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  • These are Grindstone’s 13 tech startups for 2015

    The second in-take of growth equity fund manager Knife Capital's tech startups is an interesting bunch. From popular names such as online payment service PayFast and ecommerce builder ShopStar to new and interesting ones such as CognaDev which assesses individuals for matching work environments and Mobinomics -- a company that develops operating systems for telcos, organisations and cities. Interestingly, this year the accelerator is upping its game even more after it's decided to expand its programme to include an additional three companies. "It was too difficult to cut it down to just ten participants," Keet van Zyl co-founder of Knife...

  • Here’s why SA really needs better broadband for business to thrive

    If South Africa is to boost economic growth it must bring fast internet to more entrepreneurs. Doing so will help power thousands of small businesses. For too long the country has been slow in improving access to fast, affordable always-on internet. A recently launched government broadband policy aims to fix this, but some remain sceptical. Access to the internet today is not only vital, but big money. A 2012 report by the Boston Consulting Group predicts that by next year the internet economy in G20 members will be worth US$4.2-trillion (at present it contributes about 2% each to South Africa and...

  • CiTi announces Ian Merrington as new CEO

    The Cape Innovative and Technology Initiative (CiTi) -- which is responsible for projects like the Bandwidth Barn and CapaCiti -- has just announced the appointment of former COO Ian Merrington as the new CEO. Merrington has a strong background in advertising and consultancy, as well as being Group Financial Director of BBDO and COO of iKineo. CiTi Chairman Greg Reis notes that “Since its inception in 1998, CiTi has been able to build upon the passion and talents of a number of executives who have each worked towards the vision of developing Cape Town and the region as a global technology...

  • Crowdfunding t-shirt startup Design4T launches in South Africa

    Design4T is a startup that enables groups, organisations to create and sell custom made t-shirts without upfront costs. The company also adds that local government and non-profits can use this innovative platform to raise funds for initiatives, a rather nice touch. T-shirts have always been able to find their way into the hearts of young people. Come good, come bad, it's always up to the customer and his or her unique taste. What is great about Design4T is that it gives the power to the customer when it comes to design with an added bonus of making profit. Sellers can design...

  • 9 foodie startups out to change the way South Africans eat

    From restaurant discovery to on-demand chefs and a calorie controlled food subscription, there are a growing number of interesting, mouth-watering tech startups out to change the way South Africans eat. It's interesting to see how many of these foodie startups have grown alongside popular lifestyle trends such as the surge in craft beers, specific health diets and freshly brewed flat whites. InChef SA InChef is like the Uber of chefs, because we're too lazy to cook ourselves. Pricing starts at R4 000 per month for four meals a week, and you'll get your personal chef come to the comfort of your...

  • Say hello to ALN Ventures’ 9 inspiring startups of 2015

    Today's startups. Tomorrow's leaders. African Leadership Network (ALN) Ventures has revealed its latest in-take of entrepreneurs for 2015. From Cameroon to Nigeria and South Africa to Kenya, these startups have been whittled down from more than 275 applicants from all over the continent and abroad. The initiative is designed to find promising entrepreneurs in Africa, and connect them to the power of the African Leadership Network. Specifically, the programme runs startup through mentorship, investment, exclusive access to partner services in the name of accelerating growth. As reported by TechCabal, ALN Ventures executive director Harish Subramanian said, “Our application campaign was a big...

  • Silicon Cape, TechWomen aim to showcase ‘pipeline of women tech leaders’

    Silicon Cape, the South African entrepreneurial initiative, will this week host an event organised by TechWomen, an Initiative of the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs aimed at empowering, connecting, and supporting the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East. The event, which is themed “Supporting the Next Generation of Women Tech Leaders”, aims to showcase how organisations in Silicon Cape are developing a pipeline of women tech leaders of the future. As well as the showcase, speakers at the event include the...

  • South African companies seriously need to think about intrapreneurship: here’s why

    In today’s era of digital innovation, tech-savvy start-ups can launch new services and products at lightning speed. Some examples of companies that have done just this include WhatsApp, the mobile messaging platform that Facebook acquired for US$19 billion in 2014. WhatsApp is giving South African mobile network operators a major headache by eating into their SMS and voice revenues with its free messaging service. Thanks to today’s technologies and a global marketplace for skills, competition for large companies can come from nearly anywhere and without warning. That’s why we can expect to see big South African businesses start to embrace the concept...

  • 3 unique trends shaping Nigeria’s startup ecosystem

    In April last year, it was announced that Nigeria's economy had overtaken South Africa's, making it the biggest on the continent. This coincided with some notable happenings in the tech space. For one, arguably one of the largest pan-African startup initiatives, Demo Africa 2014, was hosted in Lagos for the first time. Microsoft Ventures also announced that it's expanding its mission to facilitate startups to include the West African country last month. Not to mention the massive rounds of investments that went to Nigeria tech companies -- only seconded by South Africa. To learn more about what makes...

  • Sideways wine farm app launches to make our summer more tipsy

    South Africa's Western Cape is renowned for its pretty, luxurious Winelands. It's also responsible for around 4% of the world's wine production. And so it's to no real surprise that we're seeing more and more wine-related platforms popping up. Cape Town-based digital agency iKineo recently launched Sideways -- a free iOS app that lets you find and connect with wine farms. Asked about what makes this app so special, Marthinus Botha who's behind this app says that, in the past, each of the wine routes have promoted themselves as separate tourist destinations. This, Botha says "made it difficult for visitors to...