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  • From the horse’s mouth: 7 tips every startup needs to follow in 2015

    Did you know that in 2014 the world hit 52% of its entrepreneurial capacity? That’s according to the Global Entrepreneurship Index, which hosted last year’s 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Morocco. As this ecosystem of small businesses continues to grow and thrive, standing out from the crowd is going to become an increasingly difficult challenge. So, how can you do it? We gathered advice from some of Africa’s most innovative startups, who have either received grants from Microsoft or who have started making waves in the startup space after participating in events such as Demo Africa. Whether you are starting...

  • The Green City Startup looking to fund over R1M eco-friendly startups in Jozi

    In partnership with the City of Johannesburg, Resolution Circle and the University of Johannesburg, green entrepreneurs are encouraged to partake in The Green City Startup challenge. And oh boy, will they been keen to do so! Twenty applicants will be selected to receive mentorship from Resolutions Circle and the University of Johannesburg's tech incubator. An awards panel of serial entrepreneurs and distinguished researchers will select eight finalists. Each finalist will receive R250 000, to demonstrate the viability of his or her idea. Ultimately, two winners will be chosen later this year when they will receive R1-million to further their ideas. As you've...

  • Travelstart acquires Hong Kong’s Satisfly to boost its social intelligence chops

    Cape Town-headquartered online flight booking company Travelstart has acquired Satisfly, a Hong Kong-based social intelligence company. Founded in 2008, Satisfly uses big data and social media insights to help travel companies better understand and interact with their customers. Its co-founder Sergio Mello will be joining the Travelstart team as Head of Innovation, while remaining CEO of Satisfly. According to Travelstart, the acquisition will empower it to "create more meaningful experiences for their customers through social media data". This, it says, will aid it in its expansion into Africa and the Middle East. Although Travelstart has acquired the company...

  • SA radar startup iKubu exits to Garmin technologies

    iKubu, the Stellenbosch, South African-based company popularly responsible for the Bactracker bicycle radar technology, has exited to satellite navigation multinational Garmin. Grindstone fellow, iKubu last year introduced its Backtracker technology to the world as a means to test out the market and make a name for itself internationally. Although the company didn't manage to reach its US$194 000 (over R2.2-million) funding goal, it turns out its plans ended up working out after all. “iKubu has found a way to implement short-range radar into a low-power system that addresses a common concern among cyclists – identifying potential hazards that are approaching them...

  • Redfish wants to become the top space for SA’s manual labour workforce

    Ever find yourself paging through the Yellow Pages (or Google), looking for that one plumber who knows what he's doing but doesn't cost a fortune? Of course you do. If only there was a way you could find skilled tradesmen with backing reviews and a relevant asking price. Well, this is exactly what Redfish has been up to for the last two years. If you haven't heard of it, Redfish essentially acts as a tradesman-meets-customer supply and demand platform with ratings and reviews. It's currently on a mission to become the number one space for tradespeople in South Africa keen...

  • Online auctioning site LiveBids launches, introduces pay-per-bid model

    LiveBids Auctions has recently launched in a bid to take on South African hot shots like BidorBuy and international ones such as Ebay. These are all large tasks for any startup, so we've chatted to the co-founder Rory Vollmer and Paul von Hoesslin about their vision for the company. The team describes LiveBids as online buying and selling reinvented as it's said to be the only social online marketplace to empower both the buyer and the sellers. Though one feature that does sound quite novel is the pay-per-bid model, where would-be buyers purchase credits to bid on items. These credits go...

  • Israeli VCs raised US$914-million in 2014, the most in six years

    Israel is, without doubt, one of the most exciting startup hotspots on the planet. If it's not the admiring government support, it's the succinct financial support being made available as this new findings come to show. A new report by IVC Research Online shows that the Venture Capital (VC) cookie jar got filled to the brim in 2014. Twelve VC firms managed to raise nearly US$1-billion with the average fund size of US$76-million which is an increase of 55%. These numbers, which are the highest the country has seen since 2008, are mostly due to four veteran Israeli VC funds --...

  • How do you infiltrate the startup ecosystem in Africa?

    The question posed by the headline makes Africa's VC (Venture Capitalist) ecosystem seem like the mafia, where your cousin Vinny has to introduce you to the godfather and you have to get through a series of tests to get into the inner circle of this elite group. In some ways, it pretty much is like that, or at least that's what it will have you believe. I have been asked this question many times and it wasn't until I took a small hiatus from the ecosystem that I realised the answer wasn't so easy. When I used to get...

  • Intel, She Leads Africa introduce workshops to empower female entrepreneurs

    In collaboration with the computing giant, Intel, women empowerment initiative She Leads Africa is starting the year off with the introduction of workshops on technology and entrepreneurship in Nairobi, Lagos and Johannesburg. This initiative follows a busy 2014, which saw the organisation take eight women-led startups to pitch at Diaspora Demo Day in the US last year, among other things. Read more: She Leads Africa announces top 10 young women entrepreneurs The first workshop session will be led by Intel, which will focus on building one's minimal viable product. The second session will be led by She Leads Africa and will teach...

  • GoMetro launches low-cost data mobi site in all 11 official SA languages

    Transport data startup GoMetro has just launched a new mobi site designed with the emerging world, specifically South Africa, in mind. GoMetro Mini, as it's called, is designed for older mobile phones and will provide public transport information in each of the country's 11 official languages. Apart from enabling users to choose from Sepedi, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, Tswana, Venda, Tsonga, Ndebele, Swati & Afrikaans to get train and bus times for all major cities in SA, the site is also optimsed to use the minimal amount of data. GoMetro CEO Justin Coetzee, “Over the last 2 years, we have noticed GoMetro...