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  • Why it’s important for SA startups to adopt a social impact mindset

    South Africa doesn't have the biggest startup scene in the world. As was recently made clear by CodeX founder Elizabeth Gould's brilliant article on why Cape Town will never be Silicon Valley, the country's tech hubs have their own flavours, and we should all come to terms with that. Better yet, we should take advantage of that. Reiterating what Lumkani's David Gluckman told Ventureburn a little while ago when the startup won a social entrepreneurship award: "There’s an engine that operates in an entrepreneur from an emerging market that’s super unique and exciting." This has mainly been the reason I write...

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    The comparison website Click n Compare is taking Africa by storm

    Cape Town, South Africa - Click n Compare, a South African focused comparison website is expanding their outreach after a very successful year with a strong month on month growth of 40%. Alongside the South African success of the brand comes now their expansion into both Nigeria and Kenya. Established in 2013, Click n Compare is a one-stop portal for African consumers who are looking to source services and be educated in hard-to-navigate verticals, such as insurance, mobile, broadband, and banking. The Internet has empowered consumers to access more information than ever before, but it has also made it that...

  • Kaymu seeks to accelerate Nigerian entrepreneurship with new campaign

    In an effort to support entrepreneurship in Nigeria, online marketplace Kaymu has launched the Next Big Entrepreneur campaign. The initiative will seek to teach entrepreneurs about online business while giving them an opportunity to win startup capital. With operations stretching from Uzbekistan to Nigeria and the Philippines, Kaymu offers an online market service that enables businesses and individuals to sell items. The online marketplace is backed by Africa Internet Group. Kaymu has long been active in initiatives promoting online merchants and buyers in Nigeria. Last year, the company introduced a Referral Scheme to allow sellers to generate revenue by recommending the...

  • Terragon Group: Africa’s mobile startups should look to new monetisation channels

    From payment solutions like M-pesa, SnapScan and FlickPay to unique entertainment solutions like Bozza and medical solutions like the Mobile Triage App, mobile technology presents unique opportunities for Africa's startups. One such opportunity is the mobile advertising space, which is why African-focused digital media company Terragon Group recently launched its latest unique mobile offering at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. In a Q&A with Terragon’s Group CEO Elo Umeh, he explained why Africa is such a peculiar market and why it's important to look for new monetisation channels. " has huge opportunities as well as unique challenges. However, the continent...

  • SA ecommmerce stores should really focus on building trust with customers

    In a time when malls are taking a pounding from criminals, loadshedding and tightened shopper budgets ecommerce is offered an opportunity to finally step up. Not so much to replace the brick and mortar retailer, but to enhance it. Both online and traditional stores are hard at work trying to establish the missing ingredient -- trust, albeit from various sides of the spectrum. Retailers are looking to rekindle the feeling of safety and ecommerce stores are looking for checkout peace of mind amid growing fears around fraud. In a recent study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers from Dartmouth and...

  • Silicon Cape appoints Daniel Guasco as new head

    Former CEO of Groupon SA Daniel Guasco has been appointed to lead the South African tech entrepreneur network, Silicon Cape. Together with Wayne Gosling, Guasco is most known for starting day-of-the-deal site Twangoo in 2010 which was soon after bought out by Groupon USA. The pair has since their departure from Groupon last year been active Angels and business advisors with investments in startups such as WumDrop and Ekaya. Guasco is now taking over from Alexandra Fraser as chairperson of the initiative. CEO and founder of consulting firm Stone Tree, Fraser has led Silicon Cape through some major milestones, with the...

  • Joburg’s JEDI programme wants to educate 1k digital interns this year

    The City of Johannesburg recently held an induction ceremony for the first 250 digital interns of the total 1 000 it plans to train this year under its JEDI (Joburg Educating Digital Interns) programme. Launched in February this year, the coding ninja programme will run over 10 months, offering four months of bootcamp type technical training and six months in-service training within the city and some of the country’s leading digital enterprises. Zolani Matebese, the head of broadband at the City of Johannesburg, says that the City’s investment is significant not only in terms of financial outlay, but that it has...

  • How SA businesses can make the best out of this tax year

    The new tax year is well underway, bringing with it a number of changes that could affect your payroll calculations and the tax you need to pay on behalf of your employees. Here are some of the important legislative changes, budget proposals and a few important dates of which you should be aware of if you’re to stay on top of your obligations for the 2015/2016 tax year. Income replacement policy premiums Have you made the necessary changes to your payroll system and processes to accommodate changes associated with income replacement policies? Premiums towards an income replacement policy were tax deductible...

  • WhereIsMyTransport releases innovative public transport app in Tshwane

    Backed by a fresh new website and Knife Capital's Grindstone accelerator programme, South African startup WhereIsMyTransport (WIMT) is today releasing its urban transportation and journey planner app called Findmyway to commuters in Tshwane, South Africa. Based on live data from participating transport operators in the city, the app gives users various routes and modes they can take, arranged by cost or travel time. Read more: These are Grindstone’s 13 tech startups for 2015 Findmyway also includes an interface where commuters can communicate directly with government about delays, accidents, or service delivery, and cities can make announcements to update users about road conditions...

  • Rwanda’s Think incubator reveals top 10 pan-African finalists for 2015

    Rwanda's popular tech incubator Think has announced the top 10 finalists for its second cohort. Selected finalists are in the running for investment and incubation from Tigo and its parent company Millicom at the state-of-the-art think incubation site. This year's in-take will build on the success of the incubator's first cohort comprised Rwandan company TorQue and Nigerian company Cribpark, which both received investment, access to key networks, assessment of growth, and office space. Read more: Rwanda’s Think reveals 4 promising African startups for acceleration Think noted in a press release that it received highly qualified applications from 14 countries, and the...

  • Sami Inkinen: 5 things ordinary people can do to do extraordinary things

    Sami Inkinen is known for a couple of things. Not only did he sell a company he co-founded for US$2.5-billion in February this year, he's also a master triathlete and holds the record for rowing across the Pacific from San Francisco to Hawaii (4345km) together with his wife. Recently during his trip to South Africa's popular Cape Epic cycling race, the co-founder of online real estate company Trulia joined a group of entrepreneurs and enthusiasts for a sharing session at New Media Labs. Borrowing lessons from what he's picked up during his business life as well as sport, the topic...