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  • 3000 Kenyan women receive ecommerce training through Jumia

    Nigerian ecommerce store, Jumia, in collaboration with SheCares International, is awarding 3000 Kenyan women the chance to undergo ecommerce training. This programme looks to empower them within the digital market. The individual women were selected by the SheCares foundation at the inaugural Globel Women's summit by Cabinet secretary for public service, youth and Gender affairs, Sicily Kariuk. The event was hosted in partnership with Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). "In a world that is going virtual, it is crucial that all actors in society have the training and tools they need to exploit the marketplace of tomorrow. This program is tailored to train these ambitious,...

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    SA consumers doing their product homework before purchase

    At a time when most consumers are spending conservatively, with a hawkish eye on every last Rand, value for money has become paramount. Long gone are the days when people sign on to mobile contracts on a whim, or buy insurance products at the behest of a smiling salesman. With deep-seated economic and political uncertainty prevailing, consumers are looking to inform themselves as best they can before spending a cent. “The good news for sceptical South Africans is that a host of new and sophisticated digital tools are coming online, giving people much-needed access to information,” says Ryan Marx, CEO...

  • Behind AlphaCode: a catchup with the financial services club

    Ventureburn recently caught up with the head of marketing and operations for AlphaCode, Paige Robertson, at their latest roundtable. Since being named one of the top 11 co-working spaces globally, they've also increased their memberships, constantly bringing in new businesses. At AlphaCode's recent roundtable discussion, it was all about taking your business to Silicon Valley. "Many of our CT businesses are more mature and further developed than our Johannesburg-based businesses and so we try and curate the content for our events based on the people attending," said Robertson. Philip Joubert, co-founder of Offer Zen was one of the members in attendance who spoke...

  • SA’s Payment24 headed to Germany for Startupbootcamp

    IT research and development startup, Payment24, is headed to one of the most recognisable network of startup accelerators, Startupbootcamp. Starting on 29 August, it will consist of 14 different programmes running across the world. Payment24, along with all of the other startups in the programme, will be provided with mentorship, office space in Berlin, access to Startupbootcamp's global network, €400 000 in services, and €15 000 in cash. After three months, the teams will be presenting themselves to over 300 investors and mentors. Payment24, which focuses on fleet management, payment systems, as well as mobile and retail solutions, was selected from 17 finalists after the...

  • Pitching competition Seedstars World heading to Mali for the first time

    Global seed startup competition Seedstars World is heading to Mali for the first time. The competition will be looking for the ten best startups from the country. "We are constantly expanding into new countries to learn about ecosystems and discover new talent. We are therefore very excited to come to Mali for the first time and see what the country has to offer," writes associate for Seedstars World Claudia Makadristo in a press release to Ventureburn. The winner of the Mali round will go on to compete with over 60 other startups in the finals in Switzerland next year. There they will participate...

  • Applications now open for Apps Africa Innovation Awards

    One of Africa's leading technology news portal, AppsAfrica.com has opened its entries to find the best innovations suitable for the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards. The event, which saw much success last year, crowned 10 winners from over 200 entries and 21 countries. AppsAfrica provides strategic operational planning services for mobile and tech ventures launching in Sub-Saharan Africa. Their AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards celebrate those ventures which provide winners with global publicity and networking with over 500 industry peers and investors attending the awards ceremony. "Our mission is always to promote and honour the fantastic innovation across the mobile and tech ecosystem in Africa. We...

  • Ventureburn wants to know about your tech startup

    Ventureburn is dedicated to featuring and writing news about startups in emerging markets. In fact, it's our passion to inform our readers about new startups, entrepreneurs doing great things, entrepreneurs not doing such great things, and events. Even with all of our networks and contacts, sometimes there are startups that fall through the cracks. In this case, we'd love to know about them. If you think your startup (or someone else's) has some interesting news then please let us know. The company needs to be tech-based, or using technology in an interesting way, and be situated in an emerging market (such as...

  • SA to receive first non-profit association for growing angel investors

    SA will be receiving its first national non-profit association to grow angel investors, named the South African Business Angel Network (SABAN). It is set to launch on 24 August in Johannesburg. According to a blog post on VC4A, the inspiration for SABAN came about when SA entrepreneur Chris Campbell, was involved with EBAN Winter University 2014 in Helsinki, Finland, along with pitching in SA. Campbell realised a need to easily connect businesses with angel investors in SA. It is headed up by Campbell; Bodo Sieber, CEO of Tagmarshal and Mvikeli Hlophe, fund manager at SA Enterprise. This new initiative will pull inspiration from the Finnish Business...

  • Is SA ready for the new world of work? [SPONSORED]

    The days of landing a job and staying in a company until retirement are gone. Indeed, for the new workforce, this old-fashioned approach holds little reality, writes Jane Steinacker. Last year, Millenials (roughly defined as those born from the early 1980s) became the largest generation in the workforce. This, says Lee Naik, MD of Accenture Digital, is significant for two reasons. "First, because Millennials will soon become the predominant source of human capital, and, second, because businesses stand to benefit greatly from the technology acumen and talent this generation (also known as 'digital natives') possesses." The greatest workplace disruptor, digital transformation, is changing not just the way...

  • Top 10 reasons why startups should upgrade their trade show strategy

    Startups often lack the credibility and legitimacy required to convince customers. Trade shows appear as an easy way to face these prospects and demo the efficiency of a product, even though it is amongst the most expensive and complex marketing and sales strategies. This is why, as a startup founder, you must carefully plan early on for your next trade show and pick the right strategy and tools to reach your goals. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should upgrade your trade show strategy: 1. You can't be a tech startup and use 'pen & paper' It doesn't matter how...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [08/08/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch 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 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, or...