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  • 7 insights we learnt about disruption on the continent at Africa Tech Summit

    Disruptive tech in Africa is "accelerating and picking up speed" and there is a need for people to change their mindsets to keep up. This is according to Ecobank head of research Edward George, speaking at the Africa Tech Summit in Kigali last week Wednesday (14 February). "We are genuinely at the inflection point, so much has changed about the way people have done business. We need to change our mindset as well," said George (pictured above). He said this during a talk titled Stepping Up a Gear: The acceleration of disruptive technology across Sub-Saharan Africa in 2018. Read more: Two-day Africa Tech Summit...

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    IAB SA Bookmark Awards keeps pace with the ever-changing digital industry

    With only 10 days to go until the deadline for submissions to the IAB Bookmark Awards, digital marketers have one last chance to get their entries in and face off against the best in the industry. The awards continue to rise in prestige and have become the Academy Awards of the local industry – with one very particular difference. While so many other awards feature the same categories and subcategories every year, the Bookmarks have undergone an exciting revamp to reflect the dynamic nature of the digital space. The Bookmarks has, in a mere eight years of existence, established itself...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [19/02/2018]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or brush up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or next week’s, please let us know in the comments below or send us an email. Not all of the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out...

  • EmptyTrips in insurance play with launch of SureFOX offering

    Johannesburg-based online trip exchange platform EmptyTrips has collaborated with Nacora Insurance Brokers to launch SureFOX, an instant on-demand cargo insurance offering. SureFOX allows cargo owners and transporters shipping within, to, and from South Africa to purchase marine and goods-in-transit (GIT) cargo insurance cover instantly and digitally. EmptyTrips announced the launch of the service last week Thursday (15 February) in a statement to Ventureburn. The startup's partner in the service offering, Nacora Insurance Brokers, is a subsidiary of global logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel. "Kuehne + Nagel has arguably the greatest knowledge base of logistics in the world," said EmptyTrips founder and CEO Benji Coetzee (pictured above, left). "The deep...

  • Silicon Cape appoints new leadership and operations team

    Silicon Cape has appointed a new leadership and operations team that will be led by Kerry Petrie as interim general manager and Tumi Boitumelo Menyatswe as ecosystem manager. Silicon Cape chairperson Sumarie Roodt told Ventureburn the appointments were made on Tuesday (13 February). Roodt said the announcement of the new all female "super-star team" is a very proud moment for the organisation as it seeks to drive a transformation agenda in the startup ecosystem, as well as spearhead initiatives aimed at creating a more diverse and inclusive ecosystem. "Having Kerry Petrie at our helm, as our interim general manager, is a major...

  • TinyLoop wins H2O Hackathon, bags R20 000 grand prize

    TinyLoop has been announced as the winner of the H20 Hackathon which was held last weekend (9 and 10 February) by accelerator Startupbootcamp Cape Town (SBC) and financial services provider RCS Group. The winning project, submitted by the TinyEco team led by Thomas Bartleman (pictured above), walked away with a R20 000 grand prize and a corporate deal with Thundafund. "TinyLoop is a closed-loop shower system that recycles (less than) 10 litres of water for a continuous, guilt-free shower experience,"said Bartleman in a press release yesterday. "It allows you the opportunity to enjoy showering while staying well below the current Level 6B...

  • Innovation accelerator Startupbootcamp hosts FastTracks to source top startup talent across the globe [Sponsored]

    Startupbootcamp (SBC), a global family of industry-focused accelerators, last year launched its first-ever Africa-based programme. Building on the success of its inaugural 2017 Cape Town tech venture accelerator program, SBC Cape Town now embarks upon its FastTrack tour for 2018 – sourcing top-tier tech startups to join the programme’s second year. The first-ever Cape Town Accelerator was a rollercoaster success with 32 corporate agreements including pilots and proof-of-concepts, signed during the accelerator. “To sign 32 agreements is above average for any Startupbootcamp programme in the network. However, when compared to other first-time programmes, SBC Cape Town is the top performing programme. Even...

  • Two-day Africa Tech Summit now under-away in Kigali

    The Africa Tech Summit Kigali is now under-away after kicking off this morning in the Rwandan capital. The summit aims to explore the major trends in the continent’s tech sector, connect key players and entrepreneurs as well as drive investment into Africa’s tech ecosystem. Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Africa Tech Summit Kigali organiser Andrew Fassnidge said over 350 delegates from 29 countries are at the summit, including investors from Australia, Germany and Russia. Africa Tech Summit Kigali aims to connect, explore and drive investment into the continent's tech ecosystem "We tried to ensure a good mix around investors and companies that...

  • How to access Goodwell’s €20m fund for African startups

    Amsterdam-based impact investor Goodwell Investments last month announced that it had raised €20-million to invest in high-growth African startups. Do you fit the bill and want to get in on that funding? Goodwell Investments marketing and communications director Nico Blaauw (pictured above) gives Ventureburn some insights on how entrepreneurs can go about accessing the funding. Is your business model aligned with Goodwell's objectives? In a statement announcing the fund, Goodwell Investments stated that it invests in businesses "that offer products and services to under-served people to meet their increasing demand for affordable and quality basic products". Blaauw told Ventureburn the investor looks for startups with business models...

  • South Africans have under three days left to apply for MEST 2019

    South African applicants looking to join MEST Africa's one-year entrepreneurial training programme have until Thursday (15 February) to apply. The graduate-level programme -- which will kick off in August this year in Accra, Ghana -- will cover business and software development. Training also includes extensive hands-on project work and the opportunity to be mentored by successful entrepreneurs, CEOs and other executives from Silicon Valley and Europe. As part of the programme, participants are provided with free housing and a monthly-stipend for the duration of the programme. The programme culminates in a final pitch where selected participants stand a chance to receive seed investment...

  • Vehicle Energy Harvesting System inventor wins SA Chivas Venture IV

    Engineer and inventor Clement Mokoenene on Friday (9 February) won the South African leg of the Chivas Venture IV competition, walking away with R350 000. A judging panel consisting of Lucas Radebe, Unathi Msengana and Stafford Masie selected Mokoenene ahead of four other social entrepreneurs for his electricity generation solution, the Vehicle Energy Harvesting System (VEHS). The winner will now attend a week-long accelerator programme at Oxford University. Thereafter, in May, he will represent South Africa at the global finale of the Chivas Venture 2018 in Amsterdam, where he will compete against 28 other entrants for a share of US$1-million. Read more: Meet the five...

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