Africa, Entrepreneurship

Inspire Mastery: looking to the bright future of SA’s tech ecosystem

sunset A successful entrepreneur knows how to master his or her environment. An idea can only take you so far. The skill lies in knowing how and when to execute. Inspire Mastery is a series that looks at some of the trends that are driving the journey of South Africa’s savvy tech entrepreneurs. The best part of a journey is the exploration. That, and the expectations. Though South Africa’s yet to become a leader in tech, it’s showing some promising signs. And ...

Africa, Startup news

SA startup hopes to raise $100k with innovative Wi-Fi enabled ‘whiteboard’

WriteBoard Whiteboards, pinboards and chalkboards are old-school. At least this is what WriteBoard Technologies -- a South African startup that hopes to change the ways in which businesses brainstorm, teachers teach and households stay on the same virtual page -- thinks. The startup is hoping to raise funding via the crowdfunding site, Indiegogo, with an ultimate goal set at US$100 000. Pretty ambitious. The funds are needed "to finalise mass production strategies and align [WriteBoard Technologies] with partners who can assist ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship

Inspire Mastery: The importance of collaboration in the SA tech space

peas-in-pod A successful entrepreneur knows how to master his or her environment. An idea can only take you so far. The skill lies in knowing how and when to execute. Inspire Mastery is a series that looks at some of the trends that are driving the journey of South Africa’s savvy tech entrepreneurs. Cultural segregation remains one of South Africa's biggest barriers to real growth. It's becoming increasingly obvious though that modern tech and startup cultures are helping grow communities. Sharing spaces and ...

Africa, News

Kickstarter campaign wants to empower Nigerian farmers with tomato paste

tomato This has to be one of the most interesting crowdfunding projects we've seen in Africa. Launched by social entrepreneurs Mira Mehta and Shane Kiernan, Tomato Jos (that's not a typo) wants to raise US$50 000 within the next month in a grand effort to help Nigerian farmers make awesome tomato paste. "Our mission is to make tomato production a sustainable, profitable business for the farmers with whom we work," Tomato Jos says. Co-founder Mehta notes that even though tomatoes play a huge ...

Africa, Startup news

Spark International is calling for 15 savvy change-makers from Kenya, SA

Spark-logo Spark International is calling for social entrepreneurs from South Africa and Kenya for its 2015 intake. Fifteen entrepreneurs will be chosen to partake in the Spark accelerator for a week either in Johannesburg, South Africa or Nairobi, Kenya. The chosen ventures will then have access to world-class entrepreneurship training, work with other change-makers and ultimately pitch at Demo Day in front of investors, philanthropists and other industry experts. Although the accelerator process only lasts seven days, Spark will continue to support entrepreneurs ...

Africa, Startup news

SA crowdsource design startup Springleap secures R4m+ Angel round

Springleap South African crowdsource design startup Springleap has just announced that it has secured a seed round of US$400 000 (R4.1-million) from a mix of South African and British Angel Investors including Colenso Capital, Clearwater, Kevin Gaskell and Crystal Bay Capital. Chairman of Springleap advisory board Kevin Gaskell, who is also the former MD of Porsche and BMW, boasts that "the team at Springleap had gained significant traction in a short amount of time with Fortune 500 brands and have a big ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship

Inspire Mastery: Having the right mindset is key for entrepreneurs in SA

puzzle A successful entrepreneur knows how to master his / her environment. An idea can only take you so far. The skill lies in knowing how and when to execute. Inspire Mastery is a series that looks at some of the trends that are driving the journey of South Africa’s savvy tech entrepreneurs. “It always seems impossible until it's done.” This quote from former South African president Nelson Mandela could just as easily have come from Apple’s great Steve Jobs or Facebook ...

Entrepreneurship

Dragons’ Den SA episode 5: from a concrete business to wasted energy

Dragons Den SA The South African version of internationally-renowned reality TV show Dragons' Den is now well into its first season. While the dragons didn't really get into their groove at first (something which can at least partly be chalked down to the quality of entrepreneurs on display, things have improved rapidly.) Don't get us wrong, it's still first and foremost entertainment, but there have at least been some investments that look set to make a big difference to some promising South African startups, ...

Startups

ChefHost brings bespoke professional cuisine to your dinner party

ChefHost Logo JPG We've profiled some intriguing startups in the past, but it's not often that you come across a company attempting to meld the limitless world of the internet into the world of premium, bespoke cuisine. Welcome to ChefHost. The brainchild of angel investor and big dreamer Abhinandan Balasubramanian and equally savvy entrepreneur Yiu Yin, ChefHost is "is an online peer-to-peer marketplace and community connecting chefs and hosts for private dining and exclusive catering". Essentially, it is the venerable Craigslist of cuisine, where ...

Advertising & Marketing, Africa, Startup news, Startups

Tiphub hosts inaugural Diaspora Demo Pitch Competition

Diaspora Demo Day Tiphub, the mentorship-driven accelerator and business consultancy that develops and supports seed-stage technology and social impact ventures within the African diaspora, has announced its first annual Diaspora Demo Day pitch competition. The competition will be held in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week and will be hosted in conjunction with the She Leads Africa and the African Technology Foundation on 22 November 2014. This event will take place in the World Bank's Preston Auditorium in Washington, DC. Diaspora Demo Day is a ...

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