Africa, News

Seed Academy is offering R2-million training for tech entrepreneurs

Business Plan Beginning on 30 September 2014, Seed Academy, a school of entrepreneurs, will offer tech entrepreneurs R2-million worth of training for free. “We hope to attract those in the technology space but we are open to any compelling businesses and business ideas,” says Lara Rosmarin, the CEO of Seed Academy. The training will take place after hours once a week over a period of 10 weeks. Each course is valued at R16 000. Emerging entrepreneurs are equipped to either start their own businesses or ...


5 ways peer-to-peer lending is changing the world [SPONSORED]

8490786464_668e43e016_h Tweet, Hashtag, Like, Poke, Comment. Social media has opened the world up to a totally new way of interacting. It is this brave, new world that has brought about a shift in thinking – on every level. Peer-to-peer lending is one of these shifts. Take a look at the 5 ways peer-to-peer lending is changing your world today: 1. Unconventional Peer-to-peer lending is disruptive in every way; challenging the financial system and giving you more information about your money. By going ...


14 innovative Korean companies you need to know about [GMV]

GMV Awards Think Korea's tech scene extends only as far as Samsung and LG? Think again. We've already told you about how instant messaging platform KakaoTalk managed to accumulate hundreds of millions of users and shown you some of the startups from that country trying to disrupt their way onto the world stage, but there's plenty more innovation coming out of the East Asian country. One attempt to highlight this is the GMV Innovation Awards, part of the Global Mobile Vision conference in ...

Africa, Startup news

Data and transport app GoMetro wins Get in the Ring 2014 Africa finals

GoMetro app South Africa's GoMetro has recently been named the winning African startup by Get In The Ring (GITR) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The transport and data app has been on a roll of late, recently named one of the top ten startups of DEMO Africa 2013 and as well as PwC's Vision to Reality Awards recently. Speaking to Ventureburn, Justin Coetzee, the founder of GoMetro, notes the massive confidence boost this recent win brings to the three-year-old Cape Town-based company: "This is a massive ...

Competition, News

Cape Talk, Talk Radio 702 announce Small Business Awards winners

small business awards 2014 1 The Cape Talk Small Business Awards and Radio 702 Small Business Awards winners have been announced, with leather goods manufacturer Research Unit taking home top honours and the Cape and textbook service Book Express claiming the Gauteng prize. In the Cape, the budding company lead confectionery maker Sweet Temptations Toffees and holiday rental service Perfect Hideaway in second and third respectively. Gauteng saw Scimatics Solutions -- tuition service -- and Tutuka Motor Lab -- an auto body repair centre -- follow ...

Africa, Featured, Startups

Disrupt everything: 11 exciting Kenyan startups worth your time right now

Kenya We love Kenya. So much so that we recently headed to the East African country for some fun times with startups. Ahead of the trip, we thought we would list some noteworthy startups. How do you pick 11 great startups to write about? You reach out to the community. And the community delivered. By no means is this the definite list of Kenyan startups, but these are ones our community loves. Kenya has long been at the forefront of tech innovation in ...

Mobile apps, Startup news

Over launches Quick: the ‘fastest app’ to add text to photos

iPhone6.Newspaper quick We've covered Over numerously in the past, listing some inspirational uses of its software, but now the Cape Town startup is launching an all new app dubbed Quick -- a free app for adding text to images. Over's eponymous app found acclaim and massive popularity Stateside and allowed creative users to add filters, memorable quotes and tinker with the snap. So far it boasts over 9 million iOS downloads. Quick, as the company (and the name) notes, is more about getting ...

Competition, News

Say hello to Ventureburn’s top 5 Startup Battle finalists

Startup Battle 2 Ventureburn is announcing the top five finalists of our Startup Battle. In partnership with Ford and Social Media Week Johannesburg, we will be giving away R25 000, as well as some other prizes, to the most innovative problem-solver that can woo our panel of judges. Ventureburn Editor Michelle Atagana says that although we've been impressed by the amount of exciting feedback from South Africa's startup community, deciding on the top five has been difficult: "This has been very exciting for us. We ...

Africa, Startup news

PwC Vision to Reality Awards dubs WiGroup SA’s top startup of 2014

WiGroup Corporate, meet entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship, meet corporate. In a grand effort to celebrate small innovative companies in South Africa, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) recently announced the winners of its Vision to Reality accelerators programme. In-store mobile transacting startup WiGroup came up top with transaction authentication service Entersekt given second place. In third, there was a tie between Cape Town animation studio Triggerfish and elearning startup IT School Innovation (ITSI). A first of its kind in South Africa, the top ten finalists were given the opportunity ...


6 things you need to get right if you want to build a billion dollar company [GMV]

Kevin Hale It's a little flippant to say that building a billion dollar company isn't easy. It's a little bit like saying that winning an ultra-marathon isn't easy. Just like an ultra-marathon though, there are certain things you have to get right if you're to have any hope of even competing. But what are those things? How, in other words, do you even know what it is you're supposed to be getting right? Well one person who has a few ideas worth ...