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  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [29/08/2016]

    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...

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    Barclays accelerator announces latest participants in African programme

    Barclays Africa Group and Techstars today released the names of 10 financial-technology (fintech) companies selected to participate in the second Barclays Accelerator programme, powered by Techstars. The successful companies, all focused on providing fintech solutions in Africa, will participate in a 13-week growth acceleration programme at Barclays Africa’s Rise fintech innovation hub in Cape Town from mid-May. The 2017 programme participants are: Flexpay (Kenya), Howler (South Africa), Spatialedge (South Africa), Abe.ai (USA), The Sun Exchange (South Africa), Byte Money (South Africa), Avenews-GT (Israel), FOMO Travel (South Africa), Kapitalwise (USA) and eCOIDA (South Africa). Yasaman Hadjibashi, chief creation officer at Barclays Africa Group, said:...

  • Africa’s state of entrepreneurship according to Seedstars World

    Over the past 12 months, we have travelled through 13 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with the mission to find the best entrepreneurs, connect them with investors, partners and media and to study each local innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. After travelling through the continent for an entire year and observing all of the different startup ecosystems, we couldn’t be more bullish on the potential for entrepreneurs on this continent. There is still a long way to go in order to make starting and running businesses easier, facilitating trade and traveling and creating policies that allow companies to grow and investors to invest into them....

  • This year’s PriceCheck E-Commerce Award finalists

    This year's PriceCheck E-Commerce Awards is set to kick off their tenth birthday by celebrating some of South Africa's outstanding innovators in the tech and ecommerce industries. "From start to finish, including the way in which the categories are defined, the votes counted, and the judges selected, the PriceCheck Tech & E-Commerce Awards offer up a uniquely unbiased and credible snapshot of what local e-tailers are up to," said founder and CEO of PriceCheck Kevin Tucker in a press release to Ventureburn. "Our goal is to draw attention to the advances that individuals are making in what remains a challenging sector,...

  • Innovation Summit: watch and learn at Ventureburn Pitching Den [Native Article]

    Pitching your business/startup to potential investors is a daunting task for almost any entrepreneur, but what better way to get pointers than by watching a high-stakes pitching process? We've teamed up with the SA Innovation Summit for the Ventureburn Pitching Den Competition, offering some attractive prizes to winning startups. The competition, taking place at the summit's Market on the Edge exhibition area, will see startups pitching their businesses to a panel of judges. The panel will judge the businesses using several criteria, including innovation, financial performance and strategic direction. What do the startups gain? So what kind of prizes are up for grabs then? Well, the overall winner gets...

  • South African Business Angel Network to fill key gap?

    Right now in the South African funding landscape, there is a gap between the 'friends, fools and family' money at the base of the funding pyramid and the post revenue, typical venture capital (VC) stage of funding. This week's launch of SABAN (South African Business Angel Network), the professional association for the South African early stage investor community, is committed to filling this gap. Christopher Campbell, co-founder of SABAN and MD of Socius, says the intention behind SABAN is to "give the local entrepreneurial ecosystem the bridge it needs to get more early stage businesses ready for the R5 million+ VC stage of investment". "Today's launch was to introduce...

  • Moving the Mother City forward by creating opportunity for all [Sponsored]

    Creating cities of opportunity for South Africans are shaped by fostering enabling environments and by inspiring innovation. Local and international speakers addressed these topics at the SA Innovation Summit 2016 lead-up event, the High Impact Series, which took place on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 at Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. "The question that needs answering is what can we do with what we have to make a difference and create a city of opportunity? By bringing together thought-leaders, innovators, enablers and industry leaders at the High Impact Series, the discussion has started around co-creating and moving South Africa's beautiful Mother City forward," said...

  • Ask An Expert, Nigerian mobile directory capitalising on a critical Google limitation

    One of the things I do when I'm bored is to check what people search for online. Recently, I typed "how to" into Google's search bar and wasn't at all surprised with the results. I concluded that many Google users don't know how to kiss, make love longer, make love all night, or turn a man on. It appears as if this tech giant has answers to everything – but does it? Google has become a repository of knowledge, but when it comes to real-time personal problems, it may fail the user. WikiHow and Wikipedia also have limited usage and users...

  • Jumia Pay is Jumia’s latest payment initiative

    Nigerian shopping giant, Jumia, recently announced the launch of its third-party payment solution which provides a 'more convenient' payment method to its users. Jumia's cash-on-delivery payment method constitutes between 70-90% of its current payment methods. Its new initiative, JumiaPay, will facilitate online payments across the 23 countries the company operates in. "Jumia Pay has a very simple yet crucial objective: go even further in providing a safe, a secure and a convenient shopping experience to our customers, building trust along the way between us, our thousands of sellers and our millions of customers," said Co-CEO of Jumia, Jeremy Hodara in a...

  • Edtech startup Chalkboard Education crowned winner of Seedstars World Accra

    Education initiative, Chalkboard Education, has been selected as the overall winner of pitching competition, Seedstars World Ghana. Chalkboard Education is a certified institution which offers a real degree certified by universities. It requires no internet connection and is accessible on any device via SMS. "If I judge by last years winners I think the global summit in Switzerland is going to be life changing. Last year’s winners Asoriba had an amazing year and we hope to be able to do the same with the help of the Seedstars platform," said The founder of Chalkboard Education and CEO, Adrien Bouillot Bouillot and his team will be headed...

  • LaunchLab, ATTACQ to launch growth fund in real estate sector

    The real estate Sector stands to benefit from a new partnership between incubator LaunchLab and ATTACQ, a high-quality real estate investor. The partnership will be driven by the LaunchLab Innovation Platform which will seek to capture new ideas and business models which could enhance the retail industry. Accompanying the LaunchLab Innovation Platform will be LaunchLab Ideas and Lift-Off Programme which aims to help startups every step of the way. The Ideas Programme extends across all the universities across the Western Cape and Gauteng. Tapping into the potential of student and non-student entrepreneurs allows them to find more innovative ways of operating. ATTACQ's desire with this...