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Startup news

  • French Tech, Orange Business Services hold Digital Skills Development event in Johannesburg

    The French Tech ecosystem, along with IT and communications service provider, Orange Business Services, held a Digital Skills event in Johannesburg on 15 September. The event aimed to addressed issues around skills development pertaining to all things digital. "I am delighted to see that the French Tech Hub in Cape Town is expanding its activities in Johannesburg thanks to a dynamic community of French and South African entrepreneurs who take advantage of a leading innovation ecosystem in Africa," explains the ambassador of France in SA, Elisabeth Barbier, in a press release to Ventureburn. "This success will also encourage business and youth talent exchanges...

  • iKhokha and Mastercard partner up to roll out 700 POS terminals

    With the aim of rolling out 700 POS terminals, the partnership between Mastercard SA and iKhokha will seek to bring digital payment services to informal settlements. iKhokha, a digital payment service which specialises in the manufacturing of POS terminals, has partnered with Mastercard SA to improve card payments at micro, small, and medium businesses. These terminals will be rolled out to spaza shops, taverns, food outlets as well as hair and beauty salons. Areas to receive the units include KwaMashu which is situated north of Durban as well as Ladybrand in the Free State. "We are focusing on businesses at the main...

  • Seedstars World heads to Nairobi, Kenya

    Following the success of their previous events, Seedstars World now heads to Nairobi, Kenya on 7 October 2016 to find the best startup in the country. The Kenyan leg of the  tour, backed by CfC Stanbic Bank, will try to find the best entrepreneurs Kenya has to offer. These entrepreneurs will compete for an opportunity to attend the final pitching event in Switzerland in 2017. Eligible startups need to be less than two-years old, have raised less than US$500 000 and already built a viable product which solves local issues and ideally already has traction. They also need to have the ability to scale...

  • Chivas Regal’s The Venture competition looks for SA’s top social entrepreneur

    Chivas Regal's global pitching platform, The Venture, enters its third year. Launching on 15 September 2016, the competition aims to find the best social entrepreneur to represent SA. The campaign -- titled "Win The Right Way" -- will see social entrepreneurs compete for a prize of US$1-million in financial investment as well as global exposure and mentorship. The pitching competition will take place in the form of a 10-part televised series which airs globally. Selected participants will have 60-seconds to pitch their innovative idea to a panel of judges who will whittle down the competition to five finalists. These final contenders...

  • Domestly broadens their horizons in Gauteng

    Startup cleaning service Domestly has expanded its business into Pretoria, Centurion, and Midrand. Previously, the service was only available in Johannesburg North, Randburg, and the greater Cape Town area. "Since winning the MTN App of the Year awards and launching in JHB in July this year we have received an overwhelming response and support from the public. We have had a great demand to expand our footprint and open our service into the greater area of JHB and into other regions," says brand manager of Domestly Natasha Riley in an email to Ventureburn. Domestly will continue its expansion by launching in East and West Rand...

  • FNB opens submissions for Business Innovation Awards

    The FNB Business Innovation Awards, with support from EndeavorSA, is looking for the most creative and inspiring entrepreneurs with potential to scale and grow their businesses. The awards are aimed at businesses that have potential to change the way their industries operate both locally and internationally. Entrants must have a strong capacity to be able to grow their business but also to add social value by way of job creation. Other factors that will be considered by the judges include: Social responsibility Ability to sustain the environment Brand reputation The company's quality of governance Stakeholder relations Goodwill factors Entrants will undergo EndeavorSA's tough selection...

  • UCT Upstarts Idea Auction aims to ‘Re-Educate Education’

    29 students have gone through a gruelling five-month journey to turn their ideas into viable business models. These ideas were, in turn, auctioned off at this year's UCT Upstarts Idea Auction at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town. This year's theme, 'Re-educate Education,' revolved around students thinking of innovative ways to disrupt the education sector within South Africa. Guests included UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price; the director of Bertha Centre for Social Innovation Francois Bonnici; the founding director of the Hasso Plattner d.school Richard Perez along with a representative from Standard Bank, among others. "We believe our currency is opportunity," said Gina Levy at this year's...

  • SweepSouth launches mobile booking app for Apple, Android

    On-demand cleaning service SweepSouth has launched their mobile app. Previously, bookings for the service could only be handled through the SweepSouth website. Much like other apps -- such as Uber -- the SweetSouth app allows customers to book a cleaner when needed, sends real-time notifications when the cleaner is en-route, details their arrival, and when they've completed the job. Customers are also able to rate the cleaner. Payment for the job is handled via a cashless and secure method through the app. "Our product uses cutting-edge technology to provide our customers with the most seamless on-demand experience available. As geolocation tracking and travel time...

  • ATTACQ Retail Ideas Programme launches at universities across the country

    The ATTACQ Retail Ideas Programme in partnership with LaunchLab has begun at universities across the country. Entrepreneurs are invited to pitch their retail business ideas for a chance to win a share of R100 000 in seed funding as well as R150 000 in LaunchLab incubation support. The programme takes place on selected campuses of all major SA universities and will be running until 23 September 2016. The final judging round will take place on 19 October 2016, though a venue has yet to be set. The Retail Ideas Programme is looking for entrepreneurs whose innovative ideas address the following: Payments within ATTACQ...

  • Cocreate2Accelerate concludes with positive results between SA and Holland

    The innovative initiative, Cocreate2Accelerate was created to foster better relations between Dutch and SA entrepreneurs. It was born from the minds of Consul General Bonnie Horbach and Dutch entrepreneur Kevin Weijers. The challenge set forth for Cocreate2Accelerate was to successfully address the issues five SA businesses had: Retro Epic, Sea Monster, Polymorph, &Innovation and Green Fingers Mobile were the selected businesses to be partnered with respective entrepreneurs. Eligible companies had to be four to ten years old, facing challenges accelerating or expanding their businesses, while eligible dutch entrepreneurs had to have a keen understanding of the journey of an entrepreneur and be in a...