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  • imAGINE: the SA startup looking to bring digital signage to the masses

    This is pretty cool. Software house Interactivemedia has launched a subsidiary aimed at giving everyday business owners the power to create well-designed digital signage on their own accord. The subsidiary, which is called imAGINE, comes in the shape of a software platform which claims to be "self-explanatory" and to have "non-tech-savvy users in mind". "Instead of having to rely on others to design what goes on your screens," imAGINE says in a press release, "you now have the power and control to manage it yourself, giving you absolute freedom to display your content with your own personal touch to...

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    How to find a strong mentor to guide you to business success

    Why every entrepreneur needs multiple mentors… While the challenges of being an entrepreneur have been well-documented, reports often fail to describe the feelings of self-doubt, loneliness and isolation that tend to plague aspiring entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey. No amount of angel funding, slick technology or strategic business consulting can really assuage the feelings of doubt that accompany starting a brave new enterprise. Yet this is where strong mentorship can play a critical role – and in fact can prove to be far more valuable than landing an investment deal or angel fund backing. Mentors can keep tired...

  • This is why reverse logistics is so crucial for your online shop

    When it comes to customer satisfaction, having a convenient and efficient method of allowing customers to return unwanted or faulty goods is almost as important as delivering to them in the first place. Handling customer product returns is an important part of any business, but when it comes to ecommerce the logistics behind it can be tricky. Ecommerce Reverse Logistics can be one of the most costly and work intensive parts of running an online business and as such, any company wanting to successfully run an ecommerce store or sell products online needs to give serious thought to product returns....

  • OurHood launches app, secures second round of funding

    OurHood, the private digital platform for neighbourhoods, has just launched its official app for Android and iOS. The launch comes in the wake of the online platform securing a second round of funding from its European-based investors, bringing the total raised R2.5-million. Launched in May 2014, the startup has so far managed to get over 600 neighbourhoods hooked onto its online network. With categories such as Lifestyle, Crime, Chat, Local Deals and so on, the platform’s mission is to give you and your neighbours a private, localised network. Founders Bruce Good and William Mellor say that OurHood has developed the app mainly because of popular demand....

  • CiTi Barn initiative gears up to launch Barn Khayelitsha

    On 18 March 2015, the Bandwidth Barn will launch the Barn Khayelitsha at LookOut Hill Center in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Though there is no official word on what Barn Khayelitsha will offer, it will likely boast the same services as offered by other incubator barns around the city. These services include a professional and friendly receptionist, 24 hour access, internet access, meeting rooms, office space, and additional office services. Harare's Hubspace also offers similar services. Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape, is confirmed to speak at the launch, alongside MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde, as well as a number...

  • Religion on the go: has PrayerBox found a real sweet spot in Nigeria?

    Out of Nigeria's estimated 173 million citizens, more than 40% are Christian. That means it's one of the countries with the highest density of Christians alongside Brazil, Mexico and the United States. It's also home to one of the world's youngest populations, and many of these citizens carry around mobile phones. How is technology helping churches adapt to these major trends? Could a new social media product be just what the industry is looking for? The Genesis Bambo Oyelaja is every church-going girl’s dream man -- a bad boy who loves the Lord. As a developer, he missed church services because he...

  • Startup Picnic invites Jozi entrepreneurs for casual get-together

    The South African summer is slowly coming to an end. And in an effort to make the most of the little we have left, the organisers of Startup Picnic have decided to host a little get-together for startups. In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), Startup Picnic is inviting entrepreneurs to its casual networking bash in Johannesburg, South Africa. This follows a successful event last year in November. Read more: Startup Picnic initiative to celebrate GEW with beers and a braai in SA GEW is one of the world’s largest celebrations of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring...

  • What we can all learn from India’s huge startup growth story

    As emerging economies around the world stumble along, one exception stands out -- India, where growth is set to overtake China soon. Now a new report ranks Asia's third largest economy as the fourth largest startup ecosystem in the world. The report, released last month by India’s IT association Nasscom, places the country behind only the US, the UK and Israel and notes that should the current trend continues, India could rank second by 2017. Nasscom says India currently has 3 100 technology startups (which it describes as tech firms that have started since 2010), employing 65 000 people. This is against 41 500 such firms...

  • Why South African brands really should adopt an omni-channel model

    The term omni-channel is on everyone's lips today -- across all sectors -- yet no brand in South Africa has managed to execute on a true omni-channel strategy. Look to the international market, however, and you'll find many examples of companies that have gained a real competitive edge from omni-channel approaches, including the likes of John Lewis, Tesco, Marriott International and Starbucks. Starbucks stands out in the competitive coffee shop landscape partly because of how it's able to deliver a great customer experience across a range of platforms and channels. When customers want to check their loyalty point balance, they can...

  • SA small business should automate HR solutions to compete globally

    Head of Sage HR Africa, Gerhard Hartman says that South African small business should implement automated payroll and HR solutions to keep pace with global competition and more stringent labour and tax laws. "Without an automated payroll solution, most businesses will find it difficult to perform accurate calculations and file tax submissions on time," Hartman says in a recent press release. "With African governments putting more focus on governance and tax compliance than ever before, responsible companies must have robust and accurate ways to capture and report on payroll and HR data." According to a Sierra-Cedar 2014–2015 HR Systems Survey White...

  • CiTi breeds success with mobile triage, diabetes platforms showcased abroad

    Barcelona, Spain recently saw the conclusion of the World Mobile Congress 2015 alongside the Mobile Premier Awards -- an initiative that showcased mobile software innovations from around the globe, including South Africa's mobile medical platforms such as the Mobile Triage app and AnasodiabITiz Inc. The Mobile Triage app won the Big Impact Award while Dr Chibuzo, the founder and CEO of AnasodiabITiz Inc, delivered a keynote address. Both of these mobile technologies have been incubated or supported by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) -- a South African incubator and accelerator that supports startups in the tech and IT space. Read more: 7 incredible health tech innovations changing...