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  • Seedstars World names church admin app Ghana’s best startup

    Global seed-stage startup competition has been making its rounds across the African continent, giving exciting tech startups a chance to pitch on the global stage for a shot at US$500 000 equity investment. After kicking-off in Mozambique, startup winners were announced in South Africa and, soon after, Nigeria. Now, at Impact Hub Accra, Seedstars World has named Ghana's church administration app Asoriba the country's top startup. Asoriba is described as a web and mobile application that enables effective church administration for leaders, and seamless engagement with members. Nana Opoku, the CEO of Asoriba, told Seedstars World: "This is completely unexpected for us. We...

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    The comparison website Click n Compare is taking Africa by storm

    Cape Town, South Africa - Click n Compare, a South African focused comparison website is expanding their outreach after a very successful year with a strong month on month growth of 40%. Alongside the South African success of the brand comes now their expansion into both Nigeria and Kenya. Established in 2013, Click n Compare is a one-stop portal for African consumers who are looking to source services and be educated in hard-to-navigate verticals, such as insurance, mobile, broadband, and banking. The Internet has empowered consumers to access more information than ever before, but it has also made it that...

  • What can we learn from the successful Start-Up Chile accelerator?

    Today is demo day for the top 20 startups from the 12th generation of one of the world's most talked about business programmes -- Start-Up Chile. Tonight at 7pm Santiago time the 20 will present their ideas to national and international investors to raise funds to grow their businesses while they are in Chile. The batch were selected from among 70 other companies from the programme's 12 generation. Demo Day is guaranteed to prove nerve-wracking as the chosen few will have just five minutes to convince investors that their idea is worth funding. Judges will choose the winner, who will get a free flight to...

  • 5 SEO trends every entrepreneur needs to know about

    If you look back on the SEO industry from 2011 to 2014, you will see remarkable changes not only in content strategy but in digital marketing as well. But 2015 has seen some massive changes in the industry. Entrepreneurs can doe serious good for their businesses by adopting these top five SEO trends for 2015. 1. Say hello to social engagement optimisation Google, the largest search engine, has modified the algorithm to fetch more original and user-need-based content from unlimited data uploaded on it every day. Different factors contribute to make the content original including social media. Google has also modified its...

  • BitX partners with Coda to offer Bitcoin transactions in Southeast Asia

    Southeast Asian multichannel payment gateway Coda Payments has partnered with BitX to offer Bitcoin payments. Due to this collaboration, Coda is the first merchant in the region to accept digital currency for online purchases. Coda already offers the option to customers in Indonesia and Malaysia through its own online gift card platform, called Codashop. The store offers Steam wallet, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, and several other gift cards and vouchers to customers. Similar to other offerings in the Bitcoin market, BitX will allow real-time currency conversion from the user's local currency and Bitcoin collections. Coda will handle the rest of the...

  • The Hope Factory Stakeholder Day celebrates entrepreneurs, funders

    Non-profit enterprise development organisation The Hope Factory brought together funders, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders at its aptly named Stakeholder Day in Johannesburg, South Africa. Held this week, the event was also open to the public while entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to exhibit their products and services. With the vision of assisting South African entrepreneurs from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, The Hope Factory is said to have equipped over 1 000 individuals with the skills needed to achieve their goals. Read more: The Hope Factory: empowering women entrepreneurs The non-profit trains potential entrepreneurs in business, technical and life skills while also giving them network opportunities,...

  • 5 lessons on globalising your self-funded business

    Founded in 2012, Consilia is an independent ICT consulting firm that carries no debt and which has been largely self-funded since it was established. Group CEO Johan Botes looks at how his company has grown into an international operation over the past year. Over the past three years, we grew our organisation into a healthy South African business, before spreading our wings with our offshore expansion plan. Today, we have practices in the UK, Middle East and Australia, with plans to expand to the US next year. I first started developing the idea for this business seven or eight years...

  • Tales from Nigeria: How African solutions are shaping the world

    The article is written by Ross Baird -- the executive director of Village Capital who joins digital pioneers Jean and Steve Case along with the Case Foundation from the US in exploring the entrepreneurial ecosystems in Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria. “If entrepreneurship is truly going to transform the world, it has to include everyone,” said Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation, to a packed house of entrepreneurs in Lagos. And in the past week, touring the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Africa, we saw an ecosystem that is emerging faster, better, and more competitive than I think we even imagined. At our...

  • #BadSharkTankPitches: a goldmine for knowing what not to do as an entrepreneur

    If you're a super fan of the show Dragons' Den, you'll know that it's called Shark Tank in the US. You'll also know that, no matter what name the show goes by, it occasionally throws up some spectacularly bad pitches. Now, the shows producers obviously allow those people on for their entertainment value, but they also provide a valuable lesson in what not to do when pitching to potential investors. Thing is, that requires actually sitting down and watching episode after episode of the show. And if you're an entrepreneur, chances are you'd be better off spending that time...

  • Western Cape seeks to recognise region’s most exciting entrepreneurs

    For a third time running, the Western Cape Premier's Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (PERA) is again looking for the Province's top entrepreneurs. This year, the total value of the prizes for the event has been increased to a total of R1 880 000. Ranging from various categories that include Best Job-Creating Business, Best Emerging Tourism and Best Green Business, PERA seeks to acknowledge and recognise the Province's most exciting entrepreneurs and encourage job creation. The Overall Winner will receive prize money, an overseas trip and an engraved trophy. The 12 category winners will receive prize money and an engraved plaque. The category runner...

  • 7 ingenious merchandising ideas for your ecommerce site

    Ecommerce conversions is a vast field of discussions with a mind-boggling variety of factors contributing to the eventual bottom line of a store. Store merchandising, or the way you display items in your online store, plays a vital role on how well your site attracts and retains shoppers’ fickle attention. Below we discuss seven winning ideas to take your store merchandising to a whole new level: Work on making your site a pleasure to browse Notice how the best stores have the most inviting layouts? Many real-world retailers resort to using mood music, special fragrances and color therapy to put shoppers in...