• 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!

Startup news

  • TIA announces winners of 2018 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme

    The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) last week Friday (11 January) announced the winners of the 2018 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for small and medium-sized enterprises in South Africa (GCIP-SA) at a gala event held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The programme aims to encourage local innovation in energy efficiency, green buildings, renewable energy, waste beneficiation, water efficiency and green transport. GCIP-SA is implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) and US-based cleantech accelerator Cleantech Open with funding from the Global Environment Facility (Gef). Impulse Biomed, Inseco and Afrobodies emerged as the winners at last Friday's 2018 Global Cleantech...

  • Unicef Innovation Fund launches call for data science, AI solutions

    Are you running a data science or artificial intelligence (AI) startup and are looking for funding? Unicef, through its Innovation Fund, is looking to make up to $90 000 in zero-equity investments in data science, machine learning and AI solutions that have the potential to benefit humanity. Tech startups with AI or data solutions stand to benefit from between $50 000 and $90 000 equity-free early-stage seed investments, this after Unicef Innovation fund launched a call for such solutions on Monday (7 December). Applications close on 28 February. Through the fund Unicef aims to finance open-source solutions that can improve children's...

  • Applications open for Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme

    Lagos-based non-profit the Tony Elumelu Foundation has opened applications for this year's edition of its eponymous Entrepreneurship Programme. The programme is open to African entrepreneurs with businesses that are less than three years old. Applications will close on 1 March. Those selected for the programme stand to benefit from $5000 in seed capital, business training, mentorship as well as access to other African entrepreneurs as well as the foundation's global networks. Applications for the 2019 Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme will close on 1 March Applications will be judged on feasibility of the business idea, market opportunity, financial understanding, scalability, leadership potential, as...

  • These will be Africa’s biggest tech innovation city projects when completed

    Can a tech innovation city or digital innovation precinct stimulate and encourage innovation? A number of African countries appear to think so and have invested tons of money in these multi-million dollar projects. Last month Rwandan daily The New Times reported that pan-African infrastructure investment firm Africa50 will invest $400-million in Kigali Innovation City, which forms part of the government’s Vision 2020 and National Strategy for Transformation 2017-2024. The $2-billion project will be located in Rwanda's capital Kigali and the tech hub is set to accommodate tech firms, universities, biotech companies as well as both commercial and retail properties. The development -- which sits...

  • Entries now open for Spring 2019 Westerwelle Young Founders Programme

    The Westerwelle Foundation, a German non-profit which aims to promote entrepreneurship and collaboration among innovators in emerging markets, has opened applications for its Spring 2019 Westerwelle Young Founders Programme. To be considered for the programme applicants must have in the last five years started a for-profit company with a scalable business model that has achieved a product-market fit. In addition, prospective applicants must ideally have secured their first external funding for their firm. The 25 entrepreneurs selected to join the programme will each receive six months of business mentorship in addition to a scholarship to attend the Young Founders Conference in Berlin, Germany...

  • Prize of $10k up for grabs for two startups in Seedstars Health Challenge

    Seedstars, the Swiss organisation that assists tech startups in emerging markets, has teamed up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to identify innovative solutions to vaccine delivery and the malaria supply chain in Africa through the Seedstars Health Challenge.  The initiative  -- which was first announced at the Seedstars Africa Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania last Thursday (13 December) -- entails two separate challenges, namely the Vaccine Delivery Challenge and the Malaria Challenge.  Two selected startups -- one from each challenge -- will be each awarded with a $10 000 prize at the Seedstars Global Summit in Switzerland in April next year. Applications...

  • Endeavor selects eight African entrepreneurs to join organisation

    Endeavor, a non-profit organisation that supports high-impact entrepreneurs around the world, has selected eight African entrepreneurs to join the prestiguous organisation. The selection was made at Endeavor's 84th International Selection Panel held in Stellenbosch from last Tuesday (11 December) to last Thursday (13 December). At the event 25 entrepreneurs in all, leading 18 companies in 15 markets were selected to join Endeavor. The selection follows a rigorous multi-step process to identify innovative and driven entrepreneurs who are committed to advancing an ecosystem of entrepreneurship. The African entrepreneurs selected at Endeavor's 84th International Selection Panel hail from four countries, namely Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa...

  • Startups stand to win up to £15k in prizes in UK’s Accel Awards 2019

    African entrepreneurs and startups stand to win £15 000 in prizes as well as a fully sponsored trip to London in the London Business School's Africa Club Accel Awards 2019. The awards are an annual startup contest organised by the Africa Club in collaboration with the club's alumni, FTSE 100 companies, venture capital (VC) firms and entrepreneurship incubators. Entries close on 31 January. By entering the awards, African entrepreneurs stand to gain global exposure,as well as access to international business mentorship from talent at the London Business School and its partner firms. The Accel Awards top three finalists will receive £15k in...

  • Are these the four biggest SA tech acquisitions of 2018?

    As 2018 comes to an end SA tech entrepreneurs can look back on a year of four big acquisitions. As usual, no one is willing to say (at least for now) how much the companies -- Uber, Hewlett Packard, Pam Golding or Crossfin -- paid to acquire these four local tech companies. The Uber Eats deal -- in which the company bought SA-founded orderTalk -- is perhaps this year's biggest acquisition deal. Local venture capital (VC) company Knife Capital invested R9-million in the company back in 2008 (the company was founded in 1998) for a significant minority stake (probably 20% or...

  • SA fintech startup takes second place at Techcrunch Startup Battlefield Africa

    Ahead of its expected launch to market next year, SA fintech startup Bettr last week scored a major victory -- by being placed second at TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa. The event -- which was held in Lagos, Nigeria last Tuesday (11 December) -- saw 15 startups square off against each other in a pitching session (see this Techcrunch story for more). The pitch was won by Ugandan startup M-SCAN who took home a $25 000 equity-free cash prize and a trip for two to TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco 2019. M-SCAN has invented a mobile ultrasound that is portable and compatible with basic devices, including a...

WP Twitter Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com