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  • DEMO Africa to host masterclass in partnership with World Bank

    A source of technical and financial assistance to developing countries, World Bank, is hosting a masterclass at DEMO Africa. The class will deal with ways in which startups can be scaled with the right team. Titled 'Venture Growth Strategies – Scaling Your Business with the Right Team,' the class aims to improve the knowledge and understanding of how to develop a thriving business while growing the team with essential members. Attendees will also learn how to set up long-term and short-term goals and successfully execute them, as well as how to use legal agreements and various compensation mechanisms. They'll also be taught the...

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    CompareGuru set to simplify financial services for SA consumers

    Launches new site with advanced features and real-time services.  For most time-constrained South Africans, choosing between financial products and service providers is a laborious and challenging task. Despite the increasing access to all sorts of information online, it remains a complex and daunting process to sift through various product offerings, pricing structures, terms and conditions, etc. “This complexity is especially problematic when trying to choose between products and providers in the mobile, banking and insurance spheres, where contracts are often filled with jargon and consumers are understandably wary of hidden fees,” explains Ryan Marx, CEO of CompareGuru, a site which draws...

  • Ten app: the bold attempt to digitise tithe, offerings in Nigeria

    In Nigeria, the first week in August is usually a very busy one particularly along the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway, otherwise known as "Jesus Highway." This is due to a large number of people -- usually millions -- attending the annual convention of some of the country's biggest churches with camps in the area. When prayers are said and sermons are preached, worshippers pay their tithe and offerings – two contributions that have allowed churches to continue to grow, expand and remain relevant at all levels.As sacred as tithe and offering are in Christianity, a new app As sacred as tithe and...

  • Healthcare app Kangpe declared winner of Lagos Seedstars World competition [update]

    Healthcare platform, Kangpe, has been crowned the winner of the Seedstars World pitching competition in Nigeria. The event took place on 11 August at Seedspace Lagos. Kangpe is a mobile app which allows users to access over 500 doctors, around the clock health care, and tips. "I am a trained doctor and as soon as everyone would hear this they would always ask me for advice. I saw a real need for people to have access to doctors, even in the most rural of areas," says founder of Kangpe, Femi Kuti, in a press release. The Lagos Seedstar World finalists had five minutes to impress the...

  • Phandeeyar launches as first tech accelerator in Myanmar

    Myanmar's (Burma) first ever tech accelerator, Phandeeyar, began accepting submissions for the programme on 17 June. Phandeeyar emerged from the Code For Change hackathon which focused on creating tech solutions for small and medium businesses. "We got a really acute sense of both the opportunity and the level of talent in the start-up community but also of the challenges they face," said David Madden to Myanmar Times. "We want to invest in this next generation of entrepreneurs who are going to build the products and services that are going to power the digital leapfrog," Madden continued. The programs selected for the accelerator receive US$25...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [15/08/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. 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...

  • Uganda’s Outbox incubator shows phenomenal results in four years

    "The launchpad for new ideas" is how Ugandan incubator Outbox is labelled as it has shown significant growth over the past few years. Established in 2012, Outbox is one of the leading incubators in Uganda. It not only offers incubation and workshops on a variety of subjects, but also a co-working space. Outbox has tried out an programme for women, which proved successful. "Our mission is to provide the entrepreneurship, innovation and technology infrastructure that supports African entrepreneurs," says founder, Richard Zulu, in a press release to Ventureburn. In just four years, Outbox has housed 13 startups, raised over US$1-million in funding, and...

  • 3000 Kenyan women receive ecommerce training through Jumia

    Nigerian ecommerce store, Jumia, in collaboration with SheCares International, is awarding 3000 Kenyan women the chance to undergo ecommerce training. This programme looks to empower them within the digital market. The individual women were selected by the SheCares foundation at the inaugural Globel Women's summit by Cabinet secretary for public service, youth and Gender affairs, Sicily Kariuk. The event was hosted in partnership with Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). "In a world that is going virtual, it is crucial that all actors in society have the training and tools they need to exploit the marketplace of tomorrow. This program is tailored to train these ambitious,...

  • Behind AlphaCode: a catchup with the financial services club

    Ventureburn recently caught up with the head of marketing and operations for AlphaCode, Paige Robertson, at their latest roundtable. Since being named one of the top 11 co-working spaces globally, they've also increased their memberships, constantly bringing in new businesses. At AlphaCode's recent roundtable discussion, it was all about taking your business to Silicon Valley. "Many of our CT businesses are more mature and further developed than our Johannesburg-based businesses and so we try and curate the content for our events based on the people attending," said Robertson. Philip Joubert, co-founder of Offer Zen was one of the members in attendance who spoke...

  • SA’s Payment24 headed to Germany for Startupbootcamp

    IT research and development startup, Payment24, is headed to one of the most recognisable network of startup accelerators, Startupbootcamp. Starting on 29 August, it will consist of 14 different programmes running across the world. Payment24, along with all of the other startups in the programme, will be provided with mentorship, office space in Berlin, access to Startupbootcamp's global network, €400 000 in services, and €15 000 in cash. After three months, the teams will be presenting themselves to over 300 investors and mentors. Payment24, which focuses on fleet management, payment systems, as well as mobile and retail solutions, was selected from 17 finalists after the...

  • Pitching competition Seedstars World heading to Mali for the first time

    Global seed startup competition Seedstars World is heading to Mali for the first time. The competition will be looking for the ten best startups from the country. "We are constantly expanding into new countries to learn about ecosystems and discover new talent. We are therefore very excited to come to Mali for the first time and see what the country has to offer," writes associate for Seedstars World Claudia Makadristo in a press release to Ventureburn. The winner of the Mali round will go on to compete with over 60 other startups in the finals in Switzerland next year. There they will participate...