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  • SA startups Mellowcabs, GetTruck join MAN Impact Accelerator first cohort

    Two South African transport and logistics startups, GetTruck and Mellowcabs, have been selected to join the first cohort of the the MAN Impact Accelerator which launched earlier this week in France. The accelerator was launched at the 2017 Global Social Business Summit in Paris on Tuesday (7 November). The South African startups along with six other startups from India and Switzerland and were announced on the accelerator's Facebook page three weeks ago. The other startups forming the first cohort (pictured above) include; Crowd Container, StanPlus, Country Delight, Commut, FarMart and Krishi Trade. MAN Impact Accelerator's first cohort is made up of eight startups from three countries, namely...

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    The tech behind Parkfind: Here's how it allows you to find, park, pay [Sponsored]

    Parkfind, an app developed by Street Parking Solutions (SPS), allows users to search for, navigate to and pay for parking anywhere in the Cape Town central business district (CBD) in real time. With layers of technology behind it, have you ever wondered how it all works? It took two years to develop the architecture around Parkfind, the business model and the internally developed parking management system that forms the backbone of Parkfind, says SPS operations manager Josh Lindenberg. “We understand the parking business, we understand parking management and we understand how sensors work,” says Lindenberg. He says the app is unique in that SPS has...

  • Vodacom partners with Innovator Trust for Youth Entrepreneurship Programme

    Mobile communications company Vodacom has partnered with ICT accelerator Innovator Trust to launch a six-month long Youth Entrepreneurship Programme. In a press release yesterday, Vodacom stated that the Gauteng-based programme, which was unveiled earlier this week on Wednesday (8 November), is targeted at unemployed youth. The programme aims to drive innovation and create employment opportunities. The first cohort of the Youth Entrepreneurship Programme is made up of 10 graduates of Vodacom's Academy Programme The programme's first cohort is made up of 10 graduates of the Vodacom Academy Programme (pictured above). The participants will get support around business idea development, business plans and assistance with their business models. In addition,...

  • Google opens applications for first cohort of Launchpad Africa accelerator

    Google today launched applications for its Launchpad Africa accelerator to early-stage startup from across a number of countries across the continent. The tech giant will take on 10 startups in the programme’s first cohort, set to start early next year in Lagos, Nigeria -- from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The three-month accelerator programme is aimed at early-stage tech startups in Africa that target the African market and have already raised seed funding. Those startups chosen can get equity-free support and the programme will conclude with a demo day to provide exposure for the startups. Launchpad Africa is aimed at early-stage tech startups in Africa...

  • Alan Knott-Craig Junior’s new book out now – The values that are essential [Extract]

    Developing values such as loyalty, respect, humility and perseverance will stand you in good stead as an entrepreneur In this second extract from his new book,tech entrepreneur Alan Knott-Craig Junior unpacks some of these values in more detail. With permission from Knott-Craig -- the founder of Project Isizwe and former Mxit head -- Ventureburn is serialising parts of the entrepreneur’s new self-published book 13 Rules for Being an Entrepreneur which is now available via his website http://bigalmanack.com. Ventureburn is also giving away five copies of the new book. See below for details. Here’s the second extract — taken from the second chapter titled “Values”. See the first extract...

  • Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week

    South Africa will get an early start to the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) when Virgin Group founder Richard Branson kicks it off today at the launch of the Global Entrepreneurship Network's (GEN) new startup campus 22 on Sloane in Johannesburg. The campus, the first of its kind to be opened by the Global Entrepreneurship Network, will offer both direct and virtual support services to entrepreneurs throughout Africa. Across the world, next week between 13 and 19 November -- as part of (GEW) -- more than 160 countries around the world will host roughly 35 000 events where people will celebrate and talk about...

  • Tshimologong to offer free membership during Global Entrepreneurship Week

    Johannesburg digital innovation precinct and incubator Tshimologong has announced that it will offer free membership to 10 selected participants of its Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) celebrations between 13 and 17 November. Now in its 10th year, the Global Entrepreneurship Week is a movement initiated by the Global Entrepreneurship Network that runs across more than 160 countries. The week aims to celebrate and get people talking about innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity by getting countries to host entrepreneurship events in the week. About 25 events are already listed on South Africa's GEW page -- including panel discussions, workshops and exhibitions have been planned around South Africa. Tshimologong aims to host 12 activities...

  • SA startup JUMO awarded $150 000 prize by Mastercard Foundation for client help

    South African fintech startup JUMO has been awarded a $150 000 prize by the Mastercard Foundation in its third annual Client at the Centre award. The prize, awarded yesterday by the Mastercard Foundation, highlights best practices in financial services where client satisfaction is a priority. Mastercard said in a press release yesterday that close to 100 financial service companies around the world submitted entries to the competition. An international panel of judges selected three finalists who presented to the audience at the 2017 Symposium on Financial Inclusion in Accra, Ghana. JUMO's Buhle Goslar said for those in the customer function, the prize was probably one of...

  • Here are the nine winners of the AfricArena innovation challenges

    The winners of the nine innovation challenges that took place over the two-day AfricArena conference in Cape Town have been announced. Startups shortlisted to pitch in the challenge finals duked it out in live pitch battles at the conference's Battle Arena, in front of different panels of expert judges and investors. Winning startups did not take home any prize money. Rather, AfricArena stated in a press release today that the winning startups have the chance to develop establish long-term relationships with corporates, and secure coveted partnerships. Winners also received a year-long subscription to due diligence dashboard YueDiligence. AfricArena innovation challenge winners will work with the respective challenge sponsors The...

  • Top private equity firms among over 100 investors to listen to AfricArena pitches

    Officials from international private equity investors such as AfricaInvest, Global Founders Capital and Breega Capital were among the over 100 investors that listened to pitches at the inaugural AfricArena startup investment conference held in Cape Town. AfricArena lead organiser Christophe Viarnaud said the three private equity companies, which together manage over a billion US dollars in investments, were among 67 local and foreign investors represented at the two-day event, which ended yesterday. They were among the over 450 delegates that attended the conference, which was organised by Silicon Cape and La French Tech was held at the Century City Conference Centre in the city. A further 54 international investors streamed the conference’s pitch battles online, said Viarnaud. The highlight of...

  • New Simodisa web portal Venture Central aims to unify entrepreneurship ecosystem

    A new portal for South African entrepreneurs -- Venture Central -- aims to unify the South African entrepreneurship ecosystem, says SA entrepreneurship advocacy body Simodisa. The site -- which contains various resources such as events and online tools for entrepreneurs -- is an initiative of Simodisa. The organisation's managing director Matsi Modise (pictured above) said the portal has been live for "about a week and a half". While she said the site initially went live on 5 September, it was subsequently taken down to amend some challenges. Modise said the site's security was also beefed up after it was hacked during this time (which is why...