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  • Applications now open for Apps Africa Innovation Awards

    One of Africa's leading technology news portal, AppsAfrica.com has opened its entries to find the best innovations suitable for the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards. The event, which saw much success last year, crowned 10 winners from over 200 entries and 21 countries. AppsAfrica provides strategic operational planning services for mobile and tech ventures launching in Sub-Saharan Africa. Their AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards celebrate those ventures which provide winners with global publicity and networking with over 500 industry peers and investors attending the awards ceremony. "Our mission is always to promote and honour the fantastic innovation across the mobile and tech ecosystem in Africa. We...

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    CompareGuru set to simplify financial services for SA consumers

    Launches new site with advanced features and real-time services.  For most time-constrained South Africans, choosing between financial products and service providers is a laborious and challenging task. Despite the increasing access to all sorts of information online, it remains a complex and daunting process to sift through various product offerings, pricing structures, terms and conditions, etc. “This complexity is especially problematic when trying to choose between products and providers in the mobile, banking and insurance spheres, where contracts are often filled with jargon and consumers are understandably wary of hidden fees,” explains Ryan Marx, CEO of CompareGuru, a site which draws...

  • Ventureburn wants to know about your tech startup

    Ventureburn is dedicated to featuring and writing news about startups in emerging markets. In fact, it's our passion to inform our readers about new startups, entrepreneurs doing great things, entrepreneurs not doing such great things, and events. Even with all of our networks and contacts, sometimes there are startups that fall through the cracks. In this case, we'd love to know about them. If you think your startup (or someone else's) has some interesting news then please let us know. The company needs to be tech-based, or using technology in an interesting way, and be situated in an emerging market (such as...

  • SA to receive first non-profit association for growing angel investors

    SA will be receiving its first national non-profit association to grow angel investors, named the South African Business Angel Network (SABAN). It is set to launch on 24 August in Johannesburg. According to a blog post on VC4A, the inspiration for SABAN came about when SA entrepreneur Chris Campbell, was involved with EBAN Winter University 2014 in Helsinki, Finland, along with pitching in SA. Campbell realised a need to easily connect businesses with angel investors in SA. It is headed up by Campbell; Bodo Sieber, CEO of Tagmarshal and Mvikeli Hlophe, fund manager at SA Enterprise. This new initiative will pull inspiration from the Finnish Business...

  • Is SA ready for the new world of work? [SPONSORED]

    The days of landing a job and staying in a company until retirement are gone. Indeed, for the new workforce, this old-fashioned approach holds little reality, writes Jane Steinacker. Last year, Millenials (roughly defined as those born from the early 1980s) became the largest generation in the workforce. This, says Lee Naik, MD of Accenture Digital, is significant for two reasons. "First, because Millennials will soon become the predominant source of human capital, and, second, because businesses stand to benefit greatly from the technology acumen and talent this generation (also known as 'digital natives') possesses." The greatest workplace disruptor, digital transformation, is changing not just the way...

  • Top 10 reasons why startups should upgrade their trade show strategy

    Startups often lack the credibility and legitimacy required to convince customers. Trade shows appear as an easy way to face these prospects and demo the efficiency of a product, even though it is amongst the most expensive and complex marketing and sales strategies. This is why, as a startup founder, you must carefully plan early on for your next trade show and pick the right strategy and tools to reach your goals. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should upgrade your trade show strategy: 1. You can't be a tech startup and use 'pen & paper' It doesn't matter how...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [08/08/2016]

    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...

  • Dadaab refugees learn app development through iHub

    Innovation hub, iHub, in partnership with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), have joined to offer refugees of Dadaab in Garissa County, Kenya mobile application development training. The first phase of training will only see 90 refugees take part in the development program in four main camps which will compromise of theoretical and practical aspects of android programming. According to iHub, the curriculum will consist of: Knowing how to make a profit distributing the app on the Google Play Store Using simple programming language to develop applications Understanding the business opportunities for developing an app Understanding development, platform tools and the mobile ecosystem Understanding and...

  • What innovation really means for business [SPONSORED]

    Innovation, like any good words appropriated too many times for too many purposes, has become something of a cliché, says Adam Oxford of htxt.africa, a company looking to claim back the word by inspiring action. We might understand innovation better “if we could define it a little more clearly”, says Oxford, htxt.africa’s editor in chief. That’s easier said than done, but one simple definition comes from WeThinkCode’s Camille Agon, who believes "innovation is finding solutions to problems". WeThinkCode is a new peer-to- peer tech institution that opened in South Africa in 2016. It aims to identify and train people between the ages of 17 and 35...

  • Innovation Summit, Bandwidth Barn Khayelitsha to host first Smart Communities Hackathon [SPONSORED]

    This year, the collaboration between the City of Cape Town and the SA Innovation Summit (SAIS) features a high impact hackathon with lasting results! A 24-hour Smart Communities Hackathon in collaboration with The Barn, Khayelitsha (part of the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative - Citi) and the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) will take place in Khayelitsha from 19 to 20 August and give a voice to the wider region to identify and solve their most important community needs. The SAIS 2016 High Impact Series Smart Communities hackathon is an exciting highlight on Cape Town's innovation calendar and revolves...

  • Domestly takes home 2016 MTN App of the Year award

    MTN has crowned cleaning-on-demand startup, Domestly, as its 2016 App of the Year winner. They were chosen out of 450 entries from SA. The app connects consumers with cleaning professionals in order to create more jobs. It also allows cleaning professionals to manage their schedule and receive payments for the work they've done. Domestly was developed by Berno Potgieter and Thatoyaona Marumo has reportedly created 600 jobs within its first six months of being online. "The big thing about how we packaged the business is that it is a marketplace. It is about getting into a particular area and letting the market play. Cape...