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  • Harare will host third Capacity Development Forum in May 2016

    The third Capacity Development Forum (CDF) will take place in Zimbabwe's capital Harare from 2 to 6 May 2016. The conference will this year discuss the "developing capacity for Africa's economic and social transformation," and will explore "the major challenges and opportunities associated with capacity development on the continent, including youth employment, public, private and civil society engagement and domestic resource mobilisation," according to a press release. The Capacity Development Forum will also host the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) 25th Anniversary Celebrations. The organisations headquarters has been stationed in Zimbabwe since its inception in 1991. "We are delighted to welcome several...

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    CompareGuru set to simplify financial services for SA consumers

    Launches new site with advanced features and real-time services.  For most time-constrained South Africans, choosing between financial products and service providers is a laborious and challenging task. Despite the increasing access to all sorts of information online, it remains a complex and daunting process to sift through various product offerings, pricing structures, terms and conditions, etc. “This complexity is especially problematic when trying to choose between products and providers in the mobile, banking and insurance spheres, where contracts are often filled with jargon and consumers are understandably wary of hidden fees,” explains Ryan Marx, CEO of CompareGuru, a site which draws...

  • 5 things entrepreneurs can learn from playing Fallout 4

    I know what you're thinking: how on earth does a post-apocalyptic survival game have any lessons for those running a real-world startup, or maturing as an entrepreneur? To which I would reply, "plenty." Fallout 4's a great game (if you're interested in a review, Gearburn's got your back), but it's also a rather good teaching aid if you take the time to study it. Through all my hours of playing Fallout 4, exploring the vast world and setting up countless Settlements across it, I take a look at the five biggest lessons the game can teach entrepreneurs (and don't worry, I'll...

  • CiTi to introduce travel tech hub to Cape Town’s startup ecosystem

    The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative, or CiTi, has announced that it will be launching a "travel tech innovation cluster" to promote growth in the travel technology sector. "We believe that Travel Technology has enormous transformative potential and that the creation of a TravelTech cluster to stimulate development and investment will benefit not only Cape Town but the entire country. We have already seen significant investment into this sector over the last few months and further structured acceleration could see that increase exponentially," explained CEO of CiTi Ian Merrington. "The purpose of our Innovation Clusters is to actively identify, support and...

  • 4 reasons successful people celebrate failure

    Failure is harsh, unforgiving and brutal. Failure doesn’t see skin color, ethnicity or socio-economic background. It’s an equal-opportunity offender and is always lurking just around the corner. As an entrepreneur, the likelihood that your company will be worth US$1-billion one day is less than 1 in 10 000, or 0.0001%. Even for those that just do "okay", the attrition rate of startups in the US is roughly 50%. If you’re going to build a business, or go into business for yourself, you're signing up for some sort of failure. But that’s a good thing! Wait, what? 1. Failure oftentimes isn't our...

  • Startups, here’s a hacker’s guide to snagging that investor [infographic]

    In a world where ideas are a dime a dozen, it's not easy snagging yourself some investment money. Some startups go to pitching events, make a huge public splash, or even take road trips to find funding for their business. In an essay by Y Combinator founder Paul Graham, he breaks down the differences between angels, investors, and what makes them tick. For example, angels may take more risks than venture capitalists (VCs), but they don't necessarily like the limelight. He also says that VCs want startups that can go public and grow, tend to invest in what other VCs do. "Some...

  • 5 important things I learned from closing down my business

    I owned and ran my own company not too long ago. I had managed to escape the shackles of everyday corporate slavery and venture out on my own. After a few years, the dream came crashing down harder than a 50 mega tonne nuclear warhead. The dream had ended, but, as I found out, it wasn't truly over. During the process of closing down my business, paying back those that still required money, and trying to make people happy, I learned a few important things. Here are the five key points I learned from my experience. The money you don't have There's a good chance...

  • Stores use music to boost sales, this startup applies the concept to online retailers

    There’s a clear, demonstrated effect of music on sales performance, with the right kind of tune helping stores significantly increase footfall and influence purchase decisions. Research from Gensler (PDF Link) also shows that the use of music can help businesses create emotional engagement around their product and strengthen their brand. And, as almost every marketer will tell you, consumers buy experiences and products from brands they personally identify with. With so much of the world’s commerce shifting to online channels, why not apply the same principles to internet companies? That’s the niche Israel-based righTune aims to tap into. The startup works...

  • Venture Bus Tour aims to bridge the Cape Town and Johannesburg startup divide

    The Venture Network Big Bus Tour has come and gone, and while it only lasted for three days, there are big things to come from this initiative. Founded by friends Abu Cassim and Wayne Berger, the programme was created in order to bridge the divide between the startup communities in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The plan is to connect startups, investors, and spotlighting players to the VC community. Another point to the tour was to connect with like-minded individuals and to learn from previous success and failures. "Each ecosystem has a unique profile and set of strengths, through collaboration we can draw on the...

  • What are the benefits of ecommerce for your business

    Ecommerce is the activity of doing business activities on the Internet. It refers to buying and selling products and services on the Internet through a website. Ecommerce is short for electronic commerce. Also known as an online store, an ecommerce website has features that make it easy for customers to browse for products, pick them out, put them into a trolley, and then pay for them at checkout. Many people are moving from physical stores to buy goods and services on the Internet. Today, 60% of shoppers in developed countries go to the Internet to buy goods and services. This...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [29/03/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch 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...