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  • French Tech, Orange Business Services hold Digital Skills Development event in Johannesburg

    The French Tech ecosystem, along with IT and communications service provider, Orange Business Services, held a Digital Skills event in Johannesburg on 15 September. The event aimed to addressed issues around skills development pertaining to all things digital. "I am delighted to see that the French Tech Hub in Cape Town is expanding its activities in Johannesburg thanks to a dynamic community of French and South African entrepreneurs who take advantage of a leading innovation ecosystem in Africa," explains the ambassador of France in SA, Elisabeth Barbier, in a press release to Ventureburn. "This success will also encourage business and youth talent exchanges...

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    The Bookmark Awards announces entry submission extension

    The IAB SA announced today that the deadline for submissions to the prestigious Bookmark Awards would be extended from 15 November 2015 to 30 November 2015, providing entrants with a further opportunity to present their work at the country’s premier digital marketing showcase. “We have already received a large amount of entries, but we have also received a number of requests for a deadline extension. We understand that November is much of the industry’s pitch season, so we have decided to give entrants a weekend and let them come back on Monday with fresh minds to create their best...

  • iKhokha and Mastercard partner up to roll out 700 POS terminals

    With the aim of rolling out 700 POS terminals, the partnership between Mastercard SA and iKhokha will seek to bring digital payment services to informal settlements. iKhokha, a digital payment service which specialises in the manufacturing of POS terminals, has partnered with Mastercard SA to improve card payments at micro, small, and medium businesses. These terminals will be rolled out to spaza shops, taverns, food outlets as well as hair and beauty salons. Areas to receive the units include KwaMashu which is situated north of Durban as well as Ladybrand in the Free State. "We are focusing on businesses at the main...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [19/09/2016]

    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...

  • Seedstars World heads to Nairobi, Kenya

    Following the success of their previous events, Seedstars World now heads to Nairobi, Kenya on 7 October 2016 to find the best startup in the country. The Kenyan leg of the  tour, backed by CfC Stanbic Bank, will try to find the best entrepreneurs Kenya has to offer. These entrepreneurs will compete for an opportunity to attend the final pitching event in Switzerland in 2017. Eligible startups need to be less than two-years old, have raised less than US$500 000 and already built a viable product which solves local issues and ideally already has traction. They also need to have the ability to scale...

  • Online event marketplace crowned winner of Seedstars World Ethiopia

    Online event marketplace Hulubet has been selected as the Seedstars World winner for Ethiopia. The pitching competition took place on 14 September at Ice Addis, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Hulubet will go on to compete against over 60 other startups in Switzerland in 2017 for the grand price of US$50 000 in equity investment. Other prizes will be available and contestants will pitch in front of a crowd over 1000 people. The runners up for the Ethiopian leg were big data for farming startup, Abithrone, and books distribution platform, Berhan Books. "Startups in our community hugely benefit from this initiative and gain impactful support and networking," explains the...

  • What entrepreneurs should expect when moving to Silicon Valley

    In the 1990s, Silicon Valley in the San Francisco area of California became synonymous with tech startups. As the birthplace of companies like Google and Apple, drawing from talent pools at schools like the University of Berkeley, investors, venture capitalists, programmers, and entrepreneurs all worked together to create a new kind of industry. Many areas around the country have begun to catch up, creating tech based startup incubators and working to make business ownership easier to access, but many people still believe that moving to Silicon Valley is necessary if a tech company is really going to take off. What...

  • 80 hackers expected at game-changing Santam blockchain hackathon [SPONSORED]

    It’s all systems go for the Santam Blockchain Hackathon, which brings together 80 radical geeks, lateral thinkers, problem solvers and innovators to find powerful solutions to an extreme issue facing South African and global insurers today. Billions lost to fraud annually Insurance fraud in South Africa amounts to a staggering R3.6 billion per year. This not only results in huge losses for insurers, but also negatively impacts on the consumer. The problem is experienced industry-wide and to date no effective solutions have been found. In an attempt to crack the code on insurance fraud, Santam, along with IBM and the Blockchain Academy,...

  • Chivas Regal’s The Venture competition looks for SA’s top social entrepreneur

    Chivas Regal's global pitching platform, The Venture, enters its third year. Launching on 15 September 2016, the competition aims to find the best social entrepreneur to represent SA. The campaign -- titled "Win The Right Way" -- will see social entrepreneurs compete for a prize of US$1-million in financial investment as well as global exposure and mentorship. The pitching competition will take place in the form of a 10-part televised series which airs globally. Selected participants will have 60-seconds to pitch their innovative idea to a panel of judges who will whittle down the competition to five finalists. These final contenders...

  • Lagos Startup Week to kick off with over 600 attendees

    The Lagos Startup Week is set to begin on 24 September 2016. This free five-day event aims to celebrate everything that makes an entrepreneur or an SME, with over 600 attendees already registered to join. It will consist of presentations and competitions including how to navigate "The New Media Era," best practices for digital marketing, and much more. One of the key offerings at this year's Lagos Startup Week includes a session titled "From University Research to Real World Innovation." This session will give students and researchers of Tertiary Nigerian institutions the opportunity to pitch their research projects to the investors...

  • Domestly broadens its horizons in Gauteng

    Startup cleaning service Domestly has expanded its business into Pretoria, Centurion, and Midrand. Previously, the service was only available in Johannesburg North, Randburg, and the greater Cape Town area. "Since winning the MTN App of the Year awards and launching in JHB in July this year we have received an overwhelming response and support from the public. We have had a great demand to expand our footprint and open our service into the greater area of JHB and into other regions," says brand manager of Domestly Natasha Riley in an email to Ventureburn. Domestly will continue its expansion by launching in East and West Rand...