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  • Digital shopping trends highlights mobile-connected middle class

    A recent report titled CPG in Developing Markets: Consumers' Digital Habits in Emerging Economies by eMarketer attempts to paint a better picture of projected growth in emerging regions in terms of consumers' digital shopping trends. This report could give us a general indication of what these regions' eCommerce market potential looks like. eMarketer points out that in many of these markets a young, mobile-connected middle class has emerged that is beginning to recognise and prefer name brands and shopping online. It further argues that while these markets differ greatly from European and North American markets in terms of demographics, geography,...

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    Explore Data Science Academy, Alphacode seeks aspiring SA fintech entrepreneurs

    Do you have an idea that could make you South Africa’s most successful fintech entrepreneur? Are you looking to acquire the skills to launch a data-driven fintech business? Then Explore 10X is looking for you. The Explore Data Science Academy (Edsa) and Rand Merchant Investments (RMI) fintech division, AlphaCode, have announced a 12-month data science and business skills programme for 20 aspirant South African future fintech entrepreneurs. Successful candidates will go through an intensive six-month data science-training programme, where they will learn how to design a 10X business along with the core digital skills needed to build a fintech organisation. This...

  • Startup founder? Here are 3 reasons why you should learn to code

    Since launching my startup Learnemy (a web application that finds you instructors for anything you want to learn) last April, I have seen more than 450 learners and 100 instructors come on board. I started without knowing how to code. I started with zero programming knowledge and didn’t manage to find a suitable technical co-founder. And so I picked up programming. The issue on whether non-technical founders should pick up programming has been widely discussed. Some of the reasons why non-tech founders shouldn’t code include that the founder’s job is to inspire others, and that the backbone of a successful...

  • Five signs your startup is ready for an Enterprise Resource Planning solution

    Founders of rapidly growing startups often reach a point where the company consumes their every thought. Sleepless nights are spent fretting over growing complexities and the constant worry of things potentially forgotten besieges all the waking hours. For startups in this position, the time may have come to consider upgrading the accounting system - to ease at least one aspect of the running of a successful company - to one which provides more control, more information and better insights into business performance. In short, it may be time to implement an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution. But how do...

  • iSpace Ghana: the story behind Accra’s newest innovation centre and tech hub

    Ghana is a platform for innovators looking to deploy in West Africa, with Accra being one of the continent's most desired capitals. Entrepreneurs appreciate its quiet ways, relatively affordable housing, good connectivity, and regular power. Why not set up shop in Accra and deploy a sales team in Lagos or elsewhere? With regular business flights between capitals, entrepreneurs are only an hour's flight away. Interestingly enough, Accra has not seen the federation of hubs as witnessed in Nairobi. Despite Busy Internet, possibly the first well-documented IT business centre to be set up on the continent, there have been few models...

  • Quirky news game app wins Sub-Saharan Africa’s first media hackathon

    This past weekend, the Editors' Lab hackathon held in Cape Town saw a total of fourteen teams compete to develop the most innovative news-driven mobile app or website to further active citizenry. The team from the Sunday Times came out top with the development of an app called Party Match. The app is described as being a cheeky 'dating game' that wants to help South Africans find the political party that would best match their personal interests. The application will further help newsrooms across South Africa to track opinion trends amongst users. Party Match was developed by Loni Prinsloo (journalist), Fiona...

  • How will these startups help shape the future of South African transport?

    Think what the future of transport will look like in South Africa in a few decades time. Okay, there probably won't be flying cars or Elon Musk-ish hyperloops. It's more likely going to be along the lines of peer-to-peer data sharing or having access to all your travel information in the palm of your hand. There are a number of trending startups that could potentially give us an indication of what South Africa's public transport might look like in the future. Other than using private transport for long distance commuting in South Africa, there’s the cheaper, popular option of using...

  • SA dominates Africa App Quest finalists, wildlife spotting app takes top spot

    The Africa App Quest kicked off in March this year. The competition was a challenge to developers across the continent, to build the strongest mobile travel app compatible with iOS, Android and Windows Phone, with the winner determined by who used technology to improve and increase travel in Africa best. Four finalists presented at this year's E-Tourism Africa Summit, with real-time crowd-sourcing app for animal sightings - Wild Africa Live - taking the top spot. In what was a rather short time frame from the start of the competition to deadline (roughly five months), over 70 entries duked it...

  • SA startup launches myViGO to help creatives build their own websites

    Professional or amateur, ViGO is said to be for anyone who wants to create their own website. ViGO is a Cape Town-based software company that's determined to take on the CMS (Content Managing System) giants of the world. It provides an online tool that allows anyone to create websites, blogs or online portfolios. The company is built on the philosophy of keeping its platform simple in terms of flexibility and functionality. Last month the company's platform called myViGO, was launched. It also notes that its designed in such a way so that both amateur and professional designers can use and...

  • Now is the time to be a private investor in Africa: here’s why

    There is a lot of talk about the great “African Growth Story”, but talk is one thing, when it comes to actually participating, the road map is not so clear. As an investor interested in entering Africa, and benefitting from the opportunities that exist within the fast-growing continent, there are quite limited options. As a first port of call, investors often turn to public financial markets as a means of investing in a region of their choice. This would entail purchasing shares of a public company listed on a regional stock exchange, or similarly, purchasing debt instruments (bonds, notes etc.)...

  • A Kenyan makerspace: meet Gearbox, iHub’s latest project

    We’ve been talking (and talking, and talking) about a rapid prototyping space here in Nairobi for ages. Without the resources to do it, the community got things started on their own with the iHub Robotics Group, who does all kinds of cool meetings; from training newbies like me and my daughters on Arduino and Raspberry Pi, to events where they showcase locally made solar tracking systems and help to run kids hacker camps. This week we’re announcing Gearbox – our makerspace in Nairobi. What is a makerspace? A makerspace (or hackerspace) is where a community of people who like to make physical...

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