Africa, Startup news

Startup Weekend Nairobi kicks-off today at Nairobi Garage

Kenya While the rest of us scramble for weekend plans, people in Nairobi, Kenya are taken care of. The city's weekend promises to be exciting as the Startup Weekend Nairobi kicks-off today at the innovation hub, Nairobi Garage. An invite has been extended to all entrepreneurs, budding business owners, operators and innovators. The weekend will be made of a number of events in which the attendees can share ideas, discuss partnerships, and launch startups. There will also be mentors and coaches available ...

News, Startups

How to value your startup? This podcast by StartUp tells you all about it

startup podcast The five-year-old ride-sharing app, Uber, is valued at US$40-billion while the three-year-old photo messaging app, SnapChat, is worth an estimated US$10-billion. The latter only recently started introducing some revenue-making features and was worth billions to Facebook last year. How do startups determine their value? Especially when they don't have a regular income. In this insightful podcast, simply called StartUp, renowned radio journalist Alex Blumberg and business partner Matt Leiber share their first-hand experiences on how to value a startup. Each episode of ...

Africa, Startup news

Digital communications startup Everlytic finds impressive 600% growth

everlytic Knighted Deloitte's third fastest growing company in Africa, digital communications company Everlytic recently announced it grew 606% in the last five years, claiming the spot as the fastest growing company in South Africa. What initially started out as communications agency Prefix Technologies in 2004, Everlytic launched as a general email marketing platform in 2010 and continuous improvements to the offering ensured steady progress, resulting in Everlytic’s ranking on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 2014, which was design to recognise tech innovation ...


Euphoria Telecom: the startup that’s bringing cloud calling to SMEs in style

Euphoria founders With the popular David and Goliath theme of a hungry tech startup looking to disrupt, Cape Town, South Africa-based VoIP (voice over internet protocol) service provider Euphoria Telecom hopes to change the way business owners think about and run their communications. Business telephone systems are outdated, especially in South Africa. Making a conference call or setting up a digital receptionist can be strangely complicated and unintuitive; so much so that most people end up opting for Skype or just sticking with ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship, News

Airtel launches the ‘Catapult-a-startup’ initiative in Nigeria

airtel4 Airtel Nigeria has revealed an entrepreneurial initiative named "Catapult-a-Startup". The initiative aims to inspire innovation and assist startup mobile app developers towards actualising their business goals and dreams. The startups will receive advanced mentoring from industry veterans, funding, and marketing to help improve their skills to become successful using their creativity. Startups can submit their ideas and presentations to the Catapult-a-Startup website. Selected startups will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and then a thorough evaluation and ...

Startup news

These 3 SA startups are among the world’s most inspiring

Innovation Three South African tech startups have been listed as being among the world's most inspiring by Nominet Trust, a leading social venture funder. The 100-strong list, chosen by a steering committee which includes angel investor Sherry Coutu, Google Ventures Tom Hulme and Director of Wayra Europe, Simon Devonshire, aims to showcase how technology's transformative power is driving change around the world. The South African startups featured in the list are: MAMA: A service which texts antenatal and health information ...

Entrepreneurship, Featured

Ventureburn goes behind the scenes on SA Florist’s Dragons’ Den deal

SA Florist lead When it was announced that the international phenomenon that is Dragons' Den was coming to South Africa, I for one was sceptical about how much value it could really add to the country's entrepreneurial landscape. It is, after all, an entertainment show and its success depends on its ability to keep people watching. That said, it was always clear that there was intrinsic value for the entrepreneurs who did actually manage to get funding, if only because of the cash ...


Dragons’ Den SA episode 11: stop and smell the flowers

Dragons Den SA 11 As an entrepreneurial show, Dragons' Den SA is mostly there for the entertainment value. You only have to look at the similarities between the worst entrepreneurs who enter the den and the worst singers on other reality TV shows to realise that some people will never learn that they're not destined to be entrepreneurs, or singers for that matter. Once you get past that though, it is possible to take some value out of the show and learn important lessons ...

Advertising & Marketing, News

8 factors to consider before you advertise your SME [SPONSORED]

Blank billboard on blue sky Advertising your small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) is not something you should just jump into. You work hard for your money and you need your advertising budget to work as hard for you as it can. So before you go ahead and start spending money, here are eight things to consider before you start advertising your SME. 1. What type of advertising is right for me? With so many platforms and channels at your disposal it is crucially important for you to ...


3 ways to go about hiring foreign skills for your SA startup

Passport stamps Even before I was involved in the tech entrepreneur scene in SA and before I ran an immigration and visa services firm, I noticed during my tech recruitment days that companies simply didn't understand how the work visa system in South Africa functioned. And because they didn't understand it, they were afraid of it. The plain truth is that it's very simple. Either you can hire that foreign skill, or you can't. But if you can, then there is no reason ...