Competition, Ecommerce, News

Efinity competition offers R75k worth ecommerce solution for startups

Efinity comp Backed by a package worth R75 000, South African ecommerce fulfilment service Efinity is having a competition to help put your business in the cloud within 24 hours. Launched last year by Naspers, Efinity is said to support small and medium businesses, as well as the larger operations. Efinity’s services are currently used by pure play etailers like Spree, but they also enable bricks-and- mortar SA businesses to enable their ecommerce offering. Heading new business development at Efinity is Nic Robertson, who ...

Competition, Startup news

WWF SA crowns MellowCabs, WIMT, Leaper Innovate 2015’s Climate Solvers

mellowcabs_feature Three clever climate friendly startups from South Africa have just been announced the winners of the 2015 South African Climate Solver Awards by WWF SA (World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa). Eco-friendly public transport vehicle startup MellowCabs, public transport app Findmyway by Where Is My Transport (WIMT), and Leaper Innovate's hydraulic energy storage system called Eco MC2 are recognised for their efforts to reduce carbon emissions or boost access to energy. WWF International senior adviser on climate innovation Stefan Henningsson explains ...


Recast opens its doors, lets you tune into your favourite radio station’s playlist online

Recast phone People get really attached to their radio stations. Each one has its own personality and unique music taste. The only problem is that they're filled to the brim with ads and chatter, which doesn't float well in a world where people have also become spoiled with on-demand music services like Spotify or Rdio. Having just launched alongside its iOS app (you can also tune in online), the savvy Cape Town, South African startup seems to have managed to find a sweet ...

Mobile apps, Startup news

WumDrop debuts iPhone app, teases with up-coming features

WomDrop iOS On-demand couriering has just become more sexy. South African on-demand startup WumDrop has just launched its iOS app, while also hinting at some interesting enterprise applications to roll out in the near future. The iOS app has been in development since February 2015. "At that point we felt like the business concept had proven itself, and that it was time for us to expand the range of platforms through which WumDrop was available," co-founder Simon Hartley tells Ventureburn in an email. The startup ...


Maverick Awards seeks to inspire youth-driven entrepreneurial revolution in SA

Maverick Awards A second time running, the inaugural Maverick Awards for South African Youth Entrepreneurship Excellence seeks to recognise and acknowledge the success of young, dynamic and innovative entrepreneurs in the country. The award ceremony -- which will take place in early June -- is designed to showcase potential young, high impact–high growth entrepreneurial talent, and provide a platform for new role models that will serve to inspire a youth-driven entrepreneurial revolution in the country. Last year's 21 young finalists have collectively accumulated revenues of ...


Ventureburn announces major startup country survey to gauge pulse of SA’s entrepreneurs

Article header NEW South Africa’s startup scene is hotter than ever, and entrepreneurs are the new rockstars of the business world. From government to big business, organisations are realising the benefits of harnessing startup business talent. Ventureburn -- in partnership with First National Bank (FNB), investment advisory firm Clifftop Colony, and data gathering and analytics company Qurio -- on Tuesday launched the Ventureburn Startup Survey 2015, which is looking to uncover the nuts and bolts of the startup sector. The ...

Emerging Markets, Entrepreneurship

Key lessons startups can take from Domino’s Pizza’s massive foreign expansion

Dominos Not too long ago, US pizza chain Domino’s Pizza established a South African presence. To date, there are eleven stores spread across Cape Town, Gauteng and Durban, with plans to open even more in future. Success in this market is very lucrative -- a Euromonitor report estimated that fast food sales in South Africa topped R24-billion in 2012. A key to success for international brands entering new markets is a proper knowledge and deep understanding of the target market. Investing ...

Entrepreneurship, News

Daddy.O to launch entrepreneurship programme for previously disadvantaged

daddy-o1 South Africa's Daddy.O startup incubator and sister business academy Daddy’s Dragons are about to launch a support programme for entrepreneurs from previously disadvantaged communities -- a six month-long entrepreneurship programme that's free of charge. The founding organisation, Daddy's World, of Daddy.O and Daddy’s Dragons are also behind The Old Biscuit Mill, The Woodstock Exchange, Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel, Old Mac Daddy and Daddy’s Deals. Daddy’s World co-founder Jody Aufrichtig notes, "Business is our passion, as a group, we have taken lots ...

Africa, Ecommerce, Entrepreneurship

MzansiStore collaborates with Barn Khayelitsha to host ecommerce workshops

MzansiStore Recently there's been a lot of focus on enabling entrepreneurs in townships like Khayelitsha across South Africa's Western Cape province. Most notable has been the establishment of The Barn Khayelitsha by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) in March. Now, the initiative is partnering with online craft market MzansiStore to host a series of ecommerce workshops in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain. Likened to that of an Etsy of Africa, Mzansi Store launched in September 2012 to provide local craft entrepreneurs ...


Naspers invests $40m in Brazilian app developer Movile

Movile Emerging markets media and internet giant Napers has dropped US$40-million on Brazilian app development house Movile. The company, which has more than 500 employees working in offices across Latin America and in Silicon Valley, builds apps across the various smartphone platforms, specialising on-demand services. Some of the apps it has built allow people to order food on the fly, find restaurants on the go and watch streaming films. It also has its own unified app marketing place which allows Original Equipment ...