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Startup news

  • Zimbabwe Startup Weekend crowns winner: Kwese Music

    Zimbabwe's first Startup Weekend was hosted by the local tech hub Hypercube recently and saw a three-day event full of mentors, judges and pitches. Out of all the entrepreneurs who pitched, the three finalists were MoneyGame, Combi Code and Kwese Music. The latter of which walked away with a bunch of prizes worth US$78 000. Tech Zim reports that Kwese Music has made an app and device called K'tamba which can conduct electrical current using everyday objects, such as fruit, as musical instruments. These instruments are then connected to a computer and an app which could then be used to...

  • South African photo editing startup Over wins global U-Start competition

    Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, mobile app startup Over has been named the number one startup at the international U-Start competition in Milan, Italy. The U-Start competition has sourced impressive early-stage ventures from across the globe. With startups hailing from Brazil, Chile, Russia, South Africa and Europe, eighteen ventures were given the opportunity to pitch their ideas in front of a group of renowned international investors. The five South African startups which were chosen to pitch their businesses in Milan this week were CapeRay, wiGroup, Mellowcab, SteadiDrone and Over. The latter of which was named the winner based...

  • Jumia bags another award: named best Nigerian ecommerce site of the year

    It seems like Jumia is making a habit of winning. The Nigerian online retailer was awarded the Best ecommerce Website of the Year at the Beacon of ICT awards in Nigeria last week. This follows last year's honour for the Rocket Internet-backed startup, when it became the first African company to win The Best New Retail Launch of the Year award at the 2013 World Retail Congress in Paris. Beating other popular competitors such as OLX and Konga to the chase, Jumia was congratulated for using innovative techniques to help Nigeria's expand ecommerce market. While the company is hailed as the Amazon of Africa,...

  • Jumia partners with African Fashion Week Nigeria, empowers local designers

    Rocket Internet's ecommerce flagship and one of Nigeria's biggest online retailers, Jumia Nigeria, is partnering with African Fashion Week Nigeria in order to promote and empower the country's fashion industry. In a recent press release, the popular ecommerce outfit noted that it was committed to lending a hand to Nigeria's fashion industry and its designers by showcasing their products online, and thus giving them the opportunity to increase their reach and access new markets. Jumia Nigeria currently features more than 20 000 fashion items online, and by partnering with African Fashion Week, has found a way of extending its offering even...

  • Onyx showcases its ground-breaking Glass tech at big international vending event

    South African display technology startup, Onyx Display Media, is off to Italy to showcase its display Glass solution at Venditalia, an international vending trade show. Onyx describes its glass solution as a "revolutionary patent pending solution, that may be retro-fitted to any cooler, horizontal freezer, and it may even stand completely alone – not depending on either". The glass allows for a host of static and interactive content to be display in...

  • Want some funding? Net Prophet is looking for startups

    Popular Cape Town conference Net Prophet is back for another year. According to the organisers, this year's event is "gearing up to be better than ever". A big move for the event this year is its startup workshop, Spark up, which the organisers say "is coming into its own". The three day workshop runs for free over the weekend of 16 - 18 May ahead of Net Prophet. According to Net Prophet, it...

  • Trading Hours aims to let you know when your favourite stores are actually open

    How many times have you bust a gut trying to get to your favourite store, only to find that it's been closed for at least an hour? Or have you ever assumed that the restaurant you've heard so much about would be closed only to see pictures of people having an amazing time there a few hours later? You could, of course, look it up online (although there's no guarantee that it'll be there), or you could use a new service called Trading Hours. The service, which aims to simplify things by giving people a platform to easily access...

  • Woelab’s e-waste 3D printer to star on Hangouts On Air Series

    Aspirations, when mated to seemingly wasted resources and achievable goals, usually births a brilliant creation. Woelab Industries, a startup in Togo, has mastered this formula by building the "first 3D printer from recycled electronic waste." 3D printing, or Additive Manufacturing, is a rapidly evolving technology, allowing simple production of objects that would otherwise take a considerable amount of resources. The benefits for the African continent are extensive, but the technology is not readily available or affordable for those underprivileged. Woelab Industries has found solutions to those two problems with one innovative invention. Their US$200 3D printer, presented at the NYC 3D...

  • Mobile education startup FunDza a finalist in 2014 WISE Awards

    The South African non-profit literacy trust FunDza has been named one of the 15 2014 WISE Awards Finalists. The international WISE Awards seeks to identify and promote unique and novel solutions to real-world education challenges and has thus chosen FundZa as one of its inspiring initiatives. With an aim of making reading accessible and appealing to the youth of South Africa, FunDza is behind the Growing Communities of Readers programme. This provides people across the country with access to quality, locally-generated reading content via their mobile phones. The reading material is available in a variety of formats, such as mobi or a Mxit app...

  • Obituary of a startup: Realtime Wine, courageous social app, bows out

    Realtime Wine (RTW), a social discovery app for wine, died last night from complications after failing to monetise quickly in an aggressive startup ecosystem. It was three years old. Plain-spoken and unassuming, RTW never assumed the part of a wine guide. In what can only be described as a courageous piece of moxie, RTW sought to get rid of highbrow reviews and instead provide wine consumers with honest opinions. RTW's quasi-warrior persona attracted the attention of investors such as former FNB CEO Michael Jordaan, owner of Bartinney Wines, and Mike Ratcliffe, managing director at Warwick Wine Estate. They were two...

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