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  • mHealth startup Telemed secures venture capital from The African Group

    Telemed Medical Services is an Ethiopian startup responsible for the country's popular mobile health and medical consultancy service, Hello Doctor, and has recently announced it's raised funds from US-based VC group The Africa Group (TAG). The Ethiopian engineering consultancy that, among other things, specialises in mobile health consulting is giving up a 25% stake of Telemed and plans to further address a crucial demand for health-related service delivery. Together with BelCash Technology, Telemed released its flagship product, Hello Doctor, in 2012. It claims to have been the first and only service in Ethiopia where patients can call a short code...

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    2015 Trends on bidorbuy

    Selfie sticks, drones and wearables are some of the most popular search terms on bidorbuy, which may be an indication of shopping trends for the year (9 January 2015) At the beginning of 2015, several search terms have joined the ranks of “most popular” on South African online marketplace bidorbuy.co.za. “Over a million people visit bidorbuy every month, conducting hundreds of thousands of searches. These numbers are extensive enough to serve as a basis for estimating shopping trends. This is especially important for thousands of sellers who sell on the site. They need to know what prospective buyers are looking for...

  • Bootstrapping Journey: self-funding your startup in South Africa

    "You're only as good as your last game," is a common saying in the world of sport. The same goes for business and sales, and especially when a company relies on its product to sustain itself from the get-go (instead of a providing a medium- to long-term promise to investors with open cookie jars). Software company Journey is one of the many startups in South Africa and the rest of the continent that decided to self-fund its business. The company made its first sale under the name Journey to a small ISP also based in Stellenbosch in 2010. The software would help...

  • Lamudi urges further investment in emerging markets

    African Internet Holding's online real-estate startup Lamudi has responded to warnings of slow growth in emerging markets, saying that selected emerging markets remained promising locations for business investment. Founded in 2013, the real-estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a platform to find homes, land and commercial properties online. The startup covers areas such as Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria and Mexico, and has over one million monthly visitors from across around the world. In a statement, Managing Director of Lamudi West and Central Africa, Allie Morse, reacted to recent reports that suggested under-performing growth in emerging markets. He said that while certain...

  • KnifeCap has officially been bought in a R10-million deal y’all

    According to a SENS announcement, because we track those now, Knife Capital has officially been acquired by African Dawn Capital Limited, a listed entity. "Shareholders are hereby advised that all the conditions precedent have been fulfilled and accordingly, the Knife Capital Acquisition will be implemented in accordance with the terms of the Agreement," said the announcement today. We reported on the possible acquisition last year when the first SENS announcement was made but it looks like things are moving along swiftly. At its core, Africa Dawn Capital Limited provides various financial products and services to individuals and businesses in South Africa. The...

  • 11 takeouts from Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2014

    The Global Entrepreneurship Congress is an inter-disciplinary gathering of international start-up champions. Held in Moscow from the 17th-20th March, this year's event saw entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders and policy makers collaborate in order to generate ideas that will drive economic growth and accelerate the progression of an already thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Over the past five years, the Congress has contributed to the expansion of a global entrepreneurial landscape, enabling experts and entrepreneurs to network across borders and various industries, unleash their ideas and transform innovation into reality. The Global Entrepreneurship Congress was the brainchild of Jonathan Ortmans. Over 153...

  • From Kickstarter to exit: how Oculus made billions without building a single product

    Well this is interesting. Facebook has been on a Yahoo-cum-Google spending spree of late. As everyone who cares and some who don't now knows, the social network has doled out US$2-billion on a startup that hasn't actually finished building its product. Welcome to the "Unicorn Club" Oculus. "Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement following the acquisition announcement. The Oculus Rift project became a Kickstarter favourite after its debut on the crowdfunding platform, raising more than US$2 million from just more...

  • Konga wants to help Nigeria’s GDP by creating jobs

    At a recent summit in Nigeria the importance of ICT in the country was discussed by Konga CEO Sim Shagaya, who noted that the company had been able to give graduates job experience and stimulate entrepreneurship via the Konga Marketplace. Shagaya noted that Konga had been able to bring a significant part of its technology development to Nigeria by hiring engineering graduates from Nigerian Universities like UniIfe, Futo, and so on. Through this initiative, recent graduates gain exposure to relevant technologies that help them build long-lasting technologies for Nigeria. Konga has been making some noise around encouraging employment and entrepreneurship in...

  • .africa domain gets thumbs-up, set to unify regional online identity

    In an effort to create a Pan-African identity for organisations online, the .africa domain has been given the thumbs-up from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The application was lodged in March 2012 and was finally signed into being recently. The aim of this new domain is to forge a unique online space which will associate organisations, products, services and information with the continent and people of Africa as a whole. The non-profit association at the forefront of this move, dotAfrica, says that this will bring the continent together as an internet community "under one umbrella...

  • POPI isn’t all doom and gloom: 5 tips to ensure your startup reaps the benefits faster

    The Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act was signed into law last year. It places a strict onus on businesses when it comes to handling personal information about their clients, staff and customers. This includes, but is not limited to, their contact details and biometric and demographic information. The Act stipulates how companies may collect, handle, store and discard information, with heavy penalties for those that fail to comply. A lot of cybercrime today is geared towards stealing personal information for financial gain. Users tend to recycle passwords, as it becomes difficult to remember different passwords for different accounts, such...

  • Hotel booking startup Jovago expands to Senegal, Kenya

    The Nigerian hotel booking startup, Jovago, has recently announced that it's expanding to Senegal and Kenya. Given the recent figures for the region's tourism activity, this could only mean that competition is heating up. The service is Rocket Internet's Africa Internet Holding (AIH) answer to Kenya’s popular SleepOut and Nigeria's hotels.ng. It also announced last year that it has more than 2 000 hotels listed on the website. Jovago says that it facilitates the booking process for its users with an informative, reliable and user-friendly service, by listing travel destinations and providing hotel information online. The booking portal does not apply...

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