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  • Nigerian business directory VConnect receives upgrades for engagement

    Nigeria's largest search engine, VConnect, has received a facelift, making it easier to find local businesses in the country. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the website lists over 1.2-million businesses in Nigeria. It allows businesses to list all their information, operating times, as well as images. In turn, customers can rate these companies. "Our goal is to provide complete information that helps users to find and connect with businesses that are right for them. VConnect isn't just a business search engine; it's a discovery and engagement platform," says the founder and general manager of VConnect, Deepankar Rustagi, in a press...

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    Barclays accelerator announces latest participants in African programme

    Barclays Africa Group and Techstars today released the names of 10 financial-technology (fintech) companies selected to participate in the second Barclays Accelerator programme, powered by Techstars. The successful companies, all focused on providing fintech solutions in Africa, will participate in a 13-week growth acceleration programme at Barclays Africa’s Rise fintech innovation hub in Cape Town from mid-May. The 2017 programme participants are: Flexpay (Kenya), Howler (South Africa), Spatialedge (South Africa), Abe.ai (USA), The Sun Exchange (South Africa), Byte Money (South Africa), Avenews-GT (Israel), FOMO Travel (South Africa), Kapitalwise (USA) and eCOIDA (South Africa). Yasaman Hadjibashi, chief creation officer at Barclays Africa Group, said:...

  • Ghana is next destination for Seedstars World [update]

    The next leg of international pitching event, Seedstars World, is heading to Accra, Ghana, on its way to the finals in Switzerland. This round takes place with the support of local ambassador Impact Hub. "Impact Hub Accra is at the centre of an exciting and growing startup ecosystem in Ghana, we offer a wide range of opportunities for dynamic startups to grow and scale, such opportunities includes global partnership with organisations such as Seedstars," said community manager at Impact Hub Accra, Victor Ofoegbu, in a press release to Ventureburn. Startups wanting to participate will need to be less than two years old, raised...

  • The leap into entrepreneurship: how and when women should make it

    I recently attended a Geek Girl Dinner, which raised, again, the extraordinary challenges of talking about women and entrepreneurship without getting sucked into a black and white discussion about how it 'should' be done. The topic for the evening was 'The Leap towards Entrepreneurship', with the panel made up of Aisha Pandor (co-founder of SweepSouth), Jess Mouneimne (founder of Jam Media), Richard Bezuidenhout (founder of e-magination) and Nwabisa Mayema (co-founder of nnfinity). It was an animated discussion with lots of differing opinions, all handled with grace and humour, about how important passion is, the nature of sacrifice when starting a business,...

  • Radio 702, Cape Talk, Sage One 2016 Small Business Awards nominations now open

    Nominations are now open for the 2016 Small Business Awards, held by Radio 702, Cape Talk, and Sage One. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the prize pot, sponsored by Sage One and worth R1-million, will be split between the overall winners and runners-up in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The winners in each region will receive an advertising package of R250 000 on 702/Cape Talk. From Sage, they’ll receive a laptop with free access to their Accounting and Payroll software as well as a training course or seminar of their choice and a year’s worth of software support. The runners-up...

  • A startup wants to solve India’s farmer problems with data and tech

    My family has owned a farm for years and we’ve always made our money growing and selling vegetables, but things have been changing. To sustain ourselves, we now need to sell to people in cities – customers whose faces we’ve never seen and are only talked about by the men who arrive once a week in big trucks to sift through our vegetables and throw half of them away. Some give us reasons – the eggplants we grow aren’t worth anything because they’re not popular this year, or less lumpy potatoes have become the fad – how would we know...

  • Nigeria’s online money lending space nears disruption

    In January, Ventureburn reported that Nigerian gift card company SureGifts had rolled out SureCredit, a unique way to obtain loans. Even though many industry stakeholders were conflicted over Nigeria's readiness for loans in the online space, platforms such as Paylater.ng quickly caught the public eye. As extensively useful as credit in general is, the system has been marred by various laws and flaws, presenting barriers to loan seekers. These factors have made the services inaccessible to those really needing to utilise them. This has forced loan/credit seekers in Nigeria to look elsewhere, with some seeking alternatives online. "No one that I know of is...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [25/07/2016]

    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...

  • Sage Summit 2016 to host over 15 000 entrepreneurs

    What began as a small business venture 30 years ago has now become the meeting point for millions of entrepreneurs from across 23 countries. This year's Sage Summit will look to inspire new and old entrepreneurs alike. The Sage Summit 2016 looks to break last year's figures, with expectations to double capacity.  The event which will also host some of the world's leading brand ambassadors and entertainers will seek to employ their knowledge and passions to those in attendance. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn: "For the first time, Sage Summit will have a dedicated series of events for...

  • Nigeria’s NetPlusDotCom taps Etisalat to rollout STORM app mPOS solution

    A few weeks ago, Ventureburn focused on how African telecoms operators can have a mutually beneficial innovation-driven relationship with startups specifically by making their APIs startup friendly. This week, Nigeria’s NetPlusDotCom, announced a partnership with telecoms giant Etisalat Nigeria to deliver the STORM app. Thus further expanding how telecoms companies can get actively involved in the growth of the tech space -- this time, fintech. NetPlusDotCom is a Nigerian early stage financial technology company and payment solution provider that decided to partner with Etisalat to roll out STORM -- which is an innovative inventory, store management and self-service ticketing solution via...

  • Demo Africa to showcase 11 South African finalists

    DEMO Africa, a flagship initiative of Lions@Africa, helps connect startups across the continent to relevant markets, offering them an opportunity to bring their dreams to life. This year's event sees 11 South African startups representing the nation out of a total of 30 finalists. Demo Africa, which saw 723 applicants, began in Nairobi, before moving to Kenya, Lagos and Nigeria. For the first time ever, the event will take place in Johannesburg. The 723 applicants were whittled down to 131, coming down to the final 30. Eleven of the finalists are South African, while six are Nigerian, five are Kenyan, three represent Ghana....