Featured, Startups

36hrs: the social travel itinerary platform for jet-setters the world over

35hr 36hrs seems like a mash-up between Pinterest, Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor. Launched in beta in April this year, the startup has created a platform that collects, categorises and shares interesting spots in different cities across the globe. But it differentiates itself from its popular counterparts mentioned above by focusing on being more social, as well as providing unique, locally curated information. 36hrs is therefore more than a network of avid travellers and travel bloggers. It allows anyone to create their own ...

Startup news

Want some funding? Net Prophet is looking for startups

Popular Cape Town conference Net Prophet is back for another year. According to the organisers, this year's event is "gearing up to be better than ever". A big move for the event this year is its startup workshop, Spark up, which the organisers say "is coming into its own". The three day workshop runs for free over the weekend of 16 - 18 May ahead of Net Prophet. According to Net Prophet, it will be facilitated "by a range of seasoned ...

Startup news

Trading Hours aims to let you know when your favourite stores are actually open

Trading Hours How many times have you bust a gut trying to get to your favourite store, only to find that it's been closed for at least an hour? Or have you ever assumed that the restaurant you've heard so much about would be closed only to see pictures of people having an amazing time there a few hours later? You could, of course, look it up online (although there's no guarantee that it'll be there), or you could use a new ...

Africa

Built in Africa: RLabs is using tech to restore our faith in humanity

RLabs Built in Africa focuses on entrepreneurs, startups and technologies that hail from the continent and empower its citizens. Social entrepreneurship is becoming a key point of development for African entrepreneurs. In this, our sixth instalment of our “Built in Africa” series, we feature Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs), a South African-based social entrepreneurship project aimed at bringing hope through technology education. RLabs is a global community-based movement and registered social enterprise that provides innovative solutions to address various societal problems in troubled communities ...

Africa, Startup news

Woelab’s e-waste 3D printer to star on Hangouts On Air Series

Woelab Printer Aspirations, when mated to seemingly wasted resources and achievable goals, usually births a brilliant creation. Woelab Industries, a startup in Togo, has mastered this formula by building the "first 3D printer from recycled electronic waste." 3D printing, or Additive Manufacturing, is a rapidly evolving technology, allowing simple production of objects that would otherwise take a considerable amount of resources. The benefits for the African continent are extensive, but the technology is not readily available or affordable for those underprivileged. Woelab Industries has ...

Future Trends, Markets

SA businesses rush to the cloud, expect 75% penetration in 2 years

cloud computing future trends South African businesses are poised for massive adoption of cloud computing, with some 75% of all applications set to be in the cloud within two years. That's thanks to the fact that the promises made by the IT industry for cloud ring true. For decades, IT has served its own interests and not that of the business. With cloud computing, a corner is turned. Cloud delivers. It is secure, it is flexible, it scales -- and South African companies, like ...

Ecommerce

5 key elements every successful online shop needs

Online buying There has been a massive uptake of ecommerce in South Africa over the last three years with an increase in the number of online shoppers who are buying more frequently than ever before. The online shopping scene in South Africa is getting more competitive with many international companies now entering the local market hoping to take advantage of this growth. These companies have the potential to disrupt and take over categories with their international expertise and large investments. This means ...

Ecommerce, Mobile

Konga, Lenovo collaborate to bring ecommerce into Nigerian mainstream

Konga Lenovo and Konga have teamed up in Nigeria to increase online shopping education through the radio. Lenovo, one of the world’s largest computer manufacturing companies, is using the ecommerce platform to bring exclusive deals to Nigerians. Kongo meanwhile claims it is benefiting via increased traffic and a push for more Nigerians to shop online. Currently the Nigerian ecommerce market is on the rise, but it needs more education and accessibly to flourish. By launching a weekly radio spot to better inform ...

Africa

Kaymu partners Global Oceon, WHO to combat malaria in Nigeria

Kaymu Malaria remains a prevalent disease that affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every year, especially in Africa. In an effort to raise awareness of the disease, Kaymu, one of Nigeria's online marketplaces, has partnered with Global Oceon, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Lagos State Ministry of Health by donating mosquito nets that will be distributed to the Itedo Community in Lekki Area of Lagos -- coinciding with World Malaria Day which took place on 25 April. The ...

Entrepreneurship, Interviews

Meet Tokologo Phetla, the 19-year-old behind two startups with serious social savvy

Tokologo Bill Gates first began his work in computers at the age of 20. Steve Jobs was 21 when he and Steve Wozniak began selling the Apple computer, and Oprah Winfrey was 17 when she began her public broadcasting career. Tokologo Phetla of Pretoria, South Africa is currently 19 years old and working for two different startups. He is managing to do this while attending the University of Cape Town, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Science in Finance and ...

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