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  • Meet the 8 Korean startups heading to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013

    Eight of App Korea's early-stage startups are currently readying themselves to head to the TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco. On the way, the startups are hoping for more international recognition and to highlight innovation in the Southeast Asian region. The startups are offering services ranging from cloud services, translation, e-commerce, travel, photo curation, e-learning, social networking and even K-pop video streaming. The trip is sponsored by KOCCA (Korea Creative Content Agency) while the startups will present themselves from 9 to 11 September at the Korean Pavilion in Startup Alley. So, who are they? Cubbying Cubbying is a one-touch social aggregator...

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    Free WiFi grows Citizen Journalism in the City of Tshwane

    Project Isizwe, a non-profit organisation that aims to bring the internet to people across South Africa, said on Wednesday it is encouraged that citizen journalism using video news is rapidly growing in the City of Tshwane on the back of free WiFi. Citizen journalism is provided through WiFi TV, a video-on-demand service of relevant and engaging video content distributed over the Tshwane Free WiFi network that the City of Tshwane has provided for its citizens. The WiFi TV service offers 5 channels and hosts content created by young film makers living in the various areas of the City of Tshwane providing...

  • Editors’ Lab Cape Town: 1st Sub-Saharan Africa media hackday

    Editors' Lab Cape Town is a two-day hackathon taking place from 6-7 September that will be taking place in the city at 24.com’s digital headquarters and is organised by the Global Editors Network, the African Media Initiative and Google. The collaboration includes 14 teams competing to create the most innovative news-driven mobile app or website. The teams will use public data or other content to build mobile apps or digital tools that help audiences become ‘active citizens’ by better understanding or engaging with the world around them. Preliminary ideas submitted by teams range from mobile apps to help citizens...

  • Africans need to build the continent up says founder of Africa’s Netflix Jason Njoku

    Africa's internet scene is growing, Africans are building killer apps and innovating in amazing ways. One of the pioneers leading Africa into a new age of disruption is Jason Njoku, the founder of iROKO Partners -- a media entertainment empire that owns iRoking and the insanely popular iROKOtv. Njoku has been heralded as the creator of Africa's Netflix by Forbes' and was also been named one of the continent's richest entrepreneurs by the publication. iROKOtv is an African video streaming services that specialises in bringing Nigerian and Ghanaian movies online for free. The platform also offers access to newer...

  • Venture Talk: Accelerators & Incubators in SA with Andrea Böhmert

    Accelerators and incubators, are they good or bad for startups? There is a strong sense that despite startups needing a helping hand, whether that might be with funding, work space, facilities or network, there could be a negative effect that these programmes have upon young companies -- namely that they never learn to walk on their own two feet. Mich Atagana chats to Andrea Böhmert in our latest Venture Talk, the co-founder of the newly launched Grindstone Accelerator Programme, designed for post-revenue companies, about the pros and cons of these kinds of programmes. What comes out of this talk...

  • Microsoft to spark local tech start-ups, partners with SA’s JobsFund

    Microsoft South Africa has partnered with the Government’s JobsFund to further help drive the creation of up to 600 technology start-ups over the next three years by dramatically expanding its BizSpark programme, which supports small software developer entrepreneurs. Although the BizSpark initiative has launched a while ago, the partnership with SA's JobsFund will use funding from the Government’s Jobs Fund and Microsoft’s own 4Afrika initiative. This will give qualifying local software development startups access to development tools, business support through accelerators and incubators and connect them with key industry players. The programme will offer technical support, business training and exposure to...

  • 5 insights into the investor-startup exchange: attitude, horizons, awareness

    Startups get a lot of attention from the industry. Simple as that. They are the sexier, jazzier, more vulnerable babies that the media gets excited about, and investors want to nurture. However what happens to startups when they grow up? When they perhaps graduate from an incubation or acceleration programme and need to walk on their own? They still have a lot of growing up to do, yet there is an expectation that they should be fully-functional companies at that point. That expectation is ingrained into the industry, so much so, that even the entrepreneurs themselves start to believe...

  • Startups: you can fake it til you make it, but don’t ever lie

    Every successful startup founder has to be first and foremost a great salesperson. It means to be able to sell a brand-new concept before it even exists. To get key stakeholders and users to buy in requires some creative promising -- and some faking it till making it. However, there is a thin but clear line between that and blatantly lying. One of the greatest startup salesmen was Steve Jobs. As the legend that he is, many have simply chosen to forget that he was probably the king of faking it. Jobs launched the Apple III with much aplomb, but...

  • Restaurant discovery service Zomato now finds restaurants in Pretoria

    Zomato is a mover and a shaker. Hot on the heels of extending its South African reach to Cape Town, the online restaurant and nightlife guide has now launched in Pretoria taking its presence in South Africa to a total of three cities, including Johannesburg. Zomato now provides in-depth information on over 350 restaurants in Pretoria, and claims to be the most exhaustive restaurant discovery platform in the city. Zomato's design covers most diners' needs, whether they are looking to eat out, have food delivered or pick up a take-away. Zomato prides itself on being the most comprehensive online guide,...

  • 6 ways startups can use HR tech to retain the best staff

    New trends in technology are making it possible for organisations to engage with their employees on a deeper level, making the employees more likely to stick around and contribute to sustainable business performance. For startups, automated talent management, enabled by new technologies such as cloud computing and mobility, can increase the frequency and depth of employee engagement significantly. Studies from Gallup, Hay Group and Towers Watson have shown that employee engagement has a quantifiable impact on business performance and employee retention. For example, companies with top quartile engagement generate revenue 2.5 times higher than the bottom quartile companies, and The...

  • Uganda-based Micro-finance startup wins the Anzisha Prize

    Take 12 talented entrepreneurs now try to pick a winner in a competition about a social entrepreneurship and innovation. The Anzisha Prize announced that Uganda’s Best Aiyorworth has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the competition. Now in its third year, the Anzisha Prize, celebrates the initiative and innovation of youth in Africa. It identifies exceptional young entrepreneurs who are leading by example and underscores their ability to significantly shape the future of the continent. Twenty-one- year old Aiyorworth started the Girls’ Power Micro Lending Organisation that supports girls by helping their mothers. They give women starting capital or money...