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  • SpliceWorks platform goes live, aims to match tech startups with corporates

    Entrepreneurs looking to sell their tech solutions to corporates can register to join a recently launched online platform. Launched last week by BCX, a Telkom owned company, SpliceWorks aims to become a match-making service between tech entrepreneurs and big business and claims it can “turn your big idea into a big business”. While it is open to any tech entrepreneur to join, BCX has selected 70 tech entrepreneurs to trial the platform which has been in testing since April. “SpliceWorks was specifically created to source the latest and greatest digital technology to not only transform the Telkom Group and BCX but also our enterprise customers into digitally fit businesses,” SpliceWorks...

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    Boosting financial inclusion through fintech solutions

    While the opportunity for people in Africa to access formal financial services has improved in the last five years, thanks in large part to the prevalence of mobile based solutions, various barriers to access across the continent remain. The last World Bank Global Findex Data showed that 34 percent of adults on the continent had a bank account and only 16 percent had formal savings in place. South Africa fared better with 70 percent of adults owning a bank account but only a third of the nation had formal savings. Research published as part of the World Economic Forum on Africa...

  • Why website T&Cs, policies should be more than a link on your landing page

    Website operators and owners barely think about the terms and conditions hyperlink, and its destination content, lurking at the bottom of their website. They are, in fact, the essential agreements between you and your users, laying out everyone’s respective duties and rights in the Wild West of the internet. Unfortunately, these online contracts and terms of engagement are not, realistically speaking, given the same weight or gravitas as their real life counterparts due to the arms-length and removed nature of the online medium which they govern. This does not make them any less important though, because every single relationship you form with your...

  • Applications open for second cohort of Techstars Anywhere Accelerator

    Global entrepreneur network Techstars has opened applications for a series of accelerators situated worldwide, including its virtual Techstars Anywhere Accelerator programme. Interested applicants have until 15 October to apply to join the Techstars Anywhere Accelerator which will begin next year in January with a demo-day scheduled for 19 April 2018. Only 10 startups will be selected to join the second cohort. The 13-week long Techstars Anywhere Accelerator programme is mostly conducted online The Techstars Anywhere Accelerator is built on the same #domorefaster model as Techstars' other regular accelerator programmes. The accelerator is aimed at entrepreneurs who cannot travel or relocate to attend an accelerator programme. The...

  • Seedstars World launches call for applications from Angolan startups

    Seedstars World has launched a call for Angolan startups to apply to take part in the global seed-stage startup competition. Applications are open until next Thursday (October 5). The event is carried out by main sponsor TGI (Thomson Group International), local ambassador organization KiandaHUB, as well as various local and regional partners such as Enel Green Power, Merck, Orange and Microsoft 4Afrika, 7mobile, SOBA, and Thomson Art House, Seedstars World said in a press release yesterday. "As an Investment firm focused in Angola for over a decade, we are very happy to see and be part of organisations like Seedstars coming into the...

  • Illuminum Greenhouses wins Airbus BizLab E. Africa pitch event

    Kenyan agritech startup Illuminum Greenhouses was yesterday selected as the winner of global aerospace accelerator Airbus Bizlab's AEROmobility inaugural pitching event for East Africa. The startup pitched against 11 other startups from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone to grab the 10-day all expenses paid trip to France and Germany, where it will meet with experts from Airbus as well as investors. Illuminum Greenhouses pitched an integrated solar-powered smart farming solution called Farmshield. The system leverages the power of the Internet of Things (IoT), using sensors that are controlled by a user via SMS. Judges at the event included representatives from the aerospace...

  • Potential in African tech ecosystem, we will be back – Airbus BizLab head

    Airbus Bizlab head Bruno Gutierres told Ventureburn that his trip to Africa is an "observation survey" to confirm what potential there was in Africa. On Thursday (21 September) Gutierres (pictured) along with a team from Airbus Bizlab and Silicon Cape head Ellen Fischat visited RLabs, LaunchLab, CITI Workshop 17 and the MTN Solution Space as part of a tech tour of the local ecosystem. "What I have seen here today and by visiting several incubators like Launchlab in Stellenbosch, the ones in the township, there's some very different innovation which is of interest to us," said Gutierres. "This confirms that the potential is there....

  • French South African Tech Labs opens calls for applications to second cohort

    Cape Town-based incubator and accelerator French South African Tech Labs (FSAT Labs) has opened calls for applications to its second class of entrepreneurs, with applications set to close on 20 October. To apply, interested tech entrepreneurs have to fill in an application form, build a pitch deck, and e-mail the submission documents to FSAT Labs. Selected startups will be invited to a pitch competition at Africarena Conference 2017, where the top three pitches will win entry into FSAT Labs' six-month programme set to kick off in early November. The programme aims to help the selected entrepreneurs turn their ideas into minimum viable products and ultimately sustainable...

  • Here are the 11 startups pitching at Seedstars Douala 2017

    The Seedstars World team this week heads off to Douala for the Cameroon leg of its world tour, where 11 of Cameroon's most promising seed-stage startups will pitch for an opportunity to represent the country at the regional and global Seedstars Summits. The 11 startups, which were announced yesterday (Monday 25 September) after a pre-selection round, will pitch in front of an investment panel on Friday (29 September) at ActivSpaces in Douala. Seedstars Douala 2017 will take place on Friday 29 September The winning startup will take part in the regional and global Seedstars Summits and will get to participate in a...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [26/09/2017]

    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. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we've rounded up to make your life a bit easier. 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...

  • Fintech startup MaTontine wins Seedstars Dakar, a shot at $1-million in funding

    Senegalese fintech startup MaTontine was last week crowned winner of Seedstars Dakar, giving it the opportunity to represent the country at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland next year April. MaTontine provides financial services through the digitisation of traditional savings circles. The startup won the opportunity to attend the Seedstars Summit where it will participate in a week-long training programme, gain access to investors and mentors from around the world, as well as pitch for up to $1-million in equity investment and other prizes. MaTontine pitched against eight other startups at an event held on Friday (22 September) in Dakar. Agriculture finance platform Bayseddo...

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