Advertising & Marketing

Agency acquisition frenzy: Now Deloitte snaps up UX agency

Deloitte Deloitte’s digital arm, Deloitte Digital, has made its first acquisition in the South African digital space, with a 100% buyout of Cape Town-based user experience (UX) and design agency Flow Interactive. Founded by husband-and-wife team Phil and Debré Barrett in 2007, Flow is a niche agency that specialises solely in UX. It has something of a reputation for being a "thinking" agency, staffed with some very smart people. Both founders come with some fairly extensive international experience. Phil has worked on UX ...

Startups

Artists.Clothing wants to bridge the gap between designers and merchants

Artists.clothing The internet is a wonderful thing. Besides giving us the ability to watch Gangnam Style over a billion times, it allows creative ideas to become businesses, and supplies to meet demands with fewer barriers. Take Artists.Clothing for example. This startup has created a DIY platform that enables the supply of creatives to meet the demand of sellers. Besides having a bad-ass domain name, Artists.Clothing is a Cape Town, South Africa-based marketplace for designing and selling T-Shirts. Freelancers can upload their graphics ...

Africa, News

Here are the 3 winners of the Orange African Social Venture Prize

Orange The winners of the Orange African Social Venture Prize have been announced at AfricaCom 2014, with Modisar and its agriculture app coming out top. Part of major telecom operator Orange's development programme, the competition featured initiatives ranging from healthcare to agriculture and education, and has received more than 450 candidates responses to the call for projects, which ran from May to September 2014. Marc Rennard, Orange’s Senior Executive Vice President for Africa, the Middle East and Asia, touched on the importance of promoting technology in  Africa ...

Startup news

Methys labs offers up R100k prize for innovative startups

Methys International technology group Methys is offering Western Cape entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch an innovative project and receive a R100 000 subsidy in development value for a website or mobile app. According to the competition organisers, it's aimed at supporting the seeding of innovative startups in the Western Cape. A total development value of R100 000 -- to be used against development of either a digital store, a website or a mobile app -- will be awarded to the entrepreneurs coming ...

Competition

Win a ticket to UStart Africa with Ventureburn

UStart UStart Africa, in conjunction with Ventureburn, is giving away a ticket to the entrepreneurial and investment conference, which takes place on 28 November at the Cape Town City Hall. A part of the global UStart series, UStart Africa will feature presentations from entrepreneurs who have scaled successfully as well as local and international investors who have invested in emerging markets around the world. In order to make yourself eligible for the free ticket, simply tweet one of the guest speakers ...

Ecommerce

Evolution of a startup: Mobicred one year on

Mobicred 2 Just over a year ago, we told you about Mobicred, South Africa's first online-only credit facility. The brainchild of Jason Sive, who is also the director of First Health Finance (FHF), the startup was aiming to attract the kind of people usually averse to buying online with their actual physical credit cards. As an added bonus, it would offer a centralised account that you can access across a number of merchants. The technology behind the facility would also ensure that only ...

Africa, Startup news

She Leads Africa is taking these 8 female entrepreneurs to pitch in the US

Diaspora Demo Day Woman empowerment initiative She Leads Africa recently announced the eight startups that will be traveling to the US to pitch at Diaspora Demo Day. Diaspora Demo Day is said to be the largest gathering of African startups, entrepreneurs and angel investors outside of the continent. Taking place in Washington DC, US near the end of November, this event will showcase both innovative tech and social companies as well as keynotes and demonstrations. The initiative is hosted by Tiphub -- an accelerator and ...

Advertising & Marketing

SAP Startup Focus will bring SAP HANA workshops to Cape Town startups

startup focus The SAP Startup Focus program is just around the corner, with over sixty startups already registered for the Big Data-orientated event. Taking place in Cape Town, the program aims to help startups juggling the advantages and pitfalls of Big Data, predictive and analytics spheres, using SAP's HANA platform. SAP HANA "converges database and application platform capabilities in-memory to transform transactions, analytics, text analysis, predictive and spatial processing so businesses can operate in real-time," notes the company's official HANA portal. The suite has ...

Ecommerce

Leveraging the omni-channel is critical for etailers this festive season

shop cart Customers often get confused and overwhelmed by choice when walking down a grocery store's aisle – and browsing online for products is not much different. Retailers need to use the technology at their disposal to guide customers more efficiently. As shopping heats up in the build up to the festive season, retailers in particular need to communicate more intuitively and intelligently to connected consumers. It would seem that investing in mobile-driven solutions such as apps would be a no-brainer. Yet, worldwide ...

Emerging Markets, News

BitX launches stylish bitcoin app to drive adoption in emerging markets

bitx South Africa and Singapore-based bitcoin exchange and tech startup BitX just launched a virtual currency app which hopes to unlock the growing potential presented by emerging markets, as well as the rest of the globe. One of the key differentials BitX Bitcoin Wallet has is that it's mobile-first, built with your average consumer in mind. Essentially, this means the app is easy-to-use as well as smooth and practical. "The current apps available are good enough for bitcoin early adopters, though they can ...

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