-million registered users with more...

  • Malaysian startup iMoney seeks to expand after securing US$500 000

    Malaysian startup iMoney has received US$500 000 in funding from Asia Venture Group (AVG). iMoney is a financial advisory and banking service comparison app and seeks "to change the financial landscape in South East Asia." iMoney is a financial package comparison site. It allows you to compare banking services and products available on the market. These services include comparisons and application of financial products like mortgages, personal loans and credit cards. The point...

  • Avaya programme set to make your SME ‘The Next BIG’

    The communication and collaboration provider Avaya is one of the global leaders in its field of expertise. With this programme, Avaya is focusing its attention mainly on SMEs who are expected to become "The New Big." Challenges and solutions of the region-specific mid-market are aimed to be regulated. The company kicked-off a regional programme to help understand the needs and challenges faced by medium-sized enterprises in South Africa. The methods and tools required for reaching the market demands are often lacking. This is the main reason why Avaya is equipping its channel partners with solutions to understand and resolve the...

  • Googler Ory Okolloh joins Omidyar Network in support of government tech

    Omidyar Network today announced that Ory Okolloh has joined as a director, investments within the philanthropic investment firm's government transparency initiative. Okolloh will help drive the organisation's work that supports innovative tech organisations focused on providing information and tools to citizens, so they can participate in the governing process. Okolloh was formerly a policy manager for sub-Saharan Africa with Google and co-founder and executive director of Ushahidi, the open source project which allows users to crowdsource crisis information. "Ory is a well-established leader in the technology and transparency communities," said Omidyar Network Partner Stephen King. "She will help spur Omidyar...

  • Rocket Internet-backed Zalora lands 100-million big ones

    The Rocket Internet-backed Zalora startup recently secured US$100-million in funding through investors like Summit Partners, Investment AB Kinnevik, Verlinvest and the Tengelmann Group. Yes, that's right, US$100-million. This hefty investment marks one of the biggest startup investments in emerging South-East Asia. The massive confidence boost comes after the South-East Asian online fashion and beauty store managed to get its hands on US$26-million from German retail group, Tengelmann, a few months back. Zalora also received funding from JP Morgan last year. This means that whatever it's doing, it's working. The young, 2012-born e-tailer claims to be "Asia’s fastest-growing online fashion and beauty...

  • Promote your business online with Emerging Stars

    Have a sustainable business plan that needs funding? Emerging Stars might help you out. Operating mainly in emerging markets and driven by models of sustainability, the organization links entrepreneurs' products and services with international investors and distributors. Although the website was launched in 2008, the site's design recently got revamped into having "a sustainable business model" while also focusing on its "free business listings." "Opportunities in Emerging Markets" reads the slogan of the company. The initiative was founded by Raymond Hasselerharm in an attempt to promote foreign trade and investment as well as help relieving poverty. The initiative first...

  • How safe is your business against cyber-attacks this year?

    If you've been following the news lately, you've probably heard about the bank heist where more than US$45-million got sucked out of ATMs around the world last week. If not, then you've at least been exposed to an internet scam or know someone who has. It's not just financial big shots or your granny who are vulnerable to scams and attacks though. Your business-- small or big, is a potential target. Now, the media is buzzing about cyber-security since the US$45-million hacker heist. Rightfully so as Symantec (the online security company that's responsible for Norton anti-virus) brought us a...