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  • Hampered by load shedding? Here’s a survival guide for your startup

    Load shedding is here to stay, so every small business needs to take steps to protect its systems and data when the lights go out as well as from power surges when electricity is restored after an outage. PCs are sensitive to power cuts, power dips and power surges, so take the necessary steps to protect them. When Eskom cuts the power, you could not only lose the latest changes to the files you're working on, your open files could become so corrupted or damaged that you will not be able to restore them. Here are some suggestions about how you...

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    An Exclusive Sneak Peak At Compare Guru – Coming Soon!

    Cape Town, South Africa - The time is getting close to the relaunch of Click n Compare as Compare Guru. The rebrand – planned for mid February - comes as a strategic move to join the brand’s counterparts in Nigeria and Kenya, as well as to incorporate an animated character, The Guru, as their mascot. Compare Guru will fall under the umbrella brand Compare Africa (previously known as CNC Group), now also inclusive of PriceCheck. According to recent research, 31% of South Africans use the the internet to compare products / prices / features online, while insurance accounts for 7%...

  • Nigeria gets localised website that helps you locate leisure spots

    Several months ago, Oyewole Kayode was in Ibadan, the ancient yet trend-setting Nigerian city located in the Yoruba-dominated southwestern part of the country. While he was there, a female friend called him and asked if they could hang out at a "very cool" place. He began a frantic search for a place the woman would love -- a place that was also cheap and within his lean budget. “So I went online and realised there was no single platform that chronicled details of cool places and how much it was going to cost me,” Kayode said. In the end, he couldn't hang out with the woman. Following...

  • Cape Town’s latest co-working innovation hub Workshop17 is looking for startups

    Co-working spaces play a huge role in facilitating a collaborative startup community; engineering serendipity. The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa and the collaborative workspace initiative, OPEN, have announced a partnership to put together an innovation and co-working hub called the Workshop17 at the popular marina's Watershed building. The space is in its final phase of opening its doors and is thus calling for small-and medium-sized enterprises to apply for membership. CEO of the V&A Waterfront, David Green said in a recent press release, "Our plan was to create a space in which start-ups and experienced companies, profit and non-profit,...

  • Can’t get enough of tech startups? Ventureburn is looking for a savvy startup writer

    Ventureburn is looking for a savvy startup writer to join its talented, growing team. The African startup space is bubbling with exciting stories around every corner. As a publication which prides itself on bringing readers the latest in-depth stories and analysis, Ventureburn seeks to cover every nook and cranny in this fast-moving space. In order for us to continue doing so and even more, we're expanding our team. If you think bootstrapping is merely a cool pirate name and Angels are only found in fantasy novels, you're probably not the best fit. But if concepts like pivot, exit, pitch and seed...

  • BitX revamps platform with fresh bitcoin exchange

    South African-based bitcoin exchange BitX has launched a revamped version of its popular site. By providing a faster and more efficient platform for experienced traders, and a cleaner, friendlier experience for new users, the startup is hoping to further drive bitcoin adoption. BitX currently operates in some key emerging markets including South Africa, Kenya, Indonesia, Singapore and more. It’s also been spearheading the move to bring bitcoin to over 30 000 online stores in South Africa through the popular local online payment service, PayFast. Read more: PayFast’s 30k merchants can now accept bitcoin as online payment In August last year, the startup...

  • City Soirée is SA’s crowdfunding site for live music, creatives

    It's a Tuesday night at the The South African Slave Church in Long Street, Cape Town where about 200 people gather to support trendy local artists Toya Delazy, Fever Trails and Nakhane Touré. The get-together is one of many driven by City Soireé, an initiative that's been crowdfunding live music acts for the last three years across the country. The concept of crowdfunding has stretched people's imaginations -- resulting in the funding of anything from freakishly popular potato salads to smart watches. It's enabling creatives, entrepreneurs and social causes to find alternative channels to not only raise capital and exposure, but get...

  • Vinny Lingham hopes to boost SA startup investments with Series Seed initiative

    Prowling for investment just got a whole lot easier for South African startups. Last night at StartupGrind Cape Town, serial entrepreneur and South African Dragon Vinny Lingham announced the launch of Series Seed -- a series of free, standardised term sheets that can help SA startups get investment more easily by helping them cut back on legal fees. Speaking about the real behind-the-scenes of the reality show Dragons' Den, Lingham noted that the experience of fact-checking and due diligence with the pitching startups was "painful". He and fellow venture capitalist Llew Clasen were then prompted to sit down and find a way...

  • #RhodesHasFallen: 10 startup mistakes South African statues made

    #RhodesHasFallen at University of Cape Town and the graffiti is on the wall for many other South African statues as we struggle to contextualise the past and define a shared future as a nation. Other recently defaced statues include Paul Kruger in Pretoria, King George in Durban, Louis Botha in Cape Town, Mahatma Gandhi in Johannesburg and Queen Victoria in Port Elizabeth. If some local statues were startup entrepreneurs, here are the 10 mistakes they made that could have prompted their downfall… 1. Single Founder As a single founder you walk a lonely road without a constant sounding board to test...

  • Stellenbosch’s LaunchLab Pitching Den kicks off this week

    It's that time of the year again. Stellenbosch, South African-based LaunchLab is announcing its bi-annual Pitching Den which will be taking place at university campuses around the Western Cape. Taking place at Stellenbosch University (SU), University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the University of Cape Town (UCT), the pitching competition is open to all budding entrepreneurs. This means that both students and non-students have a chance to win their share of R50 000. Similar to last year's Pitching Den, chosen entrepreneurs also stand a chance of securing seed funding and incubation support. "We want to create opportunities that expose bright entrepreneurial...

  • How innovative entrepreneurs can help solve poverty

    The world has made great progress in reducing poverty, but with an increasing number of people moving to cities, more help is needed to solve health, education and crime problems. It's here that entrepreneurs can help. Whether they be from poor communities themselves, or from well-off suburbs, entrepreneurs should be urged to get stuck in with finding solutions. With the increased focus on social entrepreneurship, programmes and interventions abound. Increasingly better access to the internet in poorer areas has also levelled the playing fields (it's how a 24-year-old in an Indian slum is able to make US$1 600 a month selling...