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  • Pitch it. Work it. Launch it: Startup Weekend returns to Cape Town

    Getting a business off the ground takes time, dedication and the occasional bit of sweat and blood. You should be able to pack that all into fifty-four hours right? That's how long people will have to pitch, work and launch their business ideas at Cape Town's second Startup Weekend. These high-pressure events have been a staple of Silicon Valley for some time now, but are relatively new to the South African scene. The 54 hour event essentially provides the networking, resources, and incentives for participants to take a business idea from concept to launch ready, in two days. ...

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    Top five skills in 2018 that entrepreneurs are investing in

    In a rapidly changing business landscape defined by both economic development and technological disruption, it has become crucial for entrepreneurs to continue to upskill themselves in order to keep pace and identify opportunities. GetSmarter, a wholly-owned subsidiary of digital education company 2U, has released findings on the top five skills entrepreneurs are investing in based on trends in the emerging market. Comparing the last two years, GetSmarter courses have attracted more business partners, business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs in the first half of 2018 alone than in the whole of 2017. This trend is likely caused by an increasing need for...

  • 6 things Koos Bekker could buy if he sold his Naspers shares tomorrow

    Naspers is big. Very big. As in a market cap of US$ 21.3-billion big. A large portion of that is down to its explosive growth since 2008. CEO Koos Bekker has overseen much of that growth, benefiting all the while through the 11.7-million direct and indirect shares he holds in the company. In fact, it's estimated that Bekker's shares in the company are currently worth around R6-billion (US$730-million). That's some serious pocket change. Then again this is a man who can lose US$80-million without blinking. But let's say he had to sell all those share tomorrow. Let's also say...

  • ISBC 2012 aims to mitigate ‘alarming state of entrepreneurship’ in SA

    The most recent Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report shows that total early-stage entrepreneurial activity (TEA) in South Africa remains “a matter of grave concern”. The GEM’s TEA metric measures the participation of individuals in early-stage entrepreneurial activity and conveys the percentage of the adult population between the ages of 18 and 64 years that is in the process of starting a business or has recently done so. Although the GEM’s measure of TEA shows that South Africa’s rate in 2011 (9.1%) remained fairly constant (8.9% in 2010), this rate was, again, far below the average of comparable economies...

  • Cash up for grabs with Africa’s largest Hack Boot Camp for Trade Transparency

    Have you ever wondered why certain items seem to cost way more than they do in the US and Europe? RLabs, Department for International Development (DFID) and Mxit Reach will be hosting the first Trade Transparency Project hackers’ boot camp in Cape Town, South Africa on the 3 – 5 September 2012. The aim is to provide consumers with information on how trade-related costs and trade barriers such as tariffs affect them by raising the prices of the goods they buy. If you're a techie, developer, designer, creative person or activist, create visualisations, interactive tools, mobile, web and...

  • 13 inspirational documentaries for entrepreneurs

    We understand that starting a business can be a pretty wild ride and that some business owners experience feelings of guilt when they do anything outside of work, not involved with running their businesses. Documentaries have a way of conveying profound ideas in an entertaining way that can lead to new thoughts, inspire action or simply shine a light on a stones unturned. If you're struggling to unplug, we hope these 13 documentaries will not only inspire you (to continue) to pursue your dreams, but also to kick back and de-stress for a moment -- you'll probably end up learning something. Indie...

  • Bring the social online news room to your business with Pressat

    This is very interesting. Let's say your business has successfully expanded into the UK with some help, and you're ready to let the market know about your product. What's the best way to get the word out? Good question. May we suggest having a look at Pressat, a press release distribution and online publishing service. To start, Pressat -- developed by Manchester agency Atmedia -- will take your press release and distribute it to targeted media outlets across the UK. For a flat fee of £50, your press release is assigned to a member of the Pressat editorial team,...

  • 22seven gets ‘more nimble’ with new update

    Online personal finance management service 22seven has received a massive update that, according to the company, makes it "more nimble and adds some of the things customers have been asking for". With the updates, you can: Categorise your transactions differently: When you click on a transaction all of its details will pop up on a card. 22seven claims it's an easier way to "put transactions in their place". Split your transactions: This allows you to separate out amounts from one transaction. If for instance, you drew cash and spent some on petrol and some on eating out, or if...

  • Mxit Money: new mobile money service from Africa’s largest social network

    What’s the future of banking? Well we know that in the future our mobile phones will replace money, and even our credit cards. Why? Because this is the device that is with us all the time and is always connected. But who is going to make this play? The banks? The cellphone operators? The phone manufacturers? Or a mobile social network? Mxit is taking mobile money and payments quite seriously. Earlier this year the popular instant messaging service rolled out a payment option to restaurants, allowing users to pay for meals using the platform. More recently the service launched...

  • Make cross border payments to Lesotho and Swaziland with FNB Pay2Cell

    FNB’s Pay2Cell service is quite handy. Launched in September 2011, the service allows FNB Cellphone Banking customers to make payments directly into other FNB accounts using only the recipient’s cellphone number -- no bank account details are necessary. FNB today announced that cross border payments to Swaziland and Lesotho are now possible through the Pay2Cell service. Ravesh Ramlakan, CEO of FNB Cellphone Banking says that the Pay2Cell service evolved from the need to have a simpler solution to make payments to other African countries. “Traditionally making payments to other African countries has been limited to internet banking for...

  • Quirk Education to usher in digital era at Red & Yellow

    Acquisitions and mergers are all the rage these days in the advertising and digital agency world. The latest in merger news is that Red & Yellow School of Logic & Magic, one of South Africa's advertising schools, is joining forces with Quirk Education, the educational arm of digital agency Quirk. The aim of the merger is to better quip students in the evolving world of advertising due to technological advancements, with Quirk's digital background. The Red & Yellow school offers courses in advertising, marketing and design for students wanting to enter the advertising and marketing world. The school...