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  • Here are the speakers for eCommerce Africa Confex

    The eCommerce Africa Confex, set to take place early next year, has announced its speaker list, with BidorBuy CEO Jaco Jonker and Yuppiechef director Paul Galatis set to take up keynote slots. Jonker will be sharing the steps to your first online sale during his presentation. He will provide a layout of the basic steps required in order to make your first sale and the importance of getting to market quickly. Galatis meanwhile will discuss unconventional approaches to winning loyalty, inspiring passion and earning love from your customers. Paul will share his thoughts and anecdotes from a journey of...

  • Can i-Pay boost SA’s ecommerce by making EFTs cool?

    Online payment gateways play a crucial role in driving ecommerce in South Africa and the whole world for that matter. The right gateways can give merchants the ability to cut down on transaction fees and create a safe and easy experience for the customer. I-Pay thinks it has the answer to the online payment space's biggest needs -- Electronic Funds Transfers. When one think of innovation in the payments space, Electronics Fund Transfer (or EFT) is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Especially in a world with Bitcoin wallets, ScapScan and M-Pesa, EFT seems so last year....

  • Zambia’s StreetCred inks partnership with mobile PoS Nomanini

    Zambian airtime distributor StreetCred has secured an exclusive partnership with Nomanini -- a South African-based mobile point of sale service that specialises in facilitating cash transactions in informal markets. The partnership will apparently see StreetCred encourage Zambian mobile operators and airtime distributors to join it in switching to Nomanini’s platform. For the Zambian company, an association with Nomanini can only be beneficial. The South African PoS service has had a good run of funding rounds in the past couple of years. Most recently, it secured R4.8-million from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to aid in its international expansion efforts. Read more: Prepaid...

  • wiGroup takes top honours in PWC’s ‘Local to Global’ expo

    Cape Town headquartered mobile transaction company wiGroup has taken top honours at the PwC Accelerator ‘Local to Global’ expo, beating out nine other tech companies from around the world. The award was announced in Luxembourg after the ten participating companies presented their solutions to a panel of independent international judges. “The programme has brought together extraordinary people from around the world, and the strategic advice, knowledge sharing and general belief in building global businesses has been inspiring," says wiGroup CEO Bevan Ducasse. "It is the perfect way to end a near perfect year for us.” Ducasse, who co-founded the...

  • Here are 5 tips to make your biotech startup leaner

    Building a biotechnology startup is a lot like getting a private university education: To make progress, you have to get past the high-cost barrier to entry. First and foremost, biotech requires expensive clinical studies and the use of state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. In fact, major pharmaceutical companies spend at least US$4-billion to develop a single drug. That’s not pocket change for the typical entrepreneur. But even biotech startups spend between US$20 000 and US$50 000 per patient on direct clinical trials. And with most Phase II trials requiring at least 200 people for each study, the costs quickly add up. In addition...

  • Safaricom Appwiz Challenge dubs Kenyan student news app winner

    Kenyan campus news startup Magazine Reel has won the Safaricom Appwiz Challenge -- an initiative by the major telecom to promote mobile developers in Kenya. Magazine Reel is described as a campus news site for students by students. The site has received over 250 000 visits per month, covering news, events, campus life, academics and sports, reports Techmoran. The app is currently available on Safaricom's app store. “While there are many people who still wait to watch the news every evening and read newspapers every morning, studies have shown that there are many tech-savvy youth who would rather access the news...

  • Microsoft Ventures expands into Nigeria with 88mph partnership

    Global tech giant Microsoft and African startup accelerator 88mph have partnered to officially bring the Microsoft Ventures programme into Nigeria. Headed by the Microsoft 4Afrika initiative, this move plans to improve startup productivity by providing relevant tools, resources, expertise and routes to market around the world. Last year October, Microsoft expanded its venture partnership programme into Kenya. Read more: Microsoft Ventures expands into Africa through 4Afrika “There is a great opportunity to further develop the startup ecosystem in Nigeria and drive innovation,” says Amrote Abdella, Director of Startup Engagement and Partnerships, Microsoft Africa Initiatives. “By expanding Microsoft Ventures into Nigeria, we hope to...

  • Startup 90: SA’s new accelerator looking for the startup recipe of success

    Startup accelerators are tricky things. The idea of putting together some business fundamentals for a company in a couple of months sounds crazy, yet startups the world over tend to thrive on it. South Africa, however, still needs to find that one recipe which compliments its specific local needs. Startup 90 thinks it's up to the task. The relatively new accelerator on the block is hoping to create a uniquely South African programme to help tech startups scale while staying relevant to their environment. Ventureburn sat down with accelerator founder Sandheep Ramluckan (pictured above), who explained that accelerator models...

  • Centre for Entrepreneurship hopes to eradicate poverty in Mpumalanga

    A new Centre for Entrepreneurship is being set up in Mpumalanga, South Africa in an effort to foster business activity and overcome poverty in the region. This comes as a welcome step in an effort to support one of the country's most impoverished provinces. Speaking at the Mpumalanga Provincial Small Business Summit on this week, Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu said the community where the centre will be located was identified through a thorough needs assessment, low startup costs and the number of new potential business. As reported by SA News, the centre will be located at the Gert...

  • Built an app? Here are 5 clever ways you can distribute succesfully

    Your app is not alone. Right now, there are more than one million apps in the App Store, vying for users’ attention in nearly every category. Building a great product isn’t enough to make your app the next Angry Birds, and Apple knows it. Just last month, it introduced a Best New Updates section to improve the discoverability of apps long after their initial release. But to create a sustainable app, you need to build in solid marketing and distribution strategies to get your app into the hands of the people who need it most. Take Everpix, for example. When the...