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  • Winning Cape Town startups to tackle water crisis with innovative solutions

    With the City of Cape Town seeking to introduce further water restrictions from 1 June, city authorities would do well to turn to entrepreneurs from four local startups who have designed innovative solutions. The four startups last night won a pitching challenge hosted by Stellenbosch University's LaunchLab to design solutions to tackle water and waste management. Their prize includes incubation and business support from the incubator. The four -- chosen from 11 participants -- are: Bridgiot: which has developed an internet-of-things solutions to provide instant notifications to users on their water usage. The startup is led by Jurie Envee. AlwaysOn founder Nico Pretorius is also involved in...

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    Mayibuye Film Festival on Wabona

    Wabona, one of Africa’s premiere video streaming services is happy to announce a ground breaking partnership with Cape Town based Gravel Road Entertainment. On the 13th of April 2014 Gravel Road Entertainment’s Retro Afrika Bioscope launches the Mayibuye Film Festival on SABC 1.  The festival will run for three weeks, airing two never before seen films every Sunday in which Wabona and Cinemo, Wabona’s mobile service, will be released 2 hours after broadcast free for its users on both services. This will be a first as Gravel Road and Wabona will be releasing film content on three media platforms within...

  • African startups clinch €10k, trip to Canadian event at Innotribe challenge

    The Innotribe Startup Challenge in partnership with SWIFT’s African Regional Conference concluded yesterday in Abidjan, with three fintech companies walking away with cash prizes and more. The three winners are: Irofit Technologies -- which provides a mobile point of sale that helps small businesses process card payments in real time even during poor internet connections. Sokowatch -- with its SMS ordering system that provides a distribution channel for companies to reach smaller retailers. Vugapay -- which helps mobile-money merchants across Africa to get paid. Aside from claiming a cash prize of €10,000 each, the three winners have been invited to attend Sibos, SWIFT's global financial services conference,...

  • 87% of SMEs in SA prefer to work with tech-savvy accountants – report

    More than four in five SMEs prefer to work with accountants who understand technology, according to a survey of over 600 South African accountants and SME owners conducted by Xero, in partnership with World Wide Worx. Most accountants (88%) think that in-depth knowledge of technology and automation will be crucial to the success of the profession within the next three years. Professionals will need to upskill, and 80% of accountants acknowledge that they’ll need some kind of training in the next five years to adapt. Respondents identified mobile technologies (59%), automation (29%) and AI (22%) as some of the most exciting new innovations, although...

  • How South Africans can take more advantage of the growing gig economy

    If you haven't noticed, the worldwide workforce is shifting away from traditional nine-to- five roles and toward a flexible freelance economy. English-speaking nations such as the US and the UK are both producing and hiring independent workers at a rapid rate. About half of the UK's working population will be self-employed within the next five years, while one-third of the US workforce is made up of freelancers. But why is this good news for South Africans? Making the most of your business today means going far beyond your own backyard. As a result, non-native English speakers have the potential to work across...

  • ‘SA should look to Israel as lesson in boosting entrepreneurial ecosystem’

    Israel's success as a startup nation can be attributed to the notion of "if you don’t have it, you either go without it or innovate, invent, and do better". So says Carel De Wet, the general manager of cloud service vendor iCloudius. He was talking at Salesforce's "What Western Cape’s Tech companies should learn from Tel Aviv’s Startup Nation" event, held at Workshop 17 in Cape Town today. "It’s not as if they have better technology than we do. It’s not that we don’t have the same resources or the skill... We just need to take it to the next level," says De...

  • Department to look into setting up sovereign innovation fund – Pandor

    The Department of Science and Technology plans to this year develop a business case for the setting up of a sovereign innovation fund, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said today in Cape Town. Delivering her budget vote address today in Parliament Pandor said her department would work together with the departments of trade and industry, as well as economic development and small business development and other interested parties on compiling the business case. She said the fund is a priority for public-private funding partnerships aimed at commercialising innovations from the public and the private sector. Pandor added that this year the Technology Innovation...

  • Economic, political malaise has dented SA’s entrepreneurial spirit – GEM report

    South Africa has been well known for its entrepreneurial spirit. The incredible successes of businesses like Discovery, Black Like Me, Nandos and most recently, Get Smarter, have encouraged many South Africans to see starting their own businesses as a desirable goal. But it’s not enough. This year's Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) – which annually surveys the state of entrepreneurship in over 60 countries  – has revealed that significantly fewer South Africans believe that they have either the opportunity or the capability to start their own business. The study found that only 37.9% of South Africans believe that they have the required skills...

  • Nigerian accelerator opens applications for residencies to female entrepreneurs

    Applications are now open for the 2017 She Leads Africa (SLA) accelerator, a three-month programme designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest female entrepreneurs. SLA’s 2017 accelerator will take place in four locations across Nigeria - Abuja, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Kaduna. The 2017 accelerator will consist of week-long residencies in the four locations where entrepreneurs will receive training from the SLA team and business leaders and experts. During the residencies, entrepreneurs will be guided on business strategy, growth, marketing, finance and distribution. They will also receive a host of on and offline training as well as an opportunity...

  • Platform aims to advance SA artisans

    Will Edgcumbe believes his new local artisanal e-commerce platform -- Advance -- is  as much a business, as it is "something of a cause". Yesterday marked the launch of Advance in the Western Cape and Kwazulu-Natal. The platform allows customers to order their favourite product from local artisans. Customers can then collect their products either at a store, market or at a preferred pickup point. In an interview with Ventureburn, Edgcumbe, the platform's co-founder, says customers can opt to pay securely via the app or website for their product. "Payment occurring on placing the order also protects our partner stores from the current situation many of them face,...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [15/05/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or catch up on some of your skills? Well, you've come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we've rounded them up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list,...