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  • Events to diarise for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012

    It's almost time for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). This year, the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship will run from 12 to 16 November in more than 100 cities around the world, and Cape Town is one of them. Since 2008, during one week in November, GEW inspires people everywhere through activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. In the Western Cape, Cape Town Entrepreneurship Week will feature a host of expos, workshops, hackathons and startup pitching events. Two events we recommend checking out during that week are Startup Weekend and #GovHackSA. Startup Weekend Following on from the success...

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    Top international fashion brands are a click away at Superbalist.com

    Attention all fashion lovers! Popular international fashion brands, Vero Moda and Jack & Jones, are now exclusively available at online fashion destination, Superbalist.com.  Gone are the days of being isolated from access to global trends as Superbalist brings you internationally coveted brands at the click of a button. Danish brand, Vero Moda, is one of Europe’s largest labels offering high quality, on-trend apparel at affordable prices. The range is chic and modern, and is about rebooting your wardrobe with basics and beautiful tailored pieces. You’ll find items that are perfect for a campus style reboot or a night out on...

  • Zando gets €20 million investment boost from Summit Partners

    International growth equity investor Summit Partners is set to invest €20 million in South African online retail giant Zando. This shows a huge vote of confidence in the South African ecommerce industry. Summit, a growth equity and credit investing company, has investments in more than 350 rapidly growing businesses across North America, Europe and Asia, raising nearly US$15-billion since 1984. "We seek to invest in companies that build long-term value," said Scott Collins, managing director and head of the Summit Partners London office. "Zando has shown dynamic growth in a short period of time." This investment comes just a...

  • How to build a successful startup

    When it comes to venture capital, Keet van Zyl is as savvy as they come. He's worked for companies such as Procter & Gamble, Investec Bank and HBD Venture Capital, and helped set up private equity funds in the Southern African region for a US-based investor. He also co-founded fund manager, Knife Capital as well as the business Angel investment group, AngelHub, which invests in startups with high-growth potential. Based on his experience as a partner and board member of various investments, van Zyl shared some of his thoughts on what it takes to build a successful startup. His findings...

  • 15 years, 5 key lessons in entrepreneurship

    Junk Mail started life as a weekly print publication, a solidly old-school business – but in the 15 years since I joined the business in 1998 it’s also become South Africa’s largest online classified advertising site, with a huge mobile reach as well thanks to our custom-developed mobile site. These are the top five things I’ve learned in the past 15 years: 1. Never think you’re ahead of the game We went through a phase a few years ago where everything we touched made money. I thought I was so good: And then the competitors came. I watched them,...

  • Steeple: the virtual real estate broker

    If you're thinking about selling your house, give Steeple a look. Launched earlier this month, the online estate agency service for South Africans keeps commissions low by cutting out flesh-and-blood estate agents. Sellers send their property details and photos to Steeple and show potential buyers around themselves. Steeple will value the property, market it on online property websites, arrange viewings, obtain feedback, negotiate with buyers, and project-manage the sale -- all without visiting your home. The startup has been operating in test-mode since March and claims to have already sold a number of properties. David de Waal, a chartered accountant and...

  • 5 entrepreneurial lessons from 3 African tech innovators

    Africa has made promising leaps in the tech space over the past few years. Hubs in Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, and Nigeria are all priming the next generation of entrepreneurs to make a big splash on the continent and the world. Those who have already succeeded provide lessons and models for others to follow. They will of course be adapted and changed, sometimes for the worse, but mostly for the better. And if entrepreneurs are looking for role models, they could do a lot worse than the likes of Sim Shagaya, Mbawna Alliy and Verone Mankou. All three have...

  • What are some of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make? [Video]

    If you run your own business, then you’ve become very good at one thing, and that’s making mistakes. Starting a new business requires you to possess many skills, many of which you’re admittedly not that good at. Unfortunately, screwing up is an inevitability as a new business owner. I’m a small business owner myself and I’ve made tons of mistakes. But I’m calling it quits now. Not for my business, but for my mistakes. I don’t want to make any more. To lessen my mistake quotient, I asked attendees of the Small Business Expo in New York to tell me...

  • Naspers snaps up online photography retailer SAcamera

    Emerging markets internet and media giant Naspers has snapped up SAcamera, an independent online retailer that sells cameras and photographic equipment. According to Bandwidth Blog, the outfit will be absorbed into Kalahari -- one of South Africa's largest online stores. SAcamera will however reportedly retain its own identity within Kalahari. “The appetite for online retailing in South Africa, and for quality products backed up by efficient service at the right price, has grown, and continues to grow significantly,” said Jesse Hemson-Struthers, who started SAcamera back in 2004. He also reportedly said that the deal would enable the business to...

  • Meet the startups set to battle it out at IBM’s inaugural SmartCamp SA

    Tech startups from across the country are about to throw down for top honours at the first IBM SmartCamp to be held on South African soil. The team that emerges victorious, will compete in the Global SmartCamp Finals for the chance to be crowned IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year. In September this year, we reported on South Africa's induction into the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program. IBM SmartCamps are an aspect of the Global Entrepreneur initiative designed to foster startups involved in building new technologies that tackle some of the world's most pressing issues. SmartCamp winners receive mentoring, access to...

  • appening: The SA-born app that lets you know what’s happening

    Geo-location is a becoming a hotly contested space right now. The latest entrant in the space is South Africa's appening, a mobile event app that allows users to keep up to date with local events. The apps targets events to users in their specific areas pushing the information to their mobile phone or tablets. The creator of the app, Dale Amler, reckons "appening answers a question that we have all asked, what is there to do." Amler says the app can be used to find a wide variety of events: appening enables users to find a wide range of events,...

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