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  • Medical startup AikoCorp wins Seedstars World Mali pitching competition [update]

    Update: added in additional quotes The Bamako leg of Seedstars World in Mali has found its winner, AikoCorp. The startup is an SMS service for sending medical lab results to patients. This year was the first time ever that the global pitching competition visited Mali during its world tour which took place at the Impact Hub Bamako. "It was an amazing experience to have Seedstars World organise the event in Bamako. I saw a group of amazingly enthusiastic entrepreneurs who will show the world that we have amazing talent in the country," says CEO and founder of Impact Hub Bamako, Mohamed Keita, in...

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    SA consumers doing their product homework before purchase

    At a time when most consumers are spending conservatively, with a hawkish eye on every last Rand, value for money has become paramount. Long gone are the days when people sign on to mobile contracts on a whim, or buy insurance products at the behest of a smiling salesman. With deep-seated economic and political uncertainty prevailing, consumers are looking to inform themselves as best they can before spending a cent. “The good news for sceptical South Africans is that a host of new and sophisticated digital tools are coming online, giving people much-needed access to information,” says Ryan Marx, CEO...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [05/09/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • iFix becomes WeFix: what’s next for the company?

    Did they expand to Nintendo consoles but marketing didn't know how to spell "Wii"? Or is it because the company formerly known as iFix is simply expanding operations? I'm leaning on the latter, but the company has provided an explanation, though. "Having being in the business since 2007, and at the time fixing mostly iThings, iFix was the obvious name. However, over the years the phenomenal development and growth of iFix in South Africa through its partnerships and offering, has expanded from specialising in repairing Apple devices to also include the repairs of Samsung, LG and Huawei," the company explained in...

  • The 8 startups competing at Seedstars World Mali

    On 4 September, international pitching competition Seedstars World, is heading to Bamako, Mali to find their next startup winner. The event will be held at Impact Hub Bamako. "The ecosystem in Bamako is very young. Nevertheless, we have found some very interesting and promising startups that deserve more visibility, exposure and attention from a global audience." says associate for Seedstars World, Claudia Makadristo, in a press release to Ventureburn. The competition will follow a similar structure as other Seedstars World pitching competitions, with eight pre-selected startups pitching in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. They will have two minutes...

  • DEMO Africa 2016 concludes for the first time in South Africa

    More than 600 delegates, 30 speakers, and four master classes concluded this year's DEMO Africa event, which is a launchpad for African tech startups. In the past, DEMO Africa events took place in Nairobi, Kenya before moving to Lagos, Nigeria for two years. For the first time since its inception, it has taken place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The DEMO Africa LIONS programme saw 723 applicants applying for the initiative. This list was eventually scaled down to 131, of which only 30 were chosen to pitch - five applicants were from South Africa. Three of the five startups selected at DEMO Africa are South...

  • BBOXX secures $20m investment, to step up in Kenya, Rwanda

    BBOXX, an off-grid solar company, has secured a US$20-million Series C investment to step up operations in Kenya and Rwanda. BBOXX not only designs and manufactures their plug and play solar solutions but manufactures them as well. More than 70 000 BBOXX products have been sold in over 35 countries, providing off-grid power to around 350 000 people, the company said in a blog post. The investment comes from Mackinnon, Bennett & Company (MKB), ENGIE Rassembleurs d'Energies and KawiSafi Ventures, as well as existing investors. "We are excited about the growth potential for the African off-grid solar market and delighted with BBOXX's rapid development," said Managing Director of ENGIE Rassembleurs...

  • innovateAFRICA: a $1-million fund for enterprising newsrooms in Africa

    Whether you accept it or not, journalism is changing fast in the modern age. Traditional media and even digitally focused newsrooms are facing a host of challenges, so what are writers and editors to do? If you think your newsroom is innovative or has a unique solution to overcome these obstacles, you can apply for the US$1-million innovateAFRICA Fund, which aims to support digital innovations and "leapfrog technologies". The programme, which is open to both individuals and mainstream organisations, will deliver mentorship, seed funding and technology support to successful applicants, innovateAFRICA custodians Code for Africa announced in an emailed press statement. "innovateAFRICA will provide grants from $12 500 to...

  • Etudesk win the Côte d’Ivoire leg of Seedstars World

    Etudesk, a web platform which allows academic institutions to easily set up their e-learning platform, has won the Côte d'Ivoire round of Seedstars World. They will be heading to Switzerland for their spot in the final pitching event. The final event will have 65 startups pitching for their chance to grab US$1-million in prizes. The main prize is a US$500 000 equity investment and there's also a US$50 000 prize to the best startup in education. "We are very passionate about improving education not only in the country but in Africa. We really think that education has the power to improve people's lives and why not start...

  • Who needs seed funding? Not this Indian VR startup

    It's always refreshing to see emerging markets take to new technologies, and virtual reality (VR) is no exception. So we're glad to see an Indian VR startup not only taking to the technology, but seemingly making a success of it all, as is the case with FlipSpaces. Focused on interior design, FlipSpaces "enables people to visualise how products they are seeking to buy for their home or office look like in virtual  environment similar to their own", the company wrote in an emailed press release. It also claimed to rake in US$1-million in revenue in three months. Prove your mettle and revenue follows...

  • The Munching Mongoose crowned Gauteng winner of 702 Small Business Awards

    Gourmet food retailer The Munching Mongoose has taken home the grand prize for the Gauteng leg of the 702 Small Business Awards. "We're overwhelmed to have won. We love that as a result of our service, families spend quality time together centred around great food. We're humbled that our customers enjoy this offering enough to have nominated us for the award," says co-founder of The Munching Mongoose Tamryn Dicks in a press release to Ventureburn. The Munching Mongoose partners with small-scale local producers and delivers a weekly box of healthy foods to consumers. The startup and its partners also donate food to a home for abused...