Africa, News

Anzisha Prize 2014 calls for entries to promote Africa’s young entrepreneurs

Anisha In an effort to uncover and nurture Africa's best young entrepreneurs, entries for the Anzisha Prize for 2014 has opened this week. The competition is part of a bigger picture to group organisations and media brands all over the continent and find, celebrate and support the most innovative social and business entrepreneurs younger than 22. Hosted by the African Leadership Academy and in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, the Anzisha Prize has been celebrating initiative and innovation for the last ...

Ecommerce, Emerging Markets, Startups

Wishpicker: India’s social ecommerce platform finds the perfect quirky gifts

Wishpicker logo The day of the year that’s adored by some and dreaded by others is around the corner. If you don't have the time or creative capacity to get your significant other something special for Valentine's Day, or maybe want to try a new and exciting way to surprise a loved one -- listen up. Based in New Dheli, India, and operating across the country, Wishpicker wants to simplify things by calculating what your partner wants (because we never really know, do ...

Africa, News, Tencent

WeChat partners with DStv to drive second screen user engagement

WeChat Social messaging app, WeChat, has partnered with South Africa's popular satellite television service, DStv, to further user engagement using methods such as second screen integration of the local reality TV show Big Brother Mzansi Secrets. This is part of the Tencent-owned company's mission to take over South Africa's Instant Messaging (IM) scene and live up to the claim of being the world's fastest growing social app. WeChat has been extensively pushing its service in and around South Africa recently. Though ...

Africa, Competition, Startup news

Meet the 7 finalists fighting for $20K in Nigeria’s TechCabal Battlefield

techcabal-battlefield There's nothing like a good contest right? From hackathons to code jams, many young bright programmers and entrepreneurs love to fight it out for a top prize and bragging rights. For the up and coming in Nigeria, there's a new contest on the block from TechCabal -- the first ever TechCabal Battlefield, where the next wave of tech entrepreneurs will compete for "the biggest Nigerian technology startup prize ever -- US$20 000, courtesy of Stanbic IBTC Bank and iROKING." The competition started ...

Entrepreneurship, Venture capital

How to land seed funding

seed_investment There's a very slim chance you know who Steve Schlafman is, but you've probably heard of, the fleeting viral interactive music sharing service that raised US$7-million, before pivoting to focus on live, interactive music performances as Turntable Live. Schlafman was VP of Business Development at StickyBits, a QR code startup which eventually became Since then, Schlafman has turned to investing. First joining Lerer Ventures and then RRE Ventures, an early stage investor in New York City with investments in startups ...


AngelHub becomes AngelHub Ventures with Michael Jordaan buy-in

Michael Jordaan Respected angel network, AngelHub, has stealthily relaunched as AngelHub Ventures (AHV) with new partners. This relaunch follows the buy-out of former company AngelHub by two of its angel investors, Michael Jordaan and Kevin Harris, taking the place of AH alums Keet van Zyl and Andrea Bohmert. We had suspected that AngelHub would move in a different direction after Jordaan left his position as FNB CEO to play in the startup investment space. Given that he's always been one of AngelHub's most active ...

Startup news

Uber Cape Town will deliver roses to your beloved on Valentines Day

Red roses Flickr It's delivered ice creams on warm summers days, and offered its users a trip in a motorcade. It's even delivered kittens on demand to customers who needed something to cuddle. Now it's out to make sure your better half isn't left stranded without roses on Valentine's Day. Yep, on Friday, smart taxi service Uber will be stocking up on romantic goodies and heading out across Cape Town. As part of a partnership with tuk tuk company Monarch Tuksis and online store ...

Africa, Emerging Markets, Startup news

MoboFree social mobile marketplace receives growth funding from eVA Fund

mobofreelogo1_withslogan_nobg Online marketplaces are, in reality, most likely a nightmare to manage and monitor. From the plethora of scams out there to fake users and posts, running an online marketplace is not for the faint of heart, especially in Africa, notorious for online scams. Mobofree, an African-based mobile marketplace with a social twist that allows people to "buy, sell and swap products with other trusted people", wants to situate itself as Africa's leading mobile "scam-free" marketplace, and thanks to new funding from ...

Advertising & Marketing, Startups

Lead nurturing: leverage relationships to maximise conversions at your startup

sale simon greig flickr cc 01 Lead nurturing is the process of carefully building a relationship with potential clients, even though they might not be looking to make an immediate purchase with you. The purpose of this activity is to acknowledge a lead's contact action, establish an initial connection and gain a favorable bias in their minds at an initial stage -- so that ultimately they choose you over your competitors. Is it for you? Lead nurturing makes more sense for companies who can easily segment their customers ...

Advertising & Marketing

Publicity boosts trade, so don’t skimp on your public relations

Public relations Public relations is an indispensable tool for big businesses in a fiercely competitive environment. That’s because these companies understand the need for publicity to keep them relevant and visible in the marketplace, and they are prepared to pay for it. Smaller companies on the other hand, don’t always create a budget for PR -- yet it can give them the exposure they need to grow their presence, build and improve sales and bottom line performance. So why isn’t PR higher up ...