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  • Jacques Blom: the 14 year-old entrepreneur you have to know about

    If you think you've done a lot in your life, think again. On Friday evening, a boy of 14 got up and presented his idea and business during the Cape Town Entrepreneurship Week (CTEW), and immediately raised the bar for what people of his age should have accomplished. Jacques Blom is from the Cape and currently attends high school, but that didn't stop him from spotting a gap in a market and going for it. He was busy on Facebook, trying out a colour changer app that would make his profile look different and exciting -- but the app was...

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    The tech behind Parkfind: Here's how it allows you to find, park, pay [Sponsored]

    Parkfind, an app developed by Street Parking Solutions (SPS), allows users to search for, navigate to and pay for parking anywhere in the Cape Town central business district (CBD) in real time. With layers of technology behind it, have you ever wondered how it all works? It took two years to develop the architecture around Parkfind, the business model and the internally developed parking management system that forms the backbone of Parkfind, says SPS operations manager Josh Lindenberg. “We understand the parking business, we understand parking management and we understand how sensors work,” says Lindenberg. He says the app is unique in that SPS has...

  • Socialbakers raises $6m in new round of funding

    Popular social analytics site, Socialbakers has just raised US$6-million in a new round of funding to aid its expansion plans according to the company's website. The company, which was launched in 2009, offers analytics for businesses running marketing campaigns across social media platforms so they are able to measure the effectiveness of their campaigns. The new round of funding comes courtesy of Index Ventures, with additional funding from first-round investors such as Early Bird Ventures. "There is no question that Socialbakers lead this space. Their name is now synonymous with intelligent social media measurement and benchmarking," said Partner at...

  • Ex Motribe boss starts environmentally friendly online sock shop

    Former Motribe CEO Nic Haralambous is not just taking his share of the profits from the recent sale of the company and travelling the world. Nope, he's starting an ecommerce sock shop. NicSocks, which officially launched today, is an environmentally friendly online sock store that believes "socks are the foundations of style". Haralambous was the co-founder of mobile social network builder, Motribe, which was recently acquired by Mxit for an undisclosed sum. The company was started two years ago with Vincent Maher and was invested in by local venture capital company 4Di Capital. NicSocks began because of Haralambous' passion...

  • Report reveals attitudes towards entrepreneurship in Africa

    African entrepreneurs rank the EU as the region offering the most profit potential to new African Business, despite Europe's recent economic woes. One in three (32 per cent) say the EU is the most potentially lucrative global region, while just three per cent say the same of North America. These findings are drawn from a report by business qualifications body, the Association of Business Executives (ABE), that reveal the attitudes of 12 000 of its African business students towards entrepreneurship. The largest number of responses was from Malawi followed by (in order) Zambia, Kenya, Ghana, Mauritius, Botswana, Tanzania, Sierra Leone,...

  • When does an entrepreneur become a business person?

    It all starts with an idea. Over time, your idea gathers momentum, causing a cascade of emotions in the process that very few non-entrepreneurs will ever get to experience. Anticipation, excitement and even terror are just some of the words that immediately come to mind; it’s a veritable (self-inflicted) emotional rollercoaster. But deep down you know, your idea will be a success. My idea for Tourism Radio started in 2005 – probably before then actually, as I had been involved in the tourist industry for some time already. Today, my idea operates on three continents and works with some of...

  • African company constructs world’s first open-source metabolic chamber

    HealthQ Technologies, a high-tech startup facility based in Stellenbosch, South Africa, claims to have constructed the first open-source metabolic chamber in the world. The company says that the metabolic chamber will enable South African entrepreneurs and researchers to perform crucial experiments using facilities which were previously inaccessible. It is also intended to be used for developing new technologies and products in the wellness, weight-loss and fitness industries. WooThemes co-founder Adii Pienaar is one of the investors in HealthQ. "I was first attracted to HealthQ, because their incredibly talented & smart team; a true bunch of geeks! I initially invested in HealthQ...

  • Lessons to learn from 5 promising (and failed) Chinese startups

    They say you learn more from failure than you do from success. And that appears to be the theory behind a new blog post from Sinobeat Capital managing partner and Fortune China columnist Ding Chenling. In his very long post in Chinese, Ding lays out the stories of 17 Chinese startups that ultimately failed, and breaks down the lessons learned. The whole thing is a bit too long for our purposes, but here are a few of the most interesting startups (and lessons) Ding picked. Company: Fanfou Lesson: Startups shouldn’t work in areas that could be politically sensitive. Fanfou is actually still around, but these days it...

  • Knowledge Bridge to help news businesses transition to digital

    Media Development Loan Fund (MDLF), the New York-based, "investment fund for independent news outlets in countries with a history of media oppression," recently launched Knowledge Bridge. The website and monthly newsletter contains best practices, strategies, trends, data and resources to help news outlets in emerging markets make the transition from traditional to digital media. The site strays away from focusing on digital editorial innovation. Instead, it provides information, analysis and resources to MDLF's clients -- and indeed anyone involved in the news industry -- about the digital news business. The site falls in line with MDLF's goals which is to...

  • 6 of South Africa’s hottest ecommerce sites

    When it comes to tech startups, ecommerce is at once an easy and tricky space to play in. It's easy, because to get going all you really need is something to sell, a good design and the right plugins. It's tricky because people are trusting you with their money. You have to make sure you have the right security, and can guarantee delivery. It's also not easy to stand out in a market like South Africa where broadband penetration remains comparatively low, forcing you to compete for place in a crowded space. There are a few that have done...

  • Oppenheimer family invests in 4Di Capital to back SA tech entrepreneurs

    Amid increased calls by the private and public sectors for greater support of South Africa’s growing pool of entrepreneurial talent, local VC company, 4Di Capital, announced that E. Oppenheimer & Son has joined 4Di Capital Fund 1 as the fund’s newest investor. E. Oppenheimer & Son International is the investment holding company of the Oppenheimer Family interests, founders of the global mining company Anglo American, and managing shareholders of De Beers, the world’s leading diamond company, until its recent acquisition by Anglo American. 4Di Capital has made seven investments in South African ventures so far, and recently announced its first...

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