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  • 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...

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    SA consumers doing their product homework before purchase

    At a time when most consumers are spending conservatively, with a hawkish eye on every last Rand, value for money has become paramount. Long gone are the days when people sign on to mobile contracts on a whim, or buy insurance products at the behest of a smiling salesman. With deep-seated economic and political uncertainty prevailing, consumers are looking to inform themselves as best they can before spending a cent. “The good news for sceptical South Africans is that a host of new and sophisticated digital tools are coming online, giving people much-needed access to information,” says Ryan Marx, CEO...

  • 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...

  • Afrihost to buy back majority share from MTN

    South African ISP Afrihost is looking to but back its shares from majority shareholder, MTN. The announcement came in the form of an email to customers. In the announcement Afrihost CEO Gian Visser stated that he wanted to personally let customers know about the buyback. Visser, along with other directors, family, and friends, are looking to re-aquire the 50.02% that MTN holds. In November 2014, MTN purchased a majority share in the ISP for R408-million, which equated to 50.02%. The other 49.50% was retained by the then current shareholders. Read more: MTN acquires controlling stake in Afrihost but nothing changes says CEO "And we're...

  • Top 31 entrepreneurs under 40 making waves in South Africa [Digital All Stars]

    Digital All Stars is a series of articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. The All Stars listed in the articles are compiled using a combination of our editorial team’s own knowledge, that of experts in the fields covered by each article, as well as public vote. There's a variety of talent in the South African startup space. Each and every year we're seeing more and more interesting startups coming out of the...

  • Seedstars World returns to Tanzania

    Seedstars World heads to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on 24 September as part of the lead-up to the Seedstars World final pitching competition in Switzerland in 2017. The criteria for possible candidates are as follows; the startup needs to be less than two years old, have raised less than US$500 000 in funding and have built a viable product which has existing traction within the relevant market.  The startup also needs to show possible regional and global scalability. "The startup ecosystem in Tanzania has been growing exponentially and so does the quality of the startups themselves. We are looking forward to see...

  • Tshimologong Precinct: Johannesburg’s new tech hub

    The Tshimologong Precinct has finally opened its doors, offering opportunities in startup incubation, digital skills training as well as research and training in general. The new precinct, which opened up in Braamfontein, was spearheaded by the University of Witwatersrand and Johannesburg's Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE), and also backed by the national government, private sector and civil society. The person behind the initiative, Professor Barry Dwolatzky, is also the head of the JCSE at the University of Witwatersrand. Tshimologong, a seSotho phrase for "place of new beginnings", has taken old nightclubs and small retail outlets and turned them into integrated computer labs and...

  • Investors agree Southeast Asia has a series B problem. Here’s what’s filling the gap

    Startups in Southeast Asia have seen an influx of funding at the seed and series A stages, but the same can't be said for series B, experts observe. "A lot of seed and series A investments have happened and many of these companies will get to series B stage, but we don't have a lot of series B funds. There's only a handful that are really dedicated to writing US$7 million, US$10 million, US$15 million checks in Southeast Asia," Stefan Jung, a founding partner at Venturra Capital, said today at the Tech in Asia Tokyo 2016 conference. Also onstage were Hanno...

  • How do I raise angel funding in Silicon Valley as a foreign startup?

    You’re an aspiring entrepreneur. You’re a hotshot startup heading for unicorn status (whatever that means). You have the next best thing that will change the world. Regardless of where you sit on the spectrum, or what your motivations are, be it the promises of riches and fortune, or driving sweeping social changes, we are all drawn by the allure of this mystical land, Silicon Valley. However, the romantic notion of this place being awash with cash, and you landing in SFO to score that golden ticket could not be further removed from the truth when faced with the reality of the...

  • Medical startup AikoCorp wins Seedstars World Mali pitching competition [update]

    Update: added in additional quotes The Bamako leg of Seedstars World in Mali has found its winner, AikoCorp. The startup is an SMS service for sending medical lab results to patients. This year was the first time ever that the global pitching competition visited Mali during its world tour which took place at the Impact Hub Bamako. "It was an amazing experience to have Seedstars World organise the event in Bamako. I saw a group of amazingly enthusiastic entrepreneurs who will show the world that we have amazing talent in the country," says CEO and founder of Impact Hub Bamako, Mohamed Keita, in...