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Startup news

  • Here are the 10 SA startups that will pitch at this year’s Seedstars Cape Town

    Seedstars World, one of the largest startup competitions for emerging markets, has announced the 10 SA startups that will pitch at Seedstars Cape Town this Friday (19 October) -- in the first of three pitches Seedstars will hold in the country. The top three startups from the pitch event, which will take place at Seedspace Cape Town, will join the top three startups from the Johannesburg pitch which will be held next month, as well as other competitors at the main event -- to be held also in Cape Town as well, next month. At the main event startups will compete to be crowned the country winner and a chance...

  • Twiga Foods pilot to put more farm land to use to meet demand [Sponsored]

    Kenyan mobile-based B2B distribution platform Twiga Foods wants to put about 8000 acres of unused agricultural land in Kenya to use to meet growing demand for its platform -- which connects vendors with fresh produce farmers -- the startup's CEO Grant Brooke said today. Brooke (pictured above, right) was responding to questions by venture capitalist Christopher Schroeder of Next Billion Ventures, at Gitex Future Stars, an expo hosted in Dubai alongside Gitex Technology Week. Brooke said while his platform currently serves 2000 informal vendors a day, meeting demand for the traders that source fresh produce from the platform to then retail, still remains a challenge. On top of this the country imports between $6-billion and...

  • Meet the 10 Nigerian tech startups selected to pitch at Seedstars Lagos

    Seedstars World, one of the largest startup competitions for emerging markets, has announced the 10 Nigerian startups that will pitch at the sixth Seedstars Lagos pitch event this Friday (19 October). The startup that comes out tops at the pitch event, which will take place at Seedspace Lagos, will win an all-inclusive trip to attend the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland in April next year, where they stand to win up to $1-million in equity investment. In addition, the winning startup will also represent Nigeria at the Seedstars Africa Regional Summit which will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 13 December. Seedstars World has selected 10 startups...

  • Supply-chain solution Khula! bags 2018 MTN Business App of the Year grand prize

    SA app Khula! that helps connects emerging farmers to the formal marketplace, has won the grand prize at the 2018 MTN Business App of the Year Awards. The app was also announced as the winner of the Best Agriculture Solution category at a gala event that was held in Johannesburg last Wednesday (10 October). As part of the grand prize, Khula! developers won a trip to Silicon Valley in the US valued at R200 000. Khula! effectively creates "one big virtual farm" consisting of multiple emerging farms to crowd-source and deliver on bulk orders from supermarkets, restaurant chains and for home delivery. The full...

  • German pharmaceutical Sandoz launches second Healthcare Access Challenge

    German pharmaceutical company Sandoz has announced the launch of the second edition of its Sandoz Healthcare Access Challenge. The Sandoz Hack is a global competition that invites entrepreneurs and innovators to submit ideas that can complement -- or even disrupt -- established approaches to driving access to healthcare. Building on last year's inaugural Sandoz Hack -- which focused on mobile health -- this year’s competition expands to seek broader digital solutions to local healthcare access challenges. This year's theme is "Leveraging digital technologies to solve healthcare access challenges", encouraging ideas that can drive patient access or help healthcare providers to reach more...

  • African startups hunt for investment at Gitex Future Stars [Sponsored]

    Rendani Nevhulaudzi is looking to take on Google Chrome with Ovuwa, Africa's newest search engine. All he needs is a cool $1-million, he says. His is one of about 40 African tech startups seeking investment at Gitex Future Stars expo in Dubai. The tech expo and conference kicked off yesterday at the city's Dubai World Trade Centre and runs until Wednesday (17 October) alongside Gitex Technology Week. Thousands of visitors -- many of whom are likely to include investors -- are expected to attend. In all about 500 startups are listed as exhibitors on Gitex Future Stars' website -- the bulk of these are...

  • FSAT Labs opens applications for fourth cohort of incubation programme

    Cape Town based incubator and accelerator French South African Tech Labs (FSAT Labs) has opened applications for the fourth cohort of its six-month long incubation programme. Applications close on 8 November. Interested tech entrepreneurs will need to complete an application form online and build a pitch deck and email it to FSAT Labs. Those shortlisted for the cohort will be announced on 12 November. These candidates will then be invited to a pitching competition -- to be held at the AfricArena 2018 Tech Conference in Century City, Cape Town on 16 November. The top candidates from the pitching session will win entry into FSAT Lab's incubation...

  • Founders Factory to build 100 tech startups across Africa in next five years

    Corporate-backed tech startup accelerator and incubator Founders Factory has announced that it will, through its Founders Factory Africa initiative, build and scale 100 tech startups across Africa in the next five years. In a statement on Wednesday (10 October), London-based Founders Factory said it is partnering with Standard Bank and British-American serial entrepreneur Roo Rogers to run the Founders Factory Africa tech accelerator and incubator. Since Founders Factory was founded by Brent Hoberman and Henry Lane Fox in 2015, the accelerator and incubator has secured over £100-million in funding for 70 startups and implemented 60 pilots with its corporate partners. In all 30% of these startups have...

  • SA’s Aerobotics launches five new precision agriculture products

    Cape Town based aerial-data analytics startup Aerobotics has launched five new innovative precision agriculture products that aim to help fruit and wine farmers to detect pests and diseases. The startup launched the new products yesterday (11 October) at an event held at Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards in Franschhoek, near Cape Town. The event was also live-streamed to 11 satellite locations in South Africa (these were in: Kirkwood, the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, Citrusdal, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Patensie, Tzaneen, Nelspruit and Hartswater. The new products -- which Aerobotics CEO and co-founder James Paterson (pictured above) said are an industry first -- include a drone scouting application, software...

  • Eran Eyal lied about existence of Springleap advisory board – UK investor

    A UK angel investor says Springleap founder Eran Eyal, who faces fraud charges in the US, misrepresented him as the chairman of an advisory board which the investor claims "never existed". The SA entrepreneur was charged on 24 August by the New York Attorney General with allegedly stealing $600,000 from investors by fraudulently soliciting investors to purchase convertible notes through false representations of his company, Springleap. If convicted of the top count charged, he faces up to 15 years in prison. Eyal is due in court again on 24 October -- after appearing on 11 September when he posted bail of $500 000, after spending three...