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  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [13/02/2017]

    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...

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    New integrated payment, POS solution allows retailers to transact in 2 seconds

    The South African financial technology company that brought card-payment systems to smaller businesses as far back as 2008 has just announced a new integrated payment solution that will benefit franchise store owners, larger independent retailers and franchise owners. Sureswipe is SA’s first independent payment service provider to offer a fully integrated payment solution with acquiring services. Paul Kent, managing director of Sureswipe, says: “Our new Integrated Payments product has been developed for higher volume businesses that use a Point-of-Sale system. It reduces manual hours spent on reconciliations, makes customer payments quicker and safer, and cuts both costs and complexity. We have brought functionality...

  • What makes hubs successful?

    For the past two weeks, I have been based at Impact Hub Accra to assist the team with business development as well as conducting research as part of my master’s in African Studies at Leiden University. As similar hubs continue to emerge across the continent, I seek to investigate the role hubs and innovation centres play in facilitating the pathways of its members. To explore this I have chosen to use Impact Hub Accra as a unique case study. My research focuses on how this particular hub advocates the trajectories of entrepreneurs, notably ‘social’ entrepreneurs. I will spend the next...

  • eCommerce MoneyAfrica Confex 2017 hits Cape Town this February

    The eCommerce MoneyAfrica Confex, which focuses on ecommerce and fintech, will be held at the CTICC in Cape Town on 22 to 23 February. The conference will focus on developing a cashless society, cross-border ecommerce, money without borders, building loyalty, and a range of other topics. "This year's event parallels the swift adoption of fintech products, improved customer knowledge and fulfilment; key areas driving the growth of eCommerce on the continent," says managing director of Kinetic, Terry Southam, in a press release to Ventureburn. It will feature 75 speakers, keynotes, panel discussions, demonstrations, networking, exhibitions, and cocktail functions. The event looks at bringing together merchants,...

  • Katlego Maphai interview: rivals, data, staff, and more

    We were fortunate enough to attend the second Startup Grind Cape Town event of the year, headlined by Katlego Maphai. The Yoco co-founder tackled a variety of topics during the event, but we managed to interview him, covering rivals, Yoco's future plans and more. Who are their rivals? Is it Snapscan? "We are sort of... mutually cooperating companies in the ecosystem," he says of Snapscan. "If you look at Snapscan, they've had to acquire merchants and the real drive from them now is getting consumers to pay. We're strictly a merchant company." Maphai says that you could potentially see a collaboration between the...

  • Eduardo Saverin in $25m funding for insurance and wellness marketplace

    Rosaline Koo made a huge bet with CXA. Not long after she started up the healthcare products marketplace, it acquired Singapore’s third-largest homegrown insurance brokerage, Pan Group. Rosaline injected all her life savings and took out a loan to finance the purchase and build the venture. It’s now paying off. CXA today announced it has become a US$100 million company following a US$25 million series B investment, co-led by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital Group and Singapore-based EDBI. Global life and health reinsurance company RGA, Philips Healthcare, maker of data-driven medical devices and disease management programs, and existing investors NSI...

  • Silvertree Capital acquires Nigeria’s TopCheck

    Nigerian price comparison site, TopCheck, was recently acquired for an undisclosed amount by Silvertree Holdings, one of Africa's leading internet platforms. The price comparison site will be joining one of SilverTree's subsidiaries, Compare Africa Group (CAG) which is active in over three African countries. "The TopCheck team is excited to join forces with CAG. Together, we are forming Africa’s undisputed leader in price comparison," said TopCheck founder, Thomas Pilar in a press release. TopCheck was founded by European entrepreneurs Christian Wiesner and Jose Figueiredo, as well as Thomas Pilar in 2014.recorded fast growth last year. Not only have they processed US$10-million in Gross...

  • TenaCiTi to enhance junior recruits for small businesses

    The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) in partnership with #CoCreateSA, an initiative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, have launched their second TenaCiTi programme. The programme aims to improve small businesses by providing junior recruits with sufficient training to up their skills, such as such as time management and planning. This upskilling looks to allow the trainees to become more productive staff to aid in sustaining the business. TenaCiTi also aims to build an enabling relationship between the entrepreneur and their junior recruit by improving the existing HR department. HR consulting firm, LaytonMelville will be responsible for hosting intervention sessions between the entrepreneur and...

  • Report: SA private equity comes out on top

    According to the recent RisCura-SAVCA South African Private Equity Performance Report , private equity in SA yielded favourable returns over a 10-year period. The report shows that private equity delivered a 10-year internal rate of return (IRR) of 17.7% at the end of September 2016, as opposed to 16.5% from the FTSE/JSE Financial and Industrial Index (FINDI TRI). "The steady, attractive returns delivered by private equity is particularly appealing in the current volatile, low-returns environment," says CEO of the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA), Erika van der Merwe, in a press release to Ventureburn. SA private equity was also strong against the FTSE/JSE...

  • Is your startup ready for flextime?

    If you're looking for ways to raise productivity and reduce overhead at your startup, you might have come across the term 'flextime'. This is a concept in which workers are offered the option of flexible hours and increased opportunities for telecommuting in an office setting. The employee is primarily in charge of setting his or her own hours, with management approval. Flextime is often used in corporate settings to raise productivity and employee morale. Firms and their staff have found it to be an efficient strategy, and many startups are encouraged to adopt the pattern. The policy is an appealing company...

  • Startup Grind: 12 things we learnt from Yoco’s Katlego Maphai

    The second Startup Grind Cape Town event of the year took place on Monday night at Workshop 17, featuring Katlego Maphai, co-founder of Yoco. The event saw Maphai cover a wide variety of topics, including the formation of Yoco, challenges associated with the company and more. So what did we learn? Working on Jumia gave him the required confidence Maphai said that while working at RocketInternet, he was sent (along with current Yoco CFO Bradley Wattrus) to Nigeria to work on online retailer Jumia. "That was a gruelling experience... really tough... And I think after that, him and I just...