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  • How a web agency offers peace of mind with Cloudbric from Hetzner [Sponsored]

    Cape Town based digital marketing agency Pathfind Media has a simple goal -- to make creating and maintaining websites easier for their clients. "We create websites for our clients, but we also offer uncompromising personal service -- faster than you think and with less hassle than you care to handle," says Pathfind Media owner and creative web director Jo Wagner. That's why Cloudbric is such a natural fit, it's an all in one security solution that can be used by all Wordpress sites, adds Wagner (pictured above). Website security Finding the right security both for Pathfind Media's website -- and to recommend to...

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    Project Isizwe’s WiFi TV hits 1 million views in one month

    Project Isizwe’s Video-On-Demand (VOD) service, WiFi TV, that was launched in November last year, has reached the coveted 1 million view milestone during February alone. WiFi TV is a free and hyper-localised internet VOD service delivered by the City of Tshwane (CoT), providing unlimited access for users of the Tshwane Free WiFi network. The VOD service streams video content created by young film makers living in various areas of the CoT, offering relevant and engaging news and entertainment. They cover topics such as music, current affairs, entrepreneurship, religion, jobs and sport and were previously unemployed or under-employed. The CoT created the...

  • Meet the 10 startups pitching at the Startup World Cup 2019 Nigeria final

    A peer-to-peer edtech platform, an on-demand service marketplace, as well as a proptech company are among the 10 startups that will pitch at next week's Startup World Cup 2019 Nigeria regional final. The Startup World Cup is global startup pitch competition which is held by Silicon Valley based venture capital firm Fenox VC,with a $1-million dollar investment prize. The regional final will take place on Saturday 9 February at Civic Hive in Lagos. Finalists are selected at regional events held across various countries including Mauritius, South Africa and Kenya. The Mauritian and SA finals were held in November and September, respectively, while...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [27/1/2019]

    Nairobi is a hive of activity this week for those in the tech startup sector. After the tragic events of earlier this month (see our coverage -- here and here) this must come as great news for the country's tech community. Events to lookout for there include -- the African Investor Masterclass on Friday (2 February), the Mission Billion Challenge Solveathon on Tuesday (29 January) and a strategy and communications planning workshop which takes place on the same day. If you're in Cape Town, look out for the Free Cape Small Business Support Network workshop on Wednesday (30 January) where attendees will...

  • Kenya’s SuperFluid Labs nets funding from German VC firm

    German venture capital (VC) firm GreenTec Capital Partners has invested an undisclosed amount in Nairobi-based data analytics startup SuperFluid Labs. The Frankfurt-based VC firm made the announcement in a blog post on its website on Tuesday (22 January). SuperFluid Labs, which also has offices in Accra and Frankfurt, was founded in 2015 by CEO Timothy Kotin and director William Marks. The startup uses artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to assess credit scores and provide business intelligence. SuperFluid Labs was founded in 2015 and has offices in Nairobi, Accra and Frankfurt SuperFluid Labs' uses its platform to mine customer transactional data to automatically predict...

  • ID4D to host Mission Billion Challenge hackathons in Cape Town, Nairobi

    Have an idea on digital identification systems that can help users to better protect their personal data? The World Bank's Identification for Development (ID4D) will next week host two hackathons in Cape Town and Nairobi open to innovators. The hackathons are being run as part of ID4D's Mission Billion Challenge and are sponsored by the MIT Solve platform. Those with winning ideas stand the chance to get up to $50 000 in prize money (see below for more details). The aim of next week's hackathons are to help identify digital identification systems in developing countries that can help protect citizens' privacy and provide...

  • Meet the 10 startups selected to pitch at the Africa Startup Summit in Kigali

    Having received over 100 applications, the organisers of the inaugural Africa Startup Summit yesterday announced the 10 startups that have been selected to pitch at the event which takes place on 14 and 15 February in Kigali, Rwanda. The summit is being hosted by Africa Tech Summit Kigali in partnership with tech publication Disrupt Africa and will bring together stakeholders across the continent's tech startup scene. Africa Startup Summit is one of three tracks at this year's Africa Tech Summit Kigali, the other two are the Future Summit and the Creative Summit. Africa Startup Summit is one of three tracks at this...

  • Future Females to launch challenge to support 2000 entrepreneurs in February

    Future Females, an international community of female entrepreneurs, will next month launch 5 Days to Start, a free five-day challenge that the organisation hopes will support 2000 women to turn their ideas into a real business. In a statement on Tuesday (22 January), Future Females co-founder Lauren Dallas (pictured above), said the challenge -- which will run between 4 and 8 February -- is aimed at helping female entrepreneurs to overcome "internal mindset hurdles" and take action to launch their businesses with the support of the Future Females team and global community. The challenge follows a global survey by Future...

  • Jozi’s Khula in running to win $1m after topping SA leg of Chivas Venture 2019

    SA startup Khula has come out tops at the Chivas Venture 2019 SA final in Cape Town and has won a chance to go to London to participate in Chivas Venture's accelerator programme -- and win up to $1-million in funding. The announcement was made at an event held last night at Workshop 17 in Cape Town The startup, which is based in Johannesburg, was founded by Matthew Piper (pictured above) and Karidas Tshintsholo in 2016. The duo's app helps connect small scale farmers to the formal market. Piper and Tshintsholo will in March join 19 other finalist teams from around the...

  • The Innovator Trust, CiTi call on black IT firms to apply for support programme

    The Innovator Trust, a Joburg-based enterprise development organisation, and the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) are calling on growth-stage black-owned ICT firms based in and around Cape Town to apply for an intensive two-year long enterprise development programme. Applications for The Innovator Trust programme -- which will be run in collaboration with CiTi at the Woodstock Bandwidth Barn, as well as remotely -- close on 22 February. The names of those selected will be announced on 4 March. The programme aims to help black participants to increase their IT company's annual turnover and profitability and to equip them with necessary...

  • Section 12J industry body established to ensure industry sustainability

    South Africa's private equity and venture capital (VC) sector are gearing up for a final push to raise millions of rands from wealthy investors for the SA Revenue Service's (Sars) Section 12J VC tax incentive before the end of the current tax year on 28 February. Within this final push, Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management announced yesterday that it has spearheaded the formation of an industry body which aims to prove the viability of extending the incentive past June 2021. The VC tax incentive, set up under Section 12J of the Income Tax Act, allows investors who make investments in approved VCs — that then...

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