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Startup news

  • Frozen Chimez Animation aims to bring high-end animation to SA corporates

    South Africa's animation scene has been on the up ever since Triggerfish animation studio started releasing worldwide blockbuster hits such as Zambezia and Khumba. Spurred on by success in the art and entertainment sector, new players are starting to emerge, especially on the corporate side of things, such as with new animation 'specialists' Frozen Chimez Animation opening up its doors in Cape Town. Frozen Chimez Animation's mission statement as listed on its website, is to 'create high-end animation, design and motion graphic solutions for South Africa corporate and individual market' such as advertising agencies and companies. It aims to do...

  • Uber partners with Taiwan’s number search service WhatsTheNumber

    Today Uber, the fast-growing transportation startup, announced it will collaborate with WhatsTheNumber, the phone-number search service from Taiwan-based mobile app company StorySense. As reported by Taiwan’s Business Next, users who register with Uber and use 'WHATSTHENUMBER' as a reference can receive NTD$350 (about $10) towards a ride. WhatsTheNumber is a mobile app for iOS that lets users search for a specific location and immediately dial its phone number. Developed by MIT Media Lab alum Edward Shen, it has racked up 800 000 registered users to date, the majority of whom reside in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Linking up with local startup ecosystems...

  • iROKING founder Jason Njoku returns as troubled music service’s CEO

    Almost exactly a month following the ousting of former iROKING CEO Michael Ugwu, the ailing Nigerian music service has announced that iROKING founder and original CEO Jason Njoku, will take back the reins. Njoku's return will see him continue his duties as CEO of iROKOtv while taking overall control of iROKING artist management, all aspects of music distribution, including YouTube, iTunes and Amazon distribution, and oversee platform partnerships with the likes of Mxit and Eskimi. Following Ugwu's ousting, the ex-CEO commented on iROKING's ill-health saying that iROKO Partners Lagos has seen its staff decrease from around 80 staff to about...

  • StartupBus Africa launches feature phone teaching aid Sterio.me

    StartupBus Africa has finished its trip from Harare to Cape Town, and over the course of the 2500km travelled, a new education startup for Africa has emerged: sterio.me. StartupBus is a simple enough concept: a mobile hackathon aimed at developing technology solutions across a variety of sectors. The African leg paired 15 African entrepreneurs with 15 global counterparts for the five day road trip. In that time participants are expected to conceptualise, and execute ideas for a startup. This year designers, developers and the business-savvy alike joined forces to tackle African problems in areas like energy, mobile, education and healthcare. Sterio.me is...

  • 88mph Cape Town 2014 programme now open for applications

    If you're an entrepreneur looking for mentorship, funding, and a co-working space, then we've got good news for you. Startup accelerator and private fund 88mph has opened applications for its 2014 Cape Town programme -- and the application promises to be a quick and painless process in the guise of a simple 20 question form that needs to be completed for entry. 88mph describes itself as a business accelerator for early-stage companies with a mobile-web focus. The programme offers funding -- up to US$100 000 -- as well as mentorship and three-months of office space based at the vibrant Woodstock Exchange,...

  • Jumia’s Partner Programme launches, encourages social sharing for money

    Lagos-based ecommerce site, Jumia, has had a busy 2013, from launching an Android app, to winning The Best New Retail Launch of the Year, to creating its own "ecommerce campus in West Africa," the Rocket Internet-backed pride and joy is showing no signs of slowing down. Its next play is an upgrade to its affiliate programme -- now called the Partner Programme -- which allows everyone to earn money easily by sharing links on their own websites or social media platforms such as Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. Tunde Kehinde, Jumia co-founder, said this of the upgrade: “This new program...

  • Kuluya kicks off Nokia partnership with launch of ‘Oga @ The Top’ mobile app

    Kuluya, the African online gaming platform, has announced the launch of an exclusive partnership with Nokia to bring its best gaming offerings onto the Nokia Windows store for the mobile handset manufacturer's range of Lumia and Asha devices. The partnership with the Lagos-based games studio appears to be a strategic bid for Nokia to reach Africa's growing online gaming community. 65% of Africa's population is under the age of 35, indicating that as more of this "young" continent comes online, there is huge potential for content providers, platforms and distributors to connect with this rising consumer-base. To...

  • SA animation studio Triggerfish gets fresh funding for new projects

    South African digital animation studio Triggerfish has just secured a fresh round of funding that will allow it to start development on five new projects. Best known for the feature films Zambezia and Khumba the studio has made something of a name for itself on the international film scene. With that attention has come serious funding. At the beginning of 2013, it received a multi million Rand investment from Spier Film for the development of Khumba. The development funding was secured from Business Partners’ Venture Fund -- a specialist risk finance company for formal small to medium enterprises in South...

  • Futurelytics raises $800K, get more from customers with its smart data

    Big data is fast dethroning mobile as the most spoken about and sought after industry in the tech world -- and with that follows the money. Czech-based Futurelytics Inc. -- a prescriptive analytics platform that helps companies extract value from their data -- has received seed funding to the value of US$800K, proving that making sense of data is a viable space for startups to add value. The financing round was co-lead by Index Ventures and Credo Ventures. Other investors include Kima Ventures and business angel -- former CEO of FizzBack -- Rob Keve. According to the company, Futurelytics...

  • Zomato raises 37-mil, now caters to Brazil, Indonesia, Turkey

    Indian-based online restaurant guide Zomato is not slowing down in its expansion plans. After launching in South Africa earlier this year it has now extended its reach to Brazil, Indonesia and Turkey, hot off the back of a new round of funding to the value of US$37-million. The new round of funds sees global VC firm Sequoia Capital come on board as a new investor, joining existing investor Info Edge which previously injected US$16.5-million into the dining guide service. The new round takes Zomato's total funding to over US$53-million. Zomato, which provides key restaurant information such as menus, geo-coded maps, photographs,...