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  • Travelground founders launch booking service to target business travellers

    Over 500,000 South Africans travelled domestically for business last year. It's why the founders of the TravelGround Group, Marcel Van de Ghinste and Jonathan Womersley, have launched WorkTripper.co.za, South Africa’s first business-ready accommodation-booking platform. Built entirely for business travellers WorkTripper allows users to find the features and services that they need, such as flexible cancellations, negotiated rates and Wi-Fi, from over 12,000 establishments across the country. The new platform is the group’s third ecommerce venture in nine years and follows in the successful footsteps of TravelGround.com and LekkeSlaap.co.za. Together they attract an average of 750,000 unique users a month, with thousands of...

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    Comparison giant, PriceCheck latest addition to the Click n Compare Group

    Click n Compare is well on its way to becoming Africa’s one-stop comparison website. Already the continent’s leading service comparison Website, the acquisition of PriceCheck will see the fast-growing company continue to go from strength to strength. CNC’s primary investor, Silvertree Capital, together with Kingsway Capital were able to secure the product comparison giant from Naspers, along with its original founder, Kevin Tucker, as the latest addition to the Click n Compare Group. PriceCheck, which was launched in South Africa in 2006, and has since expanded into Nigeria, has huge plans for East Africa, making it a perfect match for...

  • Seedstars selects 12 startups for Joburg pitching event this week

    Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets, has announced 12 startups that have been selected for a pitching event to take place at Standard Bank Incubator in Johannesburg this Friday (26 May). This week's event is already sold out. The top startups will be advance to the grand finale and compete again for the title of most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars World South Africa 2017. Seedstars World will travel to more than 80 countries this year to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with an opportunity to win up to $1-million, with the main prize being a $500,000...

  • Snapplify joins Ed21 forum to tackle inefficient education system

    The key to tackling the education sector as a startup is being able to move fast and adapt quickly to the changing needs of the sector says Snapplify growth director Tarryn-Anne Anderson. The digital publishing solutions startup has teamed up with the likes of Vastratech, Principal Software and D6 Technology to form the Ed21 forum. The forum forms part of an ongoing movement to assist schools in transforming into a digital space. "Snapplify decided to join the Ed21 forum because we believe in developing better, and more effective ways of promoting and providing digital education," said Anderson. "The other members of the forum are also...

  • Silicon Cape, French Tech event to connect investors with African startups

    Silicon Cape and accelerator French Tech have joined forces to create AfricArena, a platform to connect investors from across the world with startups from Africa and beyond. The conference will take place on 6 and 7 November at the Century City Conference Centre and aims to attract 500 delegates, with a strong proportion being international visitors. It will host keynote speeches and panel discussions with top speakers from Europe and Africa, as well as pitch battles to win investment opportunities from committed angel investors, venture capital funds and private equity players. Several challenges ahead of the conferences will enable startups to win free access...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [22/05/2017]

    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 them 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,...

  • SA space agency, Airbus launch challenge to find new uses for satellite data

    The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and Airbus Defence and Space has launched an open innovation challenge to entrepreneurs, universities and other interested parties seeking homegrown and novel uses for earth observation data obtained by satellites. In a press release to Ventureburn, The Innovation Hub -- which is running the challenge -- said shortlisted submissions will be able to access support from specialists at Airbus Defence and Space, and Sansa. Top submissions would also receive access to the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in order to identify future commercial opportunities. The offer will include a site visit to Airbus Defence and...

  • Despite teething problems support for small business ‘firmly on track’ says Zulu

    South Africa's small business minister Lindiwe Zulu says three years on since the formation of her department -- which was again criticised by opposition members yesterday for doing little to help the sector -- the government's support for the small business sector remains “firmly on track”. Delivering her department's budget vote in Parliament yesterday, Zulu said despite "teething problems" and a budget which is "far below" what is needed to boost the sector, the department had made a difference to small business support in the country. "Because of our collective and concerted efforts, the majority of our citizens now appreciate the value and contribution of small...

  • Architect of Kenya’s Silicon Savannah hits out at delays at Konza Techno City

    Progress on Kenya’s Konza Techno City, dubbed “Silicon Savannah”, has been too slow while insufficient budget has been allocated to complete the initiative, says Bitange Ndemo, the man who conceived Konza eight years ago. While construction started in November on the first building – an eight-storey unit to host techno city operations and house early investors and innovators -- Ndemo, (pictured above) associate professor at the University of Nairobi's Business School, is critical of delays. “It’s not very difficult to do it (set up a techno city) but from my own assessment they have taken too long,” says Ndemo, who is also a former ICT permanent...

  • Venture capitalist questions why so few women involved in angel investing in SA

    Why are there so few women angel investors in South Africa? It's a question that continues to puzzle local venture capitalist Andrea Bohmert. “I would love to have the answer to that question, because I don’t have it,” said Bohmert, a partner in venture capital (VC) fund Knife Capital. Bohmert was speaking at a women in angel investing event hosted by the SA Business Angels Network (Saban) last night at FNB’s offices in Cape Town. She pointed out that just one of the 24 investors in Knife Ventures -- Knife Capital's VC company approved by the South African Revenue Service (Sars) in August last year --...

  • Department to help co-operatives, startups to go digital says Zulu

    The Department of Small Business Development aims to help startups and co-operatives to adopt digital technology to grow, Small Business Minister Lindiwe Zulu told MPs today. Presenting the Department of Small Business Development's budget vote in Parliament today, Zulu said her department will help entrepreneurs to build the right digital capabilities. "The 4th Industrial Revolution, characterised by digitisation and automation, is gaining momentum. It will fundamentally change the way is which we live, work, transact and trade. "It thus stands to reason that the small business and co-operatives sector must future-proof their core business offerings and business models, in order to be part of a...