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  • Seedstars World launches call for applications from Angolan startups

    Seedstars World has launched a call for Angolan startups to apply to take part in the global seed-stage startup competition. Applications are open until next Thursday (October 5). The event is carried out by main sponsor TGI (Thomson Group International), local ambassador organization KiandaHUB, as well as various local and regional partners such as Enel Green Power, Merck, Orange and Microsoft 4Afrika, 7mobile, SOBA, and Thomson Art House, Seedstars World said in a press release yesterday. "As an Investment firm focused in Angola for over a decade, we are very happy to see and be part of organisations like Seedstars coming into the...

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    Want your music to be heard? Then join treadFEST's Battle of the Bands

    treadFEST and GWP (Graeme Watkins Project) are partnering up to search for South Africa’s new musical sensation. We want to hear your music, and we want other people to hear it too. treadFEST wants to give you a place to showcase your musical talents and to help you take a step towards making your dreams of becoming a performer into a reality. All styles of music are welcome, whether you are a band or a solo act, a duo or a DJ, we want you! Do you think you have what it takes to perform on stage in front of a huge...

  • Illuminum Greenhouses wins Airbus BizLab E. Africa pitch event

    Kenyan agritech startup Illuminum Greenhouses was yesterday selected as the winner of global aerospace accelerator Airbus Bizlab's AEROmobility inaugural pitching event for East Africa. The startup pitched against 11 other startups from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone to grab the 10-day all expenses paid trip to France and Germany, where it will meet with experts from Airbus as well as investors. Illuminum Greenhouses pitched an integrated solar-powered smart farming solution called Farmshield. The system leverages the power of the Internet of Things (IoT), using sensors that are controlled by a user via SMS. Judges at the event included representatives from the aerospace...

  • Potential in African tech ecosystem, we will be back – Airbus BizLab head

    Airbus Bizlab head Bruno Gutierres told Ventureburn that his trip to Africa is an "observation survey" to confirm what potential there was in Africa. On Thursday (21 September) Gutierres (pictured) along with a team from Airbus Bizlab and Silicon Cape head Ellen Fischat visited RLabs, LaunchLab, CITI Workshop 17 and the MTN Solution Space as part of a tech tour of the local ecosystem. "What I have seen here today and by visiting several incubators like Launchlab in Stellenbosch, the ones in the township, there's some very different innovation which is of interest to us," said Gutierres. "This confirms that the potential is there....

  • French South African Tech Labs opens calls for applications to second cohort

    Cape Town-based incubator and accelerator French South African Tech Labs (FSAT Labs) has opened calls for applications to its second class of entrepreneurs, with applications set to close on 20 October. To apply, interested tech entrepreneurs have to fill in an application form, build a pitch deck, and e-mail the submission documents to FSAT Labs. Selected startups will be invited to a pitch competition at Africarena Conference 2017, where the top three pitches will win entry into FSAT Labs' six-month programme set to kick off in early November. The programme aims to help the selected entrepreneurs turn their ideas into minimum viable products and ultimately sustainable...

  • Here are the 11 startups pitching at Seedstars Douala 2017

    The Seedstars World team this week heads off to Douala for the Cameroon leg of its world tour, where 11 of Cameroon's most promising seed-stage startups will pitch for an opportunity to represent the country at the regional and global Seedstars Summits. The 11 startups, which were announced yesterday (Monday 25 September) after a pre-selection round, will pitch in front of an investment panel on Friday (29 September) at ActivSpaces in Douala. Seedstars Douala 2017 will take place on Friday 29 September The winning startup will take part in the regional and global Seedstars Summits and will get to participate in a...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [26/09/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or brush 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...

  • Fintech startup MaTontine wins Seedstars Dakar, a shot at $1-million in funding

    Senegalese fintech startup MaTontine was last week crowned winner of Seedstars Dakar, giving it the opportunity to represent the country at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland next year April. MaTontine provides financial services through the digitisation of traditional savings circles. The startup won the opportunity to attend the Seedstars Summit where it will participate in a week-long training programme, gain access to investors and mentors from around the world, as well as pitch for up to $1-million in equity investment and other prizes. MaTontine pitched against eight other startups at an event held on Friday (22 September) in Dakar. Agriculture finance platform Bayseddo...

  • Startup Cargonaught off to France after winning Airbus BizLab AEROmobility pitch

    Cape Town-based airship startup Cargonaught has won the Airbus BizLab AEROmobility pitching competition. The startup beat six other startups to clinch an all expenses paid trip to France and Germany, where the company will meet experts from Airbus and get technical support for three-months thereafter. The other finalists to pitch at the event held at the Bandwitdth Barn in Cape Town include: space optics startup Simera Technology Group, drone startup Tai Corporation, Think Big Solutions, Hi-Fly Marketing, space tech startup New Space Systems and data analytics startup Aerobotics. Global aerospace accelerator Airbus BizLab held the challenge in collaboration with Silicon Cape. Judges at the event...

  • Meet 22-year-old who landed R1-million in seed funding for KnektMe app

    At just 22-years-old, college dropout Carl Visagie is hoping that his social networking app KnektMe turns big, following R1-million in seed funding the startup received from an Israeli angel investor. The app scans for other KnektMe users in close proximity, using a device's Bluetooth connection. This allows entrepreneurs and investors who attend an event for example to identify those that they might be able to network with before meeting them in person. "It's almost like a cheat sheet," says Visagie. "The idea is to see what they (other investors or entrepreneurs) do before meeting them," he says, adding that users are then able to...

  • Black-owned startup responds on Adapt IT buyback it made at 90% discount

    The founder of black-owned startup Uyandiswa Amanda Dambuza says there is nothing untoward in a deal to buy back JSE-listed Adapt IT's 49% stake in her company at a 90% discount. "I have also read your article, which somehow seeks to tarnish the reputation of our businesses, that I find unfortunate and completely unfounded," Dambuza said in an email to Ventureburn today following the publication by the site of an earlier story on the deal. Read more: Questions raised as Adapt IT sells stake in black startup for ‘90% discount’ She attributed the 90% discount in the buyback deal -- which took effect from 1 July --...

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