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 ...

Africa, News

DEMO Africa commends international community’s support for local startups

DEMO Africa 2013 With support from the international community, DEMO Africa is helping local startups get into the global limelight. The annual event recently saw 40 tech startups showcase their businesses in Lagos, Nigeria. DEMO Africa is one of the flagship initiatives of LIONS@FRICA, a project started by the US Department of State, Microsoft, DEMO, USAID and Startup Weekend. The US State Department through the LIONS@FRICA partnership will this year sponsor five DEMO Africa startups for a 10-day trip to pitch at the DEMO US. ...

Startup news

GoMetro relaunches as SA’s social network of transport

GoMetro app In celebration of National Transportation Month in South Africa, data and transport startup GoMetro relaunched this week. Apart from the additional social elements, the startup's updated product now include information regarding major bus services like Cape Town's MyCiti and Golden Arrow as well as Johannesburg's Gautrain and Rea Vaya. GoMetro's new app -- GoMetroApp -- is referred to as the Community for Commuters where people provide each other with information including crowdsourced updates about transport in South Africa. Whereas the original ...


Screw Samsung and LG, Korea’s real tech legacy could be as a startup nation

Seoul Palace Think of the world's great startup hubs and you think Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, Sao Paolo and Bangalore. If you've spent some time on the African continent, you'd probably throw Cape Town, Nairobi and Lagos into the mix too. Chances are South Korea probably won't even cross your mind. If you're anything like most people, when someone mentions technology and Korea you probably think about its two hardware giants Samsung and LG. If you're up to scratch on the instant ...


Where’s the line between inspiration and startup overhype?

Startupbootcamp A piece that my colleague Ali Mese wrote recently went viral instantly. My Facebook timeline became a mish-mash of people -- entrepreneurs or not -- sharing it and applauding his bravery in leaving his corporate job, and leaving comments on how it made them want to drop all they were doing and dive into the deep end of entrepreneurship. You know, the usual viral reaction. But not everyone loved it. Some were critical of how, they claimed, Mese’s story failed to provide ...

Africa, Featured, Startups

What startups may come: a look at Silicon Savannah in Kenya

Kenya "How would you like to pay?", a cashier at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport asks me. "M-Pesa or cash?" she continues as I try to gather my thoughts. And then it hits me -- this is Kenya, where mobile payment works and is everywhere. This is Africa's hub of innovation. The technology ecosystem here works and unlike Nigeria, the fragments are better held together. So I have decided to spend some time getting to know the ecosystem and the startups and ...