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Startup news

  • Mobile health platform FolUp launches in SA

    Mobile health is hot right now. That statement has never been truer. In Africa, healthcare is a major issue and finding easier ways to get medication, medical information and care to people is very important. That's where FolUp comes in, a mobile and web-based health communication platform that connects doctors and patients, allowing collaboration and actively participate in improving patient care and satisfaction. According to the company, the tool provides patients with...

  • Nigerian video streaming service iROKOtv signs deal with Nokia

    Nigerian video streaming service iROKOtv has signed a deal with Nokia to launch a free mobile app for the Lumia range of Windows 8 Phones. The deal allows Nollywood fans to access the service's full catlogue of Nigerian films on the go. According to iROKO Partners, the company behind the service, the app is built with the same functionality as www.irokotv.com, giving users total control over their viewing experience and the ability to search the catalogue of thousands of movies by genre and actor, as well as select movies to "watch later". "The iROKOtv app is a fantastic addition to...

  • Watch: 5 videos of killer emerging market health and wellness startups

    UNESCO partner, Netexplo, is a future-facing initiative that helps businesses from France figure out how to cash in on tech innovation around the world. Through a network of about 200 journalists, scientists and academics, the initiative acknowledges brilliant ideas. The top 100 form the Netexplo 100 which aims to provide an overview of digital innovation happing in the world. At the Netexplo Forum, the top 100 are further whittled down and acknowledged by a jury of independent personalities from the academic world, research and international organisations. We dug through the Netexplo 100 for 2013 and found five intriguing ideas from emerging...

  • WooThemes enters online course market with Sensei WordPress plugin

    WordPress theme and extension developer, WooThemes, is entering the online course market through Sensei, the company's latest WordPress plugin. Launched earlier this week, Sensei -- previously code-named LMS -- integrates with WooCommerce, the WooThemes eCommerce platform. This means that teachers can create courses within WordPress, and then charge for them. Sensei integrates with existing WordPress themes and presents a familiar workflow -- creating a course or lesson is similar to creating a new page or post in WordPress. Sold as a learning management plugin, Sensei allows for the creation of quizzes and the setting of pre-requisite courses. Teachers can specify a...

  • Q&A: Vinny Lingham on Gyft, the festive season and living in Silicon Valley

    South African technology entrepreneur Vinny Lingham is not resting on his laurels despite the success of Yola and it having raised US$25 million from Johan Rupert’s Reinet Investments. His latest venture, Gyft, seeks to “disrupt” the multi-billion dollar gift card industry.Gyft is a “Mobile Gift Card Platform” that aims to enable customers to “upload, buy and redeem gift cards conveniently from their mobile device”.Gift cards are a US$100 billion industry in the USA alone, which is partially the reason why Google Ventures, Founder Collective and 500 Startups have funded this private company.The other reason could be Lingham’s track record as a...

  • Studentology’s mobile payment app attracts international investor attention

    In November last year, eleven promising startups boarded a plane bound for London where they would be introduced to potential investors and mentors. The eleven, chosen as part of Silicon Cape's incubation programme, pitched to a panel of investors that included the Mamba Mentors, a group of South African expats who were also involved in previous pitching rounds. One of the startups, Studentology, a student marketing company with a mobile payment solution, caught...

  • HealthQ: groundbreaking African startup launches, attracts funding, blows minds

    When we broke the story about HealthQ's open source metabolic chamber -- the first of its kind in the world -- we came away solemnly impressed by what a group of entrepreneurs from Stellenbosch, South Africa, managed to pull off on a limited budget. After its official unveiling today, we are now privy to HealthQ's impressive investor roster and how the metabolic chamber fits into HealthQ's plans. We knew that WooThemes co-founder Adii Pienaar was an investor, and that venture capital fund 4Di Capital was involved. Shortly after wealthy mining family, the Oppenheimers, invested in 4Di Capital’s venture fund for...

  • Ex-Mxit boss admits IM startup 2go is a threat

    The South African tech scene is quite abuzz with news of Alan Knott-Craig and post-Mxit information. In a recent Memeburn article, some insight was given into his time and the mobile social network and why it came to an abrupt end. Now, in a video interview discussing a post-Mxit life and how Africa's supposed largest social network fitted into his own company, World of Avatar, the former CEO has admitted that small instant messaging startup 2go could be a threat to Mxit. 2go is a startup based in South Africa that currently boasts just over 10-million active users...

  • Enterprise social media startup WyseTalk secures $1M funding round

    Social media for enterprise startup, WyseTalk, has secured first phase funding in excess of $1 million from an investment consortium comprising high nett worth individuals from South Africa, Europe and the United Kingdom. WyseTalk was developed by Alacrity Technologies and launched in October 2011. The transaction, facilitated by local venture capital firm Clifftop Colony, sees a shift in shareholding as Alacrity Technologies divests to focus on its core financial services and retail business. WyseTalk will now be supported by a group of investors with global tech interests. Speaking on behalf of investors, Sean Emery, Chief Investment Officer at Titan...

  • Socialbakers raises $6m in new round of funding

    Popular social analytics site, Socialbakers has just raised US$6-million in a new round of funding to aid its expansion plans according to the company's website. The company, which was launched in 2009, offers analytics for businesses running marketing campaigns across social media platforms so they are able to measure the effectiveness of their campaigns. The new round of funding comes courtesy of Index Ventures, with additional funding from first-round investors such...