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  • Micro-internship startup Mintor wins #PitchVinny pitching competition

    Micro-internship startup Mintor walked away as winner of the Silicon Cape pitching competition #PitchVinny. The event, which was held in Cape Town on Monday, saw three startups pitching to renowned South African angel investor and serial entrepreneur Vinny Lingham. Mintor co-founder Leànne Viviers described her startup as an online platform that connected students with internships or -- as she described it -- micro-internships. "Micro-internships enable businesses to access low-risk and affordable skills," Viviers told Lingham in front of an audience of a few dozen industry enthusiasts. "There’s a unique opportunity to address the skills gap," she added. To date, Mintor has facilitated a total of 10 "mintorships"....

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    The comparison website Click n Compare is taking Africa by storm

    Cape Town, South Africa - Click n Compare, a South African focused comparison website is expanding their outreach after a very successful year with a strong month on month growth of 40%. Alongside the South African success of the brand comes now their expansion into both Nigeria and Kenya. Established in 2013, Click n Compare is a one-stop portal for African consumers who are looking to source services and be educated in hard-to-navigate verticals, such as insurance, mobile, broadband, and banking. The Internet has empowered consumers to access more information than ever before, but it has also made it that...

  • 50 of South Africa’s top ecommerce sites

    South African ecommerce technology provider uAfrica has announced the top 50 ecommerce sites for the 2015 eCommerce Awards. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the top 50 sites were whittled down from 200 entrants, with the sites evaluated on aspects such as design, mobile functionality, checkout process, customer care and delivery, amongst others. The awards, now in their 10th year, aim to "recognise and reward those South African websites that have demonstrated excellence in their use of the Internet as a platform for commerce". Read more: uAfrica’s ecommerce awards celebrates 10th year anniversary “It is interesting to see...

  • Top 20 finalists announced in PwC Vision to Reality awards programme

    The top 20 finalists in PwC's Vision to Reality awards programme have been announced. The companies chosen have not only made a difference in Africa with sharing their vision but were able to create revenue growth in their industry. Each is a dynamic and emerging company, which have shown successful growth and are some of Africa's most outstanding tech companies. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Partner in charge of the Western Cape region, Danie Fölscher, reiterates this: These businesses’ ability to inspire others and ignite a business from the start-up phase to leader in industry is a significant achievement Read more: PwC Vision to Reality 2015 is looking for...

  • 8 tips for marketing your startup on a shoestring budget

    While success has many fathers, failure is considered as an orphan. Sailing your entrepreneurial stint to success has its own challenges. Most startups fail within their first two years of operation. Of those, 75% fail due to pre-mature scaling. This means that startup companies spend too much money on aspects such as marketing, hiring and so on before the business has secured further sources of financing. As an entrepreneur, I have seen many failures. At the same time I have managed to sail a couple of projects to the top, the toughest of which was Pakistani.pk. I have been able to...

  • SA comparison site Click n Compare sets up shop in Nigeria, Kenya

    South Africa-based comparison website Click n Compare has expanded to Nigeria and Kenya. This comes after achieving strong month-on-month growth of 40% in its home country. It's also expanding its advisory board with impressive additions from Nigeria-based iROKO and Ringier. Click n Compare is an online platform that lists various services, such as insurance, mobile, broadband and banking. Customers can easily navigate and compare different plans and prices that suit their specific needs. The co-founder and CEO of the company, Ryan Marx, added in a press release: Click n Compare's unique value proposition is the fact that we have positioned ourselves directly...

  • Vinny Lingham, Llew Claasen make it easier for SA startups to give out equity

    As the recent Ventureburn Startup Survey revealed, South African startups have a real problem when it comes to retaining employees. To a large degree, that's because the salaries at startups simply aren't large enough. And while the norm in other markets is to give out equity, just eight percent of South African startups do so. In a bid to change that, industry veterans Vinny Lingham and Llew Claasen have launched the Newtown Employee Share Trust to manage Employee Share Ownership Programmes (ESOPs) for South African startups. Read more: Some private equity negotiating tips for women working for a startup ESOPs...

  • How to choose the right tech to boost your small business

    As a small business owner, you have plenty of choice when it comes to affordable technology that helps you run an efficient, responsive and productive company. Accounting and payroll software takes the pain out of dealing with SARS and other authorities, while making it easy to keep accurate financial records. Mobile broadband and smartphones mean that you can access business information while you’re on the road and stay in touch with colleagues and customers wherever you are. And the web has opened access to a global marketplace of customers and suppliers for even the smallest of SMEs. Read more: 16 growth...

  • 10 comic book characters who would make really awesome entrepreneurs

    Comic books have been around since before Superman first appeared in 1938's Action Comics #1. Throughout history, both characters and villains have taken on a variety of jobs, but seeing that tech startups are so trendy these days, we've decided to round up the ones who'd make the most interesting entrepreneurs. While we do have access to a pantheon collected over almost 80 years of characters, the list has been limited to only 10 entries. We've also excluded characters who are already billionaires, such as Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne, though some already have a bit of seed money. Bruce Banner...

  • On-demand delivery startup WumDrop takes home 2015 MTN App of the Year Award

    Last night, major South African telecom MTN announced the winners of the annual App of the Year Awards. Ranging from big business to lean startups, winners in a number of categories were recognised, including the prestigious Business App of the Year Award. Some local apps that shone at the annual competition include WumDrop, Vula Mobile, EskomSePush and M4JAM. The judging panel consisted of industry experts Jonathan Hoehler, Kobus Ehlers, Liron Segev, Nafisa Akabor, Tanya Kovarsky, and Andile Khumalo. WumDrop, an application allowing users to summon a courier at R12 per kilometer, took home the award for the Best Enterprise App & Best Overall App of 2015....

  • BitX, Zazoo deal enables people to spend Bitcoin via virtual cards

    Bitcoin exchange startup BitX has signed an exclusive deal with Zazoo, enabling people to spend cryptocurrency online using virtual card system VCpay. Part of JSE-listed Net1, Zazoo is responsible for a range of product offerings including mobile banking, third-party payments, cryptography and smart card technologies. One of Zazoo's products is VCpay, which enables customers to create a new virtual prepaid MasterCard number for every purchase they make. This is said to help secure their identities and accounts from fraud. In a press release, CEO of BitX Marcus Swanepoel said: “The gap between the speculative trade in digital currency and users’ ability to...