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  • Zapper now an option for Paygate merchants

    Payment service provider PayGate has added mobile payment system Zapper to its stable of options, something that's apparently part of the company's strategy to capitalise on a predicted mobile boom. “We expect that mobile will account for 50% of all card transactions within the next five years -- and that’s probably conservative,” says the company's general manager for business development Brendon Williamson. “As South Africa’s leading provider of payment services for online business, our goal is to ensure that our clients are always able to collect payments using the methods their customers prefer. Mobile is becoming an important part...

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    An Exclusive Sneak Peak At Compare Guru – Coming Soon!

    Cape Town, South Africa - The time is getting close to the relaunch of Click n Compare as Compare Guru. The rebrand – planned for mid February - comes as a strategic move to join the brand’s counterparts in Nigeria and Kenya, as well as to incorporate an animated character, The Guru, as their mascot. Compare Guru will fall under the umbrella brand Compare Africa (previously known as CNC Group), now also inclusive of PriceCheck. According to recent research, 31% of South Africans use the the internet to compare products / prices / features online, while insurance accounts for 7%...

  • The Launchlab Pitching Den names its 5 startup finalists

    Part of Stellenbosch University's Innovus, The Launchlab accelerator and hub for entrepreneurs has just concluded with this year's Pitching Den which saw tens of startups present their business ideas to get their hands on a share of R80 000. The four finalists, each within their respective categories of course, are StelliesFlats, Lumkani, Specular and RivierNuus. Avelino Rodrigues, one of the organisers of the event, notes that the chosen startups are a diverse bunch. This, Rodrigues says, is mainly reflected by the diverse judging panel which saw a balanced mixture of corporate, VC, academic, and small business leaders including Stuart Gast from...

  • 5 tips to keep your startup looking professional on a budget

    A business’s professional appearance is directly related to the degree of competence, trustworthiness and available resources they exude to clients and potential leads alike. If someone were to consider using a business’s services, only to walk into their office and find its clutter reminiscent of a pigsty, they are very unlikely to trust that business with anything at all, much less their financial interests. As a result, the professional appearance of any business is extremely important, whether it’s a startup or multi-million dollar company. Unfortunately, maintaining a professional-looking office is often perceived as costly, which is something that cash-strapped startups often...

  • Dragons’ Den SA Episode 4: from patchy to pitch perfect

    I recently came across a tweet by former England rugby player Brian Moore which, I guess, sums up how a lot people feel about Dragons' Den in all its various incarnations: Anyone else of the view that real entrepreneurs simply start up their own businesses, rather than applying to be on a TV show to be one?— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) October 13, 2014 Whether or not you agree with Moore, there's no getting around the fact the shows like Dragons' Den are incredibly popular and provide a massively useful springboard for many of the entrepreneurs who appear on it (if...

  • Silicon Cape gets over R3m in funding from FNB, big changes to come

    South African-based entrepreneurial initiative Silicon Cape has just announced that it has received more than R3-million worth of funding from First National Bank (FNB). This announcement certainly means big things for the initiative and the ecosystem as a whole. Founded in 2009 by Venture Capitalist Justin Stanford and entrepreneur Vinny Lingham, the Silicon Cape has been running as support structure and galvaniser for the tech ecosystem in Cape Town. "We have had a longterm relationship with FNB," says Alex Fraser the outgoing chair of the Silicon Cape. "They funded our first big event. FNB has seen the value of what we...

  • Kalahari: obituary for a fallen ecommerce giant

    Full Name: Kalahari Dot Com Age of Death: Died at 16 Years Old Residence: Naspers Head Quarters, 40 Heerengracht, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa Day and Date of Death: Tuesday, 07 October 2014 Place of Death: Takealot Head Quarters, 7th Floor, Atlantic Centre, 14 Christian Barnard Street, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa Cause of Death: Merger From humble beginnings in 1998, just two years before the dot com bubble, Kalahari.com was launched, and in no time would become the largest ecommerce outfit in South Africa. Year of Birth: 1998 Place of Birth: 40 Heerengracht, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa Parents: Naspers Holdings Limited Grandparents: Die Nasionale Pers Siblings: DSTV,...

  • Ernst & Young report paints positive future for Africa 2030

    Ernst & Young (EY) has released a new report, titled Africa 2030: Realising the Possibilities, which argues that the continent is in fact showing tremendous progress despite lingering scepticism. The report points to the staggering growth rates enjoyed by the majority of the continent's countries and stresses the importance of fostering entrepreneurship. EY argues that entrepreneurship provides one of the main engines of growth in any healthy economy. Alongside new products, services and solving problems, it will be the main driver of the job creation required to realise inclusive, sustainable growth. "For organisations genuinely committed to shared value and collaborative partnerships, the promotion...

  • Rwanda’s Think reveals 4 promising African startups for acceleration

    Rwanda's Think accelerator (brought to the world by mobile network operators Tigo and Millicom), earlier this year called for applications to fill its first batch of African startups. Out of 150 applications, the initiative has finally settled on four exciting tech companies that will be given the chance to scale across the continent. The selected startups have access to US$15 000 in funding, the massive Tigo telecom's networks across the region, mentorship and further training in Kigali, Rwanda. In the announcement, general manager of Tigo Rwanda Tongai Maramba said all the finalists showed tremendous potential: The companies we have selected for Think...

  • The case of Chile’s SaferTaxi: adapting a global trend to a local market

    SaferTaxi is a transport mobile application company famous for being one of StartUp Chile’s greatest success stories. In 2011, it was releasing a Beta application simultaneously in three countries: Brasil, Argentina and Chile. Today, SaferTaxi employs eight people in Chile, and almost 30 on the Latin American level. It’s the biggest Car Flow company in Chile with about 100.000 rides per month. We met Martin Rodriguez, Operation Manager at SaferTaxi Chile, to learn more about one of the trendiest company of the moment in what we call the Southern Cone. SaferTaxi helps customers finding the closest available taxi through a mobile...

  • SweepSouth sweeps up award at SiMODiSA StartupSA

    StartupSA by SiMODiSA saw on-demand cleaning service SweepSouth named the winner of the conference's Get-Up Start-Up pitch awards last week. Apart from the food, drinks and insightful fireside chats, the event saw 10 chosen South African startups pitch their hearts out in front of a judging panel that included industry experts Vusi Thembekwayo, Vinny Lingham, Justin Stanford, Pontsho Maruping, and Anita Nel. SweepSouth has been awarded the opportunity to go on a two-month long trip to Silicon Valley where it will get the chance to network with various experts and mentors in the industry. The two founders, Alen Ribic and Aisha Pandor,...