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  • Inspire Mastery: 5 reasons to become an entrepreneur

    A successful entrepreneur knows how to master his or her environment. An idea can only take you so far. The skill lies in knowing how and when to execute. Inspire Mastery is a series that looks at some of the trends that are driving the journey of South Africa’s savvy tech entrepreneurs. There has probably never been a more exciting time to start a business. Given the tools and knowledge at our disposal, the possibilities are nearly endless and they certainly make it easier to express yourself than ever before. From the need to solve a problem, to the desire to...

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    The comparison website Click n Compare is taking Africa by storm

    Cape Town, South Africa - Click n Compare, a South African focused comparison website is expanding their outreach after a very successful year with a strong month on month growth of 40%. Alongside the South African success of the brand comes now their expansion into both Nigeria and Kenya. Established in 2013, Click n Compare is a one-stop portal for African consumers who are looking to source services and be educated in hard-to-navigate verticals, such as insurance, mobile, broadband, and banking. The Internet has empowered consumers to access more information than ever before, but it has also made it that...

  • Accommodation marketplace SleepOut wins Startup Battle of the Cities 2014

    SleepOut -- the popular African accommodation marketplace -- has recently been named the winner of the 2014 Startup Battle of the Cities (SBOC) at IdeaLab! – The Founders’ Conference, Germany. The competition is part of IdeaLab! – The Founders Conference, an annual event that brings together ambitious students, young founders, seasoned investors and experienced entrepreneurs in an environment that promotes the exchange of ideas and networking. Other startups that pitched were V1ntage, which represented Chisinau, Moldova; Pzartech representing Tel Aviv, Israel; and Coindrum representing Dublin, Ireland, to win the coveted title. Often referred to as East Africa's answer to couchsurfing, SleepOut.com is an accommodation...

  • Inspire Mastery: looking to the bright future of SA’s tech ecosystem

    A successful entrepreneur knows how to master his or her environment. An idea can only take you so far. The skill lies in knowing how and when to execute. Inspire Mastery is a series that looks at some of the trends that are driving the journey of South Africa’s savvy tech entrepreneurs. The best part of a journey is the exploration. That, and the expectations. Though South Africa’s yet to become a leader in tech, it’s showing some promising signs. And if these current circumstances and their numbers are anything to go by, we’re in for quite a ride. A recent...

  • SA startup hopes to raise $100k with innovative Wi-Fi enabled ‘whiteboard’

    Whiteboards, pinboards and chalkboards are old-school. At least this is what WriteBoard Technologies -- a South African startup that hopes to change the ways in which businesses brainstorm, teachers teach and households stay on the same virtual page -- thinks. The startup is hoping to raise funding via the crowdfunding site, Indiegogo, with an ultimate goal set at US$100 000. Pretty ambitious. The funds are needed "to finalise mass production strategies and align with partners who can assist in certain aspects of the manufacturing process," reads the project page. In essence, the startup's flagship product the WriteBoard, is...

  • Inspire Mastery: The importance of collaboration in the SA tech space

    A successful entrepreneur knows how to master his or her environment. An idea can only take you so far. The skill lies in knowing how and when to execute. Inspire Mastery is a series that looks at some of the trends that are driving the journey of South Africa’s savvy tech entrepreneurs. Cultural segregation remains one of South Africa's biggest barriers to real growth. It's becoming increasingly obvious though that modern tech and startup cultures are helping grow communities. Sharing spaces and ideas are crucial to innovation. Whether its lending services, spaces, ideas or finances, collaborating has become an essential food...

  • Kickstarter campaign wants to empower Nigerian farmers with tomato paste

    This has to be one of the most interesting crowdfunding projects we've seen in Africa. Launched by social entrepreneurs Mira Mehta and Shane Kiernan, Tomato Jos (that's not a typo) wants to raise US$50 000 within the next month in a grand effort to help Nigerian farmers make awesome tomato paste. "Our mission is to make tomato production a sustainable, profitable business for the farmers with whom we work," Tomato Jos says. Co-founder Mehta notes that even though tomatoes play a huge role in the average Nigerian diet, almost US$500-million is spent on importing tomatoes from abroad. In order to empower people...

  • Spark International is calling for 15 savvy change-makers from Kenya, SA

    Spark International is calling for social entrepreneurs from South Africa and Kenya for its 2015 intake. Fifteen entrepreneurs will be chosen to partake in the Spark accelerator for a week either in Johannesburg, South Africa or Nairobi, Kenya. The chosen ventures will then have access to world-class entrepreneurship training, work with other change-makers and ultimately pitch at Demo Day in front of investors, philanthropists and other industry experts. Although the accelerator process only lasts seven days, Spark will continue to support entrepreneurs for three years, which will award them free access to legal, business, graphic design and research support. Through the...

  • SA crowdsource design startup Springleap secures R4m+ Angel round

    South African crowdsource design startup Springleap has just announced that it has secured a seed round of US$400 000 (R4.1-million) from a mix of South African and British Angel Investors including Colenso Capital, Clearwater, Kevin Gaskell and Crystal Bay Capital. Chairman of Springleap advisory board Kevin Gaskell, who is also the former MD of Porsche and BMW, boasts that "the team at Springleap had gained significant traction in a short amount of time with Fortune 500 brands and have a big vision to empower the creative industry." The investment will be used to help fuel expansion throughout Africa and beyond. “With...

  • Inspire Mastery: Having the right mindset is key for entrepreneurs in SA

    A successful entrepreneur knows how to master his / her environment. An idea can only take you so far. The skill lies in knowing how and when to execute. Inspire Mastery is a series that looks at some of the trends that are driving the journey of South Africa’s savvy tech entrepreneurs. “It always seems impossible until it's done.” This quote from former South African president Nelson Mandela could just as easily have come from Apple’s great Steve Jobs or Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Where Mandela was most likely talking within the context of overcoming Apartheid and other socio-political obstacles, it’s...

  • Dragons’ Den SA episode 5: from a concrete business to wasted energy

    The South African version of internationally-renowned reality TV show Dragons' Den is now well into its first season. While the dragons didn't really get into their groove at first (something which can at least partly be chalked down to the quality of entrepreneurs on display, things have improved rapidly.) Don't get us wrong, it's still first and foremost entertainment, but there have at least been some investments that look set to make a big difference to some promising South African startups, and the show's also managed to uncover some potentially game-changing entrepreneurial talent. Whether that talent would've merged on its...