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Startup news

  • 500 Startups expands emerging market footprint to China

    Insanely popular business accelerator 500 Startups is expanding its emerging market footprint to China reports The Next Web. Former associate at The Raine Group, venture capitalist Rui Ma, has joined the company to help to launch the Beijing outpost. 500 Startups was founded in 2010 by high profile Silicon Valley Angel investor, Dave McClure. The organisation describes itself as a seed accelerator with a tech bias. According to a TechCrunch report, Ma has worked in the region over the last few years, specifically providing investment and advisory services through merchant bank The Raine Group, notable as an advisor to China’s biggest...

  • Screw Silicon Valley, Brazil actually has a startup show worth watching

    Anyone on the tech startup scene will have at least heard mention of a Silicon Valley reality TV show. Well Brazil looked at that, called bullshit and produced a show about startups that looks like it'll be worth watching. The Silicon Valley show's executive producer was Randi Zuckerburg (sister of Mark) and by all accounts, it was about as entertaining as getting hit in the head with a wet trout. Brazil's Go For It by contrast follows a more documentary-style way of doing things to tell the story of a handful of startups. The trailer obviously portrays them in...

  • Confirmed: Blue Label Telecoms inks deal with mobile startup Panacea

    Ventureburn can confirm that prepaid and mobile payment company Blue Label Telecoms quietly acquired a major stake in Bulk SMS startup Panacea Mobile in late 2012. The South African-based Blue Label Telecoms, which also has footprints in emerging market countries like India and Mexico, had apparently been working with Panacea for some time. According to Panacea co-founder and CEO Stefano Sessa, both companies realised that an acquisition would be beneficial after working together for nearly a year and a half. "The business was acquired because of both businesses sharing a similar growth strategy," he told Ventureburn. Sessa also...

  • Mxit woos app developers with Preferred Developer Programme

    So, you want to outsource the development of a Mxit app, but who are the top Mxit API wranglers? With the launch of Mxit's new Preferred Developer Programme (PDP) you should have a pretty good idea. The social network says that the PDP was created with the aim of recognising and rewarding the best developers focused on building apps for third parties. “The programme is designed to connect people who want custom Mxit...

  • Old Mutual buys 22Seven, multiple currencies & overseas expansion soon

    Popular money management tool 22Seven has been acquired by the UK division of Old Mutual for an undisclosed sum of money. While rumours have been flying around that the tech startup with tumultuous beginnings has been courting the financial juggernaut for a while, the two companies have only now confirmed that the deal is going through. The buyout will see 22Seven absorbed into Old Mutual's plans to develop digital support for its customers. According to 22Seven founder and CEO Christo Davel, the startup needed an established, well-respected international brand to help grow the company in the future. "We've always...

  • Mobile health platform FolUp launches in SA

    Mobile health is hot right now. That statement has never been truer. In Africa, healthcare is a major issue and finding easier ways to get medication, medical information and care to people is very important. That's where FolUp comes in, a mobile and web-based health communication platform that connects doctors and patients, allowing collaboration and actively participate in improving patient care and satisfaction. According to the company, the tool provides patients with...

  • Nigerian video streaming service iROKOtv signs deal with Nokia

    Nigerian video streaming service iROKOtv has signed a deal with Nokia to launch a free mobile app for the Lumia range of Windows 8 Phones. The deal allows Nollywood fans to access the service's full catlogue of Nigerian films on the go. According to iROKO Partners, the company behind the service, the app is built with the same functionality as www.irokotv.com, giving users total control over their viewing experience and the ability to search the catalogue of thousands of movies by genre and actor, as well as select movies to "watch later". "The iROKOtv app is a fantastic addition to...

  • Watch: 5 videos of killer emerging market health and wellness startups

    UNESCO partner, Netexplo, is a future-facing initiative that helps businesses from France figure out how to cash in on tech innovation around the world. Through a network of about 200 journalists, scientists and academics, the initiative acknowledges brilliant ideas. The top 100 form the Netexplo 100 which aims to provide an overview of digital innovation happing in the world. At the Netexplo Forum, the top 100 are further whittled down and acknowledged by a jury of independent personalities from the academic world, research and international organisations. We dug through the Netexplo 100 for 2013 and found five intriguing ideas from emerging...

  • WooThemes enters online course market with Sensei WordPress plugin

    WordPress theme and extension developer, WooThemes, is entering the online course market through Sensei, the company's latest WordPress plugin. Launched earlier this week, Sensei -- previously code-named LMS -- integrates with WooCommerce, the WooThemes eCommerce platform. This means that teachers can create courses within WordPress, and then charge for them. Sensei integrates with existing WordPress themes and presents a familiar workflow -- creating a course or lesson is similar to creating a new page or post in WordPress. Sold as a learning management plugin, Sensei allows for the creation of quizzes and the setting of pre-requisite courses. Teachers can specify a...

  • Q&A: Vinny Lingham on Gyft, the festive season and living in Silicon Valley

    South African technology entrepreneur Vinny Lingham is not resting on his laurels despite the success of Yola and it having raised US$25 million from Johan Rupert’s Reinet Investments. His latest venture, Gyft, seeks to “disrupt” the multi-billion dollar gift card industry.Gyft is a “Mobile Gift Card Platform” that aims to enable customers to “upload, buy and redeem gift cards conveniently from their mobile device”.Gift cards are a US$100 billion industry in the USA alone, which is partially the reason why Google Ventures, Founder Collective and 500 Startups have funded this private company.The other reason could be Lingham’s track record as a...