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  • Global Innovation Lounge to showcase emerging hubs at re:publica 2013

    From 6 to 8 May, the massive global innovation event, re:pulica will feature both AfriLabs and GIZ (German agency for International Cooperation) collaborating in order to host The Global Innovation Lounge in Berlin. The Global Innovation Lounge focuses on showcasing technology innovation hubs in Africa, Latin America and Asia that have been booming as well as their inspirational success stories. re:publica is an extremely popular event taking place in Berlin every year. As its motto stands “In/Side/Out”, the event focuses on the idea of "bringing the online and offline together." Using a wide range of speakers and perspectives, the...

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    Callpay to launch first of its kind payment product called Pay Request

    Callpay, a leading payment solutions provider, today announced that it will launch its new patent pending product called "Pay Request." Callpay developed Pay Request with security in mind, allowing a merchant to send a payment application to any mobile device. What makes this patent pending technology so unique is that a payment can be made in real time without the need of an app or mobile data. At the point of payment, Pay Request allows a merchant to send a secure terminal to the customer’s mobile device, turning their mobile phone into a virtual card terminal. The customer simply enters their...

  • Elevator pitch case studies: 5 examples to learn from

    Pitches are nerve-wracking. The perfect pitch would probably have the ability to “plant ideas” like Leonardo DiCaprio does in Inception. Sadly we don’t live in a Christopher Nolan directed reality. We do however live in a world where we can learn from other people’s success. Having a good concept is one thing. Having to present that concept another. Especially if you’re seeking funding. The elevator pitch is all about getting your startup’s concept to your audience as simple and coherent as possible. It’s like having to paint a picture with a 140 character limit. Being concise is vital. As...

  • Meet the startups pitching at South Korea’s biggest startup conference

    beLAUNCH, South Korea’s Biggest startup and technology conference has revealed this year’s 20 top startups from Korea and abroad which will be presenting at the event. The two day conference which aims to support startups to grow and scale will attract leading startups, investors, developers and representatives from technology companies in Korea and abroad. James Jung, Founder and CEO of beSUCCESS says that more than 2000 attendees are expected for this year's event. The top 20 also include the winner of beLAUNCH Tokyo edition, Conyac. The winner of beLAUNCH India edition, UMobile will be presenting on the stage along with...

  • BootstrapLabs and MAD Incubator launch BootstrapAccelerator Asia

    Silicon Valley-based BootstrapLabs, and Malaysia-based MAD Incubator have partnered to create BootstrapAccelerator Asia, a Southeast Asia-focused tech startup accelerator with a Silicon Valley fast track for its most promising candidates. A partnership of this type is a first in the region. As Southeast Asia is experiencing steady growth, more investors are turning to the region which plays host to a population of one billion. “What is developing in Southeast Asia is thrilling. MAD Incubator has been doing a fantastic job locally, educating, guiding and mentoring entrepreneurs and partnering with them to empower startups to grow into global companies makes them the...

  • 6 reasons why SA’s Western Cape deserves to be called Silicon Cape

    The Western Cape region, which includes Stellenbosch and Cape Town is colloquially referred to as "Silicon Cape", a nod to the legendary Silicon Valley in the United States. The Western Cape is generally acknowledged as having South Africa's strongest entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Digital gateway to Africa report recently jointly published by Wesgro, City of Cape Town and PwC, shines a light on exactly why the region has become so attractive to both intrepid capital seekers and providers. We've gone through the lengthy 88-page report and picked out six reasons why the fairest Cape of them all is worthy of parallels to...

  • Pitch to Win contest: win a pitch deck to the value of $7500

    The pitch deck. An under-appreciated animal. The visual 'powerpoint' that accompanies a startup's pitch often doesn't get the time it deserves, but visually presenting your business model and market-strategy in an efficient way to potential investors is key to winning them over. After all venture capitalists and angel investors are busy people. Luckily there's a company in the USA that wants to help you with this. Born in Austin, Texas, Investor Pitches is a company that not only builds pitch decks for clients, but they're holding an international competition in which you could win a beautifully-designed deck for your own...

  • Location startup Waytag shortlisted for Global BlackBerry Achievement Awards

    The Waytag location naming and sharing app for BlackBerry 10 is a finalist in this year's BlackBerry Achievement Awards in the Mobile Innovation of the Year category. Waytag is one of 15 apps selected as a finalist. Winners will be announced at BlackBerry Live in May. Waytag, active in the fast-growing mobile markets of South Africa and Nigeria, enables users to more easily find businesses and people in areas that do not have reliable and accurate systems for fixed addresses. It's designed to make it easier for people to find and navigate to each other in rapidly developing urban areas...

  • Why African entrepreneurs need to be thinking about ‘Conscious Capitalism’

    “I am a complete capitalist.” This is how John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, opened his talk on Conscious Capitalism (also the title of his recently launched book) at this year’s SXSW. However, as Mackey explains, we tend to forget that capitalism has not been around that long. Two hundred years ago it didn’t even exist and 85% of the world lived on less than a dollar a day -- that figure is now 16%. Despite this, there is a massive paradox, because although business and capitalism has helped lift humanity up, it is intensely disliked. In America, the...

  • 9 unmistakable symptoms of an entrepreneur

    In almost every article and story written about entrepreneurship, I have found symptoms and traits which are common among all those who finally made it big.One of those is that entrepreneurship is not for everyone. I realised that entrepreneurs have some specific traits which should be closely observed. For example, if you are afraid of failures and adventure, then you should definitely keep out of this. So, here are nine symptoms that you will definitely find in an entrepreneur. Absolute hate for the normal and boring You just cannot accept the status-quo; you hate the normal and boring things in life. You often...

  • iROKO-partnered gaming company Kuluya now valued at $2M

    Hot off the back of its website redesign, online Nigerian gaming company Kuluya has raised another small seed-stage investment valuing the company at US$2-million. Users can now place bets, challenge other players to a game, and make money through competitive cash games. This redesign shifts the website from an advertising play to a hybrid commerce platform. Kunle Ogungbamila, Head of Kuluya says: “Without a doubt, we have the best team of designers and animators in the country, who have grown the company to a $2M valuation in six months. Our goal is to become one of the most successful media companies...