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  • Meet the ten finalists for the Cape Town Entrepreneurial Competition

    Last night, at LaunchCapeTown's TechBash opening ceremony, the ten finalists for the Cape Town Entrepreneurial Competition (CTEC) were announced. LaunchCapeTown is a five day event that brings together startups, entrepreneurs, and digital tastemakers. Five finalists were announced for two groups. The "idea stage" group -- businesses that are not trading yet -- and the "growth stage" group -- businesses that have been trading for less than two years or that have been trading for more than two years, with a new product or service or that need capital for expansion. The first round of the competition kicked off today and saw...

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    Entries for IAB SA 2016 Bookmark Awards open

    Entries for the 2016 Bookmark Awards are now open. This follows a collaborative process of inviting the industry to comment on the revised entry categories for the 2016 Bookmark Awards and finalising the categories earlier this month. Entries may be submitted online at iabsa.net/bookmarks/ Entries close on 15 November 2015. The Bookmark Awards is South Africa’s digital marketing and media industry’s most coveted awards. It rewards excellence in digital advertising and publishing work, benchmarked against international standards. The awards bring together forward-thinking, digitally savvy ad agencies, brands and publishers to celebrate South Africa’s most creative and high-impact digital executions. “This year, some revisions were made...

  • ForgetMeNot Africa eTXT Apps Challenge: Win big in Zimbabwe

    If you’re a Zimbabwean tech entrepreneur, this might be of interest to you. A competition launching next week at the Harare Club of JumpStart -- the community driven initiative for tech entrepreneurs -- will enable developers to launch their apps and earn revenue from them on Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s biggest cellular operator with an estimated 6 million subscribers. The competition is called the ForgetMeNot Africa eTXT Apps Challenge. ForgetMeNot Africa (FMNA) is the company that partners with mobile operators to provide internet type services to users who don’t have smartphones or data connections. FMNA provides these services as part of...

  • All aboard the StartupBus: The pressure cooker startup incubator on wheels

    Bottle the following ingredients: the electric buzz of a Red Bull fueled hackerspace, the interpersonal caterwauling of a reality show and pressure, loads of pressure. Now, let it loose on a bus travelling at 60 miles an hour and you get StartupBus. StartupBus has been around for over two years now and it continues to bring together intrepid tech entrepreneurs, designers and developers who present ideas and develop working prototypes while in transit. Buses carrying these enterprising tech geeks meander towards a final destination, at which time a judging ceremony is held, recognising the best prototype. This all happens in...

  • AngelHub uncorks a heady bottle of Real Time Wine

    Last month, Memeburn got the scoop on AngelHub’s latest investment, Real Time Wine, the no bullshit 140-character social wine review site. Real Time Wine recently disclosed some more information about the deal. AngelHub’s investment in Real Time Wine is the angel investment group’s second paid out deal in six months and it concludes Real Time Wine’s first round of successful fundraising. Real Time Wine secured private angel funding from angel investors such as Michael Jordaan, owner of Bartinney Wines and Mike Ratcliffe, managing director at Warwick Wine Estate. As AngelHub offer expertise, networks and mentorship in addition to...

  • MIH launches new online shop creator on WordPress

    This has the potential to be big. It’s a new eCommerce tool that allows users to “create an online shop in minutes”. The new service, called QikCommerce, is a joint venture between MIH -- the investment arm of US$18-billion emerging markets internet giant Naspers -- and a small WordPress theme building company Obox. Obox has also been credited with building official themes for Posterous. It’s fairly natural then that QikCommerce should run off a WordPress platform, although the team behind it claims it has been “tweaked and manipulated to present a customer experience that is unlike any...

  • Y Combinator: Investors should back the jockey not the horse

    Y Combinator, a leading seed investment incubator, recently announced that it would be accepting startup applications for this years fund from startup founders WITHOUT an idea. Here's how the incubator describes itself on its website: Y Combinator does seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. It pays your expenses while you're getting started. Some companies may need no more than seed funding. Others will go through several rounds. There is no right answer. How much funding you need depends on the kind of company you start. It appears that the technology investment market arrived...

  • Attention entrepreneurs, diarise this: LaunchCapeTown

    If you’re an entrepreneur looking to network, polish your elevator pitch, hone your product or simply learn from big names in the tech industry, diarise LaunchCapeTown, the five day event that starts on 23 March in Cape Town, South Africa and brings together startups, entrepreneurs, and digital tastemakers. The event includes the Cape Town Entrepreneurial Competition (CTEC), as well as startup-related speakers, get-togethers, mentoring sessions and keynotes from big name speakers such as Nimeshh Patel, COO of AOL Europe. Attendees will be able to mix with "trailblazers", media representatives, as well as digital creatives from the interactive industry. The competition...

  • Fabhunter: The new visual bookmarking startup with big dreams

    Tastemakers. Trendsetters. Fashionistas. Fabhunter aims to become a nexus where these fashion aficionados collide. Launched in January of this year, Fabhunter is a new “social fashion discovery engine” that relies on user generated content to facilitate fashion discovery and trend forecasting. As a collective, Fabhunter aims to become a harbinger for fashion trends, but also a platform where individuals can become tastemakers by showcasing their fashion sense and intuition about trends through visual bookmarking. Fabhunter is self-funded and was founded by Werner Geyser who previously served as the business development manager at World of Avatar, the South African VC-incubator hybrid that...

  • ZunguZ wants to turn Facebook into a bank

    Facebook’s great for a lot of things. Keeping up to date with friends, promoting your brand, and organising your social diary are just some of the things you can do on the world’s social network. But what if you need to pay someone you know on Facebook? Surely you’d have to at least have their banking or PayPal details right? That might have been true in the past, but a company called ZunguZ is looking to change all that. The company which has presences in Silicon Valley and Cape Town claims that its product allows social network users “to...

  • 30 brilliant African tech startups

    The methodology behind this list of startups had two simple directives. First, the startup had to have African roots and secondly it had to be brilliant. More specifically, we were looking for that type of brilliance that exudes intelligence, talent, quality or simply, something fresh. Of course brilliance, like most things in life, is subjective, so we went into this journey with an open mind. Tabula rasa if you will and we hoped to recognise brilliance when we saw it. We did, over and over again. Why did we focus on Africa? The continent’s one-billion people are coming online and 600-million...

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