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  • Apply for residency at Johannesburg-based startup campus 22 ON SLOANE

    The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) has opened applications for a 12-month residency at 22 ON SLOANE, its first physical startup campus, set to launch in November. The application window which opened yesterday will close on 9 November. 22 ON SLOANE is scheduled to be officially opened next month on 10 November with residents taking occupancy from early January 2018. The Johannesburg-based campus aims to assist entrepreneurs with a "360-degree turnkey solution" which will help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into viable businesses. GEN claims 22 ON SLOANE, located in Bryanston, Johannesburg, is the largest startup campus in Africa Residents will get support around product development, business models, funding opportunities...

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    Investing in stock vs. CFD Trading

    These days it seems that more and more people are trading or investing, either as a secondary source of income or on a professional level. This might be something that interests you and if it is, it’s a good idea to understand the ins and outs of the investment world before you get involved. Specifically, it could be worth looking at two of the major forms of trading, contracts for difference (CFD) and stock investment. We’ll start by examining the more traditional form of investment. Investing in stock Stock investment is all about trading in shares, which are the basic unit of...

  • Meet the 2017 Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards finalists

    The SAB Foundation in collaboration with the Technology Innovation Agency has selected 24 finalists for the 2017 Social Innovation Awards and Disability Empowerment Awards. The winners of the two awards will get over R9-million in prize money at an awards ceremony which will be held later this month on 23 October. Of the 24 finalists, 18 have been shortlisted for the Social Innovation Awards while six have been selected for the Disability Empowerment Awards. "We've been overwhelmed by the creativity and quality of the entries this year and it was quite a task to narrow down the nominees. Each of the finalists...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [09/10/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or catch 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...

  • This is how Entersekt secured Endeavor Catalyst funding

    Authentication and mobile security solutions company Entersekt made history this week by  becoming the first South African startup to raise funding from the global investment firm. Entersekt, which was founded in 2008 and now services clients operating in 45 countries, intends to use the investment to drive further international expansion and to fund research and development. No further details of the investment were provided by Endeavor. Endeavor Catalyst is the co-investment fund of global non-profit Endeavor. Endeavor Catalyst was launched in 2012 to invest in Endeavor Entrepreneur-led companies.  Endeavor Catalyst exclusively invests in Endeavor Entrepreneur-led companies Although Endeavor South Africa opened its offices...

  • $1-million prize for fintech startups in Edge 196 Global Startup Challenge

    Edge 196, an initiative of NRI Startup India, is on the hunt for fintech startups through its Global Startup Challenge with a $1-million investment prize up for grabs. Edge 196's Global Startup Challenge is run across 26 global clusters spanning 196 countries. Applications to its fintech vertical are now open and will close between 12 and 14 November for its three African clusters. Winners are expected to be announced two weeks after the respective deadlines. Edge 196 Global Startup Challenge 2017 will see 26 finalists get $50 000 in investment funding In order to be considered for the challenge, applying startups should not...

  • OfferZen expands offering, now includes designers and data scientists

    Job platform OfferZen has announced the addition of more areas of expertise in its offering. Founded by brothers Malan and Philip Joubert in 2015, the talent marketplace initially focused on the recruitment of software developers, but will now include user interface and user experience (UI and UX) designers, data scientists, product managers and more. In a press release to Ventureburn, OfferZen stated that it aims to become the single source of tech talent for companies. OfferZen was initially a curated job platform for programmers "Since our launch, we've had to turn away thousands of excellent people in many of these roles. Now employers will...

  • Meet the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017 finalists

    AppsAfrica.com, a tech portal and advisory service, yesterday announced the shortlisted finalists for the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017. Entries for the annual awards, now in their third year, were opened in August, attracting over 300 submissions from across 31 countries.  AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017 winners will be announced at an awards party in Cape Town on 6 November Winners will be announced at an event which will be held in Cape Town on 6 November. Read more: Entries now open for AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017 "The AppsAfrica Awards were originally set up three years ago to celebrate the best in mobile and tech across the...

  • A look at #cocreate2ACCELERATE 2017: deals, partnerships and pilot projects

    The 2017 edition of #cocreate2ACCELERATE 2017 came to an end in September. Dutch Consulate representative Romy van Baarsen describes the programme as being a "movement to drive real business and impact". “Most of the programme was on the go and involved meetings, connections and customer interactions," she added. Launched in 2016, #cocreate2ACCELERATE is an initiative of the kingdom of the Netherlands. It aims to foster enterprise by matching Dutch and South African tech startups in the belief that, by doing so, the startups can co-create solutions to local challenges. #cocreate2ACCELERATE 2017 focused on agritech, bluetech, edtech, fintech and healthtech In addition, the programme also aims to facilitate a...

  • 2U concludes $103m deal to acquire SA startup GetSmarter

    US listed company 2U has concluded the acquisition of edtech startup GetSmarter for $103-million. GetSmarter's acquisition by 2U was announced in May. In a press release sent to Ventureburn today, GetSmarter said the deal would accelerate growth and enable it to offer in demand career opportunities. "We now have an even stronger base from which to realise our full potential globally, which will only further enhance confidence in the broader South African technology ecosystem," GetSmarter CEO and founder Sam Paddock (pictured left) said in the release. GetSmarter R1.4-billion acquisition is one of the biggest for a South African startup GetSmarter, which was founded in 2008 by brothers...

  • Here are the five startups shortlisted for the Accenture Innovation Index Awards

    Business consultancy firm Accenture has announced the finalists of the 2017 Accenture Innovation Awards. At least five of the selected finalists are startups. The startups will get to present at an exclusive invitation-only Accenture Innovation Conference to be held on 17 October in Johannesburg. Accenture's Innovation Index aims to provide an in-depth analysis of South Africa's state of innovation with the intention of rewarding innovative and disruptive enterprises. The 2017 Accenture Innovation Awards finalists will present at the Accenture Innovation Conference on 17 October A statement on Accenture's site states that over 70 businesses registered on the index. The five startups have been shortlisted in the emerging enterprises and small...

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