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Startups

  • Expensive, legal software a conundrum for Nigerian startups

    Last Thursday, I chaired a panel at the Nigeria International Technology Exhibition and Conference (NITEC 2016) that focused on how Nigeria can harness cloud solutions. I had my talking points ready and introduced the panel by speaking on how cloud computing remains both a research question and a market product -- but I couldn't have predicted how the session ended with the panelists. We argued back and forth on Nigeria's preparedness for cloud services beyond just using social media, YouTube, email services and the like. There was a consensus among panelists that infrastructure-wise, Nigeria isn't ready yet for cloud computing as several of these services require...

  • Nigeria’s ‘underperforming’ food apps leave many questions

    It's an open secret that food apps are not as popular as ecommerce and payment apps in Nigeria, despite the love for food uniting the people more than music and sports. A few weeks ago, I heard of the ambitious goal of a re-launched app called Bukka. It's pitched as a person-to-person food app that uses seamless connections to link cooks to their clients, connecting users to all available chefs in their neighbourhood and giving them access to a large variety of cuisine. They likened the way the app functions to the way Uber connects riders with drivers. They're so confident of the new app's success that they claim it would...

  • Startup focus: Lentus-H wants to change the world through water [update]

    Update: correction on Hippo Water Roller pricing. Water in developing countries is problematic. The availability and cleanliness of this resource are just some of the challenges people face. For the makers of Lentus-H, the problem of transporting clean water is one they hope to answer. Globally, 783-million people do not have access to safe, clean water, with 37% of those living in Sub-Saharan Africa. With statistics this high, there are a number of organisations and programs focused on improving access to clean water. These initiatives take time and while plans are hatched, alliances negotiated and the occasional pipe laid, there are women...

  • Amplify hopes to strike gold in Nigeria with recurrent payments

    2016 is fast becoming a payment-focused year in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem considering the numerous updates in the ecosystem and the launch of new platforms, services, and the rejuvenation of old ones. The question being asked by many stakeholders is “what’s it about payment in Nigeria?” Earlier this month, yet another payment startup launched in Nigeria to offer payment services, it’s called Amplify and its uniqueness is that it is focused on recurrent payment. The startup was incubated and enjoying the support of MEST Incubator. In an exclusive interview with Segun Adeyemi, Co-Founder of Amplify, he said in spite of the...

  • Here are 7 things that SA government can do to help startups

    A new report by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) has outlined a number of ways that the South African government can help small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Several of these recommendations also apply to startups of course, so what can the government do to improve matters. Create a one-stop shop for government interaction The time taken to complete business-starting procedures has doubled since 2015 due to red tape and bureaucracy, the report noted. It added that small business owners tend to handle all government-related processes themselves in a bid to save cash, such as the Department of Labour and SARS. Aside from making these processes,...

  • 18 SA gaming startups you should know about [Digital All Stars]

    Digital All Stars is a series of 24 articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. The All Stars listed in the articles are compiled using a combination of our editorial team’s own knowledge and that of experts in the fields covered by each article. Gaming development has been growing in South Africa over the years and is growing into a multi-million Rand industry. There is a large community around game development, with groups such as MakeGames SA...

  • 5 Nigerian startups with seriously disruptive capabilities

    ‘Disruptive’ is a powerful word, because it’s not really about a startup that is making money or one that is able to get millions of users. Instead, a disruptive startup is one that is groundbreaking and innovative. Prior to 2015, Nigeria’s startups had largely been founded by developers who had ideas and believed they could make money from such. And so far, several of them have been able to develop tech products that are still profitable – even before the advent of ecommerce. “Even though many foreigners and local investors think of ecommerce giants Jumia and Konga when they talk...

  • This clever UK urban gardening startup could be very useful in SA

    South Africa's urban population is growing rapidly. At the same time, a variety of factors have seen the price of fresh produce shoot up dramatically over the past few years. An obvious solution is to grow your own food, but many city dwellers don't have gardens, or even balconies where they can grow that produce. It's a difficult problem to be sure, but one UK-based startup may have an answer. The Bristol-based startup, called LettUs Grow, produces soil free urban gardens for growing salad vegetables within the home. The gardens are lit using LED lighting and use automated, soilless,...

  • This SA startup wants to open up IoT to local businesses

    If you're a regular reader of the Burn Media suite of sites, you'll be up to speed on all the latest developments in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. But the truth is, many businesses are simply unaware of how big an impact this array of technologies could have on their operations. One company hoping to change that is a Pretoria-based startup called IoT.nxt. Helmed by former Pinnacle Africa Gauteng MD Nico Steyn, the company has built an IoT solution which it says will unlock serious cost savings and create real efficiencies within corporates. "Our innovation offers companies a...

  • 26 Fintech startups you absolutely need to know about [Digital All Stars]

    Digital All Stars is a series of 24 articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. The All Stars listed in the articles are compiled using a combination of our editorial team’s own knowledge and that of experts in the fields covered by each article. Fintech has become a buzzword in recent years. It largely represents startups changing the way money and financial services are handled, by both businesses and corporates. Their developments...