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  • SureGifts makes gifting in Nigeria more personal with new site

    In March, Ventureburn reported that Nigeria’s premier gift card startup SureGifts was targeting the corporate world (they still are) with a unique bouquet of services – including a personalised way of rewarding loyal customers and hardworking employees. The startup’s unique selling point is its ability to allow gift recipients to choose what they really want, thereby putting an end to the era of unwanted gifts. Today however, the startup has upgraded its platform with the goal of making its already personal experience to become more personal. So what’s new? According to Adeoye Ojo, the co-Founder of SureGifts, the startup changed how gift...

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    Netflix: What do South Africans think?

    With the announcement of Netflix launching in South Africa a few months ago, it might have seemed like a belated Christmas gift from America. But has the novelty seemingly worn off quicker than one would expect? There are plenty of reasons why the excitement of Netflix in South Africa seems to have died down. For one, there are not many South Africans who are fortunate to enjoy the luxury of cable TV, never mind Netflix. There is also the added hurdle of using the streaming service with limited to no access to the Internet for many and data bundles that do...

  • These are the 5 winners from the Seedstars World Cape Town event

    Seedstars World has crowned the five winners from its Cape Town event. The five were chosen from a pool of 10 finalists who took part in an intense pitching competition on Tuesday evening. The startups were competing for a chance to compete against the five equivalent winners in Johannesburg in a bid to take the South African crown. From there, the winner flies to Zürich to take part in a bootcamp before the Seedstars global competition. There they will compete against startups from 52 countries for a chance at US$500 000 in funding, among other prizes. ...

  • Naspers reveals the true numbers behind Takealot, Kalahari merger

    In a recent Naspers Provisional report, the company has revealed its true stake in Takealot.com. Kalahari.com and Takealot.com completed their merger earlier this year, but the exact numbers behind the relationship weren't disclosed. Many however believed that Takealot had benefited most from the deal. This merger was first announced in October 2014, but got the go ahead from the Competition Commission of South Africa in January. During the February 2015 merger, Naspers acquired 46.5% interest in Takealot.com (Takealot Online). The purchase equates to a R1.2-billion acquisition. Instead of handing over cash, Takealot received 612 977 worth of Naspers N ordinary shares. The...

  • Is franchising the key for young entrepreneurs in South Africa?

    Fifty-two point six percent of South Africa’s youth are unemployed. That’s according to statistics from Good Governance Africa (GGA). The challenges that young South African’s face in accessing jobs are huge. For starters, South Africa’s lacklustre growth and strict labour laws are not conducive to job creation. What’s more, inexperience makes it harder for young people to get their foot in the door. It goes without saying that being young and unemployed increases the risk of social exclusion, a loss of motivation and mental health problems. Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom. As a young South African looking to make your mark in the...

  • VIGO, Bandwidth Barn offer 67 websites for Khayelitsha entrepreneurs

    South Africa's 2014 MTN App of the Year Award Winner, VIGO, and Bandwidth Barn Khayelitsha, are partnering to host the 67 websites for for entrepreneurs in celebration of Mandela Day this year. Taking place 18 July, the event will feature 67 township entrepreneurs building websites using VIGO's system. These small businesses will be utilising VIGO's recently launched Design Premium offering. This new system contains "crisp" pre-designed website templates, which range from R1 720 to R2 660 on the VIGO website. The 67 Websites for Mandela Day event aims to support early-stage entrepreneurs who will require a website. Apart from website creation, VIGO...

  • Meet SenseVirtual: the dedicated VR startup shaping frontiers in Africa

    On the back of the popular gaming show, E3, in Los Angeles last month, Virtual Reality (VR) is a really hot topic right now. Microsoft, Sony, HTC, and Valve are all backing the technology in different ways. And while it's still early days for the hardware, startups from around the globe are leaping at the opportunity, building immersive virtual experiences for customers and businesses alike. Ventureburn spoke to co-founder and co-CEO, Tyrone Rubin about SenseVirtual -- a Cape Town-based VR startup in South Africa and all its exciting applications. The idea of VR is what I love. I love the idea...

  • Exchange startup BitX now lets you purchase airtime with Bitcoin

    Bitcoin is slowly catching up with standard currencies, even with its uphill struggle. Bitcoin startup BitX now allows customers to purchase airtime with the digital currency. It's a small step, but a good one. Using their BitX platform -- which already allows users to transfer Bitcoin to one another -- the company has added an airtime purchasing option. South African customers can choose from local players MTN, Cell C, Vodacom, Virgin Mobile, and Telkom, and send the amount to any cellphone number. According to BitX product advisor Simon Dingle, the decision had to do with user needs: We're proud to provide mobile...

  • IBM hopes to catalyse South Africa’s growing app economy

    The so-called app economy is expected to create trillions of dollars of opportunities globally over the next few years, including in Africa, where a highly mobile market is poised to leapfrog directly into the era of apps. With organisations already starting on their journey to become fully mobile, digital enterprises, the opportunities for app developers are endless. In South Africa, Cape Town is already making a name for itself as a hotbed of social app development, while Gauteng is evolving into a centre for enterprise app development. IBM is working increasingly closely with incubators and innovation hubs across SA to...

  • ZipZap partners with Microsoft to turn your mobile into a PoS solution

    ZipZap, the mobile PoS solution from Paycorp, has partnered with Microsoft Mobile to offer businesses and retailers the ability to accept payments using Windows Phone devices. According to a recent press release, ZipZap's mobile PoS together with a Lumia smartphone will help merchants accept all card payments, issue e-receipts via SMS or email, and view a detailed transaction history via the app or the online merchant portal. Business-to-Business (B2B) lead at Microsoft Mobile Veran Maharaj says that Microsoft is committed to reinventing productivity and business process: Together with Paycorp, we are able to offer businesses a mobile payment solution that is not...

  • 7 renewable energy startups trying to revolutionise the way Africa keeps its lights on

    Africa has a serious energy problem. This is ironic considering the abundance of natural resources available, from coal in South Africa to oil in Nigeria. It just so happens that both of these powerful economies rely on limited, environmentally-unfriendly resources, struggling to keep up with economic growth. This might start to change. Earlier this year, billionaire futurist Elon Musk geared the world's attention on the real potential of renewable energy with the introduction of the Tesla Powerwall -- the battery set to revolutionise the way people use electricity grids around the globe. Musk believes that the Powerwall could not only become...