Africa, News

PwC Vision to Reality Awards reveals top 10 SA startups

PwC PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC) has just announced the top 10 startup finalists of its Vision to Reality Awards that will be taking part in its three month accelerator programme. In an effort to celebrate dynamic companies, the top 10 finalists are given the opportunity to showcase their innovative companies and gain access to leading advisors and a direct route to seed and venture capital. In essence, the PwC Accelerator wants to help companies make their visions sustainable by making sure they have ...

Africa, Ecommerce

Taking Nigerians cashless: Q&A with PayPal’s business lead for Africa

paypal_logo Nigeria’s 170-million plus population has an estimated 60-million internet users, making it the largest potential market for PayPal of all the countries it has entered in recent months. Before now, attempting to use PayPal in Nigeria would have led to the blocking of your PayPal account, with the service hardly viewing the country in the most favourable light. However, it seems all that is changing, as the country's young professionals with disposable income come online in search of places to spend ...

Startup news

SA entrepreneur’s football fan startup scores a cool US$2.4m in funding

Fanmode You don't really have to know all that much about football to know that it's seriously big business. Some of the figures nonetheless remain mind boggling. Manchester United and Real Madrid each sell around 1.4-million replica jerseys a year, netting them hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Add in stuff like season ticket sales, match day programmes and paid appearances and you can see why anyone able to tap into the sport's rabid fandom stands to win big. Enter Fanmode. ...

Africa, News

Uber launches in Lagos as it further expands into Africa

Uber2 The popular San Francisco-based car ordering service Uber has just launched in Lagos, Nigeria. This puts Uber's active countries across the globe at 42, and follows positive results after it launched in South Africa in 2013. As it does with all its new expansions, Uber gave the local celebrity -- in this case, hip-hop artist Ice Prince -- a stylish cruise around town. Uber has rolled-out its service to include sedans and luxury SUV's which promotes secure and safe transport ...

Entrepreneurship, Startups

Ideas to Reality: 5 creative ways to quickly validate your product

notes Ideas to Reality is an article series where I take a look at easy tools entrepreneurs can use to get their projects up-and-running. In the previous post, I highlighted a bunch of free tools that can help you build a product prototype. “There’s no marketplace for ideas,” Trevor Owens, entrepreneur and founder of the popular customer validation board Javelin says. So until your product is out there, you’ll never know its real worth. Luckily, with the help of some effective ...


Global accelerator Startupbootcamp announces its top 10 FinTech finalists

Startupbootcamp The international startup competition, Startupbootcamp FinTech, has announced the top 10 finalists to join the popular European accelerators programme. The scope of the event spanning globally, innovative financial technology startups from Africa, Europe and the US have been chosen. Nektarios Liolios, Managing Director at Startupbootcamp FinTech, notes that the accelerator has selected the cream of the crop. He says, “Over the last five months we’ve scoured the planet for the most interesting, innovative and promising FinTech startups. We’ve met over 436 ...

Mobile apps, News

IBM’s driving SA innovation with the Road Buddy safety app

ibm_logo IBM recently announced that its efforts in driving entrepreneurship in South Africa are paying-off. The tech multinational did so by highlighting its role in supporting locally conceptualised app, Road Buddy -- a tool that aims to prevent road collisions. By partnering with IBM's entrepreneurship programme, the app's creators are now looking to target the global market. The app (currently iOS-only) was developed with collaboration between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Cape Town based engineers. The Road Buddy ...

News, Startups

Check out these 10 WDC startups pitching at PwC’s Vision to Reality Awards

PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers's (PwC) Vision to Reality programme in collaboration with Word Design Capital 2014 (WDC2014) will be hosting the seventh pitching session of WDC2014. Ten local startups -- chosen for their "cutting-edge tech design, innovation, and social entrepreneurship" -- will be pitch their ideas in effort to receive funding, mentorship and exposure on 23 July. The agency of WDC2014, Cape Town Design NPC, will award R10 000 for the most impressive and deserving startup. Furthermore, in partnership with South African crowdfunding ...


Need some help managing your startup? Check out these 10 smart cloud tools

numbers-accounting Managing a new company is daunting. Even more so in a time where the advancement of technology has led to the proliferation of utilitarian tools in the project management realm. Many technological experts have put in their efforts and brains to devise various tools that have simplified project management methodology and improved the productivity of businesses involved in managing projects. These tools, being based in the cloud, can be easily accessed from different locations. This suits those businesses whose team ...

Africa, Innovation, News

Net1 Mobile initiative brings solar-powered solutions to SA communities

Africa Net1 Mobile Solutions recently partnered with South African-companies and organisations to bring care-packs to hundreds of pupils at Jon Kotlolo School and the local community, in Pretoria, South Africa. These packs included the company's Sun-e-light -- a solar-powered lamp and mobile phone charger. “We created Sun-e-light for South Africans who have little or no access to electricity, as an ongoing corporate social investment project,” said Philip Belamant, Managing Director of N1MS. The first edition of the Sun-e-light costs R270 (US$27) and ...