Africa, Entrepreneurship, Featured

Built in Africa: Patrick Ngowi and his solar crusade to light up the continent

Patrick Ngowi Built in Africa focuses on entrepreneurs, startups and technologies that are affecting the continent and empowering the African people. When you look at the supposed "dark" continent, its social and economic problems are abundantly clear. But it seems that Africa's entrepreneurs are stepping up and trying to find ways to solve some of these challenges. There is a global energy crisis, and Africa in particular suffers from a shortage of power and alternative clean energy sources. In this first installment of our ...

Africa, Conferences, News

Zimbabwe to host first ever ‘No Limits’ Startup Weekend 16-18 May

Startup-Weekend Zimbabwe will be hosting its first Startup Weekend from 16 to 18 May. For those not entirely in the know, Startup Weekend is one of the world's most popular non-profit grassroots initiatives for entrepreneurs and has been hosted in more than 110 different countries around the globe. Made possible by the Zimbabwean tech hub Hypercube and global aid agency Mercy Corps, the weekend goes by the theme No Limits and will revolve around promoting, inspiring and furthering great entrepreneurial ideas of ...

Ecommerce, News

Triumph for WooCommerce as it becomes world’s most popular online shopping tool

Mobile shopping Research company BuiltWith uses data captured from more than a quarter of a billion websites to show us how active the global ecommerce scene is, as well as which online shopping cart tools are being used the most. Most notably, the stats indicate that the online shopping website plugin, WooCommerce, has being the most popular over the last few months. This chart below shows how the global shopping volume changed based on data from more than 100,000 participating ecommerce websites in ...

Africa, News

PriceCheck and MTN to launch new co-branded price comparison app

Pricecheck PriceCheck today announced its partnership with MTN Group that will see the release of a co-branded version of South Africa's very popular price comparison and shopping discovery app. With mobile being a huge player, and ecommerce on the rise, PriceCheck hopes to play a critical role in the local consumer's shopping experience. The partnership between the multinational mobile operator and Nasper's owned ecommerce company underscores the importance of mobile in the retail ecosystem -- not only in South Africa but the ...

Entrepreneurship, Startups

Governance and startups: the ‘but it’s my business’ problem

Pay Attention In my last column, I discussed the key differences between a craft and an enterprise and explained why an SMME can only become truly sustainable once it becomes an enterprise. The successful transition from craft to enterprise requires the implementation of an effective governance process in your business. While many SMME owners claim to understand this concept, they are often reluctant to make this transition in their own business. But why are SMME owners so hesitant to implement the changes that ...

Africa, Ecommerce

Shopstar is South Africa’s new up-and-coming ecommerce platform

Shopstar2 It's no secret that South Africa's ecommerce is on the verge of booming. With the industry said to be growing by 30% a year and the market estimated to be worth R4.4-billion in 2013, we can expect a lot of competition in this arena. The almost year-old Shopstar is one of those competitors -- an ecommerce platform with a local twist that's designed to allow anyone to create and manage their own online shop with minimal effort. Developed in Cape Town, it's ...

Emerging Markets, Startup news

Lamudi is the largest real estate site in Uganda, credits emerging middle class

lamudi Uganda In October last year, Rocket Internet launched Lamudi, the real estate version of its "mudi" startup branches -- Carmudi being its online vehicle shop cousin. Lamudi, as a brand, united tens of the German incubator's housing startups under one banner, and since launching in Uganda it claims to be the largest real estate listing site in the Central East African country. The Rocket Internet giant has steamrolled across most continents with an overall number of twenty-one Lamudis currently in operation in ...


Never mind the Naspers shutdowns, ecommerce in South Africa has a bright future

ecommerce ecommercerules com I was recently asked whether I felt that the closure of the four online shopping portals -- SA Camera, Style36, 5 Rooms and Kinderelo -- by media giant Naspers, was an indication that South Africa was not yet ready for online retail and that there was no money to be made in the industry. My answer was immediately confirmed by a Naspers announcement that its intentions were to restructure to focus on its general online store, That's not to say ...

Africa, Startup news

Project Iziswe partners with Western Cape to bring free Wi-Fi to 90k people

Project Isizwe The free Wi-Fi for the masses initiative, Project Iziswe has recently partnered with the Western Cape Government's Department of Economic Development and Tourism to open up hot spots in specific public spaces in the Western Cape province. Headquartered about 50km from the Cape Town, the project initially started in Stellenbosch and has since started rolling out its services in the City of Tshwane in November last year. The Western Cape government has partnered with "top non-profit organisations" to replicate the model that ...

Emerging Markets, Startups

Hellofood is now Rocket Internet’s fastest expanding venture

hellofood From Chile to Vietnam and Poland to Kenya, online food delivery marketplace Hellofood also known as Foodpanda has spread to a massive forty countries in less than two years and is now being hailed as Rocket Internet's fastest expanding venture. This recent announcement, reaffirms the startup's aim of being a global venture. Using Hellofood, customers are able to have food delivered to their doorstep which, on the other hand, means that it helps restaurants increase sales through online and mobile ...