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Startup news

  • 10 spots up for grabs for the 2018 San Francisco Entrepreneur Delegation

    Heavy Chef, Startup Safari and Startup Grind have partnered to send 10 South African entrepreneurs to San Francisco for the annual Startup Grind Global Conference to be held in February next year. The 2018 San Francisco Entrepreneur Delegation will depart for Silicon Valley on 8 February. The week-long trip will see the delegation attend the Startup Grind Global Conference taking place between 12 and 14 February next year. Successful applicants will win free flights, accommodation, workshop facilitation, entry into the Startup Grind Global Conference, and a daily allowance. The San Francisco Entrepreneur Delegation will depart Cape Town on 8 February Members of the...

  • Gifted Mom wins Seedstars Douala, will represent Cameroon at Seedstars Summit

    Healthtech startup Gifted Mom was last week selected as the winner of Seedstars Douala, It will now represent Cameroon at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland, where it could stand to win $1-million in investment funding. Gifted Mom was up against 10 other startups at the pitch event held last Friday (29 September). The startup develops last-mile mobile health solutions to increase maternal engagement. The startup aims to democratise health information access in emerging markets through an artificial intelligence-based remote medical platform. Judges at the event included representatives from Microsoft, AppsTech, ST Digital and Seedstars World. Gifted Mom beat Save Our Agriculture and VIKI...

  • Q&A: HackR House founder on why he invested entire savings on project

    How passionate are you about your business? How far would you go to create a minimum viable product (MVP)? Would you, say, invest all of your personal savings? Meet Craig Wing (pictured), a South African who has done exactly just that. Wing is the founder of HackR House, an initiative that aims to support tech entrepreneurs. Applications to its beta-pilot phase closed yesterday (2 October) while applications for its second round will close on 16 October. The full programme is scheduled to launch in February next year. Wing believes that entrepreneurs need round-the-clock support. He came up with the concept around HackR...

  • Libryo secures $1-million seed round, eyes expansion

    Cape Town and London-based legal platform Libryo has secured a $1-million seed round which it aims to use towards expansion. A press release sent to Ventureburn today states that the funding will be used to grow Libryo's team, product development and for expansion into new markets in Africa, Europe, North America and Australia in the next 18 to 24 months. "To have received the backing of these notable investors and programmes is a real validation of our product and the service that we offer our customers, as well as the huge market opportunity we see," Libryo co-founder and CEO Peter Flynn (pictured right) said...

  • Less than two days left to apply to join MAN Truck and Bus Impact Accelerator

    South African startups in the transport and logistics sector have until Sunday (1 October) to apply to join the join the six-month long MAN Truck and Bus Impact Accelerator. In an announcement on its website, the truck manufacturer said the programme -- which aims to scale social ventures in transport and logistics -- will kick off at the Global Social Business Summit in Paris this November. The programme will then see participants travel to Munich, Mumbai, Cape Town and San Francisco with a final pitch day scheduled for Munich in June next year. To be considered for the programme startups must be able to prove that...

  • SA equity crowdfunding site Uprise.Africa reveals first three planned investments

    A cab company, freelance listing app and African languages publishing project -- these are three of the initial investments that Uprise.Africa, which hopes to become South Africa's first equity crowdfunding platform, plans to make available to investors from 25 October. Uprise.Africa spokesperson Inge Prins confirmed to Ventureburn today that the platform intends to initially list six startups or projects. So far three investments already appear on the platform. These are: Storied, a Jacana Publishing project to help publish more African fiction and poetry in which the company is seeking R3-million in exchange for a total equity of 49% in the project. Jobvine Freelance,...

  • SpliceWorks platform goes live, aims to match tech startups with corporates

    Entrepreneurs looking to sell their tech solutions to corporates can register to join a recently launched online platform. Launched last week by BCX, a Telkom owned company, SpliceWorks aims to become a match-making service between tech entrepreneurs and big business and claims it can “turn your big idea into a big business”. While it is open to any tech entrepreneur to join, BCX has selected 70 tech entrepreneurs to trial the platform which has been in testing since April. “SpliceWorks was specifically created to source the latest and greatest digital technology to not only transform the Telkom Group and BCX but also our enterprise customers into digitally fit businesses,” SpliceWorks...

  • Applications open for second cohort of Techstars Anywhere Accelerator

    Global entrepreneur network Techstars has opened applications for a series of accelerators situated worldwide, including its virtual Techstars Anywhere Accelerator programme. Interested applicants have until 15 October to apply to join the Techstars Anywhere Accelerator which will begin next year in January with a demo-day scheduled for 19 April 2018. Only 10 startups will be selected to join the second cohort. The 13-week long Techstars Anywhere Accelerator programme is mostly conducted online The Techstars Anywhere Accelerator is built on the same #domorefaster model as Techstars' other regular accelerator programmes. The accelerator is aimed at entrepreneurs who cannot travel or relocate to attend an accelerator programme. The...

  • Seedstars World launches call for applications from Angolan startups

    Seedstars World has launched a call for Angolan startups to apply to take part in the global seed-stage startup competition. Applications are open until next Thursday (October 5). The event is carried out by main sponsor TGI (Thomson Group International), local ambassador organization KiandaHUB, as well as various local and regional partners such as Enel Green Power, Merck, Orange and Microsoft 4Afrika, 7mobile, SOBA, and Thomson Art House, Seedstars World said in a press release yesterday. "As an Investment firm focused in Angola for over a decade, we are very happy to see and be part of organisations like Seedstars coming into the...

  • Illuminum Greenhouses wins Airbus BizLab E. Africa pitch event

    Kenyan agritech startup Illuminum Greenhouses was yesterday selected as the winner of global aerospace accelerator Airbus Bizlab's AEROmobility inaugural pitching event for East Africa. The startup pitched against 11 other startups from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone to grab the 10-day all expenses paid trip to France and Germany, where it will meet with experts from Airbus as well as investors. Illuminum Greenhouses pitched an integrated solar-powered smart farming solution called Farmshield. The system leverages the power of the Internet of Things (IoT), using sensors that are controlled by a user via SMS. Judges at the event included representatives from the aerospace...