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  • Lagos Startup Week to kick off with over 600 attendees

    The Lagos Startup Week is set to begin on 24 September 2016. This free five-day event aims to celebrate everything that makes an entrepreneur or an SME, with over 600 attendees already registered to join. It will consist of presentations and competitions including how to navigate "The New Media Era," best practices for digital marketing, and much more. One of the key offerings at this year's Lagos Startup Week includes a session titled "From University Research to Real World Innovation." This session will give students and researchers of Tertiary Nigerian institutions the opportunity to pitch their research projects to the investors...

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    SA consumers doing their product homework before purchase

    At a time when most consumers are spending conservatively, with a hawkish eye on every last Rand, value for money has become paramount. Long gone are the days when people sign on to mobile contracts on a whim, or buy insurance products at the behest of a smiling salesman. With deep-seated economic and political uncertainty prevailing, consumers are looking to inform themselves as best they can before spending a cent. “The good news for sceptical South Africans is that a host of new and sophisticated digital tools are coming online, giving people much-needed access to information,” says Ryan Marx, CEO...

  • Domestly broadens their horizons in Gauteng

    Startup cleaning service Domestly has expanded its business into Pretoria, Centurion, and Midrand. Previously, the service was only available in Johannesburg North, Randburg, and the greater Cape Town area. "Since winning the MTN App of the Year awards and launching in JHB in July this year we have received an overwhelming response and support from the public. We have had a great demand to expand our footprint and open our service into the greater area of JHB and into other regions," says brand manager of Domestly Natasha Riley in an email to Ventureburn. Domestly will continue its expansion by launching in East and West Rand...

  • FNB opens submissions for Business Innovation Awards

    The FNB Business Innovation Awards, with support from EndeavorSA, is looking for the most creative and inspiring entrepreneurs with potential to scale and grow their businesses. The awards are aimed at businesses that have potential to change the way their industries operate both locally and internationally. Entrants must have a strong capacity to be able to grow their business but also to add social value by way of job creation. Other factors that will be considered by the judges include: Social responsibility Ability to sustain the environment Brand reputation The company's quality of governance Stakeholder relations Goodwill factors Entrants will undergo EndeavorSA's tough selection...

  • UCT Upstarts Idea Auction aims to ‘Re-Educate Education’

    29 students have gone through a gruelling five-month journey to turn their ideas into viable business models. These ideas were, in turn, auctioned off at this year's UCT Upstarts Idea Auction at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town. This year's theme, 'Re-educate Education,' revolved around students thinking of innovative ways to disrupt the education sector within South Africa. Guests included UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price; the director of Bertha Centre for Social Innovation Francois Bonnici; the founding director of the Hasso Plattner d.school Richard Perez along with a representative from Standard Bank, among others. "We believe our currency is opportunity," said Gina Levy at this year's...

  • SweepSouth launches mobile booking app for Apple, Android

    On-demand cleaning service SweepSouth has launched their mobile app. Previously, bookings for the service could only be handled through the SweepSouth website. Much like other apps -- such as Uber -- the SweetSouth app allows customers to book a cleaner when needed, sends real-time notifications when the cleaner is en-route, details their arrival, and when they've completed the job. Customers are also able to rate the cleaner. Payment for the job is handled via a cashless and secure method through the app. "Our product uses cutting-edge technology to provide our customers with the most seamless on-demand experience available. As geolocation tracking and travel time...

  • ATTACQ Retail Ideas Programme launches at universities across the country

    The ATTACQ Retail Ideas Programme in partnership with LaunchLab has begun at universities across the country. Entrepreneurs are invited to pitch their retail business ideas for a chance to win a share of R100 000 in seed funding as well as R150 000 in LaunchLab incubation support. The programme takes place on selected campuses of all major SA universities and will be running until 23 September 2016. The final judging round will take place on 19 October 2016, though a venue has yet to be set. The Retail Ideas Programme is looking for entrepreneurs whose innovative ideas address the following: Payments within ATTACQ...

  • 7 startup myths perpetuated by Hollywood

    Whether it's HBO's Silicon Valley or ABC's Shark Tank, we have always had a love affair with the startups and entrepreneurs behind them. Launching a business and going from rags to riches is a huge part of the quintessential "American Dream." Unfortunately, as Hollywood tends to do, they've glorified certain aspects of the startup culture and created a number of myths that simply aren't true. 1. Good ideas mean success Ideation is not necessarily indicative of success. This is a principle that most people don't realise. They assume that development and monetization of a good idea is easy. Unfortunately, this is...

  • Seedstars World is looking for 10 startup contestants in Uganda

    Ugandan startups are in luck as international pitching competition Seedstars World is heading back to the country on 30 September. The event will be looking for the country's best tech-based startup out of 10 contestants. Entrepreneurs wanting to enter their startups will need to have a company that is less than two years old, has raised under US$500 00o in funding, and has a minimum viable product with traction. The competition is looking for profitable products that solve regional issues. "This year's theme of finding startup companies that will solve regional issues means that they will be able to drive their profitability while...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [12/09/2016]

    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...

  • Here are the 11 startups pitching at Seedstars World in Ethiopia

    International pitching competition Seedstars World is heading to Addis Ababa, Ethiopa on 14 September to crown the country's top tech startup of 2016. The goal of the competition is to find the top startups from over 60 countries. The winners will then head to Switzerland in 2017 to compete for a US$500 000 equity prize. There is also a range of other prizes available, such as the Intel Solutions Challenge, which looks to find the best startup in hardware, IoT, Cloud, or Analytics. "We are very excited to bring Seedstars World for the second time to Ethiopia. Last year we were impressed by the quality...