Advertising & Marketing

This new agency wants to let you pay for what you eat with a tweet

WORLD’S FIRST TWEET SHOP OPENS IN LONDON If you live in any reasonably sized city with any areas of reasonable wealth, you've probably heard at least one of your friends talk about a super cool pop-up store they've visited in the past couple of weeks. For the most part though, the way the transaction of goods in those stores has been pretty standard: you hand over your hard-earned cash and, in return, you get a the good you desire. There are, however, a few examples of companies ...

Africa, Venture capital

NewGenAngels group seeking to invest over $150k in African startups

Money NewGenAngels is a members-only investment club that wants to highlight the cream of Africa's early-stage business crop. The Angel investment group has a keen focus on the diaspora and, with rather deep pockets, is looking to deploy between US$150 000 and US$500 000 per company and aims to activate 1000 angels by 2020. Very bold indeed. According to the group, it prefers service and technology based businesses in Africa with strong growth dynamics, fragmented competition, a sizeable industry, low exogenous risk ...

Innovation, News

Stellenbosch University launches Smart Mobility Lab to develop traffic solutions

traffic There's a lot of room left for R&D in the field of South Africa's transport industry. With a step in the right direction, Stellenbosch University has recently launched its Smart Mobility Laboratory (SSML) that's seeking to establish a platform for the development of innovative, cost-effective solutions within the field of Intelligent Transport Systems. The laboratory will set out to provide outcome-based research which means it's gearing up to develop applications within developing countries that will help understand and remedy issues ...

Emerging Markets, Startups

NowFloats lets you create a business website with an app or SMS

NoFloats-Boost NowFloats is an ambitious startup coming out of India -- with offices in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi -- that wants to help SMEs across the globe get an online presence in the form of simple-automated websites. It's created an easy-to-use platform that wants every kind of SME, from your local grocer to the barber, to get a stand-alone website with an advantage. It's essentially what WordPress, Wix and GoDaddy do. The trick that makes NowFloats exceptional, however, is that a website can ...

Africa, News

Microsoft 4Afrika launches IP portal to empower innovators

Microsoft-4Afrika-IP-hub In order to encourage invention in Africa, Microsoft has unveiled the intellectual property portal, the Microsoft 4Afrika IP Hub. Piloting in Kenya, the Hub will offer developers and software vendors the skills and tools necessary to develop, protect and monetise their innovations. It's argued that most small businesses in Africa are relying on secrecy instead of using established copyright, trademark, trade name and patent programs for protection. This means that many technology advancements miss out on the opportunity to be ...

Africa, Startup news

Nigerian hotel booking startup Jovago partners with TripAdvisor

Jovago The Nigerian hotel booking startup, Jovago, has recently partnered up with global travel service TripAdvisor. This partnership will help leverage the massive traffic seen on TripAdvisor while making the travelling options more comprehensive, if not simpler, for those using the service. "TripAdvisor is delighted to partner with Jovago to offer travellers a diverse selection of hotels across Africa," said Adrian Hands, Senior Director, Account Management, EMEA at TripAdvisor. "The partnership helps make booking these hotels as easy as clicking a button, ...

Competition, Entrepreneurship

12-year old whiz kid impresses Sanlam competition despite being underage

sanlam entrepreneur of the year logo 1 Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year seeks out talented entrepreneurs who are striving to become leaders in their respective fields. This year's competition has discovered Sam Berger, a 12-year old computer whiz kid that is developing apps for businesses, among other impressive feats. One such app that Berger has created is a patented geyser app designed for home insurance companies in South Africa. The app uses QR codes to confirm whether geysers are in or out of guarantee. The ...

Operating systems, Startups

How Social Business Software connects and enables distributed teams

teamwork In today’s operating environment the ability to bring dispersed teams together is becoming a critical business advantage. Teams (focused on, for example, software development or support) often operate from scattered locations, their collaboration fittingly facilitated by technology. It is a time-honoured and cost-effective way of sourcing the best talent and input without having to hire for every new requirement or delay development due to a lack of available skills. A jumble of bug and ticket tracking, communication and collaboration tools supports the ...

Startup news

Flitways offers pre-booking car service for travelers who like to plan

cabs Traveling for business often sees one against the clock, dashing from airplane to taxi to make that meeting. Taxi-hailing apps, such as Uber or Lyft, provide an option for getting around, but they are on-demand, meaning that you cannot plan your ground travel needs except for on the spot. Enter Flitways, an LA-based startup that offers a pre-booking service for travelers that takes care of all ground-travel needs -- simplifying the booking process. Travelers can use Flitways through its mobile apps ...

Africa, Startup news

MoboFree hits 3.3 million African users, credits success to ‘social first’ approach

mobofreelogo1_withslogan_nobg MoboFree, a mobile social marketplace that allows African customers to buy, sell, rent and swap stuff with trusted parties has officially reached 3.3 million registered users after just two years since launch. The bulk of its users are based in Nigeria, followed by Ghana and Zimbabwe. "From the get-go we are a person oriented marketplace. Instead of adding in a social element to our service as an afterthought, we have focused on the social aspect of selling and purchasing from the very ...