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Startup news

  • AfroCab launches mobile taxi-hailing platform in Nigeria

    This is somewhat surprising, there's another taxi app making a play on the African continent, this time specifically in Nigeria, and the app's name is AfroCab. Not dissimilar to Tranzit or EasyTaxi, AfroCab offers commuters a way to call for a cab with the push of a button on their mobile phones. Interestingly, users can set their own price prior to calling for the cab, to which the app suggests a fare that most closely matches the request. There are no payments made through the app, but rather AfroCab works on a cash-basis, so commuters simply pay the driver at the...

  • SA Cleantech Innovation Programme is calling all green startups

    The South African Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) for SMEs has officially launched in South Africa. In collaboration with GEF, UNIDO and TIA, the programme is currently calling for applications for the Cleantech Competition and Accelerator Programme. The aim of this initiative is to tackle the planet’s most imminent environmental challenges and enable small businesses to play a pivotal role in finding local innovative solutions. Entrepreneurs sprouting from fields such as efficiency, renewable energy, waste-to-energy, and water efficiency will all be identified. Through the programme, these entrepreneurs will be geared towards commercialisation. The best cleantech startups will be trained, assessed...

  • SA entrepreneur launches world’s first bitcoin-only betting site: BetVIP

    The Fifa World Cup in Brazil is kicking off in just a couple of days, and launching just in time is a new venture from South African entrepreneur Daniel Schwartzkopff: BetVIP -- the world's first licensed bitcoin-only betting site. BetVIP's aim is not just a timely launch, but a desire to add legitimacy to the young crypto-currency. Supporting more sports than just football, the site accepts wagers, and pays out winners, exclusively in bitcoin -- only accepting bets made in regulated markets. Schwartzkopff stresses that BetVIP is not a PR stunt during the Fifa World Cup but rather a long-term bitcoin...

  • Wyzetalk secures Series A round: new investors could aid African expansion

    Social enterprise platform Wyzetalk has secured a Series A funding round worth R8 million through Clifftop Colony Capital Partners, a Cape Town-based financial services firm focused on African VC and private equity investments. The round was contributed to by a selection of investors, including Nairobi-based Savannah Fund. Wyzetalk's cloud-based platform offers businesses a way to collaborate with colleagues, employees, customers and suppliers producing greater brand engagement and improved productivity among other benefits. Gysbert Kappers, co-founder and CEO of Wyzetalk, says: "Working with Clifftop as our corporate finance partner has allowed us to credibly access a high-profile local and global investor base...

  • A billion here, a billion there: Uber rakes in some fresh moolah

    You know investors seriously love your company when they start throwing billions of dollars at you. Want to know what that feels like? Just ask on-demand private company Uber, which today confirmed that it had raised a massive US$1.2-billion from a group of mutual fund managers and venture investors. The latest round of funding means that the disruptive company is now worth around US$17-billion, a fact that will probably fuel speculation that it's well on its way to going public. According to TechCrunch, the funding round might actually still grow to US$1.4-billion once Uber's completed a second close of strategic investors. The...

  • ex-Takealot founders launch tech ecommerce site Raru

    A new online shop called Raru has joined South Africa's ecommerce scene. Currently in beta, the site is the brainchild of three of the founders of the ecommerce site now known as Takealot, which specialises in consumer tech like video games, music and computers. Raru's directors are Neil Smith, Waine Smith and Jose Pereira. The trio were all partners at Take 2 -- an ecommerce shop founded in 2002, which later relaunched as Takealot. The three have been involved in the online retail space for more than 15 years, and hope that this experience will give Raru the edge in a...

  • Snapplify readies ebook distribution platform for SA schools

    ePublishing startup Snapplify is set to provide South African learners access to (digital) educational content through a new, and free, eBook store. Snapplify states that it has been watching South Africa's academic space for some time, all the while developing solutions "aimed specifically to help more schools access eBooks." The thinking behind the move is that while many students in the country, and other emerging markets, don't have access to physical textbooks, a lot of learners do have mobile phones or tablets. Working with publishers Oxford University Press, Pearson and Macmillan, Snapplify's free eBook store will function as a platform through...

  • Get in the Ring: calling all startups keen for up to €1-million investment

    Get in the Ring: The Investment Battle is startup pitches meets boxing. Except for the fact that there's no actual boxing involved. There is a ring, though, in which participants must battle it out to stand a chance of securing up to €1 000 000 (R15 000 000) in investments. Now, that's a lot of money, so competition will be tough with 2 000 participating startups hailing from 50 countries. This year, Get in the Ring (GITR) by Erasmus University Rotterdam will take place in South Africa for the very first time with the national final hosted by Silicon...

  • Online art gallery named winner of Lean Startup Machine Cape Town

    This weekend, at the first ever Lean Startup Machine Cape Town presented by ROI Media, we saw about 15 teams of young entrepreneurs pitch, plan, pivot, plan and, ultimately pitch their startup ideas again. Though the competition was incredibly impressive and tough, online marketplace for art, The Artery, stepped up as the ultimate winner. The winning team consists of Cara Coetzee, Nathan Burstein, Werner van Rooyen and Jason Sive and Nic Robertson. By democratising art, the team hopes that a new generation of art lovers will be created. The startup eliminates the art gallery middleman. It sells art online, which means...

  • HP opens up SMB Forum to help SA business with tech solutions

    HP South Africa recently announced the HP SMB Forum which, together with Intel and Microsoft, aims to further the interests of local small business by strengthening their relationships with tech and other professional services. According to Microsoft’s recently concluded economic impact report entitled Ahead of the curve: Lessons on technology and growth from small business leaders, SMEs are more willing to embrace new solutions and are better positioned to encourage job growth. Tracey Newman, SME Lead for Microsoft SA says, "We feel that the small to medium business market is critical to the economic success of South Africa as a...

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