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Startups

  • CarTrip: this carpooling startup looks to make travel easier in SA

    Traffic is a nightmare in South Africa, with many dreading the daily commute to and from work, not to mention the cost of petrol. Carpooling service CarTrip is looking at making travel easier and affordable for customers in SA. The startup is founded by Chris Faur, whose story began when he became stranded in Spain with no train, car, or taxi in sight. His fellow traveller then gave him the idea to hail a BlaBlaCar. "This guy arrives, picks us up at the local garage and we travel about 100kms through Spain. It’s literally just people going to work, going to family and you can just...

  • Kasipedia: startup directory for SA townships

    Kasipedia is a new online directory for SA townships by telecoms startup Maru Telecoms, giving users their own online presence on a platform which caters to localised community interests. It is based out of the Innovation Hub in Pretoria. Some key features on Kasepedia include an encyclopaedia, a business directory, digital school, a dictionary, and more. "We are providing a  platform and a portal, where our communities can narrate their own stories about their day-to-day experiences, history, culture, business and share knowledge about places of interest," said Maru Telecoms representatives in an interview with Ventureburn. The startup, based out of the Innovation Hub in Pretoria, was...

  • Meet the fast-growing Go-Jek of Bangladesh

    Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, is an insanely densely populated city. Growing up here, Elius Hussain says, one thing is always on your mind. The traffic. The horrible jams. How you have to sometimes wait for hours before you can even get on a bus to go home. You say Jakarta is bad. You’ve not been to Dhaka. Regardless of which city makes for the more catastrophic commute, it’s obvious that mobility is an issue in Bangladesh’s capital. How to beat the traffic Pathao, the startup Elius runs, transports goods and people on two wheels – to beat traffic. It’s basically the Go-Jek of Bangladesh, and...

  • 17 South African startups to watch out for in 2017 [Digital All Stars] [update]

    Digital All Stars is a series of 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. In this piece we take a look at all of the interesting (and one or two controversial) changes that SA startups have gone through in 2016. With that in mind, we compiled a list of companies to watch for in the year ahead. BitX / Luno Easily one of the most popular Bitcoin wallets worldwide, BitX launched out of...

  • Startup Grind: 12 things we learnt from Yoco’s Katlego Maphai

    The second Startup Grind Cape Town event of the year took place on Monday night at Workshop 17, featuring Katlego Maphai, co-founder of Yoco. The event saw Maphai cover a wide variety of topics, including the formation of Yoco, challenges associated with the company and more. So what did we learn? Working on Jumia gave him the required confidence Maphai said that while working at RocketInternet, he was sent (along with current Yoco CFO Bradley Wattrus) to Nigeria to work on online retailer Jumia. "That was a gruelling experience... really tough... And I think after that, him and I just...

  • StartupGrind kicks off 2017 with David Campey, Roger Norton on Lean Iterator

    The 20th of January saw the first Startup Grind Cape Town event for 2017, hosting Lean Iterator co-founders David Campey and Roger Norton. Ventureburn attended the event at Workshop 17 in the V&A Waterfront. The event was geared around the pair talking about their experiences in the startup industry as well as some of their own history. Before things started, several speakers addressed the audience about Startup Grind Cape Town and its partners. What is StartupGrind? "StartupGrind is an entrepreneurial networking event that happens every single month in 200 cities around the world," explained Guillaume De Smedt, the Global Community Director of Startup Grind. "It's really exciting because...

  • Q&A: How FindADriver247 carved its niche in an Uber-dominated market

    With Uber waxing stronger and dominating the taxi tech space in Nigeria, tech startup founders are striving to find other opportunities within the sector. Considering the limited nature of the country's on-demand-driving space, it perhaps explains why Uber continues to be the only significant player. But a startup has emerged and is striving to solve a different problem: hiring drivers. In a chat with Ventureburn, Jonathan Ikpenu, a co-founder of FindADriver247.com, explains the company's idea and unique strategy in a market that currently has one dominant player. Ventureburn: What is your background in startups and tech? Jonathan Ikpenu: I have no direct experience in...

  • Ixesha invoicing system to take load off billing?

    Web-based timesheet and invoicing system, Ixesha aims to help freelancers and consultants take the load off when it comes to billing clients. Founder Sean Walsh acquired the intellectual property of Ixesha from a firm who wanted to upgrade their custom-built Microsoft Access system. Ixesha was entirely bootstrapped, with the developmental cost covered by the consulting firm for which it was developed for. "It was painful to use (the access system) and they wanted to move to something web-based, but after doing a good amount of research into what was currently available, they realised that the access system had a lot of...

  • 4 startups that make ‘giving’ part of their culture

    When people discuss the startup sector, the emphasis is often on money – how much capital the founders have raised, profit margins, and even IPO prices – but what if we reversed this formula? Instead of focusing on profit, what if we shifted our attention to how startups give back to their communities? Though often overlooked, many of these same companies have made giving a central component of their overall mission. Startup-based giving takes many forms, ranging from charity-centered brands whose services are a direct path to giving to companies that use their corporate platform as a launching point for...

  • This startup wants to be the Google for your personal data

    Picture this: It’s an awfully busy day. In midst of all the chaos an email lands in your inbox, from your boss demanding certain documents urgently. What do you do? Spend next 30 minutes frantically searching for the documents across your multiple accounts. No luck. Panic sets in. What if there was an easier way to do the same task in less than 5 minutes? That’s VaultEdge. This new startup is aiming to be the Google for your personal data. VaultEdge is a vault that will automatically organize all your documents from multiple accounts into categories like taxes, bill, and so on....