Africa, Startup news

Say hello to DEMO Africa’s top 40 tech startups of 2014

DEMO Africa 2013 DEMO Africa has just announced the 40 chosen tech startups that will launch their product on the DEMO Africa stage in September 2014. The finalists come from all over the continent with 14 startups from Nigeria followed by Kenya, Ghana and Egypt. According to the event organisers more than 400 applications were received, proving that there is great ambition in the local tech scene. Nigeria's Minister for Communication Technology, Honourable Mrs Omobola Johnson, elaborates: "This presents another opportunity for African tech ...

Africa, Ecommerce, Featured, Startups

Nifty250: the photo printing startup making a name (and profit) on social media

Nifty 250 team feature It sounds like the kind of pitch that would leave any investor with a disbelieving smile and a pile of cash stashed safely in a bank account that isn't yours. You want to start an online social photo printing service? In South Africa? A country which has a tiny ecommerce industry and less than a million Instagram users -- because the most-owned smartphone (BlackBerry) doesn’t even support the hipster app? Ha. Next, please. It sounds crazy, but it’s working for Nifty250. ...

Ecommerce, News

uAfrica gets ready to go on an African adventure

uAfrica South African ecommerce outfit uAfrica is ready to make its African play. The company today announced that its first forays into the continent will see it target Nigeria with a trial Proof of Concept (POC) partnership before expanding into Kenya and, eventually, Uganda. The Nigerian project will see the company partner with MTN Business customers who will be able to develop their own online shops through “’s goal is to enable 1 000 online stores outside of South Africa in ...

Africa, News

Rising Star Awards announces SA’s finalists in business talent

business-plan-calendar The Rising Star Awards recently named its finalists with the goal of highlighting South Africa's top youth in business. There were eleven categories ranging from ICT to Mining & Industrials, with a total of five finalists in each. Laura Barker, MD of BlackBark Productions -- organisers of the Rising Star programme, says, "The Rising Star Programme serves as a platform to recognise and connect young talent who demonstrate exceptional capacity to achieve great success and contribute in an inspirational manner to ...

Mobile apps, News

From design to craft beer, this app maps out Cape Town’s creative industry

Creative-Cape-Town-app Whether referring to its online design, marketing and arts or the coffee, craft beer, and good food, Cape Town's booming with creatives. So much so that there's now an app for it, which puts all the different talents in one neat virtual basket. As part of one of its World Capital of Design projects, Cape Town Partnership together with local digital agency, Domino Digital, has created an app called Creative Cape Town that aims to maps the Mother City's creative ...

Africa, Startup news

How Evernote is globalising Africa’s tech and building bridges

Evernote You can see it in its logo; the elephant symbol stamped onto the green background. Evernote's got a connection with the African continent, even if it's unintentional. Taking the theme further, the company has recently gone on an African roadshow in order to establish connections and build communities in the emerging tech space. If you haven't heard, the productivity software company is on a mission to show off Africa's tech products on the global startup stage. In partnership with the Silicon ...

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Ushahidi’s BRCK raises $1.2M to connect the 4-billion in emerging markets

BRCK Good news for BRCK after a very successful Kickstarter campaign is that Ushahidi has announced a new round of funding to the tune of US$1.2 million. BRCK is hoping to solve the problem of internet connectivity issues in remote areas. The Nairobi-based technology startup made waves when the product was first announced. According to the team, the gadget could be described as mobile router, and works as a backup generator for the internet. This round of funding was led by Invested Development, ...

Africa, News

SA devs create innovative stock-tracking app in SunGard Competition

Stock-market Last month, more than 500 SunGard developers in 30 cities around the world took part in the SunGard Global Coder Cup. With the aim of creating new tech solutions for the financial service industry, a team from Cape Town was chosen to represent the Sub-Saharan Africa region in the international final. The final round will see additional teams from North America, Europe, Asia Pacific India and North Africa. The Cape Town finalists created an innovative app which allows users to ...

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Jumia opens up online marketplace in Nigeria to empower offline SMEs

Jumia After celebrating its 2nd year anniversary, ecommerce store Jumia Nigeria has now announced the launch of its online Marketplace where third-party merchants can leverage its online presence to sell goods and services. This comes two weeks after it launched the Kenyan equivalent. The Rocket Internet-backed venture says that this marketplace bridges the gap between consumers and access to products. It's one step closer to building Jumia's vision of having a massive impact on the Nigerian economy. The online shopping company has ...


The big gorilla doesn’t always sit where he wants: why small businesses shouldn’t ape their big counterparts

Gorilla The first time I ever heard the expression about where the big gorilla sits, I became irrationally angry. But of course, that’s how it’s always been, for thousands of years now. The powerful do what they want, and the small people just have to fit in, right? Maybe not. As someone who has occasionally been bullied, I’ve always been most resentful when I’m unable to fight back. We accept that life is just what it is, and we need to make ...