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  • Sir Richard Branson to be keynote speaker at Sage Summit 2016

    Brittish entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin brand, Sir Richard Branson, will be a keynote speaker at the Sage Summit 2016 event. It will take place from 25-28 July in Chicago, Illinois. Branson will be talking about his journey from DIY magazine publisher to his success, as well as his current exploits. "We are thrilled to host Sir Richard Branson as our marquee keynote speaker for Sage Summit 2016. This is the largest event for the world’s small businesses and entrepreneurs, and I know they will be inspired and energized by one of the world’s most successful and passionate entrepreneurs," says CEO of Sage Stephen...

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    SA consumers doing their product homework before purchase

    At a time when most consumers are spending conservatively, with a hawkish eye on every last Rand, value for money has become paramount. Long gone are the days when people sign on to mobile contracts on a whim, or buy insurance products at the behest of a smiling salesman. With deep-seated economic and political uncertainty prevailing, consumers are looking to inform themselves as best they can before spending a cent. “The good news for sceptical South Africans is that a host of new and sophisticated digital tools are coming online, giving people much-needed access to information,” says Ryan Marx, CEO...

  • Fundamo Diaries — Raising capital for an African startup [Part 3]

    The following article is part of a series of extracts from South African entrepreneur Hannes Van Rensburg’s upcoming book, "Cash In, Cash Out". The founder and CEO of the fintech company, Fundamo, recalls the events that have helped shape the world’s mobile banking industry as we know it as well as those leading up to the company’s exit to Visa for a whopping US$110-million. In this article, Van Rensburg takes us through his journey in Europe, looking for investors in Fundamo. While there were many precious lessons to be learnt for the entrepreneur, Van Rensburg recalls the difficulties faced by...

  • 5 ways the cloud can help you run a better business

    SME owners today are busy, tech-savvy and under enormous pressure to drive profits and revenues – that’s why they need software ready to take advantage of the latest technology trends. It is these entrepreneurs who are the drivers of prosperity and it is their entrepreneurial spirit that makes the difference all over the world The cloud changes everything by allowing them to work anywhere and anytime. Here are a few ways that users of our accounting and payroll software tell us the cloud helps them to run better businesses: Fewer IT headaches, better IT performance With a cloud-based software application,...

  • 500 Startups launches $10m fund for Vietnam

    When 500 Startups founding partner Dave McClure excitably tweeted this week that he was on a flight to Vietnam, we knew something was up. Today, the Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm announced it set up a US$10 million microfund for Vietnam, a country it’s very bullish about. The move wasn’t a surprise though; talks about it surfaced last year. The microfund will aim to make 100 to 150 investments in Vietnamese startups, 500 Startups says on its site. “We believe there are many interesting near-term investment opportunities in B2B and enterprise SaaS, fintech, and ecommerce, but ultimately we are ‘vertical agnostic, returns religious,’” the...

  • Exclusive: Sendr delivers SA’s next big courier startup

    South African-based startup Sendr wants to deliver your packages in a flash. Its on-demand service means parcels can be delivered in an hour. "We're an Uber of parcels, documents and small items. We see ourselves as a personal concierge service," says co-founder and CEO of Sendr, Neo Lekgabo (pictured above centre). Sendr is based around a delivery app. The customer books a collection and the company handles the rest, including insurance for all items that are transported. Where this startup stands out from the rest is its utilisation of a one-time password (OTP) system. In order for any delivery to take place, the...

  • Two new funds to pump $60m+ into African startups

    It looks like 2016 could be a big year for African startup funds. Within the last seven days alone two new new funds, set to pump more than US$60-million into the African startup space, were announced. The funds, announced at the first Africa Business Angel Forum (ABAF) held at the Lansdowne Club in London, are aimed specifically at scaling up African ventures. The first of the funds, worth US$50-million, comes courtesy of Neils Ellegard, Founder of Reewire and Managing Partner of United+, based in the US and Africa. Next up was Ellen van den Broek, Director of Aurorae who...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [07/03/2016]

    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...

  • Taking your startup global? Here’s how to harness the power of an international network

    It’s one thing having to establish a reputable and trustworthy brand in the country of origin, but doing so on an international level is a daunting task, even for the most adept business owner. Building sustainable business relationships in an international market often proves to be a tricky task, even for those with access to their own private jet and having the luxury to travel abroad every couple of weeks. Howard Blake has found ways to navigate these difficulties and has come out on top, having built a powerhouse international network that supports and believes in his business. A challenging landscape One...

  • SA startup Giraffe bags US$500k Seedstars World grand prize

    South African-based mobile recruitment platform Giraffe took home the US$500 000 investment grand prize at the Seedstars World Summit in Switzerland. "We're really grateful for this award. But we still have a long way to go and a lot of hard work to do before we achieve our mission of helping reducing unemployment in the emerging world and lifting people out of poverty," says founder & head of product at Giraffe, Shafin Anwarsha. Finalists participated in a two-day boot camp where the final 11 contestants were selected. The startups then pitched for the final prize of US$500 000 among other prizes on offer. Giraffe...

  • Net Prophet Sparkup accelerator opens applications for over R1m pitching programme

    The Net Prophet Sparkup accelerator programme is accepting applications for its 2016 event. It will run from 1-4 April with over R1-million in Angel funding up for grabs. Previously named Net Prophet Startup Workshop, the programme is geared towards coaching tech-based and tech-enabled startups to be investor ready. Only 15 qualifying startups will be accepted for the three-day 'intensive' training regime. It will be followed by a live pitching session to angel investors on 4 April. Training will include coaching and one-on-one sessions from various industry experts, among whom will be seasoned business mentor and founder of MentorCamp Canada, Permjot Valia. Read more: Everything you...