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  • Recruitment marketplace OfferZen sees fantastic growth in SA dev sector

    Since Ventureburn last caught up with recruitment marketplace OfferZen in January, the Cape Town-based company has been flaunting some impressive growth. It has strengthened its team from three to nine in order to expand its operations to Gauteng and ultimately corner SA’s software developer job market. OfferZen is an online jobs marketplace for software developers. Both the companies seeking developers and the developers themselves apply to be listed on the website. Once accepted, companies send interview requests to developers, specifying salary, and benefits upfront. The developer can then choose whether they accept the interview request or not. While certainly not limited...

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    Be good at being wrong… and getting it right quickly

    Even the best entrepreneurs get things wrong from time to time. Launching a business is a learning process, and you are bound to go down dead ends and change direction here and there, says CEO of Nomanini, Vahid Monadjem.  One of our investors, Esther Dyson, has the words “Always make new mistakes!” in her email footer. Being wrong is pretty much unavoidable when you’re doing something new. You have to work with a mixture of facts and assumptions. You don’t have a crystal ball, but you have to take a view. And even if a solution or a strategy is...

  • 12 African fintech startups to duke it out in Mauritius

    Innotribe has announced the 12 semi-finalists for the second edition of its Startup Challenge in Africa. Drawn from 89 entries, the startups represent the best up-and-coming fintech ventures from five countries across the continent. The startups, which will compete in Mauritius for a chance to attend Sibos, SWIFT’s annual global financial services conference, taking place from 26-29 September in Geneva. The Mauritius event, which is set to attract more than 500 delegates from 40 countries, is one of two regional SWIFT Startup Challenge events with the Latin American event taking place in Mexico City toward the end of June. While all the...

  • #Hack.Jozi: 10 projects looking to bring innovative change to SA’s biggest city

    #Hack.Jozi, the startup bootcamp aimed at rewarding innovative Joburg-based technology entrepreneurs, has announced its 10 finalists. Whittled down from a field of 100 shortlisted entrepreneurs (themselves drawn from more than 400 entries), the 10 finalists are in the running for more than R5-million in prizes. Now in its second year, #Hack.Jozi is a joint initiative between City of Johannesburg and the JCSE (Joburg Centre for Software Engineering) at Wits University and looks to encourage ideas that could have a positive impact on the city. The top one hundred entrants, all startup entrepreneurs, attended a special entrepreneurship and business...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [02/05/2016]

    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 announces 4 SA competitions for 2016

    Global startup competition SeedStars World is expanding its search for South Africa's best startup in 2016. The entrepreneurial initiative, which specifically targets emerging markets ecosystems, today announced that it would be holding competitions in Cape Town, Soweto, Johannesburg, and Durban. After scouting the global winner from 2016, Giraffe, from South Africa, expectations will be high for the country this year. “With Giraffe as the global winner of our competition, we have proven that South Africa has world class entrepreneurial talent. This year is about casting our net even wider and giving the opportunity to the whole country to participate and...

  • Diversity in tech startups: time to check our privilege

    I was recently asked to speak on diversity in the South African tech space at Net Prophet, the popular technology and entrepreneurship conference. The talk addressed issues around race (mostly) and gender in the tech space. It asked how tech could solve some of the gender issues and race issues in the country and around the world. How are companies and the tech industry at large dealing with fact there aren’t enough women and people of colour in tech in South Africa and Africa at large? And how can we encourage entrepreneurship in those groups? It is such a...

  • $229k up for grabs in African StartUp Cup competition

    When the African StartUp Cup, currently underway in Ghana, wraps up today, three winning ventures will walk away with US$229 000 worth of prizes. The prizes consist of IBM Global Entrepreneur services, access to Microsoft technologies (AZURE cloud services, MSDN, Office, Bizspark & Visual Studio), Amazon’s Cloud Services, Rackspace StartUp Programme, dotco Internet free domains, and all-expense paid trips to RiseUp Summit in Egypt and 2016 World StartUp Cup in Washington, DC. Startups from Morocco, Algeria, Sudan, Uganda, and Ghana are competing for the prizes in a competition which forms part of the World StartUpCup. Alongside the competition, the programme...

  • New fund launched for startups in the app space

    If you're an aspiring app-builder, you may want to check this out. Technology accelerator mLab Southern Africa, in partnership with the Technology Innovation Agency, this week announced the launch of a fund aimed at assisting startups in the local mobile, sensor or wearable app startup space. That support will come in the shape of early stage grants of up to R500 000 being made available to early-stage startups. "This partnership fills a huge gap in the digital innovation value chain by bringing much needed early stage funding to mobile app start-ups and innovators who need funding to...

  • Ecommerce site stagnating? You might be making these common mistakes

    Most online merchants focus on listing as many products on their website rather than focusing on their website’s ranking on search engines. This is the prime mistake merchants make and it ends up costing more than using traditional methods. If you are contemplating on using an ecommerce website to market your products and services, there are a few SEO mistakes you should avoid. Lack of Product Descriptions No matter what you wish to offer on your website, content is always king. It is what contains the relevant keywords that search engine crawlers look for when ranking a website. The complete...

  • Book flights from anywhere with relaunched Travelstart app Flapp

    Ecommerce travel venture Travelstart has relaunched its flagship flight-booking app Flapp. It has been expanded beyond its initial Cape Town and Johannesburg flight paths. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, Flapp now offers flights anywhere in the world. Customers are able to book any domestic or international flight from the app. This includes airlines such as Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, and Delta Airlines. "Flapp is like having Travelstart in your pocket – we have invested considerable resources in distilling the form and function of our website into an app environment and with 50 000 downloads across iOS and Android devices so...