Africa, News

PriceCheck and MTN to launch new co-branded price comparison app

Pricecheck PriceCheck today announced its partnership with MTN Group that will see the release of a co-branded version of South Africa's very popular price comparison and shopping discovery app. With mobile being a huge player, and ecommerce on the rise, PriceCheck hopes to play a critical role in the local consumer's shopping experience. The partnership between the multinational mobile operator and Nasper's owned ecommerce company underscores the importance of mobile in the retail ecosystem -- not only in South Africa but the ...

Entrepreneurship, Startups

Governance and startups: the ‘but it’s my business’ problem

Pay Attention In my last column, I discussed the key differences between a craft and an enterprise and explained why an SMME can only become truly sustainable once it becomes an enterprise. The successful transition from craft to enterprise requires the implementation of an effective governance process in your business. While many SMME owners claim to understand this concept, they are often reluctant to make this transition in their own business. But why are SMME owners so hesitant to implement the changes that ...

Africa, Ecommerce

Shopstar is South Africa’s new up-and-coming ecommerce platform

Shopstar2 It's no secret that South Africa's ecommerce is on the verge of booming. With the industry said to be growing by 30% a year and the market estimated to be worth R4.4-billion in 2013, we can expect a lot of competition in this arena. The almost year-old Shopstar is one of those competitors -- an ecommerce platform with a local twist that's designed to allow anyone to create and manage their own online shop with minimal effort. Developed in Cape Town, it's ...

Emerging Markets, Startup news

Lamudi is the largest real estate site in Uganda, credits emerging middle class

lamudi Uganda In October last year, Rocket Internet launched Lamudi, the real estate version of its "mudi" startup branches -- Carmudi being its online vehicle shop cousin. Lamudi, as a brand, united tens of the German incubator's housing startups under one banner, and since launching in Uganda it claims to be the largest real estate listing site in the Central East African country. The Rocket Internet giant has steamrolled across most continents with an overall number of twenty-one Lamudis currently in operation in ...


Never mind the Naspers shutdowns, ecommerce in South Africa has a bright future

ecommerce ecommercerules com I was recently asked whether I felt that the closure of the four online shopping portals -- SA Camera, Style36, 5 Rooms and Kinderelo -- by media giant Naspers, was an indication that South Africa was not yet ready for online retail and that there was no money to be made in the industry. My answer was immediately confirmed by a Naspers announcement that its intentions were to restructure to focus on its general online store, That's not to say ...

Africa, Startup news

Project Iziswe partners with Western Cape to bring free Wi-Fi to 90k people

Project Isizwe The free Wi-Fi for the masses initiative, Project Iziswe has recently partnered with the Western Cape Government's Department of Economic Development and Tourism to open up hot spots in specific public spaces in the Western Cape province. Headquartered about 50km from the Cape Town, the project initially started in Stellenbosch and has since started rolling out its services in the City of Tshwane in November last year. The Western Cape government has partnered with "top non-profit organisations" to replicate the model that ...

Emerging Markets, Startups

Hellofood is now Rocket Internet’s fastest expanding venture

hellofood From Chile to Vietnam and Poland to Kenya, online food delivery marketplace Hellofood also known as Foodpanda has spread to a massive forty countries in less than two years and is now being hailed as Rocket Internet's fastest expanding venture. This recent announcement, reaffirms the startup's aim of being a global venture. Using Hellofood, customers are able to have food delivered to their doorstep which, on the other hand, means that it helps restaurants increase sales through online and mobile ...


Taking your business online? Here are 6 risk assessment questions you need to ask

questions Launching an online business, or taking an existing business online, requires a new set of skills for anyone who is used to a more traditional bricks-and-mortar retail environment. There are new ways to market, new ways to deliver your product – and new ways to ensure you don’t become the victim of thieves or fraudsters. Whether you are an experienced online retailer or a relative novice, these are the questions you need to ask and answer to protect yourself from online ...

News, Startup news

Timetoreply helps track and increase customer response time online

timetoreply Based in Cape Town, South Africa timetoreply helps sites measure how quickly they respond to customer enquiries which then helps them improve their response time. The startup has announced that the popular entrepreneur Chris Staines who's been voted among the world’s top seven entrepreneurs in 2000 by Business Week Magazine has recently invested in the company. Dane Spear started to develop timetoreply in 2012. The algorithmic software could be used by website owners to measure how fast sales agents were ...

Africa, Startups

Miami’s Venture Hive heads to Tanzania to turn students into entrepreneurs

Dar Es Salaam Flickr Miami-based Venture Hive, an accelerator and incubator, has launched in Tanzania in a move to help entrepreneurs there get access to training and skills to launch and build their tech start-ups while they are still on campus. Venture Hive will work with the Tanzania Commission for Science & Technology and the Dar Teknohama Business Incubator to launch an education programme to help university students at five Tanzanian universities start up while still studying. Announced in Moscow on Monday at the LIONS@FRiCA meeting ...