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  • Ovamba’s Viola Llewellyn to be first African female founder to speak at Slush

    Finnish tech innovation conference Slush has announced that Viola Llewellyn -- the co-founder and president of Cameroon-based fintech startup Ovamba -- is among the confirmed speakers at this year's event. The tw0-day conference kicks off tomorrow in Helsinki, Finland and is expected to draw about 20 000 attendants and will also be streamed live. This will be the first time that Slush will have a female African tech founder on its central stage. The founder will discuss how her startup aims to improve financial accessibility in Africa as well as the importance of financial services in emerging markets. "This is epic. Ovamba has worked hard to...

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    Parkfind claims to be first in Africa with real-time search, navigation and payment

    Tired of driving around Cape Town wasting both fuel and time looking for parking? A company that manages the city's parking claims its app Parkfind is the first in Africa that allows you to search for, navigate to and pay for parking in real-time. "Parkfind is the s**t," says Zunade Loghdey. He's the founder of Street Parking Solutions (SPS) the Cape Town-based on-street parking solutions company that launched the parking app in July. "We are the first in Africa and one of two or three in the world with a full time search, navigation and payment application,” says Loghdey. Parkfind utilises the best of parking technology to...

  • Everything you need to know about East African startup landscape [2017 Update]

    Update: Are you a venture capitalist or an angel investor looking to invest in a company? Are you an entrepreneur looking for capital or other opportunities? Are you an aspiring startup owner looking for assistance? Well, you have come to the right place. Ventureburn presents an updated* guide to East Africa's startup scene. This article is the most comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to get involved with, or have a better understanding of, the region's fast-growing startup space. It's the second of our inaugural series, with others focusing on South Africa and West Africa. With some insight from our friends...

  • Time to re-imagine education, training to prepare for Fourth Industrial Revolution

    “If you are left behind in the digital era, you will never catch up.” These were the thoughts shared by Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko at the much-hyped BCX Disrupt Summit held in Johannesburg earlier this month. The summit brought together thought-leaders from a range of disciplines presenting on some of the hottest topics associated with disruptive innovation. While there were some contrarian views (such as, is this really the 4th industrial revolution?), one thread running more-or-less consistently through the discussions was grappling with South Africa and Africa’s readiness for this innovation age. As Maseko grimly pointed out, while Africa had been left behind in...

  • SA legaltech startup Libryo to partner with Swiss regtech startup Apiax

    "Switzerland is a perfect destination to work on solving problems that are relevant to a multi-lingual area like Western Europe," says Malcom Gray, the founder of SA legaltech startup Libryo. "With four official languages, a high concentration of global businesses and easy access to Germany, France and Italy, we feel the programme has given us a wonderful stepping stone into new markets," Gray (pictured above, centre) told Ventureburn in an email. The startup -- which is based in the UK but was started by three SA founders -- has just secured a partnership with a Zurich-based regtech startup Apiax. The announcement was made by Swiss tech...

  • Black-owned insurtech startup Fo-Sho to unveil new short-term insurance product

    Accelerator Startbootcamp Cape Town has scored some success, with South African insurtech startup Fo-Sho set to launch this Thursday (30 November) with its short-term insurance offering aimed at lower-income consumers. For the past three months the Johannesburg-based startup, which was founded in June last year, has along with nine other startups been part of Startbootcamp Cape Town's inaugural accelerator programme. The programme concludes with a demo day this Thursday. The startup has been beta testing its product and has so far secured premium commitments in excess of R10-million. In addition the company has already secured a "multi-million rand venture capital investment" from BEE investor and Alpha Vista Systems director Dempsey...

  • CDI opens third call for third round of seed fund, launches R12.8m Growth Fund

    The Cape Town based Craft and Design Institute (CDI) together with the National Treasury's Jobs Fund today launched a call for applications to a R12.8-million Growth Fund for craft, design, light manufacturing businesses and other sectors and opened a third call to innovators for its Design Innovation Seed Fund. Applications for both the seed fund and The Growth Fund close on 31 December 2017. Aimed at firms with over R1m assets CDI executive director Erica Elk said the Growth Fund is open to businesses with turnover or assets of more than R1-million with the ability to create permanent jobs. Businesses must be willing to create one permanent job...

  • Exclusive: GoMetro ride-sharing service to take on Uber, Taxify, tackle congestion

    Cape Town smart mobility startup GoMetro claims it has the solution to tackling traffic in one of Africa's most congested cities. The company plans to begin trialling a door-to-door ride-sharing service in the city in February, CEO Justin Coetzee revealed today. Speaking at the launch in the city of the Craft and Design Institute's new R12.8-million grants fund for craft and design firms, Coetzee said more details of the first 100-person trial would be announced in February. He said the startup plans to run the trial for its "pop-up service" with a corporate and added the service would allow users to opt for any kind of transport service --...

  • Facebook to open its first African community hub space in Lagos next year

    Facebook has announced that it will partner with C0-Creation Hub (CC Hub) to launch its first African community hub, NG_Hub, next year in Lagos, Nigeria. In a statement made on 22 November 2017, Facebook stated that the hub will be a "multi-faceted creative space" where developers, startups and the wider ecosystem can collaborate, learn and exchange ideas. The hub will also host its own incubator programme in addition to training programmes and guest speakers. The announcement by Facebook follows Google's launch earlier this month of applications for its Launchpad Africa accelerator. Read more: Google opens applications for first cohort of Launchpad Africa accelerator Commenting on the announcement, Facebook's head of...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [26/11/2017]

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

  • Seedspace in drive to buy up, partner with co-working spaces across world

    Seedstars, the startup competition for emerging markets, is on a drive to acquire or partner with co-working spaces in cities around the world through its Seedspace brand. Three of its 16 planned sites will open in Africa shortly. Nathan Heller, who heads up Seedspace experience and is the founder of Cape Town Seedspace venue Spin Street House, says among the 16 new sites planned, the organisation aims to add sites in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Cairo (Egypt) and Casablanca (Morocco). Other sites are planned for Quito, Mexico City, Lima, Medellin, Jeddah, Beirut, Naigaon (India), Saigon, Islamabad, Baku, Abu Dhabi, Manila and Hong Kong. Heller could not provide any dates on when the...

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