Africa

Hellofood partners with Tigo to bring the world even more pre-loaded apps

hellofood Online food delivery service extraordinaire, Hellofood announced this week that it is teaming up with smarphone supplier Tigo to make its service more integrated and accessible in the African market. Hellofood is an interweb ordering service that connects customers to local business while acting as a liason for delicious delivery through its Hellofood app. Currently, the app is available on both Android and iOS; however, through its new partnership, Hellofood will be pre-installed on all Tigo communication platforms. This feature will ...

Africa, Startups

South African taxi startup Zapacab closes up shop and bids us farewell

Zapacab The South African taxi app startup, Zapacab, is closing shop. Since it launched in beta under the 88mph accelerator programme in July 2013, the guys from the cab-hailing app recall a bumpy road, but one they won't regret. Zapacab's service was rather simple and has been popularized by the likes of Hailo, Lyft and Uber the world over. By relying on your smartphone's GPS, passengers simply tap a button in the app, enter their phone number, and wait and watch ...

Africa, Startup news

HP opens up SMB Forum to help SA business with tech solutions

HP HP South Africa recently announced the HP SMB Forum which, together with Intel and Microsoft, aims to further the interests of local small business by strengthening their relationships with tech and other professional services. According to Microsoft’s recently concluded economic impact report entitled Ahead of the curve: Lessons on technology and growth from small business leaders, SMEs are more willing to embrace new solutions and are better positioned to encourage job growth. Tracey Newman, SME Lead for Microsoft SA says, "We ...

Startups

This startup lets you buy your friends a beer through WeChat

WeChat social media There’s now a way to send a gift to someone inside WeChat – and it’s really easy to do. The newly-launched service is created by a Chinese startup called Giftpass that wants to remove all the usual hurdles, hassles, and barriers involved in online gifting. Giftpass co-founder Vincent Mah – a Canadian who’s ethnically Chinese – says the idea was formulated when he wanted to get a gift for a friend on the birth of her baby. But there are ...

Africa

Built in Africa: CHIFCO hopes to build a greener future for all

CHIFCO founder Built in Africa focuses on entrepreneurs, startups and technologies that hail from the continent and empower its citizens. The global energy crisis has provided entrepreneurs with new opportunities to innovate. Conserving energy is not only in vogue but necessary for a lasting power supply. Africa has had energy and power problems for some time and it seems more and more African entrepreneurs are looking for solutions. Earlier in this series we introduced you to Patrick Ngowi, the man bringing clean energy ...

Competition

#GetToModern: Win with Microsoft to move your business forward

Microsoft-logo Believe it or not, there are still many businesses sticking with Windows XP. To help keep you up with the times, we're giving away some awesome prizes. With compliments from Microsoft, you can get your hands on one of these bundles worth R30 000: HP 250 (PC) + Nokia Lumia 520+ 3 months free Office 365 + Vodafone K4305 USB Modems @ R569 on MyGig 3 Lenovo Thinkpad Tab 2 + Nokia Lumia + 3 months free Office 365 @ R649 on ...

Africa, Interviews

Takealot’s Kim Reid talks new millions, expansion and the future of ecommerce

Kim Reid News of popular ecommerce site Takealot's US$100-million investment round has set South Africa's tech scene abuzz. Late last week we reported that the site secured a staggering US$100-million from its long time investor, Tiger Global Management. Founded in the 2002 as Take2, the site was later relaunched as Takealot in 2010 by Tiger Global Management and CEO Kim Reid. Takealot offers an extensive range of locally supplied and imported books, DVDs, music, games, electronics and toys with delivery to your doorstep. In ...

Entrepreneurship, Startups

7 steps to becoming a successful entrepreneur in your 20s

young success They say that wisdom comes with age. But does success only come to the older generation? The economic world is finally ready to start making its comeback after more than half a decade of slow growth and painful retraction. The playing field has been leveled by this; large corporates are tightening their belts while the eyes of the world are looking to the entrepreneur and the innovator to kick-start growth. In the coming years, new players will enter markets and new markets will ...

Advertising & Marketing, Africa, News

Youth programming project Creative Code wins at WDC2014 pitching session

WDC2014-logo The fifth pitching session of WDC2014 Cape Town, South Africa recently saw thirteen projects compete and pitch their ideas. The award went to Creative Code -- an initiative that promotes and encourages elements of visual design to inspire young people to learn how to code. Apart from walking away with R10 000, the well-prepared team of Creative Code got 50% off myViGO's site building services. Paperight's Book Dash project was similarly impressive. The idea is to have an event akin to ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship, News

Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship lends hand to African startups

liberia At the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship (BCOE) in Johannesburg, South Africa fifteen entrepreneurs from Liberia recently took part in a foundation course that covered the essential fundamentals of running a startup. Apart from scratching up on accounting and business planning, more importantly, entrepreneurs were taught the art and science of breaking the rules to capture the imagination of customers and investors alike. This is part of a broader programme to further the aspirations of the African continent's entrepreneurs. In addition ...

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