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  • URGENT: Jack Ma speech to be streamed live from 1pm Central African Time

    Want to hear entrepreneur Jack Ma speak? Here's your chance to hear the Alibaba Group founder speak -- today. Ma is due to address an event that takes place today in Joburg. His speech at the event -- Netpreneurs: The Rise of Africa’s Digital Lions -- will be streamed live on YouTube from 1pm Cenral African Time. The four-hour event, which is an initiative of the Alibaba Business School, Unctad and the Jack Ma Foundation, will be held at the Linder Auditorium located at Wits Parktown Education Campus. Yesterday (7 August), Unctad announced in a post on its Facebook page that the event will be streamed here. Jack Ma will launch a prize and...

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    Judges announced for the IAB SA Bookmark Awards 2017

    The IAB SA has announced the list of judges that will decide which contenders will scoop a coveted Bookmark Award in 2017. The team of judges, led by Jury President John Dixon, features more diverse industry players than ever before. Josephine Buys, CEO of IAB SA says, "Our mid-year, judges workshop yielded valuable insights from the best in the business for judging the Bookmarks 2017. We have secured the time and talent of some of the brightest minds in digital and have expanded our pool of experts to include gamers, innovators and engineers.” Judges will now fall under the categories of...

  • Here are the finalists of $100k Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship together with the Mastercard Foundation has announced the 10 African startups selected as finalists for this year's edition of the Zambezi Prize for Innovation In Financial Inclusion. The aim of the competition, which was established in 2015, to discover early-stage African fintech startups that are involved in promoting and championing innovation in financial inclusion on the continent. In all a collective $200 000 will be handed out in prize money. In a statement today (8 August) announcing the selected startups, MIT Legatum Centre executive director Georgina Campbell Flatter said the finalists represent some of the world’s "most innovative change...

  • Here’s what it’s like being a woman in SA’s tech startup ecosystem

    Tomorrow (9 August) South Africa will celebrate Women's Day. But what does it mean to be a woman in South Africa's traditionally male-dominated tech startup scene? To celebrate Women's Day, Ventureburn caught up with five women who have founded or are running tech startups in the country to find out what it's like being a woman in this country's tech scene and what hurdles women face when entering the tech sector. The five -- iMed Tech CEO Nneile Nkholise, Piehole.TV founder Priscilla Kennedy, Wala CEO Tricia Martinez, Momsays founder Shaney Vijendranath and Jumpin Rides co-founder Pauline du Paty -- also share advice for fellow...

  • Natalie du Toit linked startup Sports Podium launches app to track golf scores

    Having ditched plans to run an initial coin offering (ICO), a SA blockchain startup that includes Paralympic SA swimming star Natalie du Toit as one of its shareholders, is rolling out an app that will allow amateur golfers access to accurate scores of one another's game. Speaking to Ventureburn last week Sports Podium founder Jaco Rossouw said the startup launched the app in June. The app allows golfers to keep track of own another's scores using the blockchain as a verification method. The current version of the app is already available for download from the Apple i-Store. In addition, anyone with any other sporting apps will...

  • Edtech shines at Seedstars Tripoli as Elham Education wins pitch event

    Libyan edtech startup Elham Education has been selected as the winner of this year's edition of the Seedstars Tripoli pitch event. In all, seven startups pitched at the event which was held in the Libyan capital yesterday (6 August). A panel -- that included MEDA Libya country director Intissar Rajabany, Gemstones founder and managing director Mounia Attiga, Libyan internet society CEO Omar Shuran, and Tadawul Financial Group founder Naaman Elbouri -- selected the winners. Elham Education was founded in 2016 by CEO Mallek Ajaj Elham Education, which was founded by CEO Mallek Ajaj in 2016, was placed first for its platform which provides five different educational services...

  • Honeywell Group launches Lagos-based Itanna accelerator and investment vehicle

    Nigerian corporate Honeywell Group has officially launched Itanna, a new Lagos-based accelerator and investment vehicle. The accelerator, which will be led by Honeywell Group head of innovation and sustainability Tomi Otukedo, was launched yesterday (6 August) and will focus on Nigerian tech startups. In a statement today (7 August), Otukedo said the accelerator -- which is located at the Enterprise Factory in Iganmu -- will allow Honeywell Group to collaborate with the Nigerian tech ecosystem. Four startups forming Itanna's inaugural cohort will each receive $25 000 investment from Honeywell Group "We will invest patient capital into the startups we work with, and we...

  • This is how SA’s 2018 HiiL finalists are using tech to serve justice in the country

    From an app to help citizens with paralegal services, to one that allows one to digitally sign contracts on any device -- to another app that offers a collection of legal tutorial videos. These are some of the South African finalists that made it into this year's edition of the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law’s (HiiL) Innovating Justice Challenge. Ventureburn caught up with four of the five South African finalists to find out what inspired them to turn to tech to serve justice in the country and how they think innovation can help improve the rule of law (the fifth finalist Buyisa Soul and Spiritual Centre did not...

  • New incubator Tuksnovation to help commercialise IP at University of Pretoria

    South Africa’s challenges must not be seen as problems but as opportunities for young entrepreneurs, says Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) CEO Mandisa Tshikwatamba. “There are many other challenges that confront the country, which require technological and digital intervention, and in the process, create sustainable enterprises capable of helping the country to tackle our high unemployment rate,” Tshikwatamba said. Addressing the launch of the TuksNovation High-Tech Business Incubator at the University of Pretoria, she said for enterprises to stay relevant, they must set their innovation bar higher. Established in partnership with Seda and the University of Pretoria, TuksNovation is aimed at providing...

  • Wealth Migrate assessing market, exchanges before phase two of ICO

    SA startup Wealth Migrate is assessing market conditions and the timing of the security exchanges to work out when to launch the second phase of an initial coin offering (ICO) for its WealthE tokens, the startup's founder Scott Picken said. This, after the Cape Town based startup raised just over $3-million in the ICO's first phase which closed on 21 May. Through the ICO investors will be able to invest in global property portfolios. In an email to Ventureburn last Thursday (2 August) Picken said the startup has closed on phase one of the ICO, and is working on pivoting to a security token in phase two. "We closed phase one in...

  • Luno looking to hire 40 new staff at Cape office amid tech investment boom in city

    Amid a tech boom in Cape Town, SA bitcoin exchange Luno has gone on a hiring spree. The startup is looking to fill 40 new positions for the company's Cape Town office (see here), currently advertised on LinkedIn. These include among others, positions for software engineers, business analysts, fraud analysts, data scientist and tax analyst. The startup is also looking to fill four positions in Johannesburg. Luno founder Marcus Swanepoel said the startup -- which is headquartered in London with teams based in several cities across the world -- is likely to hire another 50 to 100 people in South Africa over the next nine to 12 months. “Yes...

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