Africa, Startup news

Mobile education startup FunDza a finalist in 2014 WISE Awards

Mobile cellular phone over the study book The South African non-profit literacy trust FunDza has been named one of the 15 2014 WISE Awards Finalists. The international WISE Awards seeks to identify and promote unique and novel solutions to real-world education challenges and has thus chosen FundZa as one of its inspiring initiatives. With an aim of making reading accessible and appealing to the youth of South Africa, FunDza is behind the Growing Communities of Readers programme. This provides people across the country with access to quality, locally-generated reading content via ...

Startup news

Obituary of a startup: Realtime Wine, courageous social app, bows out

realtimewine Realtime Wine (RTW), a social discovery app for wine, died last night from complications after failing to monetise quickly in an aggressive startup ecosystem. It was three years old. Plain-spoken and unassuming, RTW never assumed the part of a wine guide. In what can only be described as a courageous piece of moxie, RTW sought to get rid of highbrow reviews and instead provide wine consumers with honest opinions. RTW's quasi-warrior persona attracted the attention of investors such as former FNB ...

Africa, Startup news

Hotel booking startup Jovago expands to South Sudan

jovago Africa Internet Holding's (AIH) online hotel booking service has recently expanded to South Sudan. This comes after it initially launched in Nigeria last year in August and then opened up its doors to Kenya and Senegal's hotels last month. It now covers over 3 000 local listings from Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal and aims to serve an even wider audience across the continent. As previously noted, the World Bank suggests the tourism industry has contributed just over 2.8% to Sub-Saharan ...

Africa, Startups

7 incredible health tech innovations changing the way South Africans live

Doctor In the last few years tech companies have jumped on the wearable tech bandwagon with popular gadgets like the Fitbit or Samsung's Gear Fit being chased by headlines the world over. The importance of health technologies is becoming more prevalent as everyone, from athletes to housewives, have realised the need to track their calories and steps using a simple app or a wristband. Having said that, the technology is still very expensive and has limited access. Nowhere is the need for ...

Africa, News, Startup news

Daptio’s adaptive elearning system scoops international honours

Daptio Daptio, a Cape Town-born elearning startup, has been named as one of Africa’s top 10 most innovative companies for 2014, by international business publication Fast Company. This follows its local award of top prize at Telkom’s Open Innovation Mega Challenge, just a few months after the company’s 2013 inception. Prize money of R120 000 and 24 months’ worth of free Internet connectivity was awarded to the start-up, for a brilliant and innovative approach to solving the pressing issue of education in ...

News

Sage Pastel’s My Payroll Online updated with multi-user login, live chat

Sage-Pastel Sage Pastel Payroll & HR recently announced added new features to the My Payroll Online software to make it easier for entrepreneurs and small businesses to see who gets paid what, when and where. The new features with the payroll software include support for multiple usernames on a single My Payroll Online account as well as customer service support via Live Chat on the Web. Sage Pastel Payroll & HR notes that this would be especially welcomed by accountants and outsourcing ...

Africa, Ecommerce, Startup news

AIH, MTN partnership kicks-off with big Jumia ecommerce push in Ivory Coast

Jumia One of the continent's largest tech incubators, Africa Internet Holding (AIH), announced its first partnership campaign with one of Africa's leading telecom companies MTN. The two tech giants announced their marriage late last year and recently kicked-off the first deal aimed at boosting popular ecommerce outfit Jumia's market in Ivory Coast. For now, the deal between MTN and Jumia allows customers from Ivory Coast to make purchases using MTN’s Mobile Money system. Customers are encouraged to shop online using MTN's ...

Ecommerce, Future Trends

From product to customer: Omni-Channel Retail next step in ecommerce

Mobile shopping In the early 2000s, online retail threatened the "bricks and mortar" stores with extinction. The talk was of being “Amazoned,” meaning Amazon.com would add your product line to its ever-expanding inventory and render you redundant. A lot changes in 15 years -- and equally, a lot does not change. Bricks and mortar retail extinction has been overstated and the concept of substitution of certain physical channels has given way to providing a complimentary experience that blends the digital and real world ...

News

Via Afrika’s digital libraries want to solve SA’s textbook problems

Via Afrika Digital Education Centre We wrote earlier this week about Via Afrika and its mission to use technology to change the face of education in Africa. The publisher this week, in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Breadline Africa, launched its national Digital Learning Centre initiative at Ithemeleng Primary School in Reddersburg in the Free State, South Africa. Breadline Africa is a Cape Town based NGO that specialises in converting old shipping containers and recycling them for essential community purposes and the ...

Startups

10 must-have startup tools for CRM, communication, documentation

Old Antique Tools in Vintage Carpentry Workshop Stephen Jagger is the co-founder of PayrollHero, a time, attendance, scheduling, HRIS, analytics and payroll platform built for the web and mobile. At PayrollHero we are big believers in knowledge sharing. From pair programming to private online forums for open discussions about our business to sharing online, we believe that transparency and leaving artifacts behind is the best way to succeed. So in keeping with that, I'd like to share ten cool tools we are using today. Communication HipChat We use HipChat as ...

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