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  • 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...

  • Tech hubs in Africa have doubled in more than a year

    The amount of tech hubs in Africa has more than doubled in a year, according to a report by GSMA analyst Victor Du Boucher. The report found that there are now 314 active tech hubs operating on the continent of Africa. The majority of these hubs are found to be operating out of South Africa, with 58 hubs, while Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and Morocco followed with 28, 27, 23 and 21 hubs respectively. This is a large uptake from the previous year. Boucher expanded on the wider definition of 'tech hubs'. "For the purpose of our landscaping exercise we have been looking at all kinds...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [15/08/2016]

    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...

  • 3000 Kenyan women receive ecommerce training through Jumia

    Nigerian ecommerce store, Jumia, in collaboration with SheCares International, is awarding 3000 Kenyan women the chance to undergo ecommerce training. This programme looks to empower them within the digital market. The individual women were selected by the SheCares foundation at the inaugural Globel Women's summit by Cabinet secretary for public service, youth and Gender affairs, Sicily Kariuk. The event was hosted in partnership with Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). "In a world that is going virtual, it is crucial that all actors in society have the training and tools they need to exploit the marketplace of tomorrow. This program is tailored to train these ambitious,...

  • Pitching competition Seedstars World heading to Mali for the first time

    Global seed startup competition Seedstars World is heading to Mali for the first time. The competition will be looking for the ten best startups from the country. "We are constantly expanding into new countries to learn about ecosystems and discover new talent. We are therefore very excited to come to Mali for the first time and see what the country has to offer," writes associate for Seedstars World Claudia Makadristo in a press release to Ventureburn. The winner of the Mali round will go on to compete with over 60 other startups in the finals in Switzerland next year. There they will participate...