Dragons’ Den episode 3: aviation, investments and weaves

Dragons Den SA 3 By now, keenly eyed viewers will have sussed out that the Dragons' Den South Africa doesn't air exactly as it was filmed. Were that the case, the dragons would either have to have the knack of wearing exactly the same clothes week in and week out, or their wardrobes would have to be incredibly boring. Creative Counsel co-founder Gil Oved confirmed this to Ventureburn in a recent interview (look out for it on the site soon), saying that "we see ...

Africa, Startup news

Property management startup PropCare secures R300k on Dragons’ Den

PropCare After pitching to a panel of renowned judges, South African property management startup PropCare has secured a R300 000 funding round from the investors on entrepreneurial reality show Dragons' Den. PropCare is an app that provides a platform for property owners to find reliable, user-rated, locally-based property service providers. From garden maintenance to handymen, plumbers and electricians, people can easily find quotations and confirm bookings. “I’ve been a real estate agent for over 10 years and I started PropCare because ...

Ecommerce, News

South Africa’s two most favourite etailers Kalahari and Takealot merge

take Two of South Africa's most successful ecommerce stores, Takealot and Naspers-owned Kalahari, have just announced its merger of operations. This move is said to bring customers the benefit of a wider selection of products and categories, as well as broader delivery services. According to the media release, the merger was driven by the fact that, without scale, local ecommerce stores simply can’t compete successfully against the local brick and mortar retailers, as well as foreign companies such as Amazon and Alibaba. Online retail ...


3 top tips for inculcating a connected tech startup culture

Connected Mind-set, connectedness and government support are everything when it comes to building and sustaining a far reaching tech culture set to breed innovations across the globe. If it is a key imperative for tech businesses to replicate their business models and product innovations on an international scale, some key insights and lessons can be learnt from Israel, dubbed ‘the start-up nation’ who has successfully built an intimate tech culture and community with a far reaching global impact. 1. Connectedness Everyone in the tech ...

Africa, Startup news

SA’s edtech startup Brighter Futures offers online math tuition for R50

education South Africa's elearning startup space is growing bigger (and brighter) by the day. Recently launched online tutoring service Brighter Futures joins the race to quell the country's ever pressing education issues. In 2013, the Department of Basic Education reported that only 26.1% of candidates who sat for the mathematics matric result achieved a pass mark of 50% and above. This fueled a chant that all South Africans have come to know too well. The education system is in crisis, it goes, ...

Advertising & Marketing, Startups

SweepSouth is the lean cleaning company your home has been looking for

SweepSouth The next wave of ecommerce is very definitely service oriented. Apart from the group of taxi and online entertainment focused services, just a few weeks ago we wrote about Cape Town's WumDrop, which is looking to disrupt the local courier industry. We've also written about Washrr -- a platform that collects your dirty clothes and brings you clean ones. Needless to say, there is a definite trend here. People want what they want, now. SweepSouth, a new tech startup looking to ...

BurnMedia TV

A day at the iHub and a look at Kenya’s startups [Video]

Kenya-iHub Kenya's tech space is without a doubt one of the most exciting ecosystems to witness in today's day and age. That's why Ventureburn recently took a trip up to Nairobi, Kenya to get a closer look at what's new and happening. At the center of this tech ecosystem sits iHub -- the meetup place for all technologists, investors and hackers in the area. Among other enthusiasts, Ventureburn Managing Editor Michelle Atagana had a chat with iHub Director of Operations ...

Startup news

M4JAM’s next big project? Crowdsourcing recycling

M4Jam A little while back we told you about M4JAM, a new microjobbing play looking to make the most of South Africa's massive mobile penetration rates. Hosted on WeChat, the service -- which gives cash rewards to users for taking part in surveys or completing tasks -- saw some pretty impressive early success. Today the company announced that it's expanding beyond these kinds of tasks and will launch a pilot recycling project being pioneered on the platform in collaboration with Green ...

Competition, Startup news

Here are the 10 finalists to pitch at SiMODiSA Startup South Africa

SiMODiSA_Logo_Final1 Flying the banner "Get-Up Start-Up", South African entrepreneurial initiative SiMODiSA will see ten savvy startups pitch at its conference this week Friday. With an exciting diverse group of initiatives -- from solar solutions to education and courier services -- each finalist will get 12 minutes to impress the judging panel which consists of industry experts Vusi Thembekwayo, Vinny Lingham, Justin Stanford, Pontsho Maruping, and Anita Nel. Apart from wooing the judges for investment, the grand prize winner will get the ...

Emerging Markets, General Tech

Why diasporas are emerging markets’ top assets when it comes to tech

Dandelion-wind Our world is on the move, as more and more people are qualified as migrants by statistical organizations. And it's growing fast. In 1990, there were 154 million migrants, versus 232 millions in 2004. How does this impact or serve the development of tech ecosystems in the emerging markets? Well, quite well, and stories from Iran, Lebanon and Nigeria will make it a bit more real. Iran: when top engineers look back to the home country The story of engineering in Iran ...