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  • 10 must-have cloud software programs for your startup

    There are many great programs that can work for your business right now but some of the best are cloud-based ones. These are programs that you can access through any device at any time, thus giving you more control over a variety of business functions. Here’s a look at a few of the top choices that you can use right now. 1. Adobe FormsCentral Adobe FormsCentral lets you create forms or upload content from existing forms online. This works for when you’re trying to create forms for customers to fill out online but what’s even more important is that FormsCentral helps...

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    Callpay, MyGate announce telephonic payments collaboration

    MyGate, one of Africa’s largest and fastest growing gateways, and Callpay, an innovative provider of secure payment solutions have collaborated to provide a payment solution that offers secure, telephonic payments in South Africa. Through this exciting collaboration, companies that require contact centre agents to accept card can now process these transactions through MyGate to the bank. Card payments are processed in a PCI compliant manner through their contact centre agents without the agent hearing or seeing any sensitive card data. At the point of payment, the agent simply delivers a virtual terminal directly to the customer’s mobile device. It can...

  • Solar startup The Sun Exchange uses Bitcoin to fund green energy

    Crowd-lending solar energy project startup The Sun Exchange will be using Bitcoin for solar energy investment. This is a first for the Bitcoin industry. Achieved last week, the startup is able to use Bitcoin as a transactional mechanism for investing in a solar energy. The Sun Exchange is now hosting a campaign to solar power a school in Stellenbosch, South Africa. "What makes our platform unique is that investors can finance solar energy using Bitcoin and the electricity generated by the solar installation can be repaid to the investor using Bitcoin wherever they are in the world," says founder of The Sun...

  • Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme selects 1000 entrepreneurs from across Africa

    From the 45 000 odd entrepreneurs that applied for the second round of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP), a list of the selected 1000 entrepreneurs has been released by the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF). The highest numbers of applicants came from Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, and Cameroon, with representation from all five of Africa's regions. Organisers said applications were received from applicants in 54 African countries and the number of entries this year were more than twice the number that applied for the maiden edition in 2015. TEEP is currently Africa's largest philanthropic initiative devoted to entrepreneurship and represents a 10-year,...

  • Nuren, an ecommerce firm for brides and mothers, scores $2m series A from Gobi Partners

    Anyone who’s gotten married will tell you – weddings are stressful. It’s a ton of work and drowning in the details, which can take away all the excitement for what’s supposed to be the best day of your life. That’s why Malaysia-based Nuren wants to simplify the whole planning process for brides-to-be. The startup operates ecommerce sites (Wedding.com.my in Malaysia and Nuren.sg in Singapore) that offer tips and advice on each step, and link you with vendors who can help you with whatever you need. Co-founded by Petrina Goh, Kelvin Leow, Stacey Lee, and Alice Ong, the company also offers consulting...

  • Nigerian online shopping portal DealDey acquired by Ringler Africa

    Ringier Africa Deals Group has today announced its acquisition of DealDey, one of Nigeria's biggest online shopping platforms. Ringier, a joint venture between Swiss Ringier Africa and South Africa's Silvertree Internet Holdings, also grabbed DealDey's couponing platform Promohub and discovery platform Lyf -- both part of the larger company. This move also comes after Silvertree's South African acquisition of Pricecheck -- a price comparison website based in South Africa. "The DealDey team is excited about joining forces with the newly-formed Ringier Africa Deals Group," explained company CEOs Kehinde Oriola and Etop Ikpe. "It offers great opportunities as DealDey brings a wealth of experience in technology, merchant management and...

  • Looking beyond the fear factor when selling cloud software to startups

    A common misperception is that SMEs using old software could put their companies at risk and that such solutions are based on databases considered to be “antiquated”. Most big service providers maintain a range of platforms – cloud, server and desktop - based on technologies ranging from legacy to cutting-edge. It’s good practice to support customers using your older software as best you can. Even with vendors trying to frighten them into buying new software, many businesses know that these security risks are reasonably small once you quantify them. Those that are concerned should remember Chief Vitalstatistix in the Asterix...

  • MEST opens up entrepreneurial programme to South Africans for first time

    This is pretty cool. South African entrepreneurs can, for the first time, apply to be part of the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST). The announcement comes as the prestigious entrepreneurial school continues its expansion across the African continent, with South Africans joining Ghanaians, Kenyans and Nigerians who wish to spend a year at MEST in Accra to take part in its training programme and launch their own software company, with potential for seed investment opportunities. Admitted applicants receive a full scholarship to a one-year entrepreneurial training program that blends an MBA-type education with hands-on training in software development. During...

  • Dubai’s become an entrepreneurial dreamland: here’s how

    Dubai is a renowned destination for leisure and luxury seekers. With numerous larger-than-life buildings, astounding architecture and top-notch luxury services, it’s nothing short of a tourist’s wonderland. Dubai’s appeal attracts a humungous market because of its central location that ensures year-round traffic form both sides of the globe. It is a natural nesting ground for companies looking to expand and operate in the Middle Eastern and African region, with the world-class infrastructure and communications network and a conducive environment assisting businesses grow every step of the way. The government’s drive to diversify its revenue stream has already driven Dubai far...

  • Seed Academy announces second annual startup survey

    Seed Academy, the Johannesburg-headquartered training, incubation and funding programme, has announced the launch of its second annual startup survey. According to press release sent to Ventureburn, this year's survey aims to build on the 2015 edition to become the largest such undertaking in South African history. “This year, we want to build on the benchmarks established last year by determining the success rates of entrepreneurs in different environments such as urban, township and rural environments," says Donna Rachelson, CEO of Seed Academy. "We will also establish the sectors in which entrepreneurs operate, as well the markets in which they...

  • Finding promise and consistency in turbulent times: lessons from the EU

    The first quarter of 2016 has proven grim for a number of leading markets, most starkly for the European Union. A year ago, the EU grappled with Greece’s sovereign debt crises and that country’s potential exit from the economic bloc. Instead of light at the end of the tunnel, the EU is now faced with the possibility of the UK renegotiating its membership terms — or perhaps leaving the governing consortium entirely. The International Monetary Fund’s forecasts show EU growth flatlining at 1.5 percent in 2015, with only a marginal uptick to 1.6 percent expected in 2016. Those numbers fall...