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  • Finalists announced for 2015 She Leads Africa pitch competition

    The She Leads Africa competition has announced its top six finalists for the 2015 Entrepreneur Showcase event. Taking place between 25 to 26 September in Lagos, Nigeria, the finalists will pitch to a panel of judges and compete for the grand prize. Apart from first place receiving US$10 000 in cash, direct access to investors, and international media exposure, second place will receive US$5 000 while third place will receive US$1 000. She Leads Africa will also invest between US$25 000 and US$50 000 in two of the top five businesses. This investment is meant to allow for further expansion for the...

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    The comparison website Click n Compare is taking Africa by storm

    Cape Town, South Africa - Click n Compare, a South African focused comparison website is expanding their outreach after a very successful year with a strong month on month growth of 40%. Alongside the South African success of the brand comes now their expansion into both Nigeria and Kenya. Established in 2013, Click n Compare is a one-stop portal for African consumers who are looking to source services and be educated in hard-to-navigate verticals, such as insurance, mobile, broadband, and banking. The Internet has empowered consumers to access more information than ever before, but it has also made it that...

  • SpaceBox aims to get your stuff into storage in a few clicks

    If you've got a lot of stuff you don't want to get rid of and very little space, then hired storage can be a life-saver. But knowing exactly what you've got in storage, and finding it when you want it, can be a tortuous exercise. SpaceBox, a newly launched division of national space provider XtraSpace aims to change that. The on-demand storage service allows you to schedule free drop-off time online. From there, the SpaceBox team will deliver as many orange storage boxes as you need to your door. Once you've packed your stuff in the boxes, you can...

  • M4JAM acquires digital research company Pondering Panda to fuel African expansion

    South African micro-jobbing startup M4JAM (Money for Jam) had a good first year. The Stellenbosch-based company lured high-profile talents such as Brett StClair from Google South Africa into its den, which was quickly followed up by investment from media giants Naspers and Tencent through WeChat Africa. This has been accompanied by impressive user growth. Now, adding muscle to its African expansion plans, M4JAM has acquired digital market research company Pondering Panda. Founded in 2011 and also operating from Stellenbosch, Pondering Panda has over the years established itself as a reputable research brand and, leveraging popular digital channels such as Mxit and...

  • What can big data do for small startups?

    Starting and continuing to run a successful business has always been a difficult task for any entrepreneur. While you may have a great idea, your business might not get the kick start it deserves due to issues either in or out of your control. With the age of data upon us, businesses need to go back to the basics of what they see on paper, instead of relying solely on intuition and gut feel. Before thinking about how to use Big Data effectively, ask yourself if your business even uses data effectively. In other words, apart from your financial...

  • Convergence Partners announces $20m investment to stimulate tech in West Africa

    Pan-African investment management firm Convergence Partners has announced an investment of US$20-million for a minority stake in Venture Garden Nigeria (VGN), a tech investment holding company operating in the West African country. VGN is dedicated to support companies that provide innovative, data-driven, end-to-end technology platforms. Its portfolio currently consists of education company EduTech, software developer Splashers Technologies and gifting platform SureGifts, among many others. Read more: SureGifts is Nigeria’s premier gift card startup targeting the corporate world Founded in 2006, Convergence Partners is an investment management firm focused on the telecommunications, media and technology sector in Africa. The firm has played leading roles...

  • Seedstars World competition heads to Abidjan for its next leg

    After its a successful round in Ghana, Seedstars World is heading towards Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. On 12 August, the competition looks to find the best startup in the country, which will go on to compete for a US$500 000 equity prize in Switzerland. Partnering with Microsoft, Google, and MEST, Seedstars World looks at fast-growing and pioneering startups in an effort to support regional businesses. "Seedstars World is a platform connecting investors to the next generation of startup entrepreneurs pulling the spotlight from Silicon Valley and Western Europe. We honestly think the best way to have an impact in emerging countries is...

  • SA’s Geek Crate delivers games, comics and merchandise to your doorstep

    Brand new startup Geek Crate based in Cape Town, South Africa, looks to bring a range of geek products to the masses. It's an idea sure to take off during the current Geek Chic trend, made popular by properties such as The Big Bang Theory and Marvel's Cinematic Universe. The company has been founded by full-time UCT students and friends, Grant Meeser and Jordan Lambis. What they lack in years of experience, the pair have in vision, foresight, and drive. The concept driving Geek Crate is very simple, and is one that we've seen before: each month customers pay a set...

  • After the Dragons: how one big TV investment changed SA Florist [T4A]

    Ecommerce store, SA Florist may not have received the largest investment from Dragons' Den South Africa, but it was one of the more interesting stories. For one, all five of the Dragons came in on the deal, a rarity on the show. Founders Nicholas Wallander and Fraser Black were also made to sweat for it, going through one of the longest pitches in the show's global history. Prior to the show, the ecommerce site had quietly chugged along for a couple of years as a neat little money turner for its partners. It had one full-time employee and did about R1-million...

  • Nic Haralambous: entrepreneurship is an addiction and there’s no cure [T4A]

    Entrepreneurship is addictive and it's as difficult an addiction to get over as any other. That was the message from Nic Haralambous during his keynote at the Cape Town edition of Tech4Africa. Despite the best intentions of his parents, who wanted him to have a steady career, Haralambous told the audience that he could never imagine doing anything else other than running his own business. This despite the fact that his experiences have left him as bruised and battered as any harmful drug. The son of Cypriot immigrants, the former Motribe founder turned online men's outfitter has been running businesses in...

  • Startup owner? Here are 4 ways to empower your developers’ creativity

    There’s an old saying about service delivery: Your options are good, fast, and cheap -- pick two. For entrepreneurs trying to get ahead and stay ahead in the rapidly evolving tech industry, this aphorism rings true, and it’s why multi-skilled employees who are able to deliver two and a half out of those three are so highly prized. One of these is the rare “designoper” -- a developer with design knowledge. These all-stars are able to make decisions from both an aesthetic and a practical point of view, striking a balance between code-heavy visuals and simplicity while reducing the time...