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Startup news

  • Yachtsie makes booking yachts easier than a flight, car or hotel

    Booking a car, flight or hotel has become pretty darn easy in the 21st century thanks to smartphones, Google and specific online services. However, for fans of sailing, booking a yacht has always been a time consuming, and difficult endeavour -- at least that's how Steve Raw, an Oxford-educated engineer and RYA Yachtmaster, felt about the process. That's why he founded Yachtsie, a web-based yacht booking service that hopes to make securing a yacht for hire as easy as booking that car, flight or hotel. "The purpose of Yachtsie is to make it really easy to find and book high quality yachts....

  • Lean Startup Machine launches Cape Town event: ‘Fail fast. Succeed faster’

    Lean Startup Machine (LSM) is a tried and tested, world-renowned methodology that's based on the principle for startups to "fail fast and succeed faster." Brought to us by ROI Media, from 30 May to 1 June, LSM Cape Town will host a three-day event consisting of fifty-second pitches, essential workshops and training, judges and ultimately winners. Participants' ideas will be refined and put to the test under the guidance of well-acclaimed mentors such as Snapscan co-founder Kobus Ehlers, Andrew Smith from Yuppiechef, co-founder of WooThemes Mark Forrester, Groupon SA CEO Wayne Gosling, and many more. Trevor Owens, founder of Javelin, is...

  • MzansiStore takes SA crafters online as it surpasses crowdfunding goal

    MzansiStore is an online marketplace for South African merchants selling handcrafted products to both national and international audiences. A member of Cape Town World Design Capital 2014, the online shop recently managed to raise funds using the local crowdfunding site, Thundafund, in an effort to support local talent. The Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 matched MzansiStore's R10 000 funding goal which brought the total up to decent R22 750. MzansiStore founder Deidre Luzmore told Ventureburn that although the marketing of the crowdfunding campaign was tough, it's success does highlight the great support from the community. The funds will be...

  • Meet the 7 startups that pitched at Net Prophet’s Sparkup!Live

    Last night the big names in technology and investment met up in downtown Cape Town with some of the most promising startup offerings in the city. Net Prophet's Sparkup!Live is a self-professed business gauntlet connecting founders to secure investment and (for some) a very prosperous future. The event hosted pitches by the top seven startups to come out of Net Prophet’s coveted training program for startups this past weekend. The key angel investors were made up of Cape Town’s technology investor, including Justin Stanford, founder of Silicon Cape Initiative and 4Di Capital. Here are our impressions of the startups that...

  • 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...