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  • Listen Up, 10 Plus Media launch growth workshops for SMEs

    In desperate need of growing your startup? Well, listen up! This might just be the thing you're looking for. South African marketing agency Listen Up has partnered with content marketing specialists 10 Plus Media to provide business workshops for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The workshops are designed with the established small businesses in mind which are struggling to achieve growth as well as for people just keen to start their own startup. The members of the 10-UP team have over 60 years of combined entrepreneurial experience. Marketing director of Listen Up, Adilia Teixeira Joubert, agrees that it is a novel approach...

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    The comparison website Click n Compare is taking Africa by storm

    Cape Town, South Africa - Click n Compare, a South African focused comparison website is expanding their outreach after a very successful year with a strong month on month growth of 40%. Alongside the South African success of the brand comes now their expansion into both Nigeria and Kenya. Established in 2013, Click n Compare is a one-stop portal for African consumers who are looking to source services and be educated in hard-to-navigate verticals, such as insurance, mobile, broadband, and banking. The Internet has empowered consumers to access more information than ever before, but it has also made it that...

  • Africa 118 expands business directory service to Uganda

    Kenyan mobile directory service Africa 118, one of five startups to be awarded a Microsoft4Afrika innovation grant in 2014, has announced its expansion into Uganda. There it has launched a localised version of its offering, called ‘InfoMoby’. The service is designed to sort business information categorically and by location, making it easier for users to find business information, hours of operation, websites and physical addresses. At launch, the directory reportedly covers thousands of businesses in Jinja, Kampala, Entebbe and other significant areas in Uganda. Read more: Microsoft 4Afrika picks five startups for its innovation grant The database also...

  • Jumia Nigeria’s former MD secures $850k funding from Interswitch for new venture

    Pan-African integrated payment, processing and transaction switching company, Interswitch, has announced it has made an initial investment of US$850 000 in Africa Courier Express (ACE), formerly A-Post a company started by Tunde Kehinde the founding Managing Director of Nigeria’s ecommerce giant Jumia. Based in Nigeria and focused on the entire African continent, ACE is a technology driven ecommerce logistics and warehousing firm. It has developed and introduced a new cutting-edge technology to track, deliver and collect payments seamlessly for and on-behalf of its clients. A statement by Interswitch revealed it is making an initial investment of US$850 000 through its ePayment...

  • Exclusive: Google bigwig to join fast-growing M4JAM

    Ventureburn can exclusively reveal that Google's Brett StClair is leaving the technology giant to join up-and-coming micro-jobbing startup M4JAM (Money for Jam). Brett StClair, who is currently the Google for Work Regional Manager Sub Sahara Africa, will take up a position as Head of Sales at the startup, which burst onto the scene in the second half of 2014. Initially only operating within the Tencent-owned instant messaging platform WeChat, M4JAM is a micro-jobbing service that allows people to earn small sums of money by completing simple tasks on their mobile phones. Founded by Andre Hugo and Warren Venter, the startup really kicked into...

  • Gingerbox: Why Nigeria’s clever niche startup is selling fruit online

    The Nigerian city of Lagos is, simply put, chaotic. With horns blaring from 4am till 1am, the best way to avoid getting caught up in traffic is to rent a helicopter or drive between 11pm and 4am. Since these are not the most realistic options for the majority of the city's residents, spending long hours in traffic is inevitable and lots of things are compromised – including adequate sleep and a good diet. It's not too surprising then that many residents of the city spend more time on the road than at work or at home put together – they...

  • Soweto to host its first tech, digital conference in April

    Soweto -- Johannesburg, South Africa’s south western township -- is about to host its first ever technology and digital conference. The Soweto Innovation Week will take place at the beautiful Soweto Theatre from 8 to 10 April. Hosting the event in Soweto is in itself a bold statement from the organisers as tech innovation is all too often viewed as an exclusively city phenomena. Gabriel Ramokotjo, President of Internet Society Gauteng Chapter and one of the organisers, points out the importance of hosting an innovation conference in Soweto: Historically disadvantaged communities, the youth and women are not participating in the technology industry...

  • Angelhub Ventures invests in Snapplify, Michael Jordaan joins board

    Additional reporting by Jacques Coetzee This is interesting. AngelHub Ventures, the angel investment company backed by money from ex FNB head-honcho Michael Jordaan and the Harris family (RMB co-founder, Paul Harris’ family fund), has invested an undisclosed sum of money in e-book aggregation startup Snapplify. The funding round, which also sees Jordaan joining the Snapplify board, will be used to accelerate Snapplify's growth and to expand the product and team across multiple countries and acquire new users. “We believe that Snapplify can make a huge difference for accessibility to content and eBooks in the African market especially within education. Challenges...

  • From proof to pivot: How Nomanini is becoming the future of prepaid sales

    We here at Ventureburn write a lot about mobile payments in Africa. From old favourites such as Kenya's M-Pesa to newer ones like South Africa's SnapScan, each one is keen on seeing a cashless society. So a startup that relies on cash transactions immediately peaked our interest. "We are avoiding to reinvent the wheel," says Nomanini's CEO Vahid Monadjem. "We're creating a product that serves a pressing need that the current model doesn’t serve." And so, after refining product after business model, Nomanini finds itself in a sweet spot where it's agile enough to adjust its approach to a complex...

  • Innotribe Startup Challenge expects cryptocurrency, payments to be big

    Sub-Saharan Africa's fintech scene is really exciting. From innovative lending solutions like peer-to-peer services like RainFin and Lendico to interesting payments companies like Nomanini and SnapScan. To help put these startups on the global stage, the Innotribe Startup Challenge is calling for applications. While the competition is open to startups across the globe, 2015 is seeing Innotribe's first entry in South Africa where it will be hosted in Cape Town. Brought to us by global financial telecommunications giant Swift, the Innotribe startups challenge is seeking to identify and address innovation trends and opportunities within the financial industry. It's also hosted...

  • The African Startup is the latest podcast to explore the continent’s entrepreneurial scene

    Startups can be fickle yet disruptive things. The line between those two is thin and so, getting to grips with one can be hard. Especially in Africa where that "recipe for success" is still being experimented with and so much are yet to be explored. Thankfully though, today there are many podcasts out there that can help shed light on some of the trends and lessons learned. For some reason startups and podcasts just seem to go together these days. A weekly audio show focusing exclusively on the happenings of Africa's startup scene has been launched by former Burn Media...