Africa, News

Calling all Kenyan startups to attend Ventureburn Meetup

Burn-team-roof-edited Ventureburn Managing editor Michelle Atagana will be jetting into Kenya on Tuesday, 23 September, and is looking to meet-up and chat with Kenyan startup founders. In an effort to profile all the awesome startups that we’ve been writing about, we’re calling all technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers to come and hangout with Atagana, at the popular iHub, Nairobi. Kenya is the darling of Africa's tech and startup community. We've written extensively about the Kenyan and East African tech ecosystem and ...

Entrepreneurship, Venture capital

5 crucial questions that will help you choose your VC dream team

office_building When you’re out saving the world, it sometimes helps to imagine that you’re a superhero. The startup world is bright and exciting — full of “Pow!” and “Wham!” — but you can’t do everything on your own. In this bright and crazy comic-strip world, your investors are part of your dream team, popping up at just the right moment and kicking butt on your behalf. Finding the right venture capital fund to support your startup is like holding auditions for a loyal ...

Ecommerce, News

Jumia partners with Ivorian Ministry of Education to support local schools

Jumia In partnership with the Ivorian Ministry of Education, African ecommerce company Jumia has recently announced that it will be launching a campaign that will distribute free school kits to students in disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Founder and CEO of Jumia, Fatoumata Ba, says that she wants this initiative to highlight the importance of access to education for young people in the Ivory Coast. She also added: "As new technologies emerge in Ivory Coast, the situation is evolving rapidly: it is therefore essential ...


Ecommerce is changing: where to from here?

Navigation Like any industry, eCommerce is just beginning to mature, so what are the next opportunities for disruption? The barriers to entry are no longer technology or software Most retailers now understand that a multi-channel approach is the minimum required, and have a technology stack, where some will be better than others. Most smaller businesses will outsource this cost, most medium businesses will have in-house teams, and the very large will have a combination of in-house, outsourced and agency teams all working on ...

Ecommerce, News

PayPal strengthens presence in SA with PayGate partnership

paypal_logo PayPal recently announced the partnership with South Africa's PayGate to further help strengthen its presence on the continent. Essentially, the partnership allows PayGate merchants to add the PayPal payment option to their online stores, with the hopes to grow the latter's presence in South Africa and possibly increase customers base. Founded in 1998, PayPal now manages 152-million active registered accounts in more than 100 currencies in 203 markets. With customers' reassurance of not having to give up financial information with every ...

Africa, News

Piing app uses Bluetooth so that retailers can engage better with customers

Piing-logo South African tech company, Beaconeye, recently announced a new app, called Piing, that is aiming to revolutionise the way retailers can communicate with their customers indoors by using Bluetooth proximity technology. For instance, when merchants sign up for the app, they'll be able to send welcome messages or special offers as customers walk past. Though available as a stand-alone application, Piing can furthermore be integrated with existing brands' apps. As discussed in the recent press release, the app makes use of ...


Engineering serendipity: 6 of our favourite co-working spaces in Cape Town

Garage Like the famous coffee houses of the 1800s, co-working spaces for tech startups are the modern repositories where ideas can grow, projects become startups -- essentially, engineering serendipity. Apart from housing techies and freelancers tapping away at their Mac keyboards, these co-working spaces host events and workshops. These spots are also significant ground that help materialise the growing startup communities within Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town Garage Found in the artsy, coffee-loving Woodstock Exchange complex, the Cape Town Garage was set ...

Africa, Startups

Cape Town gets Africa’s first taste of Startup Weekend Education action

Startup Weekend Education CT 2 Africa's first ever Startup Weekend Education event took place this past weekend in Cape Town. There were five teams involved, with other high profile speakers from companies also in attendance, including's Roger Norton and Breadbin Interactive's Brett Simpson. The idea of the Startup Weekend Education revolves around a simple schedule. During the 54-hour event, developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts group and discuss ideas, build teams and products, and launch startups. The startups in question were a ...

Africa, Mobile, News

SA schools to get savvy with new virtual classroom tool by Mxit, UNICEF

ukufunda Today, South Africa's Deputy Minister of Basic Education Enver Surty, together with the MEC for Education in Gauteng Panyaza Lesufi, officially unveiled a new mobile tool for the country's public schools, called Ukufunda Virtual School in partnership with Mxit Reach and UNICEF. Ukufunda, meaning "learn" in isisZulu, will not only aim to promote access to quality teaching for students, but provide teachers with professional development and support curriculum delivery. However creative many edtech startups in South Africa may seem, they too often ...

Featured, Startups

VoiceMap app: a platform for storytellers to give personalised location-aware tour guides

IMG_4146 The Revolution Route, one of the routes on VoiceMap, begins at the Grand Parade, right at the bottom of the statue of Edward VII, in front of Cape Town City Hall. It is here, amongst homeless men and women lying around in the hot sun, that Iain Manley and Lauren Edwards from VoiceMap and I begin to take the walk. Gael Reagan, the storyteller, is a legendary journalist and activist. She begins by telling the history of the Grand Parade, ...