Africa, Entrepreneurship

8 exciting African startup programmes and accelerators to watch in 2015

fast accelerate car While still arguably lacking, there a growing number of entrepreneursial programmes in Africa these days, each with its own agenda and "recipe for success". For those startups looking for mentorship, capital or recognition, we thought it would be fitting to round-up some of these programmes so you can make a choice based on your specific needs. If you're not looking to participate, just keep an eye out for the ones listed below for 2015's news to come. Think If you want to be ...

Africa, Startup news

IceCubed and VoguePay partner to bring Bitcoin transactions to Nigeria

Bitcoin-on-a-circuit-board Through a recent partnership, South African Bitcoin exchange IceCubed announced that Nigerians using the payment processing service, VoguePay, will be able to make transactions using the cryptocurrency come mid-January. Nigeria boasts Africa's largest economy as well as being the most populous country. With over 173 million citizens, over 40 million are connected to the internet. While this might be the case, Bitcoin has seen more traction in Kenya and South Africa with startups leveraging it to fit relevant needs. Using their existing ...

Ecommerce, Mobile, Mobile apps

Here’s how mobile apps are making shopping easier

Online shop phone Smartphones and tablets cater to a dynamic, cross-media lifestyle. Around 65% of tablet owners use their device while watching TV and 41% use both smartphones and tablets simultaneously at least once a day, according to a 2014 Mobile Behavior Report. The consumer’s mobile time has changed marketing as we know it. An integrated, omni-channel marketing approach is what brands now need to adopt to provide the much-desired seamless shopping experience to consumers. Mobile devices have been shaping the way consumers interact ...

CES, News

Groundbreaking health tech company LifeQ finally launches globally

clipular (2) Industrialised by the Stellenbosch South African-based health tech startup HealthQ, global technology LifeQ is officially being launched at one of the world's biggest tech events -- CES 2015. The technology will be shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show where people can learn about how physiological monitoring and bio-mathematical modeling can be applied to better understand and manage physiology. We here at Ventureburn have been keeping our ears pierced to the ground over the past few years ever since HealthQ first impressed ...

Africa, Startup news

88mph trades off startup accelerator for 1-week DealWeek programme

88mph This year 88mph is accelerating tech startups faster than ever. In Cape Town, South African at least the seed fund is trading off its 3-month startup accelerator programme for a 1-week sprint called DealWeek. Investors and mentors will evaluate and advise startups that are standing a chance of receiving an investment of US$25 000 to US$250 000 come February. The group of investors joining the vetting process are people who all have a first-hand experience in the entrepreneurial world. The group ...

Ecommerce

Takealot-Kalahari merger gets the official go-ahead

takahari-logo The merger between Takealot and Kalahari, two of South Africa's largest online retailers, has been approved by the country's Competition Commission and will come into effect as of 1 February this year. The deal, first reported on in October 2014, will see the two ecommerce giants combining resources under the Takealot name as well as using its platform and technology. The new operation will be led by Takealot's existing co-CEOs Kim Reid and Willem van Biljon. “We are super excited about ...

Africa, Startups

Meet Tracking the Wild: the social tool using crowdsourcing to help Africa’s wildlife

Tracking the Wild logo lead One of the biggest tourist attractions in South Africa -- and Africa as a whole -- is its sprawling wildlife. However valuable this attraction may be, its sustainability is questionable. Just take the rapid rise in illegal poaching as an example. With some clever technological solutions at hand, perhaps social media and crowdsourcing could help inject a fresh sense of modernity to this cherished industry. Tracking the Wild is a platform that encourages Africa's parks and reserves to capture and share ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship, News

$100m Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme is calling for applications

Foundatin-logo Applications for the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme have opened in a grand mission to forge over 10 000 entrepreneurs within the next decade. Founded by Nigerian billionaire Tony Elumelu, the pan-African programme is open to young compelling businesses with strong market feasibility, clear financial models and run by capable teams. The programme includes a 12-week training programme, mentorship, access to crucial networks and resources as well as possible funding. The qualifying startups that have progressed their business plans sufficiently will each receive ...

Africa, Ecommerce, News

Shoe etailer Heels.com.ng secures investment, hopes to ride ecommerce wave

Heels Nigerian online designer shoe shop Heels.com.ng has secured an investment from Kernel Fund, a regional seed stage investment fund. Both Kernel Fund and Heels.com.ng are not at liberty to disclose any specific figures, but Kernel Fund Manager Ade Ajayi has noted that the fund usually invests between US$25 000 and US$50 000 in individual funding rounds. Heels.com.ng was founded by avid entrepreneur and angel investor Ikenna Okonkwo and technologist Udoka Uzoka, currently the CEO and CTO respectively. With its selection of designer shoes ...

Startups

4 New Year’s resolutions your startup should consider adopting in 2015

businessman-573024_1280 This is it. This is the year your startup will go big. At least that's what you were telling everyone at the New Year's eve party a couple of nights ago. But how exactly are you going to achieve that? What exactly are you going to do this year that makes it different from last year, or any other year for that matter? Well, we've been privileged enough to observe the startup space for a good couple of years now ...

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