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  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [22/08/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

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    Peach Payments and Callpay announce EFT system partnership

    Peach Payments, a leading and one of Africa's fastest growing payment service providers and Callpay, an innovative provider of secure payment solutions announce collaboration to provide automated Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) as well as secure telephonic payment acceptance solutions. The innovative products will enable millions of South Africans to make instant and secure payments when shopping online or during payment processes over the phone and via call centres. Through this exciting collaboration announced at the 3rd eCommerce Africa Conference, customers will now be able to pay online using their cheque, savings or credit card accounts. Merchants that sign up through...

  • Seedstars World lists 10 startups to compete in Côte d’Ivoire

    International pitching competition, Seedstars World, returns to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The event will take place on 29 august at Colab Abidjan. The startups will be competing for an opportunity to win up to US$1-million in the Seedstars World final in Switzerland, with the main prize being US$500 000 in equity investment. "We honestly think the best way to have an impact in emerging countries is by investing and promoting entrepreneurship in emerging markets. We look forward to seeing how the Ivorian startup scene has evolved in a year and we are excited to discover the new startups in Côte d’Ivoire," said associate for...

  • Bottles: delivering a ‘cold one’ to your door

    In a nation that loves to braai and enjoy a good beer, cider or glass of wine, some consumers tend to make reckless decisions and get behind the wheel, especially when the party runs dry. A solution is available though, in the form of Bottles. Bottles is an on-demand alcohol delivery app which delivers drinks to your door in under 60 minutes, saving you the trouble of leaving the party. "Towards the beginning of 2015, we were at a braai in Durban with friends, and as fortune would have it, we ran out of drinks," Vincent Viviers, the co-founder of Bottles, told Ventureburn...

  • LaunchLab, Nedbank on hunt for next big thing in fintech, big data

    LaunchLab in partnership with Nedbank has launched a Fintech and Big Data Challenge which commenced on 16 August 2016 and will continue to 23 September with the final event take place on 20 October of this year. The challenge will seek to find innovative ideas that will alter the way consumers bank in Africa. LaunchLab along with Nedbank will search for new businesses that address new ways to use mobile technology in the sector, as well as new ways to incorporate gamification to better client engagement with products. The challenge will also focus on platforms related to money transfers and fundraising initiatives, such as crowdfunding...

  • SA investors can apply for Tier 1 visa to live in UK

    The British Home Office has created a programme in order to encourage foreign investment, opening the door for SA entrepreneurs to move to the UK. According to Gary Kockott, the MD of Sable Group (a company dealing in foreign interests), the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Investment Programme may be a viable option for those wanting to sell off their assets in SA and immigrate to the UK. "This bespoke UK citizenship investment programme requires an investment of £200 000 in a UK business opportunity for an applicant and their family to receive residency and possibly citizenship if all the requirements are met," says Kockott,...

  • Moving the Mother City forward by creating opportunity for all [SPONSORED]

    Creating cities of opportunity for South Africans are shaped by fostering enabling environments and by inspiring innovation. Local and international speakers addressed these topics at the SA Innovation Summit 2016 lead-up event, the High Impact Series, which took place on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 at Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Pictured from left to right is Thomas Wittig (CEO of WITTIGONIA, Switzerland), Abbas Jamie (Director of Innovation at Aurecon Africa), Aurelia Albert (Innovate Durban), Dr Morne Mostert (Director, Institute for Futures Research), Lance Greyling (Director of Trade and Investment, City of Cape Town) and Lesley Williams (Master...

  • What to expect when Seedstars World heads to Accra

    The next leg of Seedstars World will take place in the capital of Ghana, Accra, on Sunday 21 August 2016. The event, which will be hosted at Impact Hub Accra, will see ten startups pitch in front of a panel of esteemed judges such as Associate for Seedstars World Selam Kebede and Executive Secretary for African Entrepreneurs Hub, Mansa Ayisi-Okyere. Other judges include Director of EDEL Technology Consulting, Ethel Cofie; Investor relations for Ghana Angel Investors Network Leticia Browne and Director of GhanaThink Foundation, Ato Ulzen-Appiah. This leg of Seedstars World is possible due to the support of Impact Hub Accra and other...

  • Zoona raises $15-million in Series B funding round, 4Di Capital on-board

    African fintech startup Zoona has announced a series B funding round of US$15-million. The round concluded a week prior to the announcement and was led by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of World Bank Group. Cape Town-based venture capital firm 4Di Capital is one of the investors, having injected an unspecified amount in Zoona. According to Justin Stanford, co-founder and managing director of 4Di, this is the first investment from the firm's new fund. Stanford holds a four-year non-executive position on Zoona's board. Series A investors Accion, consisting of Quona Capital, and Omidyar Network, doubled their investment for the Series B round, with the Lundin Foundation increasing...

  • Why chat apps are making it big in Asia

    Asia is home to WeChat, LINE, Kakao, and Viber – local solutions that are proving to the world how chat apps are the future of mobile. In Asia, these chat platforms give consumers access to dozens of critical services like peer-to-peer and online payments, transportation, financial services, sparking a wave of new chat- first application innovations and enabling customers without bank accounts or credit cards to participate in the digital economy. In the week the Japanese messaging app Line announced the year's biggest Tech IPO of over $1 Billion, we at Seedstars World break down what we can learn from...

  • Tech hubs in Africa have doubled in more than a year

    The amount of tech hubs in Africa has more than doubled in a year, according to a report by GSMA analyst Victor Du Boucher. The report found that there are now 314 active tech hubs operating on the continent of Africa. The majority of these hubs are found to be operating out of South Africa, with 58 hubs, while Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and Morocco followed with 28, 27, 23 and 21 hubs respectively. This is a large uptake from the previous year. Boucher expanded on the wider definition of 'tech hubs'. "For the purpose of our landscaping exercise we have been looking at all kinds...