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  • Top SA tech personalities on the books every entrepreneur should read in 2018

    If there's one thing that all successful entrepreneurs have in common it's that they are all avid readers. But with so many books out there, which ones should you pick up and read in 2018 -- to grow your business? Ventureburn asked four top personalities in the South African tech startup ecosystem what their top reads are and why they reckon every entrepreneur should read them -- from recently released titles. Bob Skinstad: Former Springbok rugby player and Knife Capital partner Principles, Ray Dalio: It's an outstanding account of a very wealthy man's life, including the hard work to get there, the redesign of...

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    Callpay to launch first of its kind payment product called Pay Request

    Callpay, a leading payment solutions provider, today announced that it will launch its new patent pending product called "Pay Request." Callpay developed Pay Request with security in mind, allowing a merchant to send a payment application to any mobile device. What makes this patent pending technology so unique is that a payment can be made in real time without the need of an app or mobile data. At the point of payment, Pay Request allows a merchant to send a secure terminal to the customer’s mobile device, turning their mobile phone into a virtual card terminal. The customer simply enters their...

  • Over a year on, when will big companies’ SA SME Fund get going? [Opinion]

    South Africa's private sector loves to lament how poor the government's support has been for small business -- but it seems, business owners shouldn't expect much either from big companies. The idea to get big companies to fund small businesses emerged in 2015 following discussions that President Jacob Zuma held with large listed companies through the CEO Initiative (with Zuma pictured above at one such meeting with CEOs). Yet over 15 months since the CEO Initiative, led by Discovery CEO Adrian Gore and former Bidvest chair Brian Joffe, announced the establishment of a R1.5-billion fund of funds to support high-growth small businesses, not a single investment has...

  • Uprise.Africa to launch first crowdfunding campaign this month says COO Schofield

    Equity crowdfunding platform Uprise.Africa is set to launch its first campaign later this month for a project aimed at funding the publication of more African literature, the platform's COO Patrick Schofield said yesterday. The platform aims to raise R3-million over a 90-day period for its Storied campaign. The Financial Services Board (FSB) has to date not publicly commented on the platform, and had not responded to questions from Ventureburn by time of publication. However, last year the regulator did respond to Uprise.Africa's attorneys, Dommisse, saying that the platform would not contravene the Collective Investment Schemes Act. Read more: SA equity crowdfunding site Uprise.Africa launches after response from FSB Schofield (pictured above)...

  • Start-Up Chile opens applications to accelerator programme, increases funding

    Global accelerator Start-Up Chile has opened applications to its seven-month accelerator programme Start-Up Chile Seed. The accelerator made the announcement yesterday in a blog post on its site, stating that interested entrepreneurs have until 30 January to submit applications. In the same post the accelerator added that this year, it will provide programme participants with $40 000 in equity-free funding, $10 000 more than what it was providing entrepreneurs last year. When the government launched the programme in 2010 it initially offered $40 000 grants to participants. The government subsequently lowered this to $30 000 for recent cohorts. Start-Up Chile has increased the amount of funding it provides to...

  • Three trends to watch out for in the smart parking space in 2018 [Native]

    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which kicked off yesterday and runs until Friday (12 January), is 0ne of the world's biggest trade shows and is a window into upcoming tech and trends, This year the conference will feature a focus on Smart Cities. Scheduled events include a Smart Cities Marketplace, so expect to see a lot of new tech innovation around public safety, energy consumption, mobility and parking assistance. The conference's organisers, the Consumer Technology Association predicts global spending on smart cities will reach $34-billion by 2020. With such a big market up for grabs, major companies like Ericsson and Deloitte -- which will be...

  • SA swimmer Natalie du Toit connected to new ICO to target amateur sports sector

    Paralympic SA swimming star Natalie du Toit is working with Pretoria-based startup Sports Podium to launch an initial coin offering (ICO) to fund the first "knowledge-based digital sports economy" for sportspeople. The ICO, which was to have taken place last year will instead take place in the next few months, says Sports Podium co-founder and COO Jaco Rossouw. He told Ventureburn today that the high number of ICOs held last year would have made it difficult for Sports Podium to stand out from the crowd. "There's no set date yet, but the envisaged date is quarter two of this year," he added. Rossouw said Du Toit -- who holds the role...

  • Just under a day left to apply to London-based The Collective Global Accelerator

    For some entrepreneurs, it's more than just about generating revenue. There are some who get into it to make an impact and to change the world. Think you're part of that crop? Then you have just under a day to apply to London-based The Collective Global Accelerator (CGA) which this year is looking for innovators with solutions that are making an impact towards creating stronger communities within urban areas. Applications to the global accelerator close tomorrow (10 January). The Collective Global Accelerator will run between 4 June and 1 July To be eligible for the programme, entrepreneurs have to be between 20 and...

  • 10 Defining moments that shaped the 2017 South African startup ecosystem

    2017 in South Africa is a very hard year to define… Most people are limping into 2018 battle-scar ridden and trying to figure out what the hell just happened?! Bitcoin highs and Steinhoff lows, neighbouring coup-non-coups, Rugby World Cup hosting woes and Western Cape dam levels scraping the bottom of the barrel along with GuptaBots, while Cyril is rising to the top. 'In 2017 South African entrepreneurs had a bumper year  -- leading the charge with innovation, job creation and growth' But adversity is the mother of invention… South African entrepreneurs had a bumper year  -- leading the charge with innovation, job...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [8/01/2018]

    Looking to start 2018 off by getting things rolling? 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 next week’s, please let us know in the...

  • Little fishing village in Morocco still Africa’s top digital nomad destination

    Looking for an African digital nomad destination to set up camp in for 2018? Why not try the sleepy fishing and surfing village of Taghazout in Morocco. The small town in country's south west is Africa's leading destination for digital nomads, according to Nomadlist.com, where travellers currently rank it 17 out of hundreds of destinations (in 2016 it reached as high as fifth place on the same ranking, according to CNN). Cape Town is not too far behind, at 45 -- ahead of such places as Palo Alto (51), Taipei (56) and Stockholm (60). Topping Nomadlist.com currently is Bangkok, Thailand followed by Ubud, Bali. Destinations that...