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  • 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...

  • Real estate startup Property Fox wants to save you money when selling houses

    There's a new real estate startup hitting the South African market. Property Fox aims to save customers over 80% of traditional estate agent costs by offering a 1.5% commission rate. In a press release sent to Ventureburn, co-founder Ashley James says: "We saw a gap in the market to help people sell their houses for a fraction of the cost, while simultaneously offering more exposure in the market." The company launched in April with co-founder Crispin Inglis. "Our research showed that unreliable home viewings, expenses involved and agent frustrations were among the most common challenges in selling a home," says James. Customers are...

  • How a Kenyan health startup is transforming the lives of families — one SMS at a time

    Your children's health is probably the most important thing in the world to you. But how do you know if your child is developing the way they should be? Even in the UK where there's the NHS, innumerable child development internet sites, or a gazillion baby books, it can be a difficult time. But imagine living in rural Kenya, where health clinics might be difficult to access, there's no internet and in some cases you might not even read or write. That's the problem Nominet Trust 2015 winner, Totohealth is solving, and it is solving it very well...

  • Seedstars World announces 20-country African tour

    Seedstars World, the global seed stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup ecosystems, has announced an African tour that will see it travel through 20 countries looking for promising entrepreneurs. The African tour is part of a global effort, comprising bootcamps and pitching competitions in 65 countries around the globe. Alongside bootcamps, each country visited will host a pitching competition with prizes including the opportunity to compete at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland with the possibility of walking away with up to US$1-million in equity investment and additional prizes. This is the fourth time the organisation...

  • This startup wants to help you level up your knowledge in the most fun way possible

    These days there's a sense that if you're not constantly looking to improve yourself, you might as well be standing still. Given the rate at which the sum total of human knowledge is expanding, there's probably some merit to that. There are plenty of tools out there that aim to help you keep up, but the truth is very few of them are actually fun to use. Enter 42Courses. This Edtech startup, founded by ex-head of Innovation for Ogilvy & Mather in Africa Chris Rawlinson, aims to make the digital world of education the best, fun and most speedily...

  • 8 SA companies using the Uber business model to disrupt their industries

    Whether you like it or not, Uber's on-demand business model has resulted in a flood of companies using a similar strategy. There are Uber-like services for rival taxi companies, doctors, massages and even dagga, showing that the business model is here to stay. What about South African services that use this strategy? PicUp PicUp promises to take the hassle out of package deliveries by harnessing the power of WeChat. The delivery service boasts a fleet of couriers at your fingertips, using everything from bicycles to cars to transport your goods. Essentially, if it can be hauled on a bicycle or put on the backseat...

  • 5 startups that will help you automate SEO-related processes in 2016

    Although factors such as keyword distribution, domain age and URL structure still play a critical role in SEO, they are not really enough to get your website to the first positions in Google search. Instead, with the world of SEO shifting towards content and context, intelligent tools that help in gathering information on user behavior, media mentions, industry contacts and competitors have become essential for a successful SEO strategy. Having in mind all these processes, there are obviously plenty of areas where automation can help individual SEO experts or agencies work more effectively. This is particularly true considering the...

  • Solving global problems is the best way for Nigerian startups to scale globally

    Nigeria’s tech ecosystem is getting attention from within and outside Africa even though the ecosystem is less than a decade old. The successes of ecommerce giants, Jumia and Konga, were an eye opener to the potentials of the tech market in Nigeria yet few startups are profitable, very few are scaling up and expanding to other markets. Simeon Ononobi, Founder and CEO of MyAds.ng, an advertising platform that recently expanded to India and plans to roll out in more countries outside Africa, believes that the chance of Nigerian startups growing to become ‘unicorns’ such as Google, Facebook and Twitter...

  • Peer-to-peer review platform Hi5 shows success outside of SA

    Peer reviews and 360s can be a daunting and challenging task for employees and companies alike. Cape Town-based startup Hi5 is looking to try and simplify the entire process. To date, 90% of the signups for Hi5 have come from outside of South Africa, specifically from the US, UK, and Australia. "I think the reason it's doing well, is that it's helping fast-paced companies take the laborious time intensive administration out of managing staff and replaces it with a solution to help managers focus on staff growth, which ultimately increases efficiency and reduces employee turnover," writes founding partner, Gary Willmott. Each employee is...