• BURN MEDIA
    • Memeburn
      Tech-savvy insight and analysis
    • Gearburn
      Incisive reviews for the gadget obsessed
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!
  • Dry Bath founder’s water saving proposal hits wall with city, government officials

    Cape Town is in the middle of perhaps its worst water crisis, but South African award-winning entrepreneur Ludwick Marishane says city officials and national government have yet to take up his proposal to supply millions of sachets of his Dry Bath product to city residents. The product, a gel which can be used as a substitute to showering, can save the city millions of litres of water if the city goes ahead and orders millions of sachets. Speaking to Ventureburn following the launch today of a campaign to sell R1-million's worth of Dry Bath sachets at R25 each on crowdfunding platform ThundaFund, Marishane, the founder of Headboy Industries, says...

  • Company Office

    Here's what users of Street Parking Solutions' Parkfind app think of it

    Available for free on both iOS and Android platforms, Street Parking Solutions Parkfind app enables users to search for, navigate to and pay for parking anywhere in the Cape Town central business district (CBD) in real time. However, the Android version of the app appears to be it's most popular with a 4.6 rating (out of five). The app supports devices running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and up, while on iOS it supports iPhones, iPads and iPod touch with iOS 9.0 and later. Here are what some of the app's users have said about Parkfind. "This is wonderful.. you guys are really on top...

  • Under three days left to apply to pitch at SANBio bioscience innovation conference

    Want to pitch your biotech startup, research idea, concept or prototype to regional and international stakeholders in the bio-sciences sector? Then you might want to register to pitch at the SANBio annual event. Registrations close this Thursday (1 February). The event is organised by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development's Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) and serves as a platform to discuss issues in biosciences in the region. This year's event, which takes place between 27 and 28 February in Pretoria, will see innovators, researchers, investors, academics and policy makers gather to discuss the commercialisation of research technologies in bio-sciences. SANBio's annual event...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [29/01/2018]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or catch 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 next...

  • Launchlab to move from lecture sessions to online content says incubator head

    Stellenbosch incubator Launchlab plans to move from lecture-style sessions to offering more online content for its Lean Iterator and Countdown Programmes which participants will be able to watch in their own time, says the incubator's CEO Philip Marais. The Lean Iterator and Countdown programmes are part of the incubator's Breakthrough Innovation Programme which it offers to corporate clients to access innovative startups. "The startup participants will then come together to discuss the content and its implementation with the content provider and in so doing increase the number and quality of interactions during the facilitation sessions," said Marais (pictured above) in an email today to Ventureburn. "We will also include...

  • Capital flight talk over says Grovest man on launch of R200m Metta Capital fund

    The talk of "capital flight" from South Africa has come to an end, believes venture capitalist Jeff Miller, following the launch yesterday of Metta Capital, the first 12J VC fund of funds. Miller, who yesterday launched the fund with fellow Grovest venture capitalist Malcom Segal, aims to raise R200-million from investors by 23 February 2018 to invest in eight Section 12J funds. The funds are in areas such as logistics, mining, hospitality, retail, energy and telecommunications. "I think the December ANC conference has settled things," said Miller referring to the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC president. He noted a "complete change" from high net worth individuals -- many who previously would have...

  • Challenges women entrepreneurs face are more visible says ImpactHER founder

    The challenges women entrepreneurs in Africa face when accessing finance -- though not unique to women -- are often more visible in women-led businesses believes Efe Ukala, an investment lawyer and founder of non-profit ImpactHER. These says she says include financial management and putting in place good governance. "Based on my observation while advising on investors transactions arising out of east, west and southern Africa, I believe that these issues are common in most African countries, although cloaked in slightly different colours," says Ukala (pictured above). Her organisation ImpactHER -- which Ukala launched last year -- aims to train African female entrepreneurs scale their businesses and...

  • Innovators to compete in Global Legal Hackathon for spot at New York showcase

    The Global Legal Hackathon (globallegalhackathon.com) will arrive in South Africa for the first time next month, the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) announced today. In a press release today, HiiL said the event, set for Johanneburg, will see local innovators compete for a place at a New York showcase of the best lawtech innovations in the world. The hackathon takes place over three days, from 23 to 25 February at the Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein, and teams will develop technology-led solutions to pressing justice problems. Whether it’s improving the business and practice of law with blockchain and AI, or helping with good government,...

  • AI Expo Africa 2018 aims to showcase opportunities in artificial intelligence

    The use of artificial intelligence (AI) has become one of the hottest trends among startups, the world around. This September Cape Town will host one of the continent's first events that aims to promote the AI business opportunities. In a press release on Wednesday, AI Media announced that it expects over 400 delegates to attend the AI Expo Africa 2018 -- which takes place from 9 to 11 September 2018 at the Century City Conference Centre in the city. In all 27 speakers are due to present at the expo, along with 28 AI exhibitors. There will also be an Innovation Cafe housing 20 AI startups. Expo chairman, veteran media and...

  • Here’s how to save your company from looming CIPC deregistration

    The headache of waking up one day only to find out your company does not exist is one that can be easily avoided. Many small business owners might not be aware that the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) -- formerly known as Cipro -- issued a notice on 12 December 2017, via their website stating that certain companies that had failed to submit annual returns to CIPC as is required by the Companies Act would face deregistration next Friday (2 February 2018). This applies all entities registered with the CIPC be they private, external,  incorporated or public companies as well as non-profit...

  • SA startup Akili Labs to exhibit affordable mobile lab at US tech conference

    Award-winning SA biotech startup Akili Labs has been selected to exhibit their mobile laboratory at the Collision Conference, one of the fastest growing tech conferences in the US. The conference takes place between 30 April and 3 May in New Orleans. The startup, based in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, has developed an award-winning low-cost medical diagnosis mobile laboratory to help detect viral and bacterial infections. Last year the startup won R50 000 for the best prototype prize at the Department of Science and Technology's Innovation Bridge. In addition, the startup was awarded R500 000 seed funding after taking first place in the...

WP Twitter Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com