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  • These are FNB’s 2016 Business Innovation Awards finalists

    FNB has announced the finalists of its 2016 Business Innovation Awards, supported by Endeavor. The finalists are competing for an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the prestigious Endeavor International Selection Panel (ISP) in Boston. The awards aim to recognise true innovation excellence, whilst emphasising the importance of business scalability – a significant driver of sustainable employment opportunities. The finalists are: Trevor Wolfe and Remon Geyser of delvv.io Melvyn Lubega and Andrew Barnes of Go1 Graham Rowe and Richard Johnson of Guidepost Paul De Kock, Dennis Marketos and Paul Marketos of IsoMetrix Erik Oosthuizen and Gareth Farrow of Kliq Holdings David Shapiro and...

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    Judges announced for the IAB SA Bookmark Awards 2017

    The IAB SA has announced the list of judges that will decide which contenders will scoop a coveted Bookmark Award in 2017. The team of judges, led by Jury President John Dixon, features more diverse industry players than ever before. Josephine Buys, CEO of IAB SA says, "Our mid-year, judges workshop yielded valuable insights from the best in the business for judging the Bookmarks 2017. We have secured the time and talent of some of the brightest minds in digital and have expanded our pool of experts to include gamers, innovators and engineers.” Judges will now fall under the categories of...

  • Why going paperless can make you more money — and save some too

    The environment and saving costs when moving a business to a paperless office are the two most popular benefits. While these two are important, there are many hidden positives that tossing paper can do to help small businesses to reinvent and simplify their endeavour - leading to increased profitability. Despite these benefits, businesses seem hesitant to digitise the contents of their filing cabinets and change the way they do business. It’s not a challenge that only South African business owners face. In the UK it was calculated that the financial waste from using paper in the SME market runs...

  • Here are the 11 startups that’ll compete at Seedstars World Soweto

    Seedstars World, the Swiss-based emerging markets entrepreneurial conglomerate, on Tuesday announced the 11 startups that'll be competing in the Soweto leg of its South African pre-selection event tour. The Soweto event is the third and final in the pre-selection series, with the Cape Town winners announced in late May and the Durban event set to take place on Wednesday. The event will take place at eKasi Labs with the startups to pitch to a panel of judges. The top three startups will be invited to Johannesburg, where they will compete with the best startups of Cape...

  • How to scale your startup’s infrastructure from the inside out

    When considering the most exciting elements of entrepreneurial life, you probably don’t immediately think of the word “infrastructure.” Foundations, wiring, plumbing — surely, these aren’t the things that provide a startup with the innovative spark it needs to grow. But infrastructure goes way beyond pipes and wires; it’s your startup’s internal road map. It’s your HR systems, sales processes, and marketing protocols. It embodies some of the most vital and creative parts of your operation, and it helps you achieve your biggest goals. As you begin to grow your business, you need to ensure your infrastructure can expand alongside you....

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [06/06/2016]

    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...

  • This new MOOC helps you figure out if you really need VC

    In the startup space, people (including us in the media) tend to get very excited when a business gets Venture Capital funding. On one level it makes a lot of sense: comparatively few startups get VC funding and it can make serious difference to those that get it. But could all the effort that some startups expend on trying to get funding be better spent elsewhere? According Dr John Mullins, Associate Professor at London Business School, the answer to that question is a very firm "yes". So fervent is Dr Mullins in this regard that he's put together...

  • Raising your game: Themba Dube and The Numb3r Factory [SPONSORED]

    Less than five percent of people affected by disabilities in South Africa receive the tax benefits that they are entitled to. Tax consultant Themba Dube has dedicated his career to helping these individuals to receive the benefits that they so desperately need. See how Themba raises his game A taxman with a big heart Growing up in Soweto, Themba Dube has always had a strong social conscience. So when he graduated as a tax consultant, he wanted to use his skills to make a difference in his community. It all came together when he was approached by a client with a...

  • Different types of workplace culture – which one is right for your startup?

    Workplace culture is a unique sociological construct. While it may work in much the same way as any other type of culture does in a community (say, ethnic or religious culture), it differs in one major respect: it is inherently multi-cultural. In South Africa this is particularly true, with the average workplace containing employees of all races, genders, religions, political affiliations and many other differentiating factors. This makes the creation and maintenance of a positive and unifying workplace culture all the more difficult – and all the more important. There are manifold ways a strong company culture contributes towards business success....

  • Who the hell is StartupGrindr anyway? [Updates]

    Not so long ago, the questions people asked me at startup events required a little thought: "Who do you think is making smart investments right now?"; "Is funding really a problem in the local scene?"; "Would you like another glass of wine?". Heady times. These days, things are a little bit easier because I only seem to get asked one of two questions: "Who's StartupGrindr?", and "Are you StartupGrindr?". And both have fairly simple answers ("I have no idea" and "No" respectively). Still, there's no denying that the mysterious Twitter account has got everyone in the local startup scene...

  • The 12 steps to starting the ecommerce store you want

    Even though ecommerce only makes up one percent of retail sales in South Africa, it’s still a big and booming industry. You may want to start selling your wares online, or have a great idea for a store. Question is, where do you even get started? Starting an online store is actually quite easy, but maintaining it is another beast altogether. It’s not just about slapping a plug-in onto a WordPress site and going for it. As is the case with any company, there are a few more steps to take into account when making your dream store. 1. Make sure...