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  • Putting the power of health in every MAMA’s hand

    MAMA mainly operates best in regions where maternal-related mortality rates are high as well as mobile user rates. Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action is an international service provides health messaging through mobile phones. As the company celebrates its second anniversary, the launch of MAMA South Africa is the first step in introducing the service to the African continent. So far the program is stationed in Bangladesh, India and now South Africa. For now in South Africa, mothers can go to the askmama.mobi website, phone in every Monday for weekly tips or partake in a USSD-based interactive quiz service. The...

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    EFTsecure allows merchants to accept more payments, faster than ever

    Callpay’s new EFTsecure allows merchants to accept a wider range of consumer payments leveraging the power of online banking. With only around six million credit card users in South-Africa in a population of 52-million people, EFTsecure provides merchants the opportunity to accept payments from any banking account type (not just credit card) resulting in an overall wider audience on checkout or account payments. "The exciting part about EFTsecure is that merchants instantly open their market to more than 20m online banking users in South-Africa by supporting all four major banks, including Capitec and Investec – providing more options for the...

  • Dropifi becomes first African investment for Silicon Valley’s 500 Startups

    Dropifi, a smart widget that allows companies to better analyse incoming “contact us” messages, announced today that it has joined the sixth batch of companies to be taken up into the 500 Startups Accelerator Programme. As we noted last year, the team behind Dropifi are re-imagining one of the web’s oldest and most resolute elements, the “Contact us” form. The Dropifi solution consists of a website plug-in, optional QR code (for print-outs) and an analytics tool. The plug-in simplifies and speeds up contact form implementation on company websites and presents an unobtrusive interface to customers. The novelty QR code can be printed...

  • Will Total Send’s aggressive pricing disrupt the email marketing space?

    People are spoiled for choice when it comes to email marketing services. For example, internationally there is MailChimp, iContact, Benchmark and Campaign Monitor, while Everlytic, and Graphic Mail have made their marks on the South African market. Dashing into the fray comes Total Send, an email marketing service from Cape Town. It's pièce de résistance? Aggressive pricing. Total Send's founder Luke Wingfield Digby believes that the pay-per-click (PPC) advertising and search engine optimisation (SEO) scenes have become too crowded and expensive. His experience with a previous venture showed that the best return on investment for online marketing efforts came by...

  • Inside DEMO Africa: an interesting look into Africa’s startup world

    Last year the first ever DEMO Africa conference was held in Kenya featuring 40 startups from around the continent. Now, months later, African tech entrepreneur Jon Gosier and the AppsAfrica team have released a mini documentary showcasing a rarely seen part of the tech world, the startup ecosystem of Africa. "Inside DEMO Africa", features interviews with key players in the African tech ecosystem, from entrepreneurs to angel investors, venture capitalists, philanthropists, incubators and government officials. The conference, which is part of the global DEMO conference series, touts itself as a "launchpad for emerging technology and trends”. The event believes...

  • GustPay wins South African leg of worldwide competition

    SeedStarsWorld is putting on the world's biggest startup competition. The event which touts itself as the an "exclusive worldwide competition", is held in 20 countries through 2013 to discover the best startups in emerging markets and regions with vibrant startup communities. The competition travels from country to country giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to gain a spot in the finals. The event format gives entrepreneur exactly six minutes to pitch their business idea in front of a jury made up of local and international judges. Winners are then chosen to compete in the global phase next year. The South African leg of...

  • Zim innovator looks to kick-start hip hop startup with crowdfunding

    Just over a year ago we told you about Munyuki Manatsa, the Zimbabwean university graduate who built an online hip-hop community from an internet café. His efforts grabbed international attention, and now he's trying to raise funding to further build the project. Manatsa decided to build the site, called mixdem, in part because he was frustrated with after struggling to find employment once he graduated from university. There were a couple of obstacles he had to overcome first though. For one thing he didn’t have an internet connection. His coding skills were, by his own admission, a “bity ...

  • Knowing Africa’s markets in a digital divide

    Where there’s a problem there's a solution. Where there’s a solution there’s a business opportunity. Understanding what the gaps and success stories are in making a country ready for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) innovation and transformation is crucial for startups and potential investors alike. More relevant and better research could help define markets for potential entrepreneurs for example. Location-based services are also good examples of how mobile internet connectivity could increase a company’s effectiveness and its market reach. The availability of internet stimulates both the creation and adoption of innovative applications to further progress economies. But in countries...

  • Accelerator 88mph hopes to find next big mobile-web entrepreneur in Nairobi

    There's no rest for the weary with startup accelerator 88mph. Right off the bat of closing its 2013 Cape Town incubation programme, the accelerator is moving to Kenya for its Nairobi leg, and applications are now open. The three-month programme gives winning applicants up to an US$100 000 investment, as well as access to business networks to quickly grow their business ideas into fully realised marketable and scalable companies. 88mph's strategy has been, and will be for the foreseeable future, on web and mobile ideas that can scale across English-speaking Africa. "There's an immense opportunity to build mobile/web startups in...

  • Rocket Internet backed Namshi receives $13M in funding

    Things are looking good for Rocket Internet companies. Namshi, a Middle East-based online fashion store from the German Incubator, has secured funding to the tune of US$13-million from growth equity firm Summit Partners. The online store, which launched in 2012, follows the same template as most of the company's fashion outlets, including South Africa's Zando and Zalando in Germany. The Middle East iteration is touted as the "fastest-growing" online store for fashion and lifestyle and serves customers in six countries: the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain. According to Namshi it offers more than 550 footwear and...

  • Africa 2.0: a startup event hoping to take Africa to the next level

    It's obvious that Africa really is pushing an entrepreneurial agenda at the moment. Africa 2.0 is an entrepreneurship competition aimed at bringing together startups in a workshop format following the Startup Weekend model. Africa 2.0 is a Pan-African organisation made up of more than 300 people from Africa and the Diaspora. According to the collective, it shares a vision for Africa and "a commitment to finding and implementing sustainable solutions capable of leapfrogging the development of the continent". Startups pitch before a room of mentors, judges and other startups and 10 startups get selected to go through to the...