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  • Innovation awards finalists announced

    FNB Business in association with Endeavor South Africa has announced 12 startups shortlisted for the FNB Business Innovation Awards. The awards are aimed at businesses that are able to demonstrate real innovation that has the potential to change the way an industry operates both locally and internationally. The businesses must be founder-led, exhibit high-growth potential and have the capacity to create a substantial number of jobs. The 12 shortlisted startups are: ArcAqua – A cutting edge food security company with a global vision to eliminate all food wastage by using ozone technology. BrandsEye – An opinion mining company that uses search algorithms, crowd-sourcing and machine learning...

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    Sureswipe's Move allows business owners to accept payments on the go

    Business owners that often move around to sell their goods and services have been able to increase revenue thanks to Sureswipe's Move payment solution. The solution allows one to easily receive card payments from customers regardless of where one is. Sureswipe MD Paul Kent says Move has boosted the revenue of a number of its small business clients because it allows business owners and their staff to remain mobile, agile and offer their customers personalised, face-to-face service. Move is also a great option for pop-up shops, those operating from markets and who run promotions. “We know the challenges that merchants, independent retailers and SMEs face. This is why we...

  • Travelground founders launch booking service to target business travellers

    Over 500,000 South Africans travelled domestically for business last year. It's why the founders of the TravelGround Group, Marcel Van de Ghinste and Jonathan Womersley, have launched WorkTripper.co.za, South Africa’s first business-ready accommodation-booking platform. Built entirely for business travellers WorkTripper allows users to find the features and services that they need, such as flexible cancellations, negotiated rates and Wi-Fi, from over 12,000 establishments across the country. The new platform is the group’s third ecommerce venture in nine years and follows in the successful footsteps of TravelGround.com and LekkeSlaap.co.za. Together they attract an average of 750,000 unique users a month, with thousands of...

  • Seedstars selects 12 startups for Joburg pitching event this week

    Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets, has announced 12 startups that have been selected for a pitching event to take place at Standard Bank Incubator in Johannesburg this Friday (26 May). This week's event is already sold out. The top startups will be advance to the grand finale and compete again for the title of most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars World South Africa 2017. Seedstars World will travel to more than 80 countries this year to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with an opportunity to win up to $1-million, with the main prize being a $500,000...

  • Snapplify joins Ed21 forum to tackle inefficient education system

    The key to tackling the education sector as a startup is being able to move fast and adapt quickly to the changing needs of the sector says Snapplify growth director Tarryn-Anne Anderson. The digital publishing solutions startup has teamed up with the likes of Vastratech, Principal Software and D6 Technology to form the Ed21 forum. The forum forms part of an ongoing movement to assist schools in transforming into a digital space. "Snapplify decided to join the Ed21 forum because we believe in developing better, and more effective ways of promoting and providing digital education," said Anderson. "The other members of the forum are also...

  • Silicon Cape, French Tech event to connect investors with African startups

    Silicon Cape and accelerator French Tech have joined forces to create AfricArena, a platform to connect investors from across the world with startups from Africa and beyond. The conference will take place on 6 and 7 November at the Century City Conference Centre and aims to attract 500 delegates, with a strong proportion being international visitors. It will host keynote speeches and panel discussions with top speakers from Europe and Africa, as well as pitch battles to win investment opportunities from committed angel investors, venture capital funds and private equity players. Several challenges ahead of the conferences will enable startups to win free access...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [22/05/2017]

    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,...

  • SA space agency, Airbus launch challenge to find new uses for satellite data

    The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and Airbus Defence and Space has launched an open innovation challenge to entrepreneurs, universities and other interested parties seeking homegrown and novel uses for earth observation data obtained by satellites. In a press release to Ventureburn, The Innovation Hub -- which is running the challenge -- said shortlisted submissions will be able to access support from specialists at Airbus Defence and Space, and Sansa. Top submissions would also receive access to the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in order to identify future commercial opportunities. The offer will include a site visit to Airbus Defence and...

  • Despite teething problems support for small business ‘firmly on track’ says Zulu

    South Africa's small business minister Lindiwe Zulu says three years on since the formation of her department -- which was again criticised by opposition members yesterday for doing little to help the sector -- the government's support for the small business sector remains “firmly on track”. Delivering her department's budget vote in Parliament yesterday, Zulu said despite "teething problems" and a budget which is "far below" what is needed to boost the sector, the department had made a difference to small business support in the country. "Because of our collective and concerted efforts, the majority of our citizens now appreciate the value and contribution of small...

  • Architect of Kenya’s Silicon Savannah hits out at delays at Konza Techno City

    Progress on Kenya’s Konza Techno City, dubbed “Silicon Savannah”, has been too slow while insufficient budget has been allocated to complete the initiative, says Bitange Ndemo, the man who conceived Konza eight years ago. While construction started in November on the first building – an eight-storey unit to host techno city operations and house early investors and innovators -- Ndemo, (pictured above) associate professor at the University of Nairobi's Business School, is critical of delays. “It’s not very difficult to do it (set up a techno city) but from my own assessment they have taken too long,” says Ndemo, who is also a former ICT permanent...

  • Venture capitalist questions why so few women involved in angel investing in SA

    Why are there so few women angel investors in South Africa? It's a question that continues to puzzle local venture capitalist Andrea Bohmert. “I would love to have the answer to that question, because I don’t have it,” said Bohmert, a partner in venture capital (VC) fund Knife Capital. Bohmert was speaking at a women in angel investing event hosted by the SA Business Angels Network (Saban) last night at FNB’s offices in Cape Town. She pointed out that just one of the 24 investors in Knife Ventures -- Knife Capital's VC company approved by the South African Revenue Service (Sars) in August last year --...