Africa, Startups

11 crafty fintech startups changing the way South Africans spend money

SnapScan For startups, the fintech space is a good industry to be in. People are always looking for ways they can make the most out of their money -- no one's ever happy with their account balance. In South Africa, especially, we see a lot of support from the local banks. We decided it's time to give them some credit recognition, so take a look. Ever since the MPesa story grabbed the attention of the world’s tech fans, a lot more confidence ...

Startup news

Meet SpaceWays, Rocket Internet’s latest startup for all your on-demand storage needs

ShapeWays The massively popular international tech startup incubator, Rocket Internet, has just dropped a new name onto its list of world-hungry startups, called ShapeWays. SpaceWays is an on-demand storage service that recently launched in London, UK. Rocket Internet says that SpaceWays is perfect for anyone in need of more space -- cheaply and conveniently. For instance, students wanting to store their belongings while on exchange abroad, or people keen to store there winter wardrobe. Moreover, it's looking to get into the ...

Entrepreneurship, Featured

Are we beginning to over-indulge, over-romanticise and over-glamorise failure?

Failure Celebrated This week, I read a very insightful piece in the Guardian about failure and the culture of failure that currently exists in Silicon Valley. In the startup community, the concept of failure has both positive and negative connotations depending on what continent or country you are in. The Guardian's piece talks about Silicon Valley's need to not just invoke failure but celebrate it as well. The oft repeated phrase most entrepreneurs have begun to live by is: "Fail fast, fail ...

Africa, Startup news

Ampion Venture Bus Africa to go big in emerging markets

ampion StartupBus Africa last year saw a bus packed full of engineers, designers, media and creatives tour through the Southern part of the continent, from Harare, Zimbabwe to Cape Town, South Africa. Out of the 40 people who joined the trip, eight startups were born. This year, the bus is back under a new brand which will focus more on emerging markets -- Ampion Venture Bus Africa, and has decided to go big! The basic principle of StartupBus remains, it's just on ...

Africa, Mobile apps

Hellofood unveils tasty app, gears up to become mobile-first

hellofood-new-app The popular food delivery startup, Hellofood, operates in ten countries across the African continent and goes by the name Foodpanda abroad. By keeping up with the trends, it's recently launched a new app which highlights the Africa Internet Holding (AIH) backed venture's commitment to becoming a mobile-first company. Based on recommendations of restaurants and dishes, the startup allows you to quickly order food in your city. Based on your location, the mobile app (iOS and Android) is able to narrow ...

Mobile apps, News

Got apps? Apply for the MTN Business App of the Year Awards before it’s too late

tablets The popular mobile payment startup, SnapScan, was the overall winner of the MTN Business App of the Year Awards 2013 and was soon acquired by Standard Bank. Entries for this year's Awards will close on Monday 7 July so get your app signed up so you can get free recognition and possible success for your hard work. The core ideas behind the Awards is to promote and celebrate locally developed apps that innovate and solve real world problems. In this ...

Mobile apps, Startups

Ideas to reality: 5 free tools to build your own prototype (and potential startup)

pop-demo Ideas to Reality is an article series where I take look at easy tools to help entrepreneurs get their projects up-and-running. We all have these ideas that we think could change our world but never do. Ideas that lie dormant and ultimately die. It’s sad, isn’t it? So why not change that and turn them into something tangible, a prototype and see if it's worth anything. The excuses used for closet entrepreneurs not unleashing their ultimate remedy of all remedies are ...

Entrepreneurship, Startup news

Entrepreneur Traction aims to build, cement SA’s growing tech community

table-mountain2 One thing that's extremely prominent in South Africa's culture, both socially and professionally, is that it's extremely fragmented. While there might be great ideas looming, without coordinated direction and collaboration they are neither here nor there. A new initiative called Entrepreneur Traction believes that the Western Cape's tech innovators are to play a critical role in driving job creation in South Africa. Raised out of the Silicon Cape's foundation, Entrepreneur Traction is building an established network of tech experts that ...


Africa isn’t in need of saving: it will likely save itself, it just needs better execution

knight There is a very popular notion that Africa hasn't been able to shirk for some time now, namely that it's a dark continent in need of saving. If we liken Africa's story to that of a Disney fairytale, the continent is always the damsel in distress waiting for her prince to come in with his sword and slay the dragon guarding her. Truth be told, I doubt the many innovators and billionaires in the West getting ready to save Africa ...

Africa, Startup news

Jumia introduces marketplace in Kenya to put local shops online

Jumia Hailing from Nigeria, ecommerce outfit Jumia has unveiled its online marketplace in Kenya. The platform allows traditionally offline suppliers to sell their products to the company's huge customer base. It basically gives merchants a store front in the cloud. Entrepreneurs are given the tools to market their products on Jumia's site while the company takes care of product storage, marketing, customer care and delivery. Sellers can furthermore monitor their sales, as well as pending, shipped and cancelled orders on their ...