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  • Carter: another ‘Tinder for X’ app launches in SA

    We've seen quite a few 'Tinder for X' or 'Uber of X' apps launching in the last year or two, with the car buying industry now receiving one as well, in the form of Carter. A South African app, Carter uses swipe gestures to find a car for you, connecting you to an appropriate dealership in the process. "The Carter app is a world first and has been designed to appeal to all new car buyers. A shortlist of suitable cars can be built by swiping right (i.e. yes, I like it) or swiping left (i.e. not interested) -- similar to...

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    Peach Payments and Callpay announce EFT system partnership

    Peach Payments, a leading and one of Africa's fastest growing payment service providers and Callpay, an innovative provider of secure payment solutions announce collaboration to provide automated Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) as well as secure telephonic payment acceptance solutions. The innovative products will enable millions of South Africans to make instant and secure payments when shopping online or during payment processes over the phone and via call centres. Through this exciting collaboration announced at the 3rd eCommerce Africa Conference, customers will now be able to pay online using their cheque, savings or credit card accounts. Merchants that sign up through...

  • 3 interesting things we learned from David Campey, Roger Norton

    Ventureburn had the opportunity to attend the first Startup Grind Cape Town event of 2017, which featured David Campey and Roger Norton. The pair are co-founders of Lean Iterator, which is an organisation that supports startups. We sifted through everything and found the three most interesting points from the pair. What is a startup? The master of ceremonies, Guillaume De Smedt, asked the pair how to define a startup. Norton started off by quoting serial entrepreneur Steve Blank: "A startup is a temporary organisation used to search for a repeatable and scalable business model." Campey summarised this by saying that it "can be building tech...

  • Applications open for Global Entrepreneurship Network digital pitch competition

    The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) has invited African entrepreneurs to enter their digital pitching competition. Those selected will be given an opportunity to pitch before potential investors and other entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to submit a three-minute video on the GEN SA Facebook page which shows off their innovative product or service. Their idea can either be in the operational phase or the prototype stage. Entries for the competition are currently open and will close on 5 February 2017. The submitted pitching videos will be open to a public vote before the final selection of entrepreneurs is made. Once the final five are...

  • What’s the secret to getting your startup funded? Timing

    Everyone who has ever come up with a business idea knows the pain of trying to accumulate funding. There are a few straightforward ways to get this startup capital; if you happen to have a wealthy relative or have free cash of your own lying around, you'll have a straight shot to getting the capital you need. Otherwise, you'll need to pitch your idea to potential investors -- and that means convincing them your idea is worth their time, money, and effort. Dedicated investors will only part with their money if they think it's going to bring something back to...

  • 70 semifinalists will compete at the Seedstars World Global Summit

    More than 4000 startups have attempted to make their way to the Seedstars World Global Summit, according to Seedstars World. The event takes place on 6 April 2017 at the Swiss Tech Convention Center in Lausanne in Switzerland. Startups from all over Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Africa, Middle East, Asia and Latin America, were chosen to represent their respective nations. However, from the thousands that applied, only 70 startups were chosen to participate for a chance to win US$500 000 in equity investments. The 70 finalists will have an opportunity to attend a two-day bootcamp where they'll receive mentorship from...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [23/01/2017]

    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...

  • Gutsy Green: SA startup to make cooking easy

    Having to decide what you're having for supper after a long day at work is an absolute pain. With the majority of people not being professional chefs, going through the hassle of choosing a nice restaurant and then gawking at the bill afterwards is an expensive endeavour. While the South African startup tech scene sees numerous fintech, edtech, and agritech companies launching each year, it's not often we see companies based around food. Popping up this month, Gutsy Green is a startup that's aiming to help SA families and couples cook pre-planned restaurant-style food. Ventureburn had a chance to speak to one...

  • SA contestants chosen for semifinals of Mozilla Equal Rating Innovation Challenge

    Two South Africans, Tim Human and Dr Carlos Rey-Moreno, have been chosen to represent the nation at the Mozilla Equal Rating Innovation Challenge semifinal. Founder of RLabs, Marlon Parker, commented on the emerging trends across the semifinalists as well as his role as a judge. "Not giving people access to information creates a socio-economic divide, not just a digital divide. Every person on the planet needs to have hope, which is what the internet is for," said Parker in a press release to Ventureburn."It gives you information, it gives you a choice, it gives you an option. This is why I wanted to...

  • StartupGrind kicks off 2017 with David Campey, Roger Norton on Lean Iterator

    The 20th of January saw the first Startup Grind Cape Town event for 2017, hosting Lean Iterator co-founders David Campey and Roger Norton. Ventureburn attended the event at Workshop 17 in the V&A Waterfront. The event was geared around the pair talking about their experiences in the startup industry as well as some of their own history. Before things started, several speakers addressed the audience about Startup Grind Cape Town and its partners. What is StartupGrind? "StartupGrind is an entrepreneurial networking event that happens every single month in 200 cities around the world," explained Guillaume De Smedt, the Global Community Director of Startup Grind. "It's really exciting because...

  • Chivas Regal announces 10 finalists for The Venture pitching show

    Whisky brand Chivas Regal has announced the 10 SA contestants taking part in its social entrepreneur pitching competition, The Venture. It will air on Mzansi Magic on 26 January at 6:30pm. The aim of the competition is to invest US$1-million in startups that create positive change. "Over the last two years, we have shown our belief in and commitment to this philosophy by awarding USD2 million to start-ups globally that 'do well by doing good', because we believe purpose and profit can coexist," says Marketing Manager of Scotch Whiskies at Chivas Regal, Shelley Reeves, in a press release to Ventureburn. The winner will receive R350 000...