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  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [12/12/2016]

    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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    Colosseum Luxury Hotel and MzansiStore Announce Joint Venture

    Hotel and e-Commerce store announce the opening of a pop-up store Cape Town, South Africa – The renowned Colosseum Luxury Hotel and MzansiStore have announced their plans to enter into a joint venture through the opening of a pop-up store. MzansiStore is an e-Commerce platform that supports local producers of handcrafted products. A selection of the store’s goods, which are usually only available online, will be showcased and made available for purchase at the Colosseum hotel as of 16 July 2014. Deidre Luzmore started MzansiStore in September 2012 after noticing that there was a substantial amount of small-scale South African...

  • Do you have what it takes to raise your own venture capital?

    You've got an idea for a startup. You think it's brilliant, but you don't have any money to get it off the ground. What do you do? If you're like most entrepreneurs, you seek early-stage funding from a capitalist. These capitalists have a lot of money and they aren't afraid of risk – within reason. Though they may be willing to put money into your startup idea, they'll also seek ownership or management of your business in order to offset their financial risk. You can give up control in exchange for money, or you can find another way to reach...

  • 2017 applications now open for Street Business School

    The Street Business School, a Johannesburg-based institution for entrepreneurs, is taking applications for 2017. Ten students are selected for the programme per annum. Their studies will be fully funded and they'll have an existing business to "take and break" over the period of three years. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the school "offers practical opportunities to aspiring entrepreneurs by giving selected candidates the chance to build startups and gain commercial business experience in a real-world setting". "We have launched Street Business School, the first-ever school for entrepreneurs, with the aim of creating more opportunities for young South Africans. We...

  • Cognition.online launches tutor booking, paying platform for students

    Edutech startup Cognition.online, which facilitates the booking and paying of tutor services in SA, has gone live. Cognition.online was also announced as the winner of the Samsung Launching People - Mixed Talents competition. "It allows parents and students to find tutors in their area by subject specialisation, book lesson times and pay easily. Tutors can accept bookings via the app and receive their payment from Cognition.Online. Parents and tutors are free to negotiate fees and both tutors and pupils can be rated by the system," says the director of brand and marketing & communications at Samsung South Africa, Michelle Potgieter, in a press release...

  • Smorgasbord is the food startup incubator you’ve been waiting for

    Coming into full force next year, Smorgasbord is an organisation dedicated to supporting and incubating food startups. Smorgasbord is dedicated to building and sustaining the food and beverage sector in SA through their platform dubbed Feasts. This platform will give aspiring entrepreneurs in the food industry a way to showcase their products and skills. These Feasts will be running throughout the major hubs of SA such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Bloemfontein and Pretoria. Furthermore, Feasts will be running throughout the new year from 25 March all the way through to November 2017. The team behind Smorgasbord have also aimed at getting...

  • Ixesha invoicing system to take load off billing?

    Web-based timesheet and invoicing system, Ixesha aims to help freelancers and consultants take the load off when it comes to billing clients. Founder Sean Walsh acquired the intellectual property of Ixesha from a firm who wanted to upgrade their custom-built Microsoft Access system. Ixesha was entirely bootstrapped, with the developmental cost covered by the consulting firm for which it was developed for. "It was painful to use (the access system) and they wanted to move to something web-based, but after doing a good amount of research into what was currently available, they realised that the access system had a lot of...

  • Kasha comes out tops at Seedstars Rwanda

    Women's health startup, Kasha has won the Rwandan round of the Seedstars World competition and will go on to represent the nation in the finals. The final pitching competition will take place at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland. Here, they will compete with the other winners to win up to US$1-million in equity investment. The Rwandan winner, Kasha is a startup which delivers female health products through their accessible retail mobile platform. They took the crown for Best Startup due to their online and offline solution. "Kasha exists because women are the biggest business opportunity and the way women access health products today is an...

  • 3 key startup lessons from Entersekt’s Dewald Nolte

    At a recent Stellenbosch Digital event, held at the Nedbank Stellenbosch LaunchLab, one of Entersekt's co-founders, Dewald Nolte, gave a talk on the company and its journey. What was interesting about his stories were all of the lessons that the founders had learned over the years. The company started back in 2008 in Stellenbosch. It has since grown to over 60 members of staff, with the majority being technical, as well as having offices in Johannesburg, Mauritius, Amsterdam, and Atlanta. It hasn't been an easy journey for Entersekt's team. Here are the three key takeaways we learned from his talk. 1. Make sure everyone is...

  • TEF Entrepreneurship Programme now accepting applications

    The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) has announced that they will now be accepting their third round of applications from 1 January 2017. TEF is an entrepreneurship programme which aims to provide a long-term foundation using investments to empower young African entrepreneurs. The foundation is marking its 10-year anniversary with a US$100-million commitment to training and mentoring 10 000 African entrepreneurs. "I believe the seeds we are planting through the programme will transform Africa. Two years on, it is clear that we have found a key to unlocking Africa's potential for economic transformation," said TEF founder, Tony Elumelu in a press release. "As our entrepreneurs...

  • Watch: Ventureburn chats to OfferZen founders about Silicon Valley, Silicon Cape

    The founders of OfferZen are no strangers to creating companies. The brothers had previously ventured to Silicon Valley where they not only founded Journey, but also went through an incredible learning process. Ventureburn's editor, Graham van der Made, had a chance to sit down with Philip and Malan Joubert to ask them about the differences between Silicon Valley and Silicon Cape, advice for entrepreneurs, and bootstrapping as opposed to receiving funding. Watch the full video below and keep an eye out for part two of our chat with the OfferZen brothers.