Africa, Startup news, Startups

Mapped in Cape Town gives us insightful snapshot of city’s startup scene

mapped in cape town 1 This week Mapped in Cape Town- an initiative aimed at mapping the startup ecosystem in Cape Town -- went live. The map is not a work of a cartographer but that of Cape Town-based tech entrepreneur Rowan Polovin. As you can imagine, the website is a map, falling within the traditional descriptions of what a map ought to be but instead of hospitals, schools, roads, it shows the position of startups, investors, co-working and Wi-Fi hotspots within the city. It also ...

Africa, Ecommerce, News

Naspers invests $50-million in Nigerian ecommerce site Konga, says report

Konga Key players seem to be raising the stakes in Africa's ecommerce space. Earlier this week, two of South Africa's biggest online shops -- the Naspers-owned Kalahari and the Tiger Global-backed Takealot -- announced that they'll be merging, prompting discussion about its aftereffect on the industry as a whole. More recently, the South African media giant, Naspers, is reported to have lead a US$50-million investment in one of Nigeria's biggest ecommerce shops, Konga. As reported by TechMoran, the exact number is not ...


Dragons’ Den episode 3: aviation, investments and weaves

Dragons Den SA 3 By now, keenly eyed viewers will have sussed out that the Dragons' Den South Africa doesn't air exactly as it was filmed. Were that the case, the dragons would either have to have the knack of wearing exactly the same clothes week in and week out, or their wardrobes would have to be incredibly boring. Creative Counsel co-founder Gil Oved confirmed this to Ventureburn in a recent interview (look out for it on the site soon), saying that "we see ...

Africa, Startup news

Property management startup PropCare secures R300k on Dragons’ Den

PropCare After pitching to a panel of renowned judges, South African property management startup PropCare has secured a R300 000 funding round from the investors on entrepreneurial reality show Dragons' Den. PropCare is an app that provides a platform for property owners to find reliable, user-rated, locally-based property service providers. From garden maintenance to handymen, plumbers and electricians, people can easily find quotations and confirm bookings. “I’ve been a real estate agent for over 10 years and I started PropCare because ...

Ecommerce, News

South Africa’s two most favourite etailers Kalahari and Takealot merge

take Two of South Africa's most successful ecommerce stores, Takealot and Naspers-owned Kalahari, have just announced its merger of operations. This move is said to bring customers the benefit of a wider selection of products and categories, as well as broader delivery services. According to the media release, the merger was driven by the fact that, without scale, local ecommerce stores simply can’t compete successfully against the local brick and mortar retailers, as well as foreign companies such as Amazon and Alibaba. Online retail ...


3 top tips for inculcating a connected tech startup culture

Connected Mind-set, connectedness and government support are everything when it comes to building and sustaining a far reaching tech culture set to breed innovations across the globe. If it is a key imperative for tech businesses to replicate their business models and product innovations on an international scale, some key insights and lessons can be learnt from Israel, dubbed ‘the start-up nation’ who has successfully built an intimate tech culture and community with a far reaching global impact. 1. Connectedness Everyone in the tech ...

Africa, Startup news

SA’s edtech startup Brighter Futures offers online math tuition for R50

education South Africa's elearning startup space is growing bigger (and brighter) by the day. Recently launched online tutoring service Brighter Futures joins the race to quell the country's ever pressing education issues. In 2013, the Department of Basic Education reported that only 26.1% of candidates who sat for the mathematics matric result achieved a pass mark of 50% and above. This fueled a chant that all South Africans have come to know too well. The education system is in crisis, it goes, ...

Advertising & Marketing, Startups

SweepSouth is the lean cleaning company your home has been looking for

SweepSouth The next wave of ecommerce is very definitely service oriented. Apart from the group of taxi and online entertainment focused services, just a few weeks ago we wrote about Cape Town's WumDrop, which is looking to disrupt the local courier industry. We've also written about Washrr -- a platform that collects your dirty clothes and brings you clean ones. Needless to say, there is a definite trend here. People want what they want, now. SweepSouth, a new tech startup looking to ...

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A day at the iHub and a look at Kenya’s startups [Video]

Kenya-iHub Kenya's tech space is without a doubt one of the most exciting ecosystems to witness in today's day and age. That's why Ventureburn recently took a trip up to Nairobi, Kenya to get a closer look at what's new and happening. At the center of this tech ecosystem sits iHub -- the meetup place for all technologists, investors and hackers in the area. Among other enthusiasts, Ventureburn Managing Editor Michelle Atagana had a chat with iHub Director of Operations ...

Startup news

M4JAM’s next big project? Crowdsourcing recycling

M4Jam A little while back we told you about M4JAM, a new microjobbing play looking to make the most of South Africa's massive mobile penetration rates. Hosted on WeChat, the service -- which gives cash rewards to users for taking part in surveys or completing tasks -- saw some pretty impressive early success. Today the company announced that it's expanding beyond these kinds of tasks and will launch a pilot recycling project being pioneered on the platform in collaboration with Green ...