Africa, Innovation, News

Cape Town City partners with Citymart to help innovate informal trading

Informal trading Cape Town Informal trading represents about 12% of Cape Town, South Africa's economy and employs around 18% of its economically active residents. To further help these estimated 4 000 trading sites scattered across the city, Cape Town’s Economic Development Department is launching the Citymart innovation challenge -- a global initiative focused on leveraging the community to help innovate government processes. "Through this call, the City hopes to rejuvenate informal trading, by soliciting input from the public which could provide possible solutions to the ...

Africa, Microsoft, News

Microsoft 4Afrika’s online hub for SMEs launches in Kenya

Microsoft-4Afrika-IP-hub Microsoft 4Africa is launching its Biz4Africa in Kenya, which is their online hub that provides small and medium enterprises (SMEs) full access to local information and to promote their products and services. This online portal, consists of a huge range of SME networks across Africa. It's designed to enable a sustainable and connected community for entrepreneurs. The network also has valid job creations for those that are unemployed and to seeks to promote global competitiveness. The country manager of Microsoft Kenya, Kunle Awosika, highlights the ...


How SA consumers are really driving omni-channel retail

smartphone South African retailers are increasingly feeling the same, pressing consumer demand for ubiquity that has shaped and developed omni-channel retailing in more mature markets, says Nic Robertson, head of new business development for Media 24 Ecommerce. It’s a monumental consumer challenge that is driving completely new business models for the retail industry. What buyers expect is seamless, intelligent brand touch points across the multiplicity of devices that they use and the plethora platforms where they interact, be they off-- or online. ...

Ecommerce, News

Pargo grows pick up points with 100 client outlets across South Africa

Pargo logo Pargo, the startup setting up parcel pick up points across South Africa, has announced that it will be operating in over 100 outlets. By partnering with stores like Caltex Freshstop, Vee’s Video, Shell and so on, the startup is trying to overcome one of online shopping's biggest obstacles in South Africa: infrastructure. "Optimal parcel delivery is about convenience, speed and reliability," founder Lars Veul said in a press statement. "Yet South African businesses and their customers frequently face late or missed deliveries. ...


Ventureburn looks to ‘break the internet’ with nude calendar [Update]

Burn Breaks the internet Ventureburn is set to take a leaf out of Kim Kardashian's book as its staff go nude in a bid to "break the internet". The site's editorial and commercial teams have both agreed to appear in the buff for an online calendar aimed at showing off their softer sides (although the members of the team with active gym memberships might take offense at the insinuation that they have a softer anything). When asked about the calendar, Burn Media brand manager Jason ...

Entrepreneurship, Featured

Why it’s important for SA startups to adopt a social impact mindset

Snapscan Big Issue2 South Africa doesn't have the biggest startup scene in the world. As was recently made clear by CodeX founder Elizabeth Gould's brilliant article on why Cape Town will never be Silicon Valley, the country's tech hubs have their own flavours, and we should all come to terms with that. Better yet, we should take advantage of that. Reiterating what Lumkani's David Gluckman told Ventureburn a little while ago when the startup won a social entrepreneurship award: "There’s an engine that operates ...

Africa, Ecommerce, News

Kaymu seeks to accelerate Nigerian entrepreneurship with new campaign

Kaymu In an effort to support entrepreneurship in Nigeria, online marketplace Kaymu has launched the Next Big Entrepreneur campaign. The initiative will seek to teach entrepreneurs about online business while giving them an opportunity to win startup capital. With operations stretching from Uzbekistan to Nigeria and the Philippines, Kaymu offers an online market service that enables businesses and individuals to sell items. The online marketplace is backed by Africa Internet Group. Kaymu has long been active in initiatives promoting online merchants and buyers ...

Advertising & Marketing, Africa, Mobile

Terragon Group: Africa’s mobile startups should look to new monetisation channels

Terragon Group 2 From payment solutions like M-pesa, SnapScan and FlickPay to unique entertainment solutions like Bozza and medical solutions like the Mobile Triage App, mobile technology presents unique opportunities for Africa's startups. One such opportunity is the mobile advertising space, which is why African-focused digital media company Terragon Group recently launched its latest unique mobile offering at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. In a Q&A with Terragon’s Group CEO Elo Umeh, he explained why Africa is such a peculiar market and why ...


SA ecommmerce stores should really focus on building trust with customers

shopping-cart-318769_1280 In a time when malls are taking a pounding from criminals, loadshedding and tightened shopper budgets ecommerce is offered an opportunity to finally step up. Not so much to replace the brick and mortar retailer, but to enhance it. Both online and traditional stores are hard at work trying to establish the missing ingredient -- trust, albeit from various sides of the spectrum. Retailers are looking to rekindle the feeling of safety and ecommerce stores are looking for checkout peace of ...

Entrepreneurship, News

Silicon Cape appoints Daniel Guasco as new head

cape_town_silicon_cape Former CEO of Groupon SA Daniel Guasco has been appointed to lead the South African tech entrepreneur network, Silicon Cape. Together with Wayne Gosling, Guasco is most known for starting day-of-the-deal site Twangoo in 2010 which was soon after bought out by Groupon USA. The pair has since their departure from Groupon last year been active Angels and business advisors with investments in startups such as WumDrop and Ekaya. Guasco is now taking over from Alexandra Fraser as chairperson of the initiative. ...