Startup news

GoMetro launches in Eastern Cape, brings relief to commuters

As promised, GoMetro is rolling out its traveller information system to railway commuters in the Eastern Cape. The Cape Town startup has a partnered with Metrorail Eastern Cape to become a digital resource for the 40 000 train users of East London and Port Elizabeth. GoMetro's service delivers train schedules, updates, announcements and other important information to commuters' mobile phones. Commuters can also access a trip planner, fare calculator as well as general information like line maps. Updates detailing delays or ...


Hate shopping? Meet Tate & Tonic, the personalised fashion site for men

tate and tonic A man doesn’t go to the shop. The shop comes to the man. Tate & Tonic comes to you men with curated picks. All this talk about online fashion startups and female clothing made us wonder, “Hey, this isn’t fair! What about the men?” If you’re a male and shopping for clothes happens to be your favorite activity, well, good for you. But for those of you men out there who would rather do something else, you might just want to ...

Africa, Featured

Forget mobile-web: here are 5 sectors in Africa worth your money and innovation

Africa Mobile-web is all the rage in Africa lately, and not without reason. Mobile penetration and access to the internet is going to blow up in the coming years on the continent, connecting around one billion new and empowered consumers waiting to be tapped into. But let's not forget that there are other areas, sectors, that could use our attention - be it in innovation from entrepreneurs, or from funding. Let's take a look at five. Energy The energy crisis on Africa is widespread. ...

Startup news

Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs get special fundraising opportunity

Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa), the large African entrepreneur and investor community, launched an opportunity for promising African entrepreneurs to raise capital. Entrepreneurs selected to be a part of VC4Africa's June 2013 Cohort will receive three months of targeted coaching, personal introductions to angel investors and principals at key investment firms. Application closes Wednesday 12 June and selected entrepreneurs will be announced on Wednesday 19 June. Entrepreneurs who apply must have a solid business plan, clear market strategy, a working pilot, ...

Africa, Startup news

Ushahidi’s BRCK reaches and surpasses its Kickstarter goal

BRCK Well this is super cool. The Ushahidi initiative that hopes to connect users the internet no matter where you are and without electricity has done it: the project has raised more than US$125 000 on Kickstarter. BRCK which is described as "the easiest, most reliable way to connect to the internet, anywhere in the world, even when you don’t have electricity," reached and surpassed its goal last night. "At 10:40am PST, we crossed our $125 000 mark with our 814th contributor. ...

Startup news

Meet the top 20 entrepreneurs at the Global Forum

Recognizing entrepreneurs that are doing amazing work around the world is quite important and that's what the Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship is all about. This year's event is currently taking place in South Africa and touts itself as a "biennial flagship event convening the global innovation and entrepreneurship community to exchange know-how, establish partnerships and develop innovative approaches". It's hosted in partnership with the South African Department of Science and Technology and infoDev, a global partnership program ...

Design, Startups

Creative spaces: a look inside the offices of 10 startup heavyweights

Twitter Startups are hives of creativity. In their early days, the creativity of their founders and new hires mainly permeate the innovative products or services that are to disrupt industries. Those that succeed in uprooting their markets however, follow a trajectory which puts them in a position to further manifest their creativity. With a wad of cash and an expanding workforce, a new work environment is often both a necessity and a compelling blank canvas for its creatively-driven founders. It's interesting to ...


Digital marketing group Incubeta acquires UK-based Net Media Planet

Paid search marketing agency Net Media Planet, has been acquired by Incubeta Holdings. The deal will see Incubeta, a digital marketing services company based in Johannesburg South Africa, boost its advertising offering and strengthen its foothold in the UK. Incubeta is the holding company of paid search and analytics specialist Clicks2Customers (C2C). CEO of Clicks2Customers, Jonathan Gluckman says the acquisition will add to C2C's performance based display capabilities, especially demand side platforms and real-time bidding. Research firm eMarketer reckons real-time ...

Emerging Markets, News

Avaya programme set to make your SME ‘The Next BIG’

Avaya The communication and collaboration provider Avaya is one of the global leaders in its field of expertise. With this programme, Avaya is focusing its attention mainly on SMEs who are expected to become "The New Big." Challenges and solutions of the region-specific mid-market are aimed to be regulated. The company kicked-off a regional programme to help understand the needs and challenges faced by medium-sized enterprises in South Africa. The methods and tools required for reaching the market demands are often lacking. ...

Facebook, Startups

Forget Bang With Friends, NoonSwoon helps you find “the one” on Facebook

noonswoon Do you have trouble finding that special person? NoonSwoon, officially launched in Thailand, is an app to matchmake singles with friends of their Facebook friends. What do you do when you just turned single, and you want to get into a relationship with someone compatible? Most people turn to clubs, bars, community meetups and online dating, and so did Kavin “Mickey” Asavanant, co-founder of NoonSwoon, a Thailand-based dating app. But as he went about meeting potential significant others, the lecturer at Chulalongkong ...