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  • Village Capital needs fintech startups for FinTech: Africa 2016 programme

    Training and investment company Village Capital is looking for entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa for its FinTech: Africa 2016 programme. The event aims to find startups who are not only in the fintech sector, but who will be able to increase the financial health of low-income populations. The event is to be hosted in conjunction with The MasterCard Foundation and the DOEN Foundation. When looking for startups for the event, Village Capital lists criteria such as using data and analytics to leverage credit and payments, increase efficiency in supply chains and distribution channels, and tools for working-capital loans and financial management loans. Once the programme has concluded,...

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    Peach Payments and Callpay announce EFT system partnership

    Peach Payments, a leading and one of Africa's fastest growing payment service providers and Callpay, an innovative provider of secure payment solutions announce collaboration to provide automated Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) as well as secure telephonic payment acceptance solutions. The innovative products will enable millions of South Africans to make instant and secure payments when shopping online or during payment processes over the phone and via call centres. Through this exciting collaboration announced at the 3rd eCommerce Africa Conference, customers will now be able to pay online using their cheque, savings or credit card accounts. Merchants that sign up through...

  • The female entrepreneurs rising from emerging markets

    In Silicon Valley, the conversation on increasing female entrepreneurs in technology and the number of women founders has dominated the tech airwaves. How do women outside of Silicon Valley fare? Last year, we had just 12% female-led companies pitching in our 54 local events and there are clear cultural barriers in many of the emerging markets we cover. Thanks to initiatives like Goldman Sachs 10 000 Women and reports articulating the business case for investing in women, the future is bright for an increasing number of female founders in the emerging markets who are surmounting the odds. Below are six...

  • DEMO Africa to host masterclass in partnership with World Bank

    A source of technical and financial assistance to developing countries, World Bank, is hosting a masterclass at DEMO Africa. The class will deal with ways in which startups can be scaled with the right team. Titled 'Venture Growth Strategies – Scaling Your Business with the Right Team,' the class aims to improve the knowledge and understanding of how to develop a thriving business while growing the team with essential members. Attendees will also learn how to set up long-term and short-term goals and successfully execute them, as well as how to use legal agreements and various compensation mechanisms. They'll also be taught the...

  • Ten app: the bold attempt to digitise tithe, offerings in Nigeria

    In Nigeria, the first week in August is usually a very busy one particularly along the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway, otherwise known as "Jesus Highway." This is due to a large number of people -- usually millions -- attending the annual convention of some of the country's biggest churches with camps in the area. When prayers are said and sermons are preached, worshippers pay their tithe and offerings – two contributions that have allowed churches to continue to grow, expand and remain relevant at all levels.As sacred as tithe and offering are in Christianity, a new app As sacred as tithe and...

  • Healthcare app Kangpe declared winner of Lagos Seedstars World competition [update]

    Healthcare platform, Kangpe, has been crowned the winner of the Seedstars World pitching competition in Nigeria. The event took place on 11 August at Seedspace Lagos. Kangpe is a mobile app which allows users to access over 500 doctors, around the clock health care, and tips. "I am a trained doctor and as soon as everyone would hear this they would always ask me for advice. I saw a real need for people to have access to doctors, even in the most rural of areas," says founder of Kangpe, Femi Kuti, in a press release. The Lagos Seedstar World finalists had five minutes to impress the...

  • Phandeeyar launches as first tech accelerator in Myanmar

    Myanmar's (Burma) first ever tech accelerator, Phandeeyar, began accepting submissions for the programme on 17 June. Phandeeyar emerged from the Code For Change hackathon which focused on creating tech solutions for small and medium businesses. "We got a really acute sense of both the opportunity and the level of talent in the start-up community but also of the challenges they face," said David Madden to Myanmar Times. "We want to invest in this next generation of entrepreneurs who are going to build the products and services that are going to power the digital leapfrog," Madden continued. The programs selected for the accelerator receive US$25...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [15/08/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • Uganda’s Outbox incubator shows phenomenal results in four years

    "The launchpad for new ideas" is how Ugandan incubator Outbox is labelled as it has shown significant growth over the past few years. Established in 2012, Outbox is one of the leading incubators in Uganda. It not only offers incubation and workshops on a variety of subjects, but also a co-working space. Outbox has tried out an programme for women, which proved successful. "Our mission is to provide the entrepreneurship, innovation and technology infrastructure that supports African entrepreneurs," says founder, Richard Zulu, in a press release to Ventureburn. In just four years, Outbox has housed 13 startups, raised over US$1-million in funding, and...

  • 3000 Kenyan women receive ecommerce training through Jumia

    Nigerian ecommerce store, Jumia, in collaboration with SheCares International, is awarding 3000 Kenyan women the chance to undergo ecommerce training. This programme looks to empower them within the digital market. The individual women were selected by the SheCares foundation at the inaugural Globel Women's summit by Cabinet secretary for public service, youth and Gender affairs, Sicily Kariuk. The event was hosted in partnership with Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). "In a world that is going virtual, it is crucial that all actors in society have the training and tools they need to exploit the marketplace of tomorrow. This program is tailored to train these ambitious,...

  • Behind AlphaCode: a catchup with the financial services club

    Ventureburn recently caught up with the head of marketing and operations for AlphaCode, Paige Robertson, at their latest roundtable. Since being named one of the top 11 co-working spaces globally, they've also increased their memberships, constantly bringing in new businesses. At AlphaCode's recent roundtable discussion, it was all about taking your business to Silicon Valley. "Many of our CT businesses are more mature and further developed than our Johannesburg-based businesses and so we try and curate the content for our events based on the people attending," said Robertson. Philip Joubert, co-founder of Offer Zen was one of the members in attendance who spoke...