• BURN MEDIA
    • Memeburn
      Tech-savvy insight and analysis
    • Gearburn
      Incisive reviews for the gadget obsessed
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!

Africa

  • Online event marketplace crowned winner of Seedstars World Ethiopia

    Online event marketplace Hulubet has been selected as the Seedstars World winner for Ethiopia. The pitching competition took place on 14 September at Ice Addis, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Hulubet will go on to compete against over 60 other startups in Switzerland in 2017 for the grand price of US$50 000 in equity investment. Other prizes will be available and contestants will pitch in front of a crowd over 1000 people. The runners up for the Ethiopian leg were big data for farming startup, Abithrone, and books distribution platform, Berhan Books. "Startups in our community hugely benefit from this initiative and gain impactful support and networking," explains the...

  • Seedstars World is looking for 10 startup contestants in Uganda

    Ugandan startups are in luck as international pitching competition Seedstars World is heading back to the country on 30 September. The event will be looking for the country's best tech-based startup out of 10 contestants. Entrepreneurs wanting to enter their startups will need to have a company that is less than two years old, has raised under US$500 00o in funding, and has a minimum viable product with traction. The competition is looking for profitable products that solve regional issues. "This year's theme of finding startup companies that will solve regional issues means that they will be able to drive their profitability while...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [12/09/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • Here are the 11 startups pitching at Seedstars World in Ethiopia

    International pitching competition Seedstars World is heading to Addis Ababa, Ethiopa on 14 September to crown the country's top tech startup of 2016. The goal of the competition is to find the top startups from over 60 countries. The winners will then head to Switzerland in 2017 to compete for a US$500 000 equity prize. There is also a range of other prizes available, such as the Intel Solutions Challenge, which looks to find the best startup in hardware, IoT, Cloud, or Analytics. "We are very excited to bring Seedstars World for the second time to Ethiopia. Last year we were impressed by the quality...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [05/09/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • The 8 startups competing at Seedstars World Mali

    On 4 September, international pitching competition Seedstars World, is heading to Bamako, Mali to find their next startup winner. The event will be held at Impact Hub Bamako. "The ecosystem in Bamako is very young. Nevertheless, we have found some very interesting and promising startups that deserve more visibility, exposure and attention from a global audience." says associate for Seedstars World, Claudia Makadristo, in a press release to Ventureburn. The competition will follow a similar structure as other Seedstars World pitching competitions, with eight pre-selected startups pitching in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. They will have two minutes...

  • mSurvey secures Safaricom investment

    Kenyan survey/research platform mSurvey has secured a US $1-million investment from the Safaricom's Spark Venture Fund. This fund seeks to help Kenyan based mobile technology startups with great innovation potential. mSurvey leverages SMS and mobile to reach a wide audience for surveys and research. This is the second investment as well as the largest from the Spark Venture Fund to date. Safaricom Spark along with Silicon Valley's Cross Culture Ventures and the Virgin Group-backed, Caribbean Alpha Angels Network have all invested in mSurvey. The data research company will use the investment to drive M-PESA-related efforts. "This investment enhances our efforts to leverage mSurvey's highly-sophisticated technology...

  • Africa’s state of entrepreneurship according to Seedstars World

    Over the past 12 months, we have travelled through 13 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with the mission to find the best entrepreneurs, connect them with investors, partners and media and to study each local innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. After travelling through the continent for an entire year and observing all of the different startup ecosystems, we couldn’t be more bullish on the potential for entrepreneurs on this continent. There is still a long way to go in order to make starting and running businesses easier, facilitating trade and traveling and creating policies that allow companies to grow and investors to invest into them....

  • Jumia Pay is Jumia’s latest payment initiative

    Nigerian shopping giant, Jumia, recently announced the launch of its third-party payment solution which provides a 'more convenient' payment method to its users. Jumia's cash-on-delivery payment method constitutes between 70-90% of its current payment methods. Its new initiative, JumiaPay, will facilitate online payments across the 23 countries the company operates in. "Jumia Pay has a very simple yet crucial objective: go even further in providing a safe, a secure and a convenient shopping experience to our customers, building trust along the way between us, our thousands of sellers and our millions of customers," said Co-CEO of Jumia, Jeremy Hodara in a...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [22/08/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...