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  • Domestly takes home 2016 MTN App of the Year award

    MTN has crowned cleaning-on-demand startup, Domestly, as its 2016 App of the Year winner. They were chosen out of 450 entries from SA. The app connects consumers with cleaning professionals in order to create more jobs. It also allows cleaning professionals to manage their schedule and receive payments for the work they've done. Domestly was developed by Berno Potgieter and Thatoyaona Marumo has reportedly created 600 jobs within its first six months of being online. "The big thing about how we packaged the business is that it is a marketplace. It is about getting into a particular area and letting the market play. Cape...

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    Peach Payments and Callpay announce EFT system partnership

    Peach Payments, a leading and one of Africa's fastest growing payment service providers and Callpay, an innovative provider of secure payment solutions announce collaboration to provide automated Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) as well as secure telephonic payment acceptance solutions. The innovative products will enable millions of South Africans to make instant and secure payments when shopping online or during payment processes over the phone and via call centres. Through this exciting collaboration announced at the 3rd eCommerce Africa Conference, customers will now be able to pay online using their cheque, savings or credit card accounts. Merchants that sign up through...

  • Key challenges, opportunities for tech startups in emerging markets

    Africa and other emerging markets such as South America have received a fair share of the spotlight over the last decade. Most of the focus has especially come after the 2007/2008 global recession where economic analysts were looking for unique trends in these markets to try and stabilise their own national economies. These emerging markets have become a new front for startups as both local and international investors try to leverage the increasing levels of technology absorption here. Why would an investor put his money in these markets some of which are extremely volatile? It all boils down to new opportunities...

  • Pitch Day 237 selects 4 startups for second leg of Activation Bootcamp

    The second leg of  Pitch Day 237, organised by the African Centre for Technology, Innovation and Ventures Spaces (ActivSpaces) alongside Cameroon Angels Network (CAN), has come to an end. ActivSpaces is a tech hub which aims to progress the state of technology in Cameroon through an intense six-month incubator programme called the Activation Bootcamp. CAN is the first angel investor network within the country which seeks to invest in all sectors and industries who have an interest in technology. The event saw 12 startups pitch to startup investors for seed capital, eventually being whittled down to four: Kemi Store  - An online store that lets...

  • Improving agriculture through Aerobotics

    South Africa's agricultural lands have always been one of the backbones of the economy. According to South Africa.info, the agricultural sector is roughly responsible for 8.5 million jobs both directly and indirectly. It's without a doubt one of the largest contributors to job creation. Which is why it's so important to have proper systems in place in the sector. Aerobotics, a drone company started in December 2014 by James Paterson and Benji Meltzer, focuses on agriculture in SA and has found a way to better the sector with innovative drone technology. Paterson was raised on a fruit farm where, at a young age, he...

  • How to think like a VC before asking for funding

    "Your startup is interesting, but come back to me when you have more traction." This is a common diplomatic phrase made by VCs when they are not keen on investing in you, but keeping the door open just in case you suddenly become a hot investment. Since my days of pro-bono advisory to over 600 startups, fundraising has been trying, if not vexing and complex for noob startup entrepreneurs. (Hey I have been there myself too.) Coming full circle from being an entrepreneur who raised funds, to now a VC who raises from Limited Partners (LPs) and assesses startups to invest in,...

  • Côte d’Ivoire entrepreneurs can apply for Seedstars World pitching competition

    Côte d'Ivoire tech entrepreneurs have a chance to partake in the next Seedstars World challenge. The pitching competition is looking for the 10 best startups in the country. “We see that Abidjan is become more and more vibrant, with a lot of startup activity going on. We have also noticed that more entrepreneurship support organisations are becoming interested in entrepreneurial activity," says associate for Seedstars World, Claudia Makadristo, in a press release to Ventureburn. The overall winner of the Côte d’Ivoire leg of Seedstars World will compete against contestants from over 60 other countries for a chance to win up to...

  • The effects of emerging markets on economies through 2016

    Many financial analysts have abandoned all hope of an economic rebound in 2016. After starting the year with the 22.6% drop in the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the global economy took even more hits from economic struggles and protests in Venezuela, an economic slowdown in Nigeria, and the effects of a failed coup in Turkey. Now, with top-tier companies failing to hit estimated profit marks, stocks tumbling, and fiscal outlooks being lowered across the board, some analysts have taken to describing the global economy as downright "challenging," "fragile," and "grim." But despite the dreary headlines dominating the media as of late, most...

  • WDB Seed Fund set up to help solve funding woes

    Newly formed WDB Seed Fund seeks to develop an urgent response to the scarcity of funding for startups in their early growth stages. The fund is made up of for-profit social enterprise, Seed Engine, WDB Investment Holdings, an organisation driven to impact the lives of other women in rural communities in SA, as well as Grovest, an SA VC company. The WDB Seed Fund also offers investors tax advantages, as well as Broad-Based Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) points, for those who wish to invest. This is because the investment would be utilised for enterprise and supplier development initiatives. The fund has also been established...

  • Thinking global: which language should startups choose?

    Acting as a global champion from the very beginning and doing business in international markets has never been easier for startups. Translation is a key driver for global success and opens doors to news markets. Language is capable of uniting very different ecosystems and helps startups to do business all around the globe. But which language shall be targeted? How many languages does my business need to know? Which languages are successful unicorns targeting? Today’s blog post answers these questions and guides startups through the language and translation labyrinth. There's more to it than English The majority of content on the Internet...

  • Tunisian smart prosthetic gains recognition at Microsoft Imagine Cup

    When you hear about amazing developments in technology and science, you seldom think of "Africa" sadly, and more about developed Western and Eastern nations. However, the runner-up in Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2016 is proving otherwise. Tunisia's Night's Watch is a technology startup founded by students Amir Ben Said, Soumaya Tekaya, Mohamed Zied Cherif and Mohamed Assil Mekki, from Espirit University. Their Smart Hand project took home second prize in the Imagine Cup 2016 World Citizenship Category, being cheaper than most prosthetics. The prosthetic doesn't require any surgical integration, while also being incredibly customisable with a mobile application. The idea for a more affordable smart-prosthetic...