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  • Domestly debuts weekly subscription service

    Popular cleaning service, Domestly, has tweaked their service to offer a better experience for the consumer and for the cleaner. Domestly is now offering a subscription service which allows you to book your favourite cleaner on a repeated weekly schedule. Consumers now have a choice between a three, six or 12 month period with payments being sorted through a debit order for the duration of the subscription. If consumers were to select the longer-term packages (six or 12 months), they'll receive a 5% to 8% discount respectively on their monthly payments. The startup has also decided to branch out into servicing businesses...

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    Entries for IAB SA 2016 Bookmark Awards open

    Entries for the 2016 Bookmark Awards are now open. This follows a collaborative process of inviting the industry to comment on the revised entry categories for the 2016 Bookmark Awards and finalising the categories earlier this month. Entries may be submitted online at iabsa.net/bookmarks/ Entries close on 15 November 2015. The Bookmark Awards is South Africa’s digital marketing and media industry’s most coveted awards. It rewards excellence in digital advertising and publishing work, benchmarked against international standards. The awards bring together forward-thinking, digitally savvy ad agencies, brands and publishers to celebrate South Africa’s most creative and high-impact digital executions. “This year, some revisions were made...

  • 7 things to consider before hiring your first employee

    Your employees are the ones who will take your ideas and turn them into reality. To start, you may be running things by yourself or you may have a small team of partners, but as your business moves to formally launch, you’ll need to hire your first employee (which isn’t easy). This is a critical time for your business, and your choices could have a massive impact on how the first few years of your enterprise play out, so it’s not a decision you should take lightly. So what exactly should you be considering when you make the move to...

  • Bandwidth Barn launches its latest co-working space, The Basement

    One of SA's oldest accelerator and incubation hubs, the Bandwidth Barn (a CiTi operated initiative), has launched their new co-working space. The Basement, launched in partnership with Telkom, is equipped with 300Mbps internet connectivity to assist startups and entrepreneurs as well as give gamers space to call their own. "To put that into perspective for you, if we were an ISP we could provide internet connectivity to 15 000 homes," says CEO of CiTi, Ian Merrington. The fast line speed aims to connect businesses faster as well as boost gaming initiatives in SA. The two packages on offer from The Basement include one for...

  • Is Singapore the next frontier for edtech?

    The future of Singapore means a vibrant and resilient economy filled with new growth sectors, corporate innovations and jobs, and skills for the future. Getting citizens skills-ready is more crucial than ever before to realize the first ever Smart Nation vision. Education is a starting point in preparing for the economy of the future, yet more work needs to be done in the sector to meet changing needs. Fortunately, as innovative technology creates waves across various sectors globally, the topic of education technology (edtech) to enable tailored and personalized learning is gaining mass awareness. Asia is seen as the next frontier in edtech. The industry...

  • Marketing plans: the overlooked Holy Grails of startups

    The majority of startups are doomed to fail before they ever launch. Don't let this reality discourage you, because there are a number of things you can do to improve your odds of success. Keet Van Zyl recently published a compelling article for Ventureburn on things entrepreneurs can you do differently. Startups often overlook the importance of marketing Zyl's article included quotes from several seasoned entrepreneurs, including Brett Commaille of AngelHub Ventures and Arlene Mulder of WeThinkCode. They all shared some excellent feedback, but none of them mentioned one of the biggest causes of failure: the lack of a solid marketing...

  • Sw7 Tech Innovation Hub to open in JHB

    Technology accelerator Sw7 has announced it will be opening a tech innovation hub in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. The workspace offers flexible packages for entrepreneurs and will serve up to roughly 100 members. Packages range from R1000 to R3500 per person, depending on the duration of stay and quantity of hot desks needed. Keith Jones, founder of Sw7, has over 15 years of experience in performance management and strategy execution. His experience also extends to assisting tech startups with their analytics to accelerate their growth. "Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely journey and being part of a community of like-minded people that are...

  • LaunchLab’s Knowledge Acceleration Programme now open for registration

    The Knowledge Acceleration Programme (KAP) hosted by LaunchLab has now opened its doors for registration. KAP begins on 8 November 2016 and will take place twice a week during the evening at Nedbank's Stellenbosch University LaunchLab. The entrepreneurial development programme is designed to equip aspiring entrepreneurs with business planning and management skills. More specifically, key learning outcomes for participants will be: How to manage cash-flow as well as profit and loss Estimation and pricing How to design competitive business models Understanding and developing a successful marketing strategy and planning skills How to identify viable business opportunities LaunchLab has opened registration for their Knowledge...

  • Digital collaboration and open innovation: SA vs. the rest of the world [Sponsored]

    In an increasingly digital and connected world, large enterprises and small entrepreneurs alike are exploring the value that can be created by closer and deeper collaboration with each other. Enterprises gain access to new skills, ideas, talent and markets, while entrepreneurs tap into large companies’ distribution networks and customer bases. In fact, recent Accenture research titled: Harnessing the Power of Entrepreneurs to Open Innovation, found that 82 percent of large companies say they can learn from entrepreneurs about how to become a digital business. And 50 percent believe they need to work with entrepreneurs to be sufficiently innovative. Yet obstacles to effective collaboration remain. Entrepreneurs...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [17/10/2016]

    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...

  • Seedstars World heads to Harare

    Seedstars World is heading to Zimbabwe on 30 October 2016 for the very first time, in search of the nation's most innovative startup. With the support of local host Impact Hub Harare, Seedstars World is looking for smart startups who are able to solve regional issues through innovative products and services. These startups are to be able to produce and develop profitable products for the global market as well as support their regional business and growth. Eligible startups need to be less than two-years old, have raised less than US$50 000 in funding and have already built a minimum viable product with suitable traction. "Seedstars...