Africa, News

Kenya’s health management software ZiDi bags ICT innovation award

ZiDi Kenya's ICT Authority has named health management software ZiDi as a 2014 Innovation Award Winner in the Health Care Delivery sector. ZiDi is a monitor service that automates a range of things like stocktaking, personnel administration, financial management and service delivery in health centers. The application is developed by MicroClinic Technologies with support from Microsoft's 4Afrika initiative. The software has been implemented and is being trailed in six health centers across Kenya which together sees over 3 000 patients daily. ...


Notes from inside: lessons from Rob Stokes on building Quirk [Net Prophet]

Rob Stokes_02 Hot on the heels of the sale of his company Quirk to global mega-corp WPP, Rob Stokes took the stage at technology and trends conference Net Prophet to divulge some lessons he's learnt as an entrepreneur. A few weeks ago, WPP announced it was in talks with Quirk to purchase a majority stake in the company. Quirk's unaudited consolidated revenues for the year ended 28 February 2014 were approximately R140-million, with gross assets at the same date of approximately R68-million. ...


Business rescue: a chance for your venture to reinvent itself

medic There are many signs of why businesses are in distress; cash flow problems, bad relationships with creditors and declining profits. Business owners cannot put their heads in the sand when faced with the prospect of liquidation and the threat of going under, with early intervention and the appropriate advice the business can be turned around. South African companies are slowly leaning on business rescue practitioners or turnaround specialist for assistance. According to Stats South Africa, there has been a decline ...

Africa, News

Jovago extends hotel booking services to Zanzibar, Djibouti and Malawi

Jovago Online hotel booking service Jovago is continuing its expansion across Africa as it heads to Zanzibar, Djibouti and Malawi. Founded by Africa Internet Holding (AIH), Jovago wants to become the leading online to offer easy and transparent hotel booking. The company kicked off the launch at the luxury Sheraton Djibouti. Sagal Mohamed, commercial director of the Sheraton Djibouti hotel commented, "We are very happy to be working with Jovago; it is a superb initiative that will open the doors of Djibouti ...

Advertising & Marketing, Africa, News, Startup news

MzansiStore takes SA crafters online as it surpasses crowdfunding goal

MzansiStore MzansiStore is an online marketplace for South African merchants selling handcrafted products to both national and international audiences. A member of Cape Town World Design Capital 2014, the online shop recently managed to raise funds using the local crowdfunding site, Thundafund, in an effort to support local talent. The Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 matched MzansiStore's R10 000 funding goal which brought the total up to decent R22 750. MzansiStore founder Deidre Luzmore told Ventureburn that although the marketing ...

Africa, Cloud

Business Confidence: 6 advantages for SA startups adopting cloud tech

Cloud-concept-by-architizer The importance of cloud technologies has been echoed by the catchy puns supporting the buzzword while the implementation thereof has, over the last few years, become somewhat of a no-brainer. At the same time, the adoption is still shown to be much slower than what it should be in emerging markets like South Africa. Why is this the case? For those unfamiliar with cloud technology, the term generally refers to tools and services available via the internet. Instead of using physical ...

Africa, Startup news

Meet the 7 startups that pitched at Net Prophet’s Sparkup!Live

SparkUp-Live Last night the big names in technology and investment met up in downtown Cape Town with some of the most promising startup offerings in the city. Net Prophet's Sparkup!Live is a self-professed business gauntlet connecting founders to secure investment and (for some) a very prosperous future. The event hosted pitches by the top seven startups to come out of Net Prophet’s coveted training program for startups this past weekend. The key angel investors were made up of Cape Town’s technology ...


4 steps to successful crowdfunding every entrepreneur should follow

crowdfunding The right mental approach can make or break any endeavor. If you’re attending the wedding of your wife’s (annoying) cousin, and you go in grumbling, you definitely won’t have fun. But if you’re determined to enjoy yourself, you’ll make the most of that open bar and cheesy music and have a wonderful night out with the love of your life. It’s all about your attitude. Crowdfunding is no exception to this rule. It can provide a plethora of benefits, but only ...

Startup news

Zimbabwe Startup Weekend crowns winner: Kwese Music

zimbabwe flag Zimbabwe's first Startup Weekend was hosted by the local tech hub Hypercube recently and saw a three-day event full of mentors, judges and pitches. Out of all the entrepreneurs who pitched, the three finalists were MoneyGame, Combi Code and Kwese Music. The latter of which walked away with a bunch of prizes worth US$78 000. Tech Zim reports that Kwese Music has made an app and device called K'tamba which can conduct electrical current using everyday objects, such as fruit, as ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship, News

SA startups catch a tax break as Reserve Bank allows for offshore IP transfer

Intellectual Property The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has relaxed regulations for private companies in the country, which now makes it possible to transfer intellectual property (IP) offshore, reports TechCentral. According to ENS Africa IP director Chris Bull, restrictions on intellectual property assets has been one of the key obstacles for local businesses to tap into the international venture capital market. For private companies operating in technology, media, telecommunications, exploration and research and development sectors, it's now possible to seek approval for ...