• BURN MEDIA
    • Memeburn
      Tech-savvy insight and analysis
    • Gearburn
      Incisive reviews for the gadget obsessed
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!
  • Creditinfo Group, Alternative Circle join forces for financial inclusion

    Credit information and risk management solution Creditinfo, has signed a USD$1.1-million agreement with Nairobi-based mobile financial solution Alternative Circle, to facilitate financial inclusion within Africa. Creditinfo's seed capital and expertise in both classic and alternative credit risk management will allow Alternative Circle to access data that it otherwise couldn't. "Seeing the turn that the credit risk management industry has been taking during the past few years, we are being proactive in finding alternative ways to create data which can be added to the 'classic' historical data on consumers held via our credit bureaus all over the world," said the founder and CEO of Credit...

  • Company Office

    Festival goers can expect to be swept away by treadFEST surroundings

    One of treadFEST’s main features, is the area in which its set. In the heart of the Drakensberg, surrounded by mountains and trees. The moment you arrive you will be swept away by the beautiful scenery and the fresh air. The festival takes place from 3 to 6 December at the Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, in the Drakensberg. treadFEST want you to absorb the beauty around the camp, and have specially created activities that allow you to connect with nature in the best possible way. With over 350 hectares to walk, you will fully explore the natural wonders around you. If you long for...

  • Camscorp launches Ventures Lab accelerator programme

    Private equity group Camscorp, has launched its Ventures Lab programme which aims to accelerate African businesses, helping them expand into foreign markets. "I am very humbled by the support from everyone who has been involved in bringing this programme to life," said Camscorp representative, Sean Ndiho Obedih in a Medium post. Ventures Lab is a three-month programme which will help businesses develop a sturdy product strong enough to create and deepen relationships with international investors. The programme will achieve its goals by providing business with mentorship, access to networks, as well as an investment readiness programme which concludes with a pitch day in London. Selected participants...

  • KNF Ventures announces investment in online ticket platform Quicket

    Section 12J venture capital firm KNF Ventures has announced an undisclosed investment to acquire a meaningful minority equate stake in online ticketing service Quicket. The company is part of Knife Capital's year-long entrepreneurship development programme, Grindstone. The investment will not only allow Quicket to streamline its services in SA, but expand to the rest of Africa with the use of kiosks for a physical distribution network. In 2016, the company began its African expansion by executing events in Kenya and partnering with a ticketing company in Uganda. In a press release to Ventureburn, investment partner at KNF Ventures, Keet van Zyl, said that Quicket "does not...

  • Bitpesa partners with Bitbond to financially assist SMEs

    Blockchain remittance service Bitpesa has partnered with Germany's Bitbond, a company aimed at connecting investors to SME owners. The partnership aims to improve financial access to SMEs in Africa through cross-border lending by way of blockchain payment processing. By working with Bitpesa, selected applicants who receive funding through Bitbond will now be able to have their loans paid out directly to a mobile money account or a standard banking account. The advantage of this is that loans would be paid out in their local currency to the borrower's preferred payment option. The payment integration service has already gone live in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania,...

  • Young entrepreneurs: German Westerwelle Young Founders Programme is looking for you

    The Westerwelle Foundation is looking for entrepreneurs from developing and emerging countries to participate in its Young Founders Programme. The programme will take place over the course of a year and those accepted will have access to mentoring, online coaching and webinars, international alumni network, as well as invitations and scholarships to entrepreneurship conferences. Participants will also attend the Young Founders Conference in Berlin, Germany, which takes place on 13 to 16 September. Accommodation and travel will be covered by the Westerwelle Foundation. The Young Founders Conference looks to connect young entrepreneurs with each other as well as the German startup scene, successful entrepreneurs, and political decision makers. Westerwelle foundation...

  • What is the future of the African Startup?

    What is the future of the African startup? This question was posed to me a couple of days ago and I have battled with the answer. The easy answer is somewhere between tech and agriculture, that’s what surface me would say. I truly believe in the power of technology to change people’s lives. Also, let’s face it if we fix some of the basic infrastructural issues that plague the African agricultural space, I think we would be aces. This is too easy, tech is broad enough to be a non-answer. Agriculture?!? This is a no brainer. So I started thinking...

  • Music streaming startup NicheStreem selected for US accelerator

    Cape Town-based music streaming service startup NicheStreem, has been selected to participate in the US-based Peacetech Accelerator. The programme will take place over eight weeks and focuses on scaling up cloud-based startups and non-profits. It is hosted in collaboration with C5, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and PeaceTech Lab. "We are delighted to welcome NicheStreem as part of our first cohort. We believe that music, the communities it fosters and the divides that it can bridge can help to bring about reconciliation in conflicted communities and regions," says the COO of C5 Accelerate, Eva-Maria Dimitriadis, in a press release to Ventureburn. "In this regard,...

  • Water Waste Management Challenge Workshop to tackle SA issues

    Ventureburn had the opportunity to attend the Stellenbosch Innovation District's (SID) Water Waste Management Challenge workshop held in partnership with Launchlab. The challenge, which is largely lead by Stellenbosch University's outgoing COO, professor Leopoldt van Huyssteen, aims to provide context for the current challenges facing SA regarding water and waste management. The workshop was chaired by various Launchlab representatives such as CEO Philip Marais, operations manager Brandon Paschal, and others. The panel of guests consisted of van Huyssteen, Julien Rumbelow of the Western Cape government, and Amahle Zakhele from Enkanini, an informal settlement currently facing water and waste management issues. "Our current water crisis can...

  • Startup Grind Cape Town to host Monique Woodward from 500 Startups

    For its next event, Startup Grind Cape Town will be hosting Monique Woodward of 500 Startups. The event takes place on 31 March at Workshop 17. Woodward is a venture partner at 500 Startups, which invests in early-stage startups. She also leads a US$25-million microfund for black and Latino founders. Those attending the Startup Grind Cape Town event will be able to ask Woodward about investing and getting the attention of investors. It will also be attended by 25 other VCs and community builders from around the world. Read more: Startup Grind: 12 things we learnt from Yoco’s Katlego Maphai Tickets for the event...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [27/03/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch 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...