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  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [09/11/2015]

    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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    Be good at being wrong… and getting it right quickly

    Even the best entrepreneurs get things wrong from time to time. Launching a business is a learning process, and you are bound to go down dead ends and change direction here and there, says CEO of Nomanini, Vahid Monadjem.  One of our investors, Esther Dyson, has the words “Always make new mistakes!” in her email footer. Being wrong is pretty much unavoidable when you’re doing something new. You have to work with a mixture of facts and assumptions. You don’t have a crystal ball, but you have to take a view. And even if a solution or a strategy is...

  • Entersekt: SA’s fintech gem making it safe for millions to bank, shop online

    Being based in the Winelands student town of Stellenbosch has been one of Entersekt’s key ingredients to success Company also has offices in Atlanta, Amsterdam and Johannesburg Entersekt boasts 4.5 million monthly active end users Entersekt boss notes how Facebook and Google refer to themselves as “startups” Company’s startup culture includes using company-branded bicycles for commutes between the two work spaces (an idea unashamedly stolen from Google) Employees enjoy core working hours of 10am to 3pm All those times you pay your monthly rent online or buy those must-have blue jeans through Superbalist, you're probably doing so without worrying about your identity or money getting...

  • Ericsson AHUB coming to AfricaCom conference

    Aimed at bringing together entrepreneurs, tech startups, and investors, Ericsson AHUB at AfricaCom will be taking place from 17-19 November at the CTICC in Cape Town. The event will be showing off the tech startup sector and its skills, which is in need of more funding and guidance from industry experts. The three-day conference programme will feature discussions, debates, and presentations all hosted by some of Africa's leading tech entrepreneurs and startups. The Ericsson AHUB sessions will be free of charge to startups and small businesses operating in the sector. Julie Rey-Gore, AfricaCom's Research Director, says the event is a chance for investors to network...

  • Why startup incubators in Africa just don’t work

    I am 100% convinced that the incubation model in Africa is fatally flawed as a method of creating big software companies. Of the nine biggest software startups in Nigeria, none was built by an incubator (Konga, Wakanow, Iroko, Paga, DealDey, Jobberman, Cheki, PrivateProperty, Nairabet, Nairaland). Of the 15 next biggest software startups after the above, the only one that came out of an incubator is BudgIt, and I’m not sure that BudgIt was properly ‘incubated’, all I know is that they used to operate from CcHub. Incubators just don’t work, otherwise they would have produced more successful startups in Nigeria. Even...

  • The Awethu project has R5m for bold entrepreneurs [SPONSORED]

    The Awethu Project is calling all young, ambitious and tenacious entrepreneurs who have an established innovative business with the potential for growth. The Awethu Project is offering the chance for such business owners to apply for up to R5-million in equity funding. Co-founder and CEO of the Awethu Project, Yusuf Randera Rees, says, “We are looking for entrepreneurs with businesses that need to reach the next level. This is for those who are seeking financial and operational support to grow their business, without giving up control. The Awethu Project will partner with them.” The Awethu Project is a progressive...

  • 9 SA startups to battle it out in Get In The Ring pitching competition

    Nine South African startups have been chosen to to compete for top honours and funding opportunities in the global pitching challenge Get In The Ring 2015. The Get In The Ring competition made its debut last year in South Africa and is part of the Dutch House of the Future programme. Today it has participants from 64 countries, connecting more than 3 000 entrepreneurs to thousands of funders and millions of fans. The national leg of the competition, which takes place 17 to 18 November 2015, will decide which South African finalists will participate in the African finals in January next...

  • The IoT Focus: 9 African startups shaping the continent’s IoT industry [Native Content]

    About this content. The Internet of Things (IoT) industry as a whole has been touted as becoming a US$7.1-trillion giant by the year 2020. And around the world companies are more and more looking to this sector in becoming the next trend-setters of our world's true data revolution. An everyday, easy-to-understand example of IoT in action would be the Apple Watch -- a fashionable device that's strapped to your wrist and tethered to your smartphone. With a tiny display, you can send emails, hail an Uber, track your heart rate and do all sorts of cool things unimaginable a decade ago....

  • Vox Telecom wants to disrupt the website development space

    South African telecoms company Vox Telecom is looking to disrupt the web development market with its own website-creation tool, Sitebuilder. The solution will be aimed at end users and startups. "We’re hoping to disrupt the web development by delivering a cost effective solution, either as a DIY or DIFM model, and in so doing, lowering the barrier to entry, and reducing the risk for the growing small business market," says Web hosting and backup product manager Riaan Gouws. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the Sitebuilder tool allows startups to built and manage their own website without third parties. The...

  • Original founder Kevin Tucker, Silvertree buy PriceCheck from Naspers [Update]

    VC firm Silvertree Internet Holdings and original PriceCheck founder Kevin Tucker have acquired South Africa's price comparison platform, PriceCheck from global media giant Naspers for an undisclosed sum. Update: Ventureburn understands that the acquisition comes with substantial layoffs and that the company will continue to operate with a fraction of its current staff. Tucker started PriceCheck in 2006 and sold it to Naspers four years later. Today, it claims to be Africa’s largest price comparison service, with 25 million unique annual visitors across its two platforms, and has recorded y-o-y growth of 40% in South Africa and 600% in Nigeria. The...

  • Top tips on how your startup can attract the right clients

    Building and maintaining a client base is an on-going, and often full time job; particularly for startups that are finding their feet and testing the waters in their industry. A report released by PwC earlier this year on South Africa's emerging companies found that 22% of entrepreneurs find having access to markets and customers as their primary challenge. Here are a few top tips on how your startup can attract the right clients: Find the sweet spot The first step is to determine how many clients you can service without spreading yourself too thin. Try stick to the old adage of under...