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  • Deal will see Habari Media advertising on 2go’s 10m strong chat network

    Instant messaging service, 2go is on a roll. Following the partnership announced with Nigerian music service iROKING recently, advertising house Habari Media today announced that it's adding 2go to its mobile advertising strategy. This partnership will allow Habari’s customers to target 2go's 10 million active users in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, of which 9 million are in Nigeria. While smartphone adoption in Africa is growing, 2go's support for 800 different types of feature phones allow Habari to reach a wider audience. Habari and 2go are reporting click-through rates of up to 15% on full-screen clickable Splash Ads and engagement...

  • Deal discovery and sharing startup Found launches, ‘Sport Shoppers’ rejoice

    Found Shopping, the deal discovery and sharing service from Cape Town launched its free app for iPhone and Android at the city's Design Indaba last week. We've been tracking Found's evolution for a while. The team behind Found's previous app, Pashash, was backed by Google Umbono -- now Google for Entrepreneurs -- and showed promise when it went on to win Startup World South Africa last year. Co-founder, Faheem Kajee, subsequently spent two months in Silicon Valley marketing and getting feedback before deciding to refocus the proposition specifically around sharing deals. Pashash was renamed to Found in order to represent...

  • Entrepreneurs Bootcamp launches with free online courses for entrepreneurs

    Entrepreneurs Bootcamp is a collection of nine free courses covering different aspects of entrepreneurship, designed by leading South African entrepreneurs. It's all kinds of brilliant and well worth a look. The project was designed for the Cape Town branch of the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) by online education company GetSmarter, with sponsorship from Van Schaik Publishers. The courses on offer include “Identifying opportunities”, “The legal environment”, “Effective marketing” and “Management and growth”. According to Sam Paddock, Managing Director at GetSmarter, “These 9 courses have been designed specifically for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. We’ve recorded over 90 video interviews with some of...

  • Hot SA tech startups from towns and rural communities head to the UK

    We recently introduced you to 18 entrepreneurs hand-picked by BT Global Services and MEDO from towns, townships and rural communities across South Africa. The group competed to secure their place on a trade visit to the United Kingdom in April later this year. The selected entrepreneurs will spend a week in the UK participating in training programmes, networking events and business and investor pitches. After a final pitching session to top level executives, we now know who made the cut. According to Judi Sandrock, CEO of MEDO says that although all the teams were well prepared and delivered business pitches...

  • Spier Films invests millions in Triggerfish’s second animated feature

    Production and finance company, Spier Films, recently made an investment in Triggerfish Animation Studio’s second animated film, Khumba. Triggerfish CFO Jean-Michel Koenig, revealed to Ventureburn that the investment is in fact a multi-million rand deal. Spier has funded a slate of successful films including Master Harold and the Boys, Son of Man and Black Butterflies. This is the first time the company has invested in an animated feature film. Triggerfish's first international animated feature, Zambezia, received a R17-million investment from South Africa's Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) -- an amount disclosed by the IDC in its financial results for 2009. Zambezia went...

  • Real Time Wine founder, SAB launch beer social discovery app — MyBeer

    Where there is a wine drinker, apparently some beer drinkers will follow? It seems so as wine rating app Real Time Wine (RTW) founder Andy Hadfield teamed up with South African Breweries (SAB) in a project that seeks to accommodate beer drinkers with the launch of MyBeer. Commissioned by SAB, the app touts itself as "the social community for beer drinkers in South Africa" and encourages you to "share your beer experiences, rate and review beers and find out what your friends are drinking." According the RTW, this new offering is aimed at enhancing the beer culture in the country....

  • Praekelt Foundation launches innovation hub — Jozihub

    Innovation and co-creation hubs are becoming integral to growing the entrepreneurial talent that Africa has to offer. Stepping up to join that innovation landscape, the Praekelt Foundation has launched JoziHub in Johannesburg, South Africa. The hub claims to be the "city’s first technology incubator dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation". The aim of the hub is to transform the technology industry by connecting potential entrepreneurs and developers with the critical resources they need. To bring the hub to life the Foundation partnered with some impressive backers such as Omidyar Network, Google and ISlabs. "Technology hubs can play a pivotal role in fostering...

  • Motribe suffers staff exodus after Mxit deal

    Since being acquired by Mxit, mobile social network builder Motribe has seen a staff exodus reducing a once 10-strong staff to four people, with only one person working out of the Motribe offices. Mxit inked a deal to purchase Motribe late last year after a long working relationship that incorporated most of Motribe's staff. One of the first members of staff to leave the company after the acquisition was co-founder and former CEO Nic Haralambous who says the reasons for the exodus aren't clear. "I can't really say what motivated their departure from the company post-acquisition. I do know that...

  • Shuttleworth-funded Paperight wins O’Reilly Startup Showcase

    South African startup Paperight has been named as one of the winners of the O’Reilly Tools of Change Startup Showcase in New York City. Paperight, a print-on-demand service that allows photocopy shops to legally print books, is funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation. Founded in 2011 by Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow Arthur Attwell, Paperight claims to have more than 200 outlets throughout South Africa, offering over 1000 fiction and non-fiction titles as well as the country’s most comprehensive database of past matric exam papers. According to the company, its aim "is two-fold: to increase access to books and to encourage entrepreneurship, by...

  • How Super Simple Survey is cashing in on user experience

    The online survey space is crowded, very crowded. You'd have to be batshit to enter a market filled to the brim with competitors and fat cats like SurveyMonkey which recently raised US$794 million for a US$1.35 billion valuation. When Super Simple Survey popped up on our radar, honestly, we had to summon the office's fancy new espresso machine to instill the traces of zeal we'd need to take a closer look at yet another survey creator. So then, how bad is it? It turns out, Super Simple Survey is quite possibly the best looking and most intuitive survey creation tool...

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