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Startup news

  • A Kickstarter project worth backing: The Startup – a comedy film about startups

    The team behind a new startup comedy set in present-day San Francisco, is utilising Kickstarter to bring the project to life. Simply called the startup, the film bills itself as comedy-drama and aims to show the "the many, ever-changing sides—from the absurd to the sublime, but mostly the hilarious—of life inside an early-stage startup." The project is gaining traction. With 26 days to go, 52 backers have pledged a total of US$11 565 towards the goal of US$25 000 which will allow for a 30-45 minute film. The team is shooting for US$95K however, in the hope of creating...

  • Pitch it. Work it. Launch it: Startup Weekend returns to Cape Town

    Getting a business off the ground takes time, dedication and the occasional bit of sweat and blood. You should be able to pack that all into fifty-four hours right? That's how long people will have to pitch, work and launch their business ideas at Cape Town's second Startup Weekend. These high-pressure events have been a staple of Silicon Valley for some time now, but are relatively new to the South African scene....

  • Bring the social online news room to your business with Pressat

    This is very interesting. Let's say your business has successfully expanded into the UK with some help, and you're ready to let the market know about your product. What's the best way to get the word out? Good question. May we suggest having a look at Pressat, a press release distribution and online publishing service. To start, Pressat -- developed by Manchester agency Atmedia -- will take your press release and distribute it to targeted media outlets across the UK. For a flat fee of £50, your press release is assigned to a member of the Pressat editorial team,...

  • 22seven gets ‘more nimble’ with new update

    Online personal finance management service 22seven has received a massive update that, according to the company, makes it "more nimble and adds some of the things customers have been asking for". With the updates, you can: Categorise your transactions differently: When you click on a transaction all of its details will pop up on a card. 22seven claims it's an easier way to "put transactions in their place". Split your transactions: This...

  • Mxit Money: new mobile money service from Africa’s largest social network

    What’s the future of banking? Well we know that in the future our mobile phones will replace money, and even our credit cards. Why? Because this is the device that is with us all the time and is always connected. But who is going to make this play? The banks? The cellphone operators? The phone manufacturers? Or a mobile social network? Mxit is taking mobile money and payments quite seriously. Earlier this year the popular instant messaging service rolled out a payment option to restaurants, allowing users to pay for meals using the platform. More recently the service launched...

  • Food ordering service Delivery Hero expands to China

    Food ordering startup Delivery Hero is moving into China. China becomes the 12th market for the Berlin-based startup and will operate its service from Shanghai under the name Waimai Chaoren. Delivery Hero launched in 2010 with Lieferheld.de which became the second largest online food ordering and delivery service in Germany. Visitors to Delivery Hero sites can find their favorite dish through thousands of online menu cards from various restaurants. Orders as well as payments are placed online and restaurants are peer-reviewed. Delivery Hero's international expansion strategy has largely been through acquisitions. According to TNW, Delivery Hero is expanding into China through...

  • Google nestles in with Kenya’s 88mph, SA expansion planned

    Looks like Google's African startup footprint is about grow a little more. Kenyan startup accelerator 88mph has signed a partnership with the tech giant in a bid to ramp up its African expansion. The company says it hopes the partnership will "fill the gaps of the nascent startup ecosystem" on the continent. According to The Next Web, the new partnership will allow 88mph to provide a number of extra services, including legal and IP advice, mentoring, and technical workshops. The first stop in Accelerator's expansion will see it heading to Cape Town later this year. Google already has a...

  • Marketing opt-out list TrustFabric rockets to 305 000 users

    In the fight against spam, TrustFabric, South Africa's first independently run direct marketing opt-out list is getting traction, having now grown to 305 000 users. The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) gives South Africans the right to block direct marketing by adding their contact details to an opt-out list, but an official national opt-out list is yet to be appointed. The free TrustFabric service, launched in 2011, hopes to become the official national opt-out...

  • Fresh out of beta Moneysmart reveals bank integration, master plan

    Moneysmart, the online personal finance manager (PFM) we covered last year, will be exiting beta in the next few days. It sports a new look, iOS and Android apps, and now, direct integration with all but one South African bank. Absa is yet to give Moneysmart its blessing, but CEO Tobie van Zyl is confident that an agreement will be reached by the end of this year. With big name backers and a maturing feature set, Moneysmart is coming out guns blazing in its bid to lead a pack of new personal finance tools that aim to give you a...

  • The Sable Accelerator: A gateway into Silicon Valley for SA startups

    With the imminent launch of The Sable Accelerator, South African businesses look set to benefit from a new network of advisers and investors based in Silicon Valley and London that can help with international expansion. Founded by South Africans now living abroad, The Sable Accelerator is backed by angel investors, CEOs, directors and consultants from companies such as McCann Erickson, Grant Thornton, McKinsey and Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa. According to Tech Central, Vinny Lingham, founder of Yola and more recently Gyft -- check out Ventureburn’s exclusive peek at Gyft -- is also onboard as an investor. Sable’s website, a...

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