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  • WeFarm names mobile architect Adam Neilson as CTO

    Adam Neilson will join peer-to-peer farming network WeFarm, as CTO, the company announced in a press release. Neilson has previously held positions at Probability, Sea Monster, Health Unlocked, and Rareburg. He had experience with mobile technology and building social platforms. "When I first heard about the work WeFarm has been doing impacting farmers' lives in such a positive way, I was bowled over. After digging a little deeper, I found more data than you can shake a stick at, a cutting-edge machine learning platform and I knew this was something I had to be a part of," explains Neilson. Read more: 8 mobile...

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    Judges announced for the IAB SA Bookmark Awards 2017

    The IAB SA has announced the list of judges that will decide which contenders will scoop a coveted Bookmark Award in 2017. The team of judges, led by Jury President John Dixon, features more diverse industry players than ever before. Josephine Buys, CEO of IAB SA says, "Our mid-year, judges workshop yielded valuable insights from the best in the business for judging the Bookmarks 2017. We have secured the time and talent of some of the brightest minds in digital and have expanded our pool of experts to include gamers, innovators and engineers.” Judges will now fall under the categories of...

  • Seedstars World looks for its next Mozambique winner

    Global pitching competition Seedstars World is on the lookout for its next startup from Mozambique. The event will take place on 15 July in Maputo. "After kicking off last year's Africa tour in Mozambique and finding a young but vibrant ecosystem, we can't wait to come back and see the massive growth and development that has taken place in the country's startup ecosystem since last year." writes Claudia Makadristo, Seedstars World associate for Africa, in a press release to Ventureburn. Up to 12 startups will be selected for the pitching event. The overall winner will represent Mozambique in the Seedstars World finals . The...

  • What we learnt from Snapscan at MTN’s app breakfast

    MTN Business's App of the Year awards is a pretty noteworthy event in the tech industry, featuring quite a few notable representatives. To encourage entries (and for networking), the company held a breakfast event, featuring a rather interesting speaker lineup. Representatives from CustomApp, Uber South Africa and Snapscan were on-hand to dish out some knowledge. But it was Snapscan's Rupert Sully, head of sales and business development, who got our attention. So what did we learn then? Snapscan wasn't a mobile service at first It's weird to think of the payment app as anything but a mobile service, but Sully said the service was...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [04/07/2016]

    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...

  • Landmark Barclays Africa accelerator programme concludes

    Ten companies have showed off their wares as part of the first ever Barclays Africa accelerator programme. The programme, hosted by the Barclays Rise innovation hub in Cape Town, saw the companies receive 13 weeks of mentorship, networking and development before their Demo Day, Absa said in a statement. The Barclays Accelerator is supported by Techstars and promises an "intensive startup programme" for innovative businesses in the fintech sector. The Demo Day saw over 400 people in the audience, including investors, industry/fintech experts as well as Absa and Barclays executives. "We are thrilled with the quality of the ventures. This first-ever cohort to...

  • Philip and Malan Joubert share some of their experiences from Silicon Valley

    Venturing to the far-off land of Silicon Valley seems to be the dream of many an entrepreneur. It is, after all, the birthplace of companies like Uber and Microsoft. For entrepreneurial brothers Philip and Malan Joubert, heading to the Bay Area was an obvious choice. At a recent Stellenbosch Digital talk, held at the Launchlab accelerator, the two shared some of their knowledge and experiences from the adventure. The pair are no strangers to the startup scene. They've been involved with companies from FireID to Pondering Panda, and SnapScan; more recently founding OfferZen. One of the first things they mention is to make sure you secure...

  • Tradesman platform IDWork crowned Seedstars World SA winner [update]

    Update: added comment from Sayo Folawiyo The South African leg of the Seedstars World competition has finally come to a close, with IDWork crowned the overall SA winner. Held in Johannesburg on 30 June, the event consisted of ten startups -- from the Cape Town, Durban, and Soweto pitching events -- as well as the 'Wild Card,' IDWork. All of the contestants pitched in front of a panel of judges and an audience. IDWork will go on to represent SA in the SeedStars World finale in Switzerland in March 2017, where it will stand a chance of winning a US$500 000 equity prize. A Gauteng-based startup, IDWork is a...

  • Raising your game: Charne Gerber and Copeland Stables [Sponsored]

    Doctor, mom and charity director Charné Gerber is an all-round superwoman. Acquiring Napoleon, her first Friesian stallion, was the catalyst for her latest venture, Copeland Stables. See how Charné raises her game: Best of breed From a young age, plaasmeisie Charne had a deep-seated love of horses. Copeland Stables is the culmination of her lifelong passion and an exciting challenge for this ambitious entrepreneur. From a single stallion, her herd has grown to seven majestic Friesians. Whether she’s ferrying her kids to the family farm or towing a prize Friesian stallion to a show, Charné needs a vehicle that’s safe and dependable in...

  • How to scale your startup’s infrastructure from the inside out

    When considering the most exciting elements of entrepreneurial life, you probably don’t immediately think of the word “infrastructure.” Foundations, wiring, plumbing — surely, these aren’t the things that provide a startup with the innovative spark it needs to grow. But infrastructure goes way beyond pipes and wires; it’s your startup’s internal road map. It’s your HR systems, sales processes, and marketing protocols. It embodies some of the most vital and creative parts of your operation, and it helps you achieve your biggest goals. As you begin to grow your business, you need to ensure your infrastructure can expand alongside you....

  • Convergance Partners, Nedbank Private Equity, IDC pump R500m into Comsol Fibre Connect

    Investment management firm Convergance Partners this week announced that it, along with Nedbank Private Equity and the IDC, have invested over R500 million in Comsol Fibre Connect. Billing itself as South Africa’s "first and only nationwide open access high-speed carrier grade data network", the network will reportedly connect enterprises in both major metros and small towns. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the key advantage of Comsol Fibre Connect is that customers are guaranteed connectivity of a high capacity, uncontended product, underpinned by a carrier grade service level agreement. The first elements of the network have reportedly...