Entrepreneurship, Humour

The thin line between catchy and ridiculous startup names

Startup name The tight competition in the startup market requires taking a strategic approach to every aspect of branding, including the choice of a company name. While this may seem as one of the easiest decisions entrepreneurs need to make, a number of examples prove the opposite. Consider the case of Qriously -- a mobile ad network that aims to create more meaningful experience for both advertisers and publishers. Its name seems to be a result of an (unfortunate) compromise on a domain ...

Africa, Startup news

4 tech startups chosen for Savannah Fund’s latest accelerator class

BitFinance The Kenyan-based VC firm, Savannah Fund, has lifted the curtains on its latest class of accelerated startups from the African continent. From Bitcoin to forex enablers, there seems to be a growing trend in the financial tech sector across the African region. "We are excited to announce our fourth accelerator class selected from over 150 applications across Africa -- each startup will get between US$25 000 and US$30 000 investment, graduation and demo day set for end of July 2015," writes ...

Startup news, Venture capital

These 21 green startups from SA, Kenya have been made investment-ready

Green-Pioneer-Accelerator The Green Pioneer Accelerator focused on early stage enterprises contributing innovative solutions to environmental issues such as climate change, energy insecurity, loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems. Over the past four months Impact Amplifier, GrowthAfrica, VC4Africa and Hivos offered the Green Pioneer Accelerator programme to selected businesses, taking them from ‘market proof’ to ‘ready for investment’. Twenty one committed entrepreneurs were selected for the programme in Kenya and South Africa. Interested investors and others can request to attend the Green ...


Bandwidth Barn enters multimillion rand partnership with Telkom

REview-Ask-the-Expert-Bandwidth-Barn-Khayelitsha-feature It is called the Bandwidth Barn after all. One of South Africa's top tech incubators Bandwidth Barn is announcing a three-year, multi-million rand partnership with one of the country's largest telecommunications giant, Telkom. Part of the Cape Innovation and Technology (CiTi) group of organisations, the Bandwidth Barn has a long association with Telkom, dating back to 2008 when Telkom became the headline sponsor of its inaugural incubator. "One of our core strategic objectives is the fostering of inclusive innovation," Ian Merrington, the CEO ...

Africa, Startups

StudySearch connects African students with quality universities abroad

bg15two Even though there is no official data on the number of Africans that are travelling abroad annually for postgraduate studies, it's expected to be high considering the increasing local interest in foreign education and the general belief that the quality of Africa’s education system is not as high as in Europe or North America -- even some parts of Asia. One of the biggest obstacles there is for those keen to study abroad is not only having access to the relevant ...

Africa, Competition, Startup news

Here are Africa’s 5 Innotribe Startup Challenge finalists

Innotribe winners Fifteen fintech startups from all over Africa just competed for a chance to travel to Singapore later this year where some of them will stand a chance of winning US$50 000 and a hell of a lot of exposure. Only five made the cut. This was the first time the Innotribe Startup Challenge was hosted in Africa. It also happens to be that out of all the countries, the competition received the third most of its applications from South Africa, with ...

Ecommerce, Startups

Can online boutique startup &Threads follow-up on YDE’s success?

&Threads hangers In 1995, Paul Simon (age 21) started the very popular Young Designers Emporium (YDE). The retail store for fashion designers soon grew to 13 stores across South Africa. Ten years later, he sold his company to Truworths International for an undisclosed sum of green, and with that, became one of the country's most inspiring entrepreneurial success stories. Since Simon made his exit, the serial entrepreneur has been involved in various projects, from setting up a kids play park, driving those yellow ...

Africa, Competition, News

She Leads Africa is looking for entrepreneurs to scale across the continent

She-Leads-Africa-finalists She Leads Africa is again helping drive leadership, commerce and innovation among the continent's savvy women. A second time round, the Entrepreneur Showcase is the female empowerment initiative's flagship that encourages entrepreneurs to compete for US$15 000 in cash prizes, media features in international news outlets, and exclusive meetings with top investors. Specifically, the organisation said in a media release, it's looking for entrepreneurs looking to grow and scale their businesses across Africa Last year, She Leads Africa was also responsible ...

Africa, Startup news

SweepSouth announces seed round, plans on-demand cleaning everywhere

SweepSouth SweepSouth launched mid last year on a mission to help get South Africa's homes clean. The on-demand domestic cleaning startup has since swept up a prestigious award at SiMODiSA StartupSA and is today recording monthly double-digit growth. In a recent announcement, the company announces that it's secured a round of funding which was led by Vinny Lingham and Llew Claasen's Newtown Partners and includes Pule Taukobong’s Africa Angels Network (AAN) and Polo Leteka Radebe’s Identity Development Fund (IDF). Read more: SweepSouth is ...

Advertising & Marketing, Entrepreneurship

6 marketing hacks all entrepreneurs should have in their pockets

tools Marketing -- and more to the point -- digital marketing budgets still frighten a lot of people. Especially entrepreneurs who are grappling with how to translate from their personal brand through to a business brand. Here are six digital marketing hacks that I find exceptionally useful when trying to understand where to focus my attention when planning digital marketing campaigns. 1. Blog – And Then Blog Some More Content has become the lifeblood of any marketing campaign! Without truly great content you can ...