Global accelerator Startupbootcamp announces its top 10 FinTech finalists

Startupbootcamp The international startup competition, Startupbootcamp FinTech, has announced the top 10 finalists to join the popular European accelerators programme. The scope of the event spanning globally, innovative financial technology startups from Africa, Europe and the US have been chosen. Nektarios Liolios, Managing Director at Startupbootcamp FinTech, notes that the accelerator has selected the cream of the crop. He says, “Over the last five months we’ve scoured the planet for the most interesting, innovative and promising FinTech startups. We’ve met over 436 ...

Mobile apps, News

IBM’s driving SA innovation with the Road Buddy safety app

ibm_logo IBM recently announced that its efforts in driving entrepreneurship in South Africa are paying-off. The tech multinational did so by highlighting its role in supporting locally conceptualised app, Road Buddy -- a tool that aims to prevent road collisions. By partnering with IBM's entrepreneurship programme, the app's creators are now looking to target the global market. The app (currently iOS-only) was developed with collaboration between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Cape Town based engineers. The Road Buddy ...

News, Startups

Check out these 10 WDC startups pitching at PwC’s Vision to Reality Awards

PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers's (PwC) Vision to Reality programme in collaboration with Word Design Capital 2014 (WDC2014) will be hosting the seventh pitching session of WDC2014. Ten local startups -- chosen for their "cutting-edge tech design, innovation, and social entrepreneurship" -- will be pitch their ideas in effort to receive funding, mentorship and exposure on 23 July. The agency of WDC2014, Cape Town Design NPC, will award R10 000 for the most impressive and deserving startup. Furthermore, in partnership with South African crowdfunding ...


Need some help managing your startup? Check out these 10 smart cloud tools

numbers-accounting Managing a new company is daunting. Even more so in a time where the advancement of technology has led to the proliferation of utilitarian tools in the project management realm. Many technological experts have put in their efforts and brains to devise various tools that have simplified project management methodology and improved the productivity of businesses involved in managing projects. These tools, being based in the cloud, can be easily accessed from different locations. This suits those businesses whose team ...

Africa, Innovation, News

Net1 Mobile initiative brings solar-powered solutions to SA communities

Africa Net1 Mobile Solutions recently partnered with South African-companies and organisations to bring care-packs to hundreds of pupils at Jon Kotlolo School and the local community, in Pretoria, South Africa. These packs included the company's Sun-e-light -- a solar-powered lamp and mobile phone charger. “We created Sun-e-light for South Africans who have little or no access to electricity, as an ongoing corporate social investment project,” said Philip Belamant, Managing Director of N1MS. The first edition of the Sun-e-light costs R270 (US$27) and ...

Africa, News

Take Action to bridge gap between community and service providers

takeaction-app Service delivery sucks. Even when it works, it generally requires you to go stand in a queue, wait on hold, make extra payments... you get the picture. By sourcing community data, this newly launched South African app hopes to eliminate that hassle and bring pressing public issues to relevant service providers' attention. Take Action is an app that helps citizens log public incidents in need of attention. People can, for instance, raise awareness of things like broken water pipes, accidents, ...

Africa, Startups

Disrupt everything: Lagos and the transportation overhaul

SAMSUNG CSC The streets are flooded, it has been raining all night and all morning, and I need a cab. I have a couple of meetings to get to and I don't really know the city that well. I would order an Uber but it doesn't operate here... yet. I am in Lagos and everywhere I look is chaos and masses of cars... Transportation is a major problem here, so much so that a number of startups and established companies have decided ...

Africa, Innovation, News

Global Innovation Index 2014 spells promising signs for Africa

creative Swizerland, the United Kingdom and Sweden have been named the world's most innovative countries of 2014. The seventh annual Global Innovation Index (GII) study also found positive signs for Sub-Saharan Africa's innovation performance, highlighting its strong growth. Regionally, Mauritius and Seychelles beat South Africa to the chase in the African continent. The regional winner, Mauritius, came 40th globally and has shown an impressive improvement of 13 places from 53rd in 2013. Sub-Saharan Africa's performance on the GII: Mauritius ...

Africa, News

Rwanda’s Think tech incubator calls for Africa’s savvy entrepreneurs

Think Based in Kigali, Rwanda, and brought to us by Tigo and Millicom, the Think tech incubator has now opened its doors and is looking for savvy entrepreneurs to fill its office space. Selected tech entrepreneurs from across the African continent will undergo a six-month incubation programme that would support the startups in developing their digital solutions. Tigo Rwanda General Manager, Tongai Maramba says, “We are excited to welcome the first batch of talented entrepreneurs at Think. We are calling on ...


Stellagy: using crowdfunding to bridge Africa’s educational gap

Stellagy Around the world, governments and businesses are facing an ever complicating conundrum: high levels of youth unemployment and a shortage of job seekers with relevant critical skills. Many countries especially in the developing world still consider affordability to be the primary inhibitor to education. Improving the quality of education by making it more relevant to users, as well as finding creative means of addressing the affordability challenge, is highlighted as the primary keys to successfully addressing this challenge. A recent ...