Africa, Startup news

8 Cape Town finalists named for Get in the Ring global startup competition

Get-in-the-Ring2 In South Africa, the Capetonian finalists for the international startup competition Get in the Ring have been announced and will be pitching 22 July. The competition aims to source impressive early-stage companies from around the globe. Over 2 000 startups from 50 countries are filtered via regional finals and pitted up against each other in order to stand a chance of winning €1 000 000 (R15 000 000) in investments. Here are the Cape Town finalists: Daptio The edtech startup is building ...

Africa, Startup news

Broadband startup WhiteSpaces wants to bridge Nigeria’s digital divide

white-spaces-logo The Nigerian based startup, WhiteSpaces, wants to offer an affordable, reliable broadband solution to the country's millions of unserved citizens. With a focus on low-end users and rural areas using TV WhiteSpaces technology, it's recently announced its beta launch with 250 clients chosen out of a crop of 25 000. The technology, which relies on frequency bands usually set aside for television transmissions, has been popularly piloted by Microsoft 4Afrika and Google with support from Facebook and local tertiary institutions in ...

Africa, Startup news

Khusela wins Seedstars Cape Town with this savvy fire-detection device

Khusela-device In the past few weeks, the global Seedstars World competition has been making its rounds across Africa in an effort to find the most impressive startups from emerging markets to compete with each other in Geneva, Switzerland. The regional trip recently rounded off in Cape Town, with Khusela being awarded first prize for having developed a low-cost, innovative fire-detection device. Mainly designed with condensed housing such as shanty towns in mind, Khusela has created a proactive early-warning system. Khusela means ...

Africa, Startup news

Say hello to DEMO Africa’s top 40 tech startups of 2014

DEMO Africa 2013 DEMO Africa has just announced the 40 chosen tech startups that will launch their product on the DEMO Africa stage in September 2014. The finalists come from all over the continent with 14 startups from Nigeria followed by Kenya, Ghana and Egypt. According to the event organisers more than 400 applications were received, proving that there is great ambition in the local tech scene. Nigeria's Minister for Communication Technology, Honourable Mrs Omobola Johnson, elaborates: "This presents another opportunity for African tech ...

Africa, Ecommerce, Featured, Startups

Nifty250: the photo printing startup making a name (and profit) on social media

Nifty 250 team feature It sounds like the kind of pitch that would leave any investor with a disbelieving smile and a pile of cash stashed safely in a bank account that isn't yours. You want to start an online social photo printing service? In South Africa? A country which has a tiny ecommerce industry and less than a million Instagram users -- because the most-owned smartphone (BlackBerry) doesn’t even support the hipster app? Ha. Next, please. It sounds crazy, but it’s working for Nifty250. ...

Ecommerce, News

uAfrica gets ready to go on an African adventure

uAfrica South African ecommerce outfit uAfrica is ready to make its African play. The company today announced that its first forays into the continent will see it target Nigeria with a trial Proof of Concept (POC) partnership before expanding into Kenya and, eventually, Uganda. The Nigerian project will see the company partner with MTN Business customers who will be able to develop their own online shops through “’s goal is to enable 1 000 online stores outside of South Africa in ...

Africa, News

Rising Star Awards announces SA’s finalists in business talent

business-plan-calendar The Rising Star Awards recently named its finalists with the goal of highlighting South Africa's top youth in business. There were eleven categories ranging from ICT to Mining & Industrials, with a total of five finalists in each. Laura Barker, MD of BlackBark Productions -- organisers of the Rising Star programme, says, "The Rising Star Programme serves as a platform to recognise and connect young talent who demonstrate exceptional capacity to achieve great success and contribute in an inspirational manner to ...

Mobile apps, News

From design to craft beer, this app maps out Cape Town’s creative industry

Creative-Cape-Town-app Whether referring to its online design, marketing and arts or the coffee, craft beer, and good food, Cape Town's booming with creatives. So much so that there's now an app for it, which puts all the different talents in one neat virtual basket. As part of one of its World Capital of Design projects, Cape Town Partnership together with local digital agency, Domino Digital, has created an app called Creative Cape Town that aims to maps the Mother City's creative ...

Africa, Startup news

How Evernote is globalising Africa’s tech and building bridges

Evernote You can see it in its logo; the elephant symbol stamped onto the green background. Evernote's got a connection with the African continent, even if it's unintentional. Taking the theme further, the company has recently gone on an African roadshow in order to establish connections and build communities in the emerging tech space. If you haven't heard, the productivity software company is on a mission to show off Africa's tech products on the global startup stage. In partnership with the Silicon ...

Africa, Startup news

Ushahidi’s BRCK raises $1.2M to connect the 4-billion in emerging markets

BRCK Good news for BRCK after a very successful Kickstarter campaigne is that Ushahidi has announced a new round of funding to the tune of US$1.2 million. BRCK is hoping to solve the problem of internet connectivity issues in remote areas. The Nairobi-based technology startup made waves when the product was first announced. According to the team, the gadget could be described as mobile router, and works as a backup generator for the internet. This round of funding was led by Invested Development, ...