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  • Online event marketplace crowned winner of Seedstars World Ethiopia

    Online event marketplace Hulubet has been selected as the Seedstars World winner for Ethiopia. The pitching competition took place on 14 September at Ice Addis, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Hulubet will go on to compete against over 60 other startups in Switzerland in 2017 for the grand price of US$50 000 in equity investment. Other prizes will be available and contestants will pitch in front of a crowd over 1000 people. The runners up for the Ethiopian leg were big data for farming startup, Abithrone, and books distribution platform, Berhan Books. "Startups in our community hugely benefit from this initiative and gain impactful support and networking," explains the...

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    Peach Payments and Callpay announce EFT system partnership

    Peach Payments, a leading and one of Africa's fastest growing payment service providers and Callpay, an innovative provider of secure payment solutions announce collaboration to provide automated Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) as well as secure telephonic payment acceptance solutions. The innovative products will enable millions of South Africans to make instant and secure payments when shopping online or during payment processes over the phone and via call centres. Through this exciting collaboration announced at the 3rd eCommerce Africa Conference, customers will now be able to pay online using their cheque, savings or credit card accounts. Merchants that sign up through...

  • What entrepreneurs should expect when moving to Silicon Valley

    In the 1990s, Silicon Valley in the San Francisco area of California became synonymous with tech startups. As the birthplace of companies like Google and Apple, drawing from talent pools at schools like the University of Berkeley, investors, venture capitalists, programmers, and entrepreneurs all worked together to create a new kind of industry. Many areas around the country have begun to catch up, creating tech based startup incubators and working to make business ownership easier to access, but many people still believe that moving to Silicon Valley is necessary if a tech company is really going to take off. What...

  • 80 hackers expected at game-changing Santam blockchain hackathon [SPONSORED]

    It’s all systems go for the Santam Blockchain Hackathon, which brings together 80 radical geeks, lateral thinkers, problem solvers and innovators to find powerful solutions to an extreme issue facing South African and global insurers today. Billions lost to fraud annually Insurance fraud in South Africa amounts to a staggering R3.6 billion per year. This not only results in huge losses for insurers, but also negatively impacts on the consumer. The problem is experienced industry-wide and to date no effective solutions have been found. In an attempt to crack the code on insurance fraud, Santam, along with IBM and the Blockchain Academy,...

  • Chivas Regal’s The Venture competition looks for SA’s top social entrepreneur

    Chivas Regal's global pitching platform, The Venture, enters its third year. Launching on 15 September 2016, the competition aims to find the best social entrepreneur to represent SA. The campaign -- titled "Win The Right Way" -- will see social entrepreneurs compete for a prize of US$1-million in financial investment as well as global exposure and mentorship. The pitching competition will take place in the form of a 10-part televised series which airs globally. Selected participants will have 60-seconds to pitch their innovative idea to a panel of judges who will whittle down the competition to five finalists. These final contenders...

  • Lagos Startup Week to kick off with over 600 attendees

    The Lagos Startup Week is set to begin on 24 September 2016. This free five-day event aims to celebrate everything that makes an entrepreneur or an SME, with over 600 attendees already registered to join. It will consist of presentations and competitions including how to navigate "The New Media Era," best practices for digital marketing, and much more. One of the key offerings at this year's Lagos Startup Week includes a session titled "From University Research to Real World Innovation." This session will give students and researchers of Tertiary Nigerian institutions the opportunity to pitch their research projects to the investors...

  • Domestly broadens its horizons in Gauteng

    Startup cleaning service Domestly has expanded its business into Pretoria, Centurion, and Midrand. Previously, the service was only available in Johannesburg North, Randburg, and the greater Cape Town area. "Since winning the MTN App of the Year awards and launching in JHB in July this year we have received an overwhelming response and support from the public. We have had a great demand to expand our footprint and open our service into the greater area of JHB and into other regions," says brand manager of Domestly Natasha Riley in an email to Ventureburn. Domestly will continue its expansion by launching in East and West Rand...

  • FNB opens submissions for Business Innovation Awards

    The FNB Business Innovation Awards, with support from EndeavorSA, is looking for the most creative and inspiring entrepreneurs with potential to scale and grow their businesses. The awards are aimed at businesses that have potential to change the way their industries operate both locally and internationally. Entrants must have a strong capacity to be able to grow their business but also to add social value by way of job creation. Other factors that will be considered by the judges include: Social responsibility Ability to sustain the environment Brand reputation The company's quality of governance Stakeholder relations Goodwill factors Entrants will undergo EndeavorSA's tough selection...

  • UCT Upstarts Idea Auction aims to ‘Re-Educate Education’

    29 students have gone through a gruelling five-month journey to turn their ideas into viable business models. These ideas were, in turn, auctioned off at this year's UCT Upstarts Idea Auction at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town. This year's theme, 'Re-educate Education,' revolved around students thinking of innovative ways to disrupt the education sector within South Africa. Guests included UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price; the director of Bertha Centre for Social Innovation Francois Bonnici; the founding director of the Hasso Plattner d.school Richard Perez along with a representative from Standard Bank, among others. "We believe our currency is opportunity," said Gina Levy at this year's...

  • SweepSouth launches mobile booking app for Apple, Android

    On-demand cleaning service SweepSouth has launched their mobile app. Previously, bookings for the service could only be handled through the SweepSouth website. Much like other apps -- such as Uber -- the SweetSouth app allows customers to book a cleaner when needed, sends real-time notifications when the cleaner is en-route, details their arrival, and when they've completed the job. Customers are also able to rate the cleaner. Payment for the job is handled via a cashless and secure method through the app. "Our product uses cutting-edge technology to provide our customers with the most seamless on-demand experience available. As geolocation tracking and travel time...

  • ATTACQ Retail Ideas Programme launches at universities across the country

    The ATTACQ Retail Ideas Programme in partnership with LaunchLab has begun at universities across the country. Entrepreneurs are invited to pitch their retail business ideas for a chance to win a share of R100 000 in seed funding as well as R150 000 in LaunchLab incubation support. The programme takes place on selected campuses of all major SA universities and will be running until 23 September 2016. The final judging round will take place on 19 October 2016, though a venue has yet to be set. The Retail Ideas Programme is looking for entrepreneurs whose innovative ideas address the following: Payments within ATTACQ...