Africa, News

.africa domain gets thumbs-up, set to unify regional online identity

dotAfrica In an effort to create a Pan-African identity for organisations online, the .africa domain has been given the thumbs-up from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The application was lodged in March 2012 and was finally signed into being recently. The aim of this new domain is to forge a unique online space which will associate organisations, products, services and information with the continent and people of Africa as a whole. The non-profit association at the forefront ...


POPI isn’t all doom and gloom: 5 tips to ensure your startup reaps the benefits faster

lock security The Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act was signed into law last year. It places a strict onus on businesses when it comes to handling personal information about their clients, staff and customers. This includes, but is not limited to, their contact details and biometric and demographic information. The Act stipulates how companies may collect, handle, store and discard information, with heavy penalties for those that fail to comply. A lot of cybercrime today is geared towards stealing personal information for ...

Africa, Startup news

Hotel booking startup Jovago expands to Senegal, Kenya

jovago The Nigerian hotel booking startup, Jovago, has recently announced that it's expanding to Senegal and Kenya. Given the recent figures for the region's tourism activity, this could only mean that competition is heating up. The service is Rocket Internet's Africa Internet Holding (AIH) answer to Kenya’s popular SleepOut and Nigeria's It also announced last year that it has more than 2 000 hotels listed on the website. Jovago says that it facilitates the booking process for its users with an informative, ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship, Featured

Built in Africa: Patrick Ngowi and his solar crusade to light up the continent

Patrick Ngowi Built in Africa focuses on entrepreneurs, startups and technologies that are affecting the continent and empowering the African people. When you look at the supposed "dark" continent, its social and economic problems are abundantly clear. But it seems that Africa's entrepreneurs are stepping up and trying to find ways to solve some of these challenges. There is a global energy crisis, and Africa in particular suffers from a shortage of power and alternative clean energy sources. In this first installment of our ...

Africa, Conferences, News

Zimbabwe to host first ever ‘No Limits’ Startup Weekend 16-18 May

Startup-Weekend Zimbabwe will be hosting its first Startup Weekend from 16 to 18 May. For those not entirely in the know, Startup Weekend is one of the world's most popular non-profit grassroots initiatives for entrepreneurs and has been hosted in more than 110 different countries around the globe. Made possible by the Zimbabwean tech hub Hypercube and global aid agency Mercy Corps, the weekend goes by the theme No Limits and will revolve around promoting, inspiring and furthering great entrepreneurial ideas of ...

Ecommerce, News

Triumph for WooCommerce as it becomes world’s most popular online shopping tool

Mobile shopping Research company BuiltWith uses data captured from more than a quarter of a billion websites to show us how active the global ecommerce scene is, as well as which online shopping cart tools are being used the most. Most notably, the stats indicate that the online shopping website plugin, WooCommerce, has being the most popular over the last few months. This chart below shows how the global shopping volume changed based on data from more than 100,000 participating ecommerce websites in ...

Africa, News

PriceCheck and MTN to launch new co-branded price comparison app

Pricecheck PriceCheck today announced its partnership with MTN Group that will see the release of a co-branded version of South Africa's very popular price comparison and shopping discovery app. With mobile being a huge player, and ecommerce on the rise, PriceCheck hopes to play a critical role in the local consumer's shopping experience. The partnership between the multinational mobile operator and Nasper's owned ecommerce company underscores the importance of mobile in the retail ecosystem -- not only in South Africa but the ...

Entrepreneurship, Startups

Governance and startups: the ‘but it’s my business’ problem

Pay Attention In my last column, I discussed the key differences between a craft and an enterprise and explained why an SMME can only become truly sustainable once it becomes an enterprise. The successful transition from craft to enterprise requires the implementation of an effective governance process in your business. While many SMME owners claim to understand this concept, they are often reluctant to make this transition in their own business. But why are SMME owners so hesitant to implement the changes that ...

Africa, Ecommerce

Shopstar is South Africa’s new up-and-coming ecommerce platform

Shopstar2 It's no secret that South Africa's ecommerce is on the verge of booming. With the industry said to be growing by 30% a year and the market estimated to be worth R4.4-billion in 2013, we can expect a lot of competition in this arena. The almost year-old Shopstar is one of those competitors -- an ecommerce platform with a local twist that's designed to allow anyone to create and manage their own online shop with minimal effort. Developed in Cape Town, it's ...

Emerging Markets, Startup news

Lamudi is the largest real estate site in Uganda, credits emerging middle class

lamudi Uganda In October last year, Rocket Internet launched Lamudi, the real estate version of its "mudi" startup branches -- Carmudi being its online vehicle shop cousin. Lamudi, as a brand, united tens of the German incubator's housing startups under one banner, and since launching in Uganda it claims to be the largest real estate listing site in the Central East African country. The Rocket Internet giant has steamrolled across most continents with an overall number of twenty-one Lamudis currently in operation in ...