Startups, Web development

Wanna build a startup from scratch? Why not learn Ruby on Rails

Rails tracks train Daniel Kehoe is the author of Learn Ruby on Rails -- a book that comprehensively covers the programming language from Git to Gems. We recently caught up with the San Francisco native to chat about what it is about Ruby on Rails that makes it so appealing for startups and learn about his reflections on the local tech scene. For those not familiar with Rails, it's a open source web application framework written in Ruby which is an alternative to other ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship, News

TechWomen calls for 2015′s in-take of tech savvy ladies

TechWomen US exchange programme TechWomen is calling for its 2015 in-take of skilled women in tech and sciences from Africa, the Middle East and more recently, Central Asia. TechWomen is a three-year-old initiative of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) which aims to empower and mentor skilled women in the science, technology, engineering and maths fields. Participants in the programme will have access to networks, resources, and knowledge needed to help them reach their full potential. ...

Entrepreneurship, Venture capital

Here are 3 top tips to help you secure that investment

money cash dollars TSG Consumer Partners’ Senior Managing Director Hadley Mullin shared his magic steps to effectively raise funding for your startup and foster its expansion onward. He averred that the best time to start fundraising is when you have yet found the necessity of doing so. When money is the last thing founders look to think about, they tend to make much wiser and more rational calls. In contrast, those who are desperately in need of money tend to make rushy decisions, which ...


Looking to start a business in 2015? These are the best countries to do it in

Globe earth Because of new credit regulations, South Africa has fallen six spaces in global ranking of the best countries to start a business in. Mauritius, on the other hand, went up by one after it introduced electronic filing in its legal system and reduced trade license fees. That's according to a comprehensive annual report by the World Bank which looked at the nuts and bolts required to start a business in 189 countries, each with its own set of perks and ...

Africa, News

Via Afrika partners with Tabtor for personalised math programme in SA

Via Afrika Test Yourself Via Afrika Publishers has partnered with the tablet-based learning solution Tabtor, to bring world-class learning techniques in math to young South African students. Tabtor's groundbreaking concept that provides powerful student level Point-of-Learning Analytics along with time stamped Proficiency Matrix to teachers has attracted widespread adoption among consumers as well as media attention in the US because it delivers results. Via Afrika has been around for a while as a mover in the education space though have only recently moved onto the digital ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship, News

Spring startup accelerator wants to empower girls in East Africa

Spring Sponsored by UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Nike Foundation, the East African Spring Accelerator has recently launched in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with plans to expand to the rest of the continent as well as Asia. Slightly different to what we usually come across, Spring has a social-good edge to it that makes it stands out. The programme is looking to help build and scale businesses that can improve the ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship

8 exciting African startup programmes and accelerators to watch in 2015

fast accelerate car While still arguably lacking, there a growing number of entrepreneursial programmes in Africa these days, each with its own agenda and "recipe for success". For those startups looking for mentorship, capital or recognition, we thought it would be fitting to round-up some of these programmes so you can make a choice based on your specific needs. If you're not looking to participate, just keep an eye out for the ones listed below for 2015's news to come. Think If you want to be ...

Africa, Startup news

IceCubed and VoguePay partner to bring Bitcoin transactions to Nigeria

Bitcoin-on-a-circuit-board Through a recent partnership, South African Bitcoin exchange IceCubed announced that Nigerians using the payment processing service, VoguePay, will be able to make transactions using the cryptocurrency come mid-January. Nigeria boasts Africa's largest economy as well as being the most populous country. With over 173 million citizens, over 40 million are connected to the internet. While this might be the case, Bitcoin has seen more traction in Kenya and South Africa with startups leveraging it to fit relevant needs. Using their existing ...

Ecommerce, Mobile, Mobile apps

Here’s how mobile apps are making shopping easier

Online shop phone Smartphones and tablets cater to a dynamic, cross-media lifestyle. Around 65% of tablet owners use their device while watching TV and 41% use both smartphones and tablets simultaneously at least once a day, according to a 2014 Mobile Behavior Report. The consumer’s mobile time has changed marketing as we know it. An integrated, omni-channel marketing approach is what brands now need to adopt to provide the much-desired seamless shopping experience to consumers. Mobile devices have been shaping the way consumers interact ...

CES, News

Groundbreaking health tech company LifeQ finally launches globally

clipular (2) Industrialised by the Stellenbosch South African-based health tech startup HealthQ, global technology LifeQ is officially being launched at one of the world's biggest tech events -- CES 2015. The technology will be shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show where people can learn about how physiological monitoring and bio-mathematical modeling can be applied to better understand and manage physiology. We here at Ventureburn have been keeping our ears pierced to the ground over the past few years ever since HealthQ first impressed ...