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Startup news

  • Seedstars World returns to Tanzania

    Seedstars World heads to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on 24 September as part of the lead-up to the Seedstars World final pitching competition in Switzerland in 2017. The criteria for possible candidates are as follows; the startup needs to be less than two years old, have raised less than US$500 000 in funding and have built a viable product which has existing traction within the relevant market.  The startup also needs to show possible regional and global scalability. "The startup ecosystem in Tanzania has been growing exponentially and so does the quality of the startups themselves. We are looking forward to see...

  • Tshimologong Precinct: Johannesburg’s new tech hub

    The Tshimologong Precinct has finally opened its doors, offering opportunities in startup incubation, digital skills training as well as research and training in general. The new precinct, which opened up in Braamfontein, was spearheaded by the University of Witwatersrand and Johannesburg's Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE), and also backed by the national government, private sector and civil society. The person behind the initiative, Professor Barry Dwolatzky, is also the head of the JCSE at the University of Witwatersrand. Tshimologong, a seSotho phrase for "place of new beginnings", has taken old nightclubs and small retail outlets and turned them into integrated computer labs and...

  • Medical startup AikoCorp wins Seedstars World Mali pitching competition [update]

    Update: added in additional quotes The Bamako leg of Seedstars World in Mali has found its winner, AikoCorp. The startup is an SMS service for sending medical lab results to patients. This year was the first time ever that the global pitching competition visited Mali during its world tour which took place at the Impact Hub Bamako. "It was an amazing experience to have Seedstars World organise the event in Bamako. I saw a group of amazingly enthusiastic entrepreneurs who will show the world that we have amazing talent in the country," says CEO and founder of Impact Hub Bamako, Mohamed Keita, in...

  • iFix becomes WeFix: what’s next for the company?

    Did they expand to Nintendo consoles but marketing didn't know how to spell "Wii"? Or is it because the company formerly known as iFix is simply expanding operations? I'm leaning on the latter, but the company has provided an explanation, though. "Having being in the business since 2007, and at the time fixing mostly iThings, iFix was the obvious name. However, over the years the phenomenal development and growth of iFix in South Africa through its partnerships and offering, has expanded from specialising in repairing Apple devices to also include the repairs of Samsung, LG and Huawei," the company explained in...

  • DEMO Africa 2016 concludes for the first time in South Africa

    More than 600 delegates, 30 speakers, and four master classes concluded this year's DEMO Africa event, which is a launchpad for African tech startups. In the past, DEMO Africa events took place in Nairobi, Kenya before moving to Lagos, Nigeria for two years. For the first time since its inception, it has taken place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The DEMO Africa LIONS programme saw 723 applicants applying for the initiative. This list was eventually scaled down to 131, of which only 30 were chosen to pitch - five applicants were from South Africa. Three of the five startups selected at DEMO Africa are South...

  • Etudesk win the Côte d’Ivoire leg of Seedstars World

    Etudesk, a web platform which allows academic institutions to easily set up their e-learning platform, has won the Côte d'Ivoire round of Seedstars World. They will be heading to Switzerland for their spot in the final pitching event. The final event will have 65 startups pitching for their chance to grab US$1-million in prizes. The main prize is a US$500 000 equity investment and there's also a US$50 000 prize to the best startup in education. "We are very passionate about improving education not only in the country but in Africa. We really think that education has the power to improve people's lives and why not start...

  • Who needs seed funding? Not this Indian VR startup

    It's always refreshing to see emerging markets take to new technologies, and virtual reality (VR) is no exception. So we're glad to see an Indian VR startup not only taking to the technology, but seemingly making a success of it all, as is the case with FlipSpaces. Focused on interior design, FlipSpaces "enables people to visualise how products they are seeking to buy for their home or office look like in virtual  environment similar to their own", the company wrote in an emailed press release. It also claimed to rake in US$1-million in revenue in three months. Prove your mettle and revenue follows...

  • The Munching Mongoose crowned Gauteng winner of 702 Small Business Awards

    Gourmet food retailer The Munching Mongoose has taken home the grand prize for the Gauteng leg of the 702 Small Business Awards. "We're overwhelmed to have won. We love that as a result of our service, families spend quality time together centred around great food. We're humbled that our customers enjoy this offering enough to have nominated us for the award," says co-founder of The Munching Mongoose Tamryn Dicks in a press release to Ventureburn. The Munching Mongoose partners with small-scale local producers and delivers a weekly box of healthy foods to consumers. The startup and its partners also donate food to a home for abused...

  • MyFinda, the ‘first’ search-engine in Kenya

    Myfinda, which claims to be the very first search engine developed in Kenya, has officially been launched by Finda Mobile Application Limited last week. Since the initial activation in January, they've had over 5000 downloads and over 400 businesses registering, the company revealed in a press release emailed to Ventureburn. "The purpose of Myfinda is simple, to make the Kenyan local business visible and accessible," said CEO and founder of Finda Mobile Application Limited, Maliha Sheikh-Sevany. MyFinda is a mobile application directory which enables a business to increase their visibility within the marketplace. It provides customers with access to updates regarding jobs, fashion and currency, to name a few. MyFinda's subscription...

  • This year’s PriceCheck E-Commerce Award finalists

    This year's PriceCheck E-Commerce Awards is set to kick off their tenth birthday by celebrating some of South Africa's outstanding innovators in the tech and ecommerce industries. "From start to finish, including the way in which the categories are defined, the votes counted, and the judges selected, the PriceCheck Tech & E-Commerce Awards offer up a uniquely unbiased and credible snapshot of what local e-tailers are up to," said founder and CEO of PriceCheck Kevin Tucker in a press release to Ventureburn. "Our goal is to draw attention to the advances that individuals are making in what remains a challenging sector,...