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  • Every1Mobile closes R18m angel round, announces 3 million monthly visits

    Every1Mobile (E1M), the company that specialises in building mass audiences via mobile in sub-Saharan Africa, announced that it has raised R18-million in angel investment. The company that runs its core operations from Cape Town, operates nine mobile sites covering education, health, jobs and entertainment aimed at the 15 to 35 age group. E1M, headquartered in the UK was founded in 2010. It uses the power of its mobile-enabled social networks to attract organisations that would like to target sub-Saharan Africa's younger demographic. E1M claims a usage statistics of 3 million monthly visits to its sites and says that it serves 25...

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    Bookmark Awards 2016 Entry Series: Community

    With the deadline for entries to the prestigious IAB SA Bookmark Awards extended to 30 November, digital marketers have one last opportunity to enter and do battle for the industry’s most coveted awards across eight categories, of which the Community category is one. The Bookmark Awards celebrate the country’s most creative and high-impact digital executions and rewards excellence in digital advertising and publishing work, benchmarked against the highest international standards. “Marketing to online communities is fast becoming one of the most important components of digital marketing,” says Fred Roed, Head of IAB SA’s Agency Council. “Communities provide the opportunity to turn...

  • 7 things every entrepreneur should understand when starting a business

    Being an entrepreneur is hard. You quit your nice paying job with your awesome corner office to start something because your grandmother thought it was a good idea. Now you have a URL, a product and it actually might work. It's time to become a company, get investors onboard with your idea and take it to market. These and many other issues must keep entrepreneurs up at night. I recently attended the Knife Capital and AngelHub run Find, Make, Grow and Realise at the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business. The programme, which was launched last year,...

  • Premier news site Daily Maverick offers qualifying startups free advertising

    At a time when many online newsrooms are shuttering their content behind paywalls in the wake of trickling advertising revenues, one of South Africa's premier news sites, Daily Maverick (DM), is launching free advertising packages for qualifying businesses. Following a successful trial period, Daily Maverick is launching the initiative with the aim of helping small ventures get more exposure. While digital marketing is accessible to large businesses, small businesses are often cash-strapped and forgo digital channels -- Daily Maverick reckons its offer is worth about R20 000. "Small businesses face a myriad of marketing and advertising choices and many simply...

  • 88mph calls on local investors to back 2014 fund, before heading overseas

    88mph has had a busy year so far closing up its 2013 Cape Town programme, but the startup accelerator is showing no signs of slowing down as it now turns its attention to next year. The priority is to begin fundraising for the 2014 fund, and the mobile-web centric programme wants local investors to get involved before it heads off overseas on 23 June to search for international investors. The ticket size is US$15 000 to US$100 000. It might not be a lot of time, but 88mph has some impressive numbers to back up its performance. US$2-million has been committed...

  • The Barn enterprise development programmes entries close today

    Applications for the Bandwidth Barn entrepreneurial course programmes are closing today. The Barn focuses on providing an ecosystem to support both start-up and growth orientated SMMEs in the ICT and Creative sectors by offering business development programmes. The Entrepreneurial Development winter programmes are closing for the June intake and kick-off. The two programmes that now up for grabs are VeloCITI-Y and VeloCITI. VeloCITI-Y is designed for the idea stage entrepreneurs and aims to assist a potential entrepreneur in determining concept feasibility along with your capability in taking that first leap to commit and launch your business. The programme officially...

  • Teen science wizz represents Africa at Google Science Fair

    The Google Science Fair claims to be the biggest online science fair in the world. It's tagline "90 ways to change the world," represents the 90 regional finalists of 2013. Among these, are 16-year-old South African Samantha Heyward who explores the pros and cons of Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation and a Kenyan team which looks if heat and tomatoes can produce electricity. Google's annual Science Fair aims to encourage young scientists and innovators between the ages of 13 and 18 across the globe. Through initiatives like these, Google attempts to foster the "next generation of scientists and engineers." Among...

  • Around the world in 7 startups: travelling ventures with a twist

    If you're planning on quitting your job anytime soon to travel the oyster that is our world, then this list will probably come in handy. On the other hand, if you’re merely interested in travel startups trying something new in emerging markets, it'll also be interesting. The web seems to be overflowing with travel and tourism startups. So much so that finding one that matters is difficult. Standing out from the rest means that entrepreneurs need to think outside of the box. Triip: First off, let's say you want to go to Vietnam. In that case make sure you make use...

  • 500 Startups’ Dave McClure talks innovation and cockroach startups

    You are not Tony Stark. 500 Startups founder Dave McClure made the point quite clear during his keynote at Echelon 2013. But even if the genius behind Iron Man is cool and you are not, you can build great things on the platforms that the cool guys have been making so far. Of course, by Tony Stark, Dave is referring to guys like Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. They have built great platforms with billions of users, and the question now is how can an entrepreneur take advantage of the likes of Facebook, iOS, Android...

  • Rocket Internet’s Russian clothing outfit Lamoda raises $130m

    Russian online store fashion store Lamoda has secured a US$130-million round of funding from Access Industries, Summit Partners and Tengelmann. Rocket Internet, the German-based startup clone incubator behind Lamoda, claims that this round of financing represents the largest e-commerce investment in Russia to date. It believes that the deal, led by Access Industries, is "a strong indication of investors’ confidence in the online retailer after two years of steady growth". Since its inception in 2011, Lamoda has grown to offering more than a million products from 800 international brands. It also claims that it's served over a million clients...

  • Branding your startup: why it’s kinda important now

    Ever wondered why some companies get all the attention and others don't? As society we have become obsessed with the flashy and the shiny. Developers want to build to that and companies innovate around it. This is not a bad thing. In Africa, the startup scene is becoming highly contested. But while there are five million startups only about one million of them are interesting and only half them are good but only a quarter will get funding and 10% will gain traction and only five percent will make it. It's a tough world out there if you have a...

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