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  • 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...

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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...

  • 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...

  • 7 startup myths perpetuated by Hollywood

    Whether it's HBO's Silicon Valley or ABC's Shark Tank, we have always had a love affair with the startups and entrepreneurs behind them. Launching a business and going from rags to riches is a huge part of the quintessential "American Dream." Unfortunately, as Hollywood tends to do, they've glorified certain aspects of the startup culture and created a number of myths that simply aren't true. 1. Good ideas mean success Ideation is not necessarily indicative of success. This is a principle that most people don't realise. They assume that development and monetization of a good idea is easy. Unfortunately, this is...

  • Seedstars World is looking for 10 startup contestants in Uganda

    Ugandan startups are in luck as international pitching competition Seedstars World is heading back to the country on 30 September. The event will be looking for the country's best tech-based startup out of 10 contestants. Entrepreneurs wanting to enter their startups will need to have a company that is less than two years old, has raised under US$500 00o in funding, and has a minimum viable product with traction. The competition is looking for profitable products that solve regional issues. "This year's theme of finding startup companies that will solve regional issues means that they will be able to drive their profitability while...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [12/09/2016]

    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...

  • Here are the 11 startups pitching at Seedstars World in Ethiopia

    International pitching competition Seedstars World is heading to Addis Ababa, Ethiopa on 14 September to crown the country's top tech startup of 2016. The goal of the competition is to find the top startups from over 60 countries. The winners will then head to Switzerland in 2017 to compete for a US$500 000 equity prize. There is also a range of other prizes available, such as the Intel Solutions Challenge, which looks to find the best startup in hardware, IoT, Cloud, or Analytics. "We are very excited to bring Seedstars World for the second time to Ethiopia. Last year we were impressed by the quality...

  • 7 things you need to include in your plan to become a successful entrepreneur

    Becoming a successful entrepreneur is hard work. There is no easy way and you need to work hard to become successful. Ever heard of the saying: "No Pain No Gain"? Putting in minimal effort will get you nowhere! Ask any entrepreneur if it was easy or hard to become successful? Answers will vary, but something you’ll hear from all of them is it was hard. Believe me, there is nothing easy about starting a business. If you thought working for a boss was hard, the entrepreneurial path can be challenging. Being your own boss can be demanding, scary and bring...

  • Cocreate2Accelerate concludes with positive results between SA and Holland

    The innovative initiative, Cocreate2Accelerate was created to foster better relations between Dutch and SA entrepreneurs. It was born from the minds of Consul General Bonnie Horbach and Dutch entrepreneur Kevin Weijers. The challenge set forth for Cocreate2Accelerate was to successfully address the issues five SA businesses had: Retro Epic, Sea Monster, Polymorph, &Innovation and Green Fingers Mobile were the selected businesses to be partnered with respective entrepreneurs. Eligible companies had to be four to ten years old, facing challenges accelerating or expanding their businesses, while eligible dutch entrepreneurs had to have a keen understanding of the journey of an entrepreneur and be in a...

  • SABC Education naming & media partner to 2016 SA Innovation Summit [SPONSORED]

    The 2016 SA Innovation Summit is a few days away and once again offers a jam-packed programme designed to ignite and accelerate innovation in every sense.  “SABC Education is proud to announce this significant naming and media partnership with the SA Innovation Summit. This partnership started already in 2015 and it’s one we are proud to be associated with. The spark has been ignited”, says Danie Swart, Head of SABC Education. “SABC Education is passionate about supporting conversations and action around the integration of innovation projects and policies that will assist innovators,” adds Swart. The 2016 SABC Education SA Innovation...