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  • 17 of our favourite tech startups recognised by Cape Town #WDC2014

    Follow the #WDC2014 hashtag, or if you're not technically inclined, just look out for the massive yellow circles dotted all over South Africa's Mother City and you'll notice the exciting initiatives supported by the Cape Town World Capital of Design 2014 vision. In an attempt to promote design, culture and innovation, the City of Cape Town has recognised hundreds of outstanding projects, startups and events in and around the city. Living up to this year's prestigious World Capital of Design award, we've seen the Cape Town promote and support some well-known local startups such as Paperight, Dream Mobile, Mellowcabs, Zapacab,...

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    Sureswipe’s POS LITE helps Jele Bebe improve business processes

    Theamari Jonker, owner and director of Jele Bebe Teething Jewellery discusses how Sureswipe’s POS LITE helped her improve her business processes. Tell us more about Jele Bebe and its products Jele Bebe is a teething jewellery business that my husband and I started over 3 years ago when we saw a product from the US and were so interested, we researched the South African market, and found that there was nothing equivalent available locally. Our teething products ease the teething process for babies and parents. Our range is multi-purpose -- moms can wear the jewellery as fashion and stylish accessories, as well...

  • Azimo closes $10m Series A fundraising deal to fuel emerging market expansion

    Azimo, the clever UK-based FinTech startup that enables international money transfers through novel ways, has closed a US$10-million Series A funding round led by Greycroft Partners. Accion’s Frontier Investments Group, e.ventures, TA Ventures, RI Digital Ventures and KRW Schindler Investments also took part in the round. The startup will use the money to accelerate its European expansion and target other key markets in North America and Asia. Emerging regions, which host an estimated two and a half billion unbanked consumers, are important growth markets for the startup. Azimo's European customers send money in increasing volumes to 192 countries, with the fastest...

  • Obami launches mobile education initiative, puts tutors in your pocket

    South African social learning platform Obami has recently announced the launch of its new mobile tutoring service, Obami Tutor. The initiative aims to help connect learners to qualified mentors using their mobile phones. The company believes that private tutoring can help solve South Africa's education system, which is ranked among the worst in the world. Traditional tutoring can help but it's incredibly expensive and can become a logistical chore -- this is where Obami's cheaper mobile option comes in handy. A group of handpicked, crowdsourced teachers underwent a gruelling recruitment and training process to ensure the utmost in tutoring quality. According to...

  • What SA’s new employment tax means for your startup

    Around 50% of South Africans under 25 years old and of working age are unemployed. This situation, which has persisted for many years, has dire implications for the country’s future unless it is reversed. Numerous international studies show that school leavers who do not find jobs within a couple of years become virtually unemployable and contribute to social instability. This reality has prompted Government to put a Youth Subsidy in place to alleviate the problem, after years of debate and fierce opposition from trade unions. The Employment Tax Incentive Act was introduced as draft legislation on 20 September 2013...

  • In startups we trust: Africa and its ‘silent’ rise to stardom

    It's starting to get redundant to say tech is big in Africa. Of course tech is big in Africa. Tech is big everywhere - it's our favourite toy right now. A few weeks ago, I was hanging around Social Media Week in Lagos, Nigeria and what really stood out for me is not that tech is big, but that Africa's tech explosion is facing some challenges. The questions people are starting to ask aren't around the number of apps the continent's tech entrepreneurs need to build or the number of tech innovations that will allow it stand out. The questions...

  • Big data, pet food and dating: these are 88mph’s 7 chosen SA startups

    From a pet food delivery service to an innovative social mingling site and business analytics, African startup accelerator and fund programme 88mph has recently announced the seven South African startups taking part in this year's programme. Out of a massive 300 applicants, the accelerator finally narrowed the list down to include diarize.me, Catch, Pet Heaven, Ekaya, Graphflow, Byte Money and 8Bit. Most of these startups are mobile and web oriented and will receive investment, access to business networks, technical infrastructure, workspace and mentoring, in exchange for some equity. The startups will present their ideas on Investor Day on the 16 April. Dan Bowyer...

  • Living in the future: why imagination is our most important resource

    A sophisticated pill bottle that harnesses the internet of things by glowing when medication is required, failing which an audible alarm is activated, before finally sending a text message to a designated person to ensure that chronic medication is never missed; A unit to process sewerage in a way that harvests methane, water, biomass and nutrition for growing food; A shopping cart that automatically calculates the cost of items through sensors as goods are placed in the cart; Public sleep cubicles that address the rampant levels of sleep deprivation affecting society; An unsnoozable ankle alarm bracelet that only turns...

  • NGOs launch new tool to map water and sanitation in Kenya’s largest slum

    With an estimated 1.2-million residents, Kibera is Africa’s second largest and one of the biggest slums in the world with some of the poorest living conditions. It’s degrading and dehumanising to live there, amidst abject poverty, drugs and periodic violence and contagious diseases. The worst problem, however, is access to water and sanitation facilities. A new partnership between US’s Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) and Nairobi-based Spatial Collective and Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company is developing an online map to help increase information on access to municipal water and sanitation data. The data is not for direct consumption by Kibera's residents...

  • Waabeh shows snapshot of Africa’s music streaming industry [infographic]

    Online music streaming has been booming ever since iTunes was released more than a decade ago. With African content for Africans in mind, services such as Nigeria's iRoking and Kenya's Waabeh are steadily increasing their online footprints, not only in their respective regions, but internationally as well. The latter recently released an infographic of its performance in the last year, which gives us a snapshot of what the African music streaming industry might look like. Since launching in 2013, Waabeh has managed to become the local go-to place for Kenyan artists to easily upload and distribute their music,...

  • Jumia now offering budget-friendly X-touch tablet in Nigeria

    Jumia is one of Nigeria's largest online retail stores and offers a range products from women's high-heels to cheap smartphones and books. To further help prove itself as a leading electronics store, the ecommerce outfit recently announced that it will be exclusively stocking the cost-friendly yet capable X-touch tablet. The X-touch is said to be one of the best tablet brands currently available in Nigeria with specifications to fit a wide range of tablet users. The tablet is available in a range of different models with numerous functions from Wi-Fi, a long battery life and a front camera for...

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