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  • Merck launches Satellite Programme for African startups in pharma, life sciences

    German pharmaceutical, life sciences and performance materials company The Merck Group has kicked of its African Satellite Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. In a statement on the company's accelerator (released via Twitter last week Friday), the company announced that applications for its Nairobi pitch events are now open and will close on 5 May. Applications opened on 15 March. The African Satellite Programme is aimed at early-stage startups in East, West and Southern Africa that develop innovative solutions in healthcare, life sciences, performance materials and agritech. The programme will provide selected African startups with an opportunity to collaborate with the German company and offer prizes of $3000 in...

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    Bookmark Awards 2016 Entry Series: Platform, Publishing and Special Honours

    With the deadline for entries to the prestigious IAB SA Bookmark Awards extended to 30 November, digital marketers have one last opportunity to enter and do battle for the industry’s most coveted awards across eight categories, of which the Platform category is one. The Bookmark Awards celebrate the country’s most creative and high-impact digital executions and rewards excellence in digital advertising and publishing work, benchmarked against the highest international standards. “The Platforms category encompasses all the means to communicate a digital message to current and future clients,” says Fred Roed, Head of IAB SA’s Agency Council. “These prizes are therefore always...

  • Google is backing it, but how does SA startup swiftVEE’s platform really work?

    Being selected by Google as one of 12 startups for the tech giant's first Launchpad Africa Accelerator has been "mind blowing", says Cape Town’s Russel Luck. Despite this, Luck won't say too much about how his online platform works. Luck is the co-founder of swiftVEE, an online platform that connects livestock agencies to a network of buyers and sellers. A technology lawyer by day, Luck says the idea for the platform came about when farmer and student Andrew Meyer approached him for help with an idea a few years back. Luck believed the idea had merit and in November 2016 together with...

  • LaunchLab launches seventh edition of The Ideas Programme

    Stellenbosch-based business incubator LaunchLab has launched the 2018 edition of The Ideas Programme. LaunchLab announced the latest edition in a tweet today. The initiative -- the incubator's longest running support programme and now in its seventh year -- aims to assist early-stage startups looking to validate their concepts or improve their technology offering to the market. LaunchLab achieves this by providing participating startups with access to its client network of corporates, who in turn, assist with idea validation. The programme is aimed at startups that either do not have a prototype or, for that have not yet seen significant sales. Launchlab's Ideas Programme helps early-stage startups validate their...

  • Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa announces first cohort of 12 startups

    Google earlier today announced 12 startups that will participate in the first Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa class at an event in Lagos, Nigeria. The Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme is aimed at early-stage African startups and will operate out of Lagos, Nigeria. In a statement, Google Nigeria country director Juliet Ehimuan said when the initial Launchpad Accelerator Africa announcement was made last year, the company also extended its Digital Skills for Africa initiative to train 10 million Africans over five years. The 12 startups in Google's first Launchpad Accelerator Africa class are from Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and South Africa "The scholarships announced today form part...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [19/03/2018]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or brush up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or next week’s, please let us know in the comments below or send us an email. Not all of the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out...

  • Here’s how you can win a share of $1m at 2018 African Entrepreneurship Awards

    Keen on winning a share of US$1-million as well as mentorship that will help you launch or grow your business in Africa? Then you'll want to apply for the 2018 African Entrepreneurship Awards. In addition to a share of US$1-million in prize money, winners of the award will receive free online mentoring from over 400 entrepreneurs, investors and other business owners. Applications for the awards opened two weeks ago (1 March) and will close on 30 April. The awards are generally open to African citizens over 18 who either have ideas for or are running innovative for-profit businesses with a positive social...

  • Developing digital payments solutions? Here are the markets you should focus on

    A recent report by Visa shows net benefits businesses, consumers and authorities would gain if they transitioned from cash-based economies to full digital payments. The Cashless Cities: Realising the benefits of digital payments report -- which was compiled by economics and research firm Roubini ThoughtLab -- is based off data drawn from 3000 consumers and 900 businesses across six cities, which was then extrapolated to 94 cities around the world. Read more: Move to full digital payments could net Joburg over $3bn in benefits a year In all, the study covers 100 cities from 80 countries around the world. An infographic at the bottom of the...

  • Gron Digital raises $1.2m in pre-sale, launches first of four ICO rounds

    "Fantastic" -- that is how Gron Digital CEO Tebogo Makamo describes the performance of his startup's pre-initial coin offering (pre-ICO), in which the company was able to raise $1.2-million from 1768 contributors. The first round of the ICO kicked off yesterday (15 March). Gron Digital, through its blockchain platform, aims to become an industry standard in making the gambling sector more transparent. The startup launched its  pre-ICO in January and was able to reach its soft cap of 1200 Ethereum coins. The startup plans to run four ICO rounds, with the first to run from 15 to 29 March. The second round will kick off on 29...

  • Applications for GCIP-SA competition and business accelerator now open

    Applications are now open for the 2018 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for startups in South Africa (GCIP-SA). The programme is part of a global initiative that aims to address environmental and economic challenges as well as issues around energy through the promotion of clean technology innovation. This year's competition will focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste beneficiation (including e-waste), water efficiency, green buildings, green transportation and environmental protection. Applications for the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMMEs in South Africa close on 2 May The programme, which for the past four years been run as a donor-funded project, was this year incorporated into...

  • SMME IoT, SqwidNet partner to connect 1m devices in next 3 to 5 years

    Internet of Things (IoT) strategy provider SMME IoT has signed an agreement with IoT network provider SqwidNet to connect one million devices within the next three to five years in South Africa. The partnership will provide SqwidNet with an opportunity to provide its modules and devices to the existing network of partners that SMME IoT services. SqwidNet CEO Reshaad Sha believes the partnership will help the company expand into other sectors In a statement today (15 March), SqwidNet CEO Reshaad Sha (pictured above) said the company operates across a range of sectors, including the finance, human resource management and technology fields. "We are confident...