SA company Striata acquires New York-based Mass Transmit

Striata South African electronic customer communications specialist Striata has acquired Mass Transmit Inc., a US based provider of email marketing tools, services and expertise. Since launching in 1999, Striata has expanded across the globe, providing communication solutions for financial services, utility, insurance, retail and telecommunications companies from its operations in London, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Sydney. It also has partners in North and South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Headquartered in New York, with offices in Charlotte, NC and London, Mass ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship

Hampered by load shedding? Here’s a survival guide for your startup

Candle Load shedding is here to stay, so every small business needs to take steps to protect its systems and data when the lights go out as well as from power surges when electricity is restored after an outage. PCs are sensitive to power cuts, power dips and power surges, so take the necessary steps to protect them. When Eskom cuts the power, you could not only lose the latest changes to the files you're working on, your open files could become ...


Nigeria gets localised website that helps you locate leisure spots

Kaku Several months ago, Oyewole Kayode was in Ibadan, the ancient yet trend-setting Nigerian city located in the Yoruba-dominated southwestern part of the country. While he was there, a female friend called him and asked if they could hang out at a "very cool" place. He began a frantic search for a place the woman would love -- a place that was also cheap and within his lean budget. “So I went online and realised there was no single platform that chronicled details of cool places and how ...

Entrepreneurship, News

Cape Town’s latest co-working innovation hub Workshop17 is looking for startups

Workshop17 Co-working spaces play a huge role in facilitating a collaborative startup community; engineering serendipity. The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa and the collaborative workspace initiative, OPEN, have announced a partnership to put together an innovation and co-working hub called the Workshop17 at the popular marina's Watershed building. The space is in its final phase of opening its doors and is thus calling for small-and medium-sized enterprises to apply for membership. CEO of the V&A Waterfront, David Green said in a ...


Can’t get enough of tech startups? Ventureburn is looking for a savvy startup writer

macbook Ventureburn is looking for a savvy startup writer to join its talented, growing team. The African startup space is bubbling with exciting stories around every corner. As a publication which prides itself on bringing readers the latest in-depth stories and analysis, Ventureburn seeks to cover every nook and cranny in this fast-moving space. In order for us to continue doing so and even more, we're expanding our team. If you think bootstrapping is merely a cool pirate name and Angels are only ...

Innovation, Startup news

BitX revamps platform with fresh bitcoin exchange

BitX website South African-based bitcoin exchange BitX has launched a revamped version of its popular site. By providing a faster and more efficient platform for experienced traders, and a cleaner, friendlier experience for new users, the startup is hoping to further drive bitcoin adoption. BitX currently operates in some key emerging markets including South Africa, Kenya, Indonesia, Singapore and more. It’s also been spearheading the move to bring bitcoin to over 30 000 online stores in South Africa through the popular local online ...


City Soirée is SA’s crowdfunding site for live music, creatives

City Soiree 4 It's a Tuesday night at the The South African Slave Church in Long Street, Cape Town where about 200 people gather to support trendy local artists Toya Delazy, Fever Trails and Nakhane Touré. The get-together is one of many driven by City Soireé, an initiative that's been crowdfunding live music acts for the last three years across the country. The concept of crowdfunding has stretched people's imaginations -- resulting in the funding of anything from freakishly popular potato salads to smart watches. It's ...

Entrepreneurship, News

Vinny Lingham hopes to boost SA startup investments with Series Seed initiative

Document Prowling for investment just got a whole lot easier for South African startups. Last night at StartupGrind Cape Town, serial entrepreneur and South African Dragon Vinny Lingham announced the launch of Series Seed -- a series of free, standardised term sheets that can help SA startups get investment more easily by helping them cut back on legal fees. Speaking about the real behind-the-scenes of the reality show Dragons' Den, Lingham noted that the experience of fact-checking and due diligence with the pitching startups ...

Entrepreneurship, Featured

#RhodesHasFallen: 10 startup mistakes South African statues made

Rhodes #RhodesHasFallen at University of Cape Town and the graffiti is on the wall for many other South African statues as we struggle to contextualise the past and define a shared future as a nation. Other recently defaced statues include Paul Kruger in Pretoria, King George in Durban, Louis Botha in Cape Town, Mahatma Gandhi in Johannesburg and Queen Victoria in Port Elizabeth. If some local statues were startup entrepreneurs, here are the 10 mistakes they made that could have prompted ...

Competition, News

Stellenbosch’s LaunchLab Pitching Den kicks off this week

LaunchLab It's that time of the year again. Stellenbosch, South African-based LaunchLab is announcing its bi-annual Pitching Den which will be taking place at university campuses around the Western Cape. Taking place at Stellenbosch University (SU), University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the University of Cape Town (UCT), the pitching competition is open to all budding entrepreneurs. This means that both students and non-students have a chance to win their share of R50 000. Similar to last year's Pitching Den, chosen entrepreneurs ...