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  • 10 things we just learned about the Berlin startup scene

    Berlin is one of Europe's startup hot-spots and is often held up as an example of the cool and at-ease-with-itself contemporary Germany likes to project. That's all well and good. Being home to large number of startups can give you serious kudos as a city. After all, entrepreneurship is key to building a country's future. But what about the people who work at those startups? What kind of salaries are they earning? How do they feel about the positions they're in? And do they face similar problems to people in other startup hubs around the globe? Well, thanks to a...

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    Be good at being wrong… and getting it right quickly

    Even the best entrepreneurs get things wrong from time to time. Launching a business is a learning process, and you are bound to go down dead ends and change direction here and there, says CEO of Nomanini, Vahid Monadjem.  One of our investors, Esther Dyson, has the words “Always make new mistakes!” in her email footer. Being wrong is pretty much unavoidable when you’re doing something new. You have to work with a mixture of facts and assumptions. You don’t have a crystal ball, but you have to take a view. And even if a solution or a strategy is...

  • The co-habitation of startups and corporates in Nigeria’s disruptive FinTech space

    Last month, Nigeria’s serial tech entrepreneur, Simeon Ononobi, while speaking at Mobile West Africa 2016 revealed that his latest venture, MyAds, an application that allows users to get rewarded for allowing targeted ads to be displayed on their phones during incoming calls, broke even just two weeks after its official launch and is set for global launch. But MyAds isn’t his first successful venture as his earlier startup, SimplePay, a FinTech startup that allows Nigerian businesses to accept payments, has also been extensively successful especially after it was named the world’s best startup at the Seedstars world competition. However,...

  • Flickswitch inks partnership with Airtel

    Mobile SIM card management startup Flickswitch on Wednesday announced a partnership with mobile operating giant Airtel to launch an enterprise SIM management service in Kenya. The deal is one of the most important in the company's ongoing efforts at expanding into Africa. Founded back in 2007, the Cape Town-headquartered company was, as of the end of 2015, recording R22-million in annual turnover, generating R1-million in profit. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, Flickswitch complements Airtel Kenya’s bouquet of Machine to Machine (“M2M”) solutions by providing an online portal for enterprises to manage their mobile connectivity. The...

  • Mark Zuckerberg gives a shout-out to Nigerian startup Jobberman

    Earlier this week, Facebook announced the launch of its Free Basics internet service in Nigeria. It was big news for Africa's largest economy, where internet usage has hovered at just under 50% for the past couple of years. On the same day, Mark Zuckerberg took to the social network to give a little recognition to Jobberman, one of Nigeria's most successful startups. "There's a lot of innovation across Africa right now, and Nigeria in particular is home to a lot of talented developers," the Facebook founder writes. "In 2009, Olalekan Elude, Ayodeji Adewunmi and Opeyemi Awoyemi started a site called...

  • Alphacode announces partnership with NYSE-listed fintech giant

    Alphacode, the Johannesburg-based Fintech accelerator, has inked a deal with the fintech giant Envestnet | Yodlee which will see the New York Stock Exchange-listed company provide startups with three months of production level access to Envestnet | Yodlee APIs, developer forums and support services. The accelerator, which describes itself as a collaborative club for next generation financial services entrepreneurs, is meant to provide a platform for members to engage and work alongside experienced entrepreneurs, technology investors and industry experts, resulting in accelerated growth and access to market. Among the services Envestnet | Yodlee will provide Alphacode with are its...

  • 5 pro tips for building the launchpad to business success

    Innovation and passion are at the core of every great business, but making your dream a reality requires some fundamental ingredients for success. Of course, there's the paperwork, and then the difficulty involved in raising capital. But many wide-eyed wantrepreneurs forget about the importance of research and testing to fine-tune their approach. I've had the opportunity to fail, fail, and fail again before finally meeting success with my own series of startups. Below I'll share a few observations from my experience, which will hopefully help you kick-start your entrepreneurial journey with fewer scrapes and bruises. 1. Read Veraciously As Aldous Huxley once...

  • Property Fox saves customer R93 000 on first property sale

    Real estate startup Property Fox has saved a client R93 000 on their first sale. This comes after the company launched just three weeks ago. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the property had been listed two weeks prior. Once going live, the listing appeared on the startup's website and fed into numerous other online listing websites. "We scheduled several listings for Mrs Kruger and within ONE DAY of posting it live we managed to find a buyer who fell in love with the property. After visiting the property twice, the buyer put in an offer that was accepted by Mrs...

  • Is your startup ready for PR?

    There is no question that startups can benefit from great media publicity, but before you embark on this journey, you should ask yourself the critical question: “Is my business is ready for PR”? Building a successful business in today’s turbulent economic climate is a tough ask for even the most intrepid entrepreneurs. The business landscape has become a battleground, with growing numbers of small enterprises jostling for pole position amidst ever tightening corporate budgets. So how do you get ahead of the competition and make your business stand out from the crowd? TV and radio advertisements can certainly offer...

  • 10 African innovators you absolutely need to know about

    Africa is a continent full of incredibly innovative thinkers and the latest reminder of that fact comes courtesy of the the Innovation Prize for Africa. The competition, now in its fifth year, has announced the 10 finalists for the 2016 awards, set to be held in Gabarone, Botswana towards the end of June. The entrepreneurs in the top 10 work in a wide variety of fields but, broadly speaking, are concentrated in the agriculture, medicine and tech/clean energy spaces. “In the past five years, I’ve seen innovation grow from a mere buzzword to a sturdy path for...

  • Here’s what you need to know about SA’s new R1.5bn startup fund

    This week, some of South Africa's biggest corporates announced a new R1.5-billion fund aimed at boosting entrepreneurship in the country. The fund, set up following extensive consultation between the private sector and government, has the potential to be a game-changer in a country where the official unemployment rate currently sits at around 27%. Here's what you need to know about the fund: It's a collaborative effort While the fund's current pool of reserves comes almost entirely from the South African corporate sector, the business leaders behind it came together at the behest of government. In February, South African president...