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  • 3 ways to improve teamwork in your business

    You can never do anything worthwhile alone without the help of your team. In order to thrive, a business needs team collaboration at its highest levels. This is why we need to build great teams at work. But what does it take to build a better team? Is team building an art or a science? Ask that to any management guru or business leader, the answer would be almost similar. It is a bit of both. Assembling different team members, motivating them and keeping your team members happy is easier said than done. Although you cannot overstate the importance of...

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    An Exclusive Sneak Peak At Compare Guru – Coming Soon!

    Cape Town, South Africa - The time is getting close to the relaunch of Click n Compare as Compare Guru. The rebrand – planned for mid February - comes as a strategic move to join the brand’s counterparts in Nigeria and Kenya, as well as to incorporate an animated character, The Guru, as their mascot. Compare Guru will fall under the umbrella brand Compare Africa (previously known as CNC Group), now also inclusive of PriceCheck. According to recent research, 31% of South Africans use the the internet to compare products / prices / features online, while insurance accounts for 7%...

  • WhereIsMyTransport raises R12m, opens international office

    Cape Town-based startup WhereIsMyTransport has announced the completion of a R12-million funding round as well as the opening of an international office. Based in London, the international office is meant to help WhereIsMyTransport better connect with its clients -- cities and transit operators around the globe "We’ve very proud to be a company that was born and raised in Africa, and our commitment to building solutions that serve developing cities remains unchanged," says co-founder Devin de Vries. "Having an international base for operations makes it easier for us to reach other cities outside Africa and gives us the resources, credibility...

  • 6 important things we learned from PwC’s emerging companies survey

    Multinational professional services network Price Waterhouse Cooper has released the results of its emerging companies survey. The survey, which forms part of a wider body of research, aimed to explore the challenges and opportunities facing emerging companies in South Africa in the current environment. The survey focused on "emerging companies" in all industries, progressing through the early/incubation and intermediate/acceleration phases of the business life cycle. It includes companies from early stage (those making less that R1-million in revenue per annum) to approximately R100-million revenue per annum and between one and ten years in age. The survey had 743 participants,...

  • Daddy’s Deals site boasts 400k subscribers, offers website space to advertisers

    South Africa's daily deals website Daddy's Deals now offers local brands the ability to advertise directly to its extensive audience of nearly half-a-million newsletter subscribers a week. At present, the offer is limited to only twelve companies per year, which means only one will be featured per month. The selected company will be provided with banners, buttons, and tabs on the Daddy's Deals website. These will appear on each and every page and will drive viewers to the main offer page of the company. In addition to the website exposure, offers will also be advertised through regular and special mailers to...

  • Wired Women Conference to uncover key issues surrounding women in tech

    The Wired Women Conference aims to cover women in technology and uncover the key issues surrounding them. The South African conference also seeks to provide a supportive and dynamic environment that puts attendees in touch with leading innovators, business leaders, and inspirational people. As noted in a press release, the Wired Women Conference has two main agendas: addressing gender equality divide in the tech space; encouraging women to take advantage of the opportunities that technology offers “It’s time for women in tech to co-opt male champions in order to grow a more balanced representation in this space” said Debby Edelstein, the CEO...

  • Q&A: What Africa needs to build the next Facebook

    I recently sat down with Seedstars World’s Marcello Schermer (pictured middle) and Gregory Pepper (pictured left). We spoke extensively about the startup pitching competition and how it's supporting emerging companies from all over the globe. We then dissected the startup ecosystem in Africa, focusing on what it will take for Africa to launch the next Facebook. Sourcing tech startups from around the globe, Seedstars World is currently making its rounds through 16 African countries. The top company from each country will stand a chance of winning a US$500 000 equity investment in Switzerland next year. Ventureburn: What is the business model...

  • Major South African VCs to officially launch web-based due diligence tool

    Major South African venture capitalists from Knife Capital are gearing up to launch a startup called YueDiligence, which aims to assist entrepreneurs and investors with due diligence. By relying on a web-based questionnaire, GAP analysis and a range of other tools, YueDiligence intends to help stakeholders make better early-stage investment decisions. The YueDiligence team is made up of Keet van Zyl, Andrea Bohmert and Eben Van Heerden from the renowned VC firm, Knife Capital. Not only did the firm see through the exit of iKubu to Garmin early this year, it also reported a 61% increase in revenue for the companies participating...

  • Lessons learned from Angel Investor Bootcamp in South Africa

    On 27 August the third session in a series of Angel Investor Bootcamps leading up to the ABAN Investor Summit at DEMO Africa was hosted in Cape Town. The Bootcamps are organised by the African Business Angel Network (ABAN) in partnership with VC4Africa, Intercontinental Trust and the LIONS Africa Partnership. The Cape Town edition was hosted together with the Silicon Cape Initiative. Alexandra Fraser, past-chairperson of Silicon Cape, welcomed an audience of angels, entrepreneurs and potential investors who were there to learn more, share experiences and to network with each other. “Angel investing is never just about the money” said Fraser. “It’s about bringing...

  • Hong Kong VC firm partners with Nairobi, Cape Town Garage

    Hong Kong venture capital firm and entrepreneurial hub Nest recently signed a partnership agreement with the Nairobi Garage and Cape Town Garage to connect three major hubs spanning Africa and Asia. The announcement comes after Nest announced its expansion to Nairobi earlier this year to tap into the continent's talent. Essentially, the partnership gives any member of Nairobi and Cape Town Garage a place to work from when visiting Hong Kong, and in turn gives companies incubated at Nest access to a space in Kenya and South Africa. Nest is described as Hong Kong’s only private, full-service startup ecosystem. The firm has...

  • 13 things I wish I’d known before starting a startup

    I have been blessed to own several businesses in my time, working across industries and sectors, from sports to hospitality and property development. I have a family of entrepreneurs. My mother has a financial planning business, my dad had a recruitment business, my uncle owns a large logistics company and family in Australia own retail stores and supermarkets. So the path to becoming an entrepreneur was a relatively easy decision and was met with loads of support and encouragement. Here are 13 things I’ve learnt along the way that will hopefully save you some time and a lot of heartache: Equip Yourself...