Five signs your startup is ready for an Enterprise Resource Planning solution

erp solution Founders of rapidly growing startups often reach a point where the company consumes their every thought. Sleepless nights are spent fretting over growing complexities and the constant worry of things potentially forgotten besieges all the waking hours. For startups in this position, the time may have come to consider upgrading the accounting system - to ease at least one aspect of the running of a successful company - to one which provides more control, more information and better insights into ...

Africa, Innovation

iSpace Ghana: the story behind Accra’s newest innovation centre and tech hub

iSpace Ghana Ghana is a platform for innovators looking to deploy in West Africa, with Accra being one of the continent's most desired capitals. Entrepreneurs appreciate its quiet ways, relatively affordable housing, good connectivity, and regular power. Why not set up shop in Accra and deploy a sales team in Lagos or elsewhere? With regular business flights between capitals, entrepreneurs are only an hour's flight away. Interestingly enough, Accra has not seen the federation of hubs as witnessed in Nairobi. Despite Busy Internet, ...

Africa, News

Quirky news game app wins Sub-Saharan Africa’s first media hackathon

Editors lab This past weekend, the Editors' Lab hackathon held in Cape Town saw a total of fourteen teams compete to develop the most innovative news-driven mobile app or website to further active citizenry. The team from the Sunday Times came out top with the development of an app called Party Match. The app is described as being a cheeky 'dating game' that wants to help South Africans find the political party that would best match their personal interests. The application will further ...

Africa, Startups

How will these startups help shape the future of South African transport?

train gear Think what the future of transport will look like in South Africa in a few decades time. Okay, there probably won't be flying cars or Elon Musk-ish hyperloops. It's more likely going to be along the lines of peer-to-peer data sharing or having access to all your travel information in the palm of your hand. There are a number of trending startups that could potentially give us an indication of what South Africa's public transport might look like in the ...

Africa, Mobile apps

SA dominates Africa App Quest finalists, wildlife spotting app takes top spot

africa app quest logo The Africa App Quest kicked off in March this year. The competition was a challenge to developers across the continent, to build the strongest mobile travel app compatible with iOS, Android and Windows Phone, with the winner determined by who used technology to improve and increase travel in Africa best. Four finalists presented at this year's E-Tourism Africa Summit, with real-time crowd-sourcing app for animal sightings - Wild Africa Live - taking the top spot. In what was a rather ...

Africa, News

SA startup launches myViGO to help creatives build their own websites

ViGO Professional or amateur, ViGO is said to be for anyone who wants to create their own website. ViGO is a Cape Town-based software company that's determined to take on the CMS (Content Managing System) giants of the world. It provides an online tool that allows anyone to create websites, blogs or online portfolios. The company is built on the philosophy of keeping its platform simple in terms of flexibility and functionality. Last month the company's platform called myViGO, was launched. It ...

Africa, Markets

Now is the time to be a private investor in Africa: here’s why

3D Africa There is a lot of talk about the great “African Growth Story”, but talk is one thing, when it comes to actually participating, the road map is not so clear. As an investor interested in entering Africa, and benefitting from the opportunities that exist within the fast-growing continent, there are quite limited options. As a first port of call, investors often turn to public financial markets as a means of investing in a region of their choice. This would entail purchasing ...


A Kenyan makerspace: meet Gearbox, iHub’s latest project

Gearbox We’ve been talking (and talking, and talking) about a rapid prototyping space here in Nairobi for ages. Without the resources to do it, the community got things started on their own with the iHub Robotics Group, who does all kinds of cool meetings; from training newbies like me and my daughters on Arduino and Raspberry Pi, to events where they showcase locally made solar tracking systems and help to run kids hacker camps. This week we’re announcing Gearbox – our makerspace ...

Africa, News, Startups

Rwandan tech startups need to beef up business skills to succeed

kLab Rwanda is known for its strides in furthering ICT-related policies and its ambitions for tapping into the knowledge economy. In a recent article in The New Times Rwanda, the lack of adequate business skills is claimed to be the biggest obstacle tech entrepreneurs face in the country today. KLab is one of Africa's many tech hubs encouraging and connecting people who drive innovative digital solutions. Martin Carlos Mwizerwa is the acting director of Rwanda's kLab and is also in charge ...

Africa, Social media

Zimbabwe’s new face of social entrepreneurialism — @263Chat

Arise For the past five years, entrepreneur and media mogul Trevor Ncube has advocated for a “Third Way” in Zimbabwean politics. Disillusioned and disappointed with Zimbabwe’s two largest political parties, Ncube envisions a grand political party, made up of the best men and women across the political divide, business community, and civil society. Ncube’s vision sadly remains unfulfilled in the political realm, but has gown roots in Zimbabwe’s budding social media world. Thirty-something accountant Nigel Mugamu (a.k.a. “SirNige”) has succeeded ...