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  • Three trends to watch out for in the smart parking space in 2018 [Native]

    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which kicked off yesterday and runs until Friday (12 January), is 0ne of the world's biggest trade shows and is a window into upcoming tech and trends, This year the conference will feature a focus on Smart Cities. Scheduled events include a Smart Cities Marketplace, so expect to see a lot of new tech innovation around public safety, energy consumption, mobility and parking assistance. The conference's organisers, the Consumer Technology Association predicts global spending on smart cities will reach $34-billion by 2020. With such a big market up for grabs, major companies like Ericsson and Deloitte -- which will be...

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    treadFEST 2017 – five stages with New Hero, Grimehouse, Opposite the Other

    treadFEST 2017 presents five stages with a mix of music genres: Grimehouse, New Hero and Opposite the Other are just three among a host of bands and DJs in the pipeline. Welcome to the filthy side of South African Drumstep: Grimehouse. His tracks are played by some of the biggest artists in the world, including the Beatport Studios Live and a compilation for one of the world’s biggest record labels "MAD DECENT". But this is just the beginning for the filth monster! Grimehouse’s tracks are racking up thousands and thousands of plays every month on his Soundcloud page and he tries to give...

  • SA swimmer Natalie du Toit connected to new ICO to target amateur sports sector

    Paralympic SA swimming star Natalie du Toit is working with Pretoria-based startup Sports Podium to launch an initial coin offering (ICO) to fund the first "knowledge-based digital sports economy" for sportspeople. The ICO, which was to have taken place last year will instead take place in the next few months, says Sports Podium co-founder and COO Jaco Rossouw. He told Ventureburn today that the high number of ICOs held last year would have made it difficult for Sports Podium to stand out from the crowd. "There's no set date yet, but the envisaged date is quarter two of this year," he added. Rossouw said Du Toit -- who holds the role...

  • Just under a day left to apply to London-based The Collective Global Accelerator

    For some entrepreneurs, it's more than just about generating revenue. There are some who get into it to make an impact and to change the world. Think you're part of that crop? Then you have just under a day to apply to London-based The Collective Global Accelerator (CGA) which this year is looking for innovators with solutions that are making an impact towards creating stronger communities within urban areas. Applications to the global accelerator close tomorrow (10 January). The Collective Global Accelerator will run between 4 June and 1 July To be eligible for the programme, entrepreneurs have to be between 20 and...

  • 10 Defining moments that shaped the 2017 South African startup ecosystem

    2017 in South Africa is a very hard year to define… Most people are limping into 2018 battle-scar ridden and trying to figure out what the hell just happened?! Bitcoin highs and Steinhoff lows, neighbouring coup-non-coups, Rugby World Cup hosting woes and Western Cape dam levels scraping the bottom of the barrel along with GuptaBots, while Cyril is rising to the top. 'In 2017 South African entrepreneurs had a bumper year  -- leading the charge with innovation, job creation and growth' But adversity is the mother of invention… South African entrepreneurs had a bumper year  -- leading the charge with innovation, job...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [8/01/2018]

    Looking to start 2018 off by getting things rolling? 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 next week’s, please let us know in the...

  • Little fishing village in Morocco still Africa’s top digital nomad destination

    Looking for an African digital nomad destination to set up camp in for 2018? Why not try the sleepy fishing and surfing village of Taghazout in Morocco. The small town in country's south west is Africa's leading destination for digital nomads, according to Nomadlist.com, where travellers currently rank it 17 out of hundreds of destinations (in 2016 it reached as high as fifth place on the same ranking, according to CNN). Cape Town is not too far behind, at 45 -- ahead of such places as Palo Alto (51), Taipei (56) and Stockholm (60). Topping Nomadlist.com currently is Bangkok, Thailand followed by Ubud, Bali. Destinations that...

  • Applications to the Spark* South Africa 2018 Accelerator Programme now open

    Spark* International, an initiative of Australian international development non-profit YGAP, has opened applications to its Spark* South Africa 2018 Accelerator Programme. The five-day programme will take place in Johannesburg between 15 and 20 April. Interested entrepreneurs have until 4 March to apply and can do so here. The accelerator is aimed at South African entrepreneurs who are looking to scale and are currently making an impact in education, health and job creation. Selected Spark* entrepreneurs will be advanced into a growth track where they will get access to grants worth up to $AUD25 000 Spark* aims to find, accelerate, support and connect startups. Since the...

  • 15 conferences and summits you should consider attending in 2018

    Get your calendars out and diarise these key dates for the most important tech conferences and summits taking place in Africa in 2018. Africa Tech Summit Kigali This two-day summit will feature over 50 speakers from telcos, tech companies, banks, startups, digital ventures and regulators. Key themes to be discussed include connectivity, African mobility, the cloud and the Internet of Things, investing in African tech, future trends, payments, banking and fintech, mhealth, edtech, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, and mcommerce. Date: 14 to 15 February Location: Marriott Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda Africa Energy Indaba Want to meet the top experts in the African energy sector? Why not attend the Africa Energy Indaba? With...

  • Funding your startup: Ventureburn lists the SA investors delivering [2018 update]

    For entrepreneurs wanting to find early-stage funding, this is the article for you. As there is generally a veil of secrecy surrounding funding and startups, there is often smoke and mirrors in the industry, with many claiming to be "investors".  Ventureburn has sifted through the South African landscape and brought you the investors that are putting the money where their mouths are, and investing in the startup industry. Make sure to keep checking back on this article. We will constantly be updating it with new funds as the startup space grows in South Africa. Also, with your comments and suggestions we hope...

  • Ghanaian agritech startup AgroCenta eyes expansion with Nigeria pilot

    After a stellar 2017, Ghanaian agritech startup AgroCenta has set its sights on expanding to Nigeria this year. AgroCenta is built around online trading platform AgroTrade, which connects smallholder farmers to a larger structured market. Last year the startup was selected to represent Ghana at global pitching competition Seedstars World. The startup currently has about 10 000 smallholder farmers (all in Ghana) on its platform and plans to launch a pilot in the third quarter of this year. "Expansion into Nigeria in 2018 will focus on working with an initial 100 000 smallholder farmers, connecting them to about six large, medium and small scale off-takers to sell directly," says...

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