Africa, Competition, Startup news

Here are Africa’s 5 Innotribe Startup Challenge finalists

Innotribe winners Fifteen fintech startups from all over Africa just competed for a chance to travel to Singapore later this year where some of them will stand a chance of winning US$50 000 and a hell of a lot of exposure. Only five made the cut. This was the first time the Innotribe Startup Challenge was hosted in Africa. It also happens to be that out of all the countries, the competition received the third most of its applications from South Africa, with ...

Ecommerce, Startups

Can online boutique startup &Threads follow-up on YDE’s success?

&Threads hangers In 1995, Paul Simon (age 21) started the very popular Young Designers Emporium (YDE). The retail store for fashion designers soon grew to 13 stores across South Africa. Ten years later, he sold his company to Truworths International for an undisclosed sum of green, and with that, became one of the country's most inspiring entrepreneurial success stories. Since Simon made his exit, the serial entrepreneur has been involved in various projects, from setting up a kids play park, driving those yellow ...

Africa, Competition, News

She Leads Africa is looking for entrepreneurs to scale across the continent

She-Leads-Africa-finalists She Leads Africa is again helping drive leadership, commerce and innovation among the continent's savvy women. A second time round, the Entrepreneur Showcase is the female empowerment initiative's flagship that encourages entrepreneurs to compete for US$15 000 in cash prizes, media features in international news outlets, and exclusive meetings with top investors. Specifically, the organisation said in a media release, it's looking for entrepreneurs looking to grow and scale their businesses across Africa Last year, She Leads Africa was also responsible ...

Africa, Startup news

SweepSouth announces seed round, plans on-demand cleaning everywhere

SweepSouth SweepSouth launched mid last year on a mission to help get South Africa's homes clean. The on-demand domestic cleaning startup has since swept up a prestigious award at SiMODiSA StartupSA and is today recording monthly double-digit growth. In a recent announcement, the company announces that it's secured a round of funding which was led by Vinny Lingham and Llew Claasen's Newtown Partners and includes Pule Taukobong’s Africa Angels Network (AAN) and Polo Leteka Radebe’s Identity Development Fund (IDF). Read more: SweepSouth is ...

Advertising & Marketing, Entrepreneurship

6 marketing hacks all entrepreneurs should have in their pockets

tools Marketing -- and more to the point -- digital marketing budgets still frighten a lot of people. Especially entrepreneurs who are grappling with how to translate from their personal brand through to a business brand. Here are six digital marketing hacks that I find exceptionally useful when trying to understand where to focus my attention when planning digital marketing campaigns. 1. Blog – And Then Blog Some More Content has become the lifeblood of any marketing campaign! Without truly great content you can ...

Startup news

Lumkani launches #LetsStopFire crowdfunding campaign

Lumkani fire box Cape Town, South African-based startup Lumkani has launched its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help prevent the spread of fires in urban slums with its networked fire detector. After winning half-a-million rand from Chivas Regal's social entrepreneurship competition earlier this year, Lumkani will soon travel to Silicon Valley where it will pitch for a welcoming US$1-million. The team has developed a smart device which integrates with the mesh network of in-home fire detectors. This device sends text messages to community members with ...


Why you need to start taking customer support seriously

Gift My first job was in product development. Our team consisted of 120 odd people spread out over the third floor of our building. The support team was an equally big bunch situated on the fourth floor and to be honest, we had a fair amount of disdain for the support team. After all, we were the visionaries. We were the humans doing new things, creating code, changing the world (in our eyes). They? They were just fixing little things here ...


5 golden nuggets startups can take from Elon Musk’s Powerwall keynote

Elon Musk When we tech journalists hear the word keynote, we pretty much know what to expect. Flashing lights, big production values, Tolstoy-esque lengths, questionable song and dance routines, oodles of promises and a speaker that probably gets a little too much pleasure in hearing himself speak. Which is why Elon Musk‘s keynote on Tesla‘s new Powerwall battery technology was such a breath of fresh air. In a short 20 minute presentation, Musk talked about the world’s increasing reliance on fossil fuels, discussed its negative impact ...

Africa, Ecommerce, News

Kalahari ceases to exist with finalisation of Takealot merger

take Visit right now and for the first time since 1998 (that's 17 years for the slower ones) you won't find yourself on South Africa's oldest online shopping site. Instead you'll be redirected to the four-year-old and growing Takealot. First announced in October last year, the merge between the country's two biggest online shops has finally taken form. And it's not the Takahari we had hoped for. Scrapping the Kalahari brand and operating under the Takealot name going forward, the online shop ...

Africa, Startup news

VIGO partner to offer SA small businesses site makeovers worth R10k

Vigo The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship and VIGO have partnered to get more small businesses online, giving them an opportunity to win a website makeover worth R10 000. Launched in 2012, the website builder provides any person, irrespective of trade or background, the opportunity to create their own website for a minimal monthly fee that includes hosting and email. "This competition is meant to spread awareness about the importance of creating a strong online presence and point out the do’s and don’ts of ...