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Startup news

  • Go Ignite: Second call for startups

    The Go Ignite Second Global Call is seeking innovative SMEs that have market-ready solutions in the fields of AI, Connected Homes, IoT Security and more. Go Ignite is established by an alliance of telcos consisting of Hub Raum, Orange Fab, Singtel, Innov8 and Telefonica Open Future. The alliance announced the programme at the Four Years From Now (4YFN) startup and tech event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. "We are very happy to announce the second call for the Go Ignite programme. In the telco industry, this programme creates an unmatched win-win-situation. The participating teams can gain exclusive knowledge and fast access to new...

  • SA companies take on Agritech Expo in Zambia

    The Agritech Expo, which takes place on 27 to 29 April in Zambia, has seen a strong South African interest in Zambia's agricultural sector. The expo is owned by the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) and returns to Chisamba for the fourth time this year. "Zambia is an exciting market to explore, not just for South African suppliers to the agriculture sector, but also for South African farmers," said the commercial director for the Agritech Expo, Liam Beckett in a press release to Ventureburn. The SA companies which are involved in the expo in an exhibition or a sponsorship role include AGRICO, Gallagher,...

  • Brandchat: Message your favourite brands through WeChat & more

    A new SA startup, called Brandchat, allows businesses to interact with their customers through multiple messaging platforms such as Facebook, WeChat, Telegram and Kik. "We want to make it as simple and natural to get in touch with a business as it is to get in touch with friends. Starting a chat is quicker than downloading an app, more immediate and cheaper than making a phone call, and simpler than figuring out a complex website," said Brandchat director, Pete Matthaei in a press release to Ventureburn. Brandchat has developed a "unified dashboard" which allows businesses to create and manage a bot, giving them...

  • Google’s Launchpad Accelerator now accepting African startups

    Tech giant, Google has announced that its Launchpad Accelerator is accepting applications from African countries for the very first time. Startups from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa are eligible to apply. The six-month programme will help entrepreneurs by means of mentorship, training and, equity-free support. The programme will also consist of a two-week all-expenses-paid training workshop at the Google headquarters in Silicon Valley. Accepted entrepreneurs will also receive access to various Google engineers, mentors, as well as resources. The participants will also receive various marketing opportunities through Google and credits for Google products. Some startups who apply will be asked to participate in a one-hour...

  • Yoco concludes Series-A funding round, plans international expansion

    SA payments provider Yoco has recently concluded a Series-A funding round of an undisclosed amount led by two foreign investors namely US-based Quona Capital and Netherlands-based Velocity Capital. The new influx of capital will help Yoco expand its reach nationally as well as increase its product offering. It'll also be used to lay the groundwork for its international expansion in 2018. "In addition to being a milestone and validation for Yoco, this round is a vote of confidence in South Africa’s growing fintech and startup ecosystem," said Yoco CEO and co-founder Katlego Maphai in a press release to Ventureburn. "Raising smart capital from...

  • IoT.nxt prepares for global expansion

    SA innovator, IoT.nxt has secured R100-million from its investor and funding partner, Talent Holdings. This significant cash injection has helped IoT.nxt expand into their new office in London. Their new space serves as their European base of operations as they continue to scale into more markets. "We are using the momentum that we have built up in South Africa with industrial applications that we are implementing in various sectors like the mining, ports, and health care industries, facilities management, automotive retail, smart buildings and food processing," said IoT.nxt CEO, Nico Steyn in a press release to Ventureburn. "Our traction in South Africa...

  • FOMO Travel joins the Singer Group

    SA's first 'lay-by' travel startup, FOMO has recently announced a partnership with the Singer Group's Embassy Travel through one of their partner groups, Amazing Holidays. Amazing Holidays is the leisure division of Embassy Travel and is the Singer Group's online travel agency. Embassy Travel is also the founding shareholder of XL Travel, one of SA's largest travel consortiums. This gives FOMO Travel access to major buying power, translating into competitive rates, it was claimed in a press release to Ventureburn. "This is a very exciting era for both Amazing Holidays and FOMO Travel. The Singer Group has been on a growth...

  • African startups to take on Silicon Valley

    This week, five African startups will take on Silicon Valley as part of the 2017 Lions@frica Innovation Tour. The five startups selected were part of Demo Africa 2016 and will compete alongside local tech startups as well as have the opportunity to engage the startup ecosystem through various activities and events. "These five startups have been prepared for the tour through a series of learning activities over a two-month long virtual bootcamp," said the communications manager of the Lions@frica group, Aliesha Balde in a press release. "We want them to engage the Silicon Valley ecosystem on their own terms, but armed with...

  • Google’s Launchpad Start to empower African SMEs

    Internet giant, Google has opened applications for its Launchpad Start programme which aims to empower innovative SMEs. The week-long bootcamp will see 20 startups participating in the programme, taking place in partnership with JoziHub from 27 to 31 March 2017. The Launchpad programme will focus on various subjects including UX and UI, product strategy, technology, business development, marketing and presentation skills. Each day of the programme will focus on a different subject and will include one-on-one mentorship, presentations and various amount of technical work. According to Google, there will be no fee for startups selected to be a part of Launchpad Start. Google...

  • Fintech Innovation Africa roadshow to kick off in Cape Town

    One of SA's largest accelerators, Sw7, in partnership with the law firm, Webber Wentzel, will launch their roadshow, known as the Fintech Innovation Africa. The roadshow will launch in both Cape Town and Johannesburg during the week of 27 February 2017. "Innotribe’s Startup Challenge for Africa plays an important role in finding the continent’s most exciting young companies, bringing them together with the financial sector," said the head of Middle East, Turkey and Africa at SWIFT, Sido Bestani in a press release to Ventureburn. Fintech Innovation Africa will act as a runway event for the SWIFT Innotribe Startup Challenge which will be held...