Startup news

Big publishing dreams for Snapplify with SPi Global partnership

Snapplify Logo Popular mobile digital publishing solutions provider Snapplify has announced a global partnership with SPi Global, a global digital and epublishing service provider to content owners and publishers. Snapplify launched in 2011 at the Frankfurt Book Fair and has seen some major successes in the last few years with multiple partners in Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, the US and UK. According to the startup, "after the launch of the first iPad, a highly successful new generation new generation of app developers for ...

Emerging Markets, Entrepreneurship

The co-innovation trend and the challenge in emerging markets

sang_m_lee While the absence of mature intellectual property laws remains one of the deterrents holding back co-creation or co-innovation in Africa, it's a compelling model for novelty, especially considering the many successful examples abroad. A keen observer of mega trends, Professor Sang M Lee of the University of Nebraska underlines co-innovation for organisations that are looking to remain competitive in a globalised economy. Lee is currently the University Eminent Scholar, Regents Distinguished Professor, and Executive Director of the Nebraska Productivity and ...

Le Web, Startups

Meet Breather: bespoke room-letting at $20 an hour [LeWeb]

Breather If Airbnb ever had a sibling it would be Julian Smith’s new startup Breather. Launched today at Le Web London, Smith along with CTO Alex Payne (ex-Twitter and former CTO of Simple), launched what they call a “Zipcar for rooms”. Not just any rooms though. A bespoke network of rooms that are cleaned and checked regularly. "A distributed private club," that's always open, according to Smith.. For those who need a little more space than the local Starbucks can provide, ...

Mobile apps, News

2go finally launches mobile app on Google Play

2go Android App Social networking company, 2go has just launched an app for Android. 2go is currently the largest social network in Nigeria and is making its way steadily into other emerging markets. As Android becomes the proffered smartphone OS, this move sees 2go getting a head start of its potential upcoming market. 2go was founded in 2007 by Alan Wolff and Ashley Peter in South Africa. The company managed to get over 10-million active users with only four developers. Since then, its popularity ...

Venture capital

Bloomberg launches $75 million venture capital fund Bloomberg Beta

bloomberg logo International news agency Bloomberg is taking a shot at the venture capital game with its new fund, Bloomberg Beta, which was launched yesterday and is designed to invest in early-stage startups. Headed up by Roy Bahat, the former head of IGN Entertainment and current chairman of Ouya - the open source, Kickstarter-funded video game hardware startup -- the US$75 million fund has already invested in nine companies such as ProsperWorks, Codecademy and Newsle. Bloomberg Beta is an independent entity to ...


7 SA startups that’ll help get your party started

cocktails Ever had that moment when you look at your calendar, thinking there's something familiar about the date, only to realise that it's your birthday? It's understandable, you're too busy trying conquer the world to think about anything as trivial as the anniversary of your birth. But your family and friends still expect you to have a party so you set about getting yourself organised. Of course, that's not easy when you've got deadlines breathing down your neck. Fortunately there are ...


My hands and heart hopes to create opportunities for SA’s youth

The youth is quite a big issue in most countries, with massive questions about how to give them skills training and utilise their skill sets. My hands and heart is a new initiative in South Africa which is hoping to solve some of those problems. The project wants to develop young people by connecting them to opportunities. My hands and heart is a volunteer management platform, "with the key objective of creating opportunities for youth to gain exposure, experience and grow ...

News, Startup news

Malaysian startup iMoney seeks to expand after securing US$500 000

Malaysian startup iMoney has received US$500 000 in funding from Asia Venture Group (AVG). iMoney is a financial advisory and banking service comparison app and seeks "to change the financial landscape in South East Asia." iMoney is a financial package comparison site. It allows you to compare banking services and products available on the market. These services include comparisons and application of financial products like mortgages, personal loans and credit cards. The point of this initiative is for users to make ...


Innovative entrepreneur from Gauteng or KZN? This bootcamp could be for you

Business Lab Bootcamp The Silicon Cape tends to hog the limelight when it comes to South African startups, so it's always a pleasant change to see people doing work in other regions of the country. When we got a release from the Business Lab -- a Business and Entrepreneur Accelerator aimed at entrepreneurs, medium and growing business enterprises -- saying that it would be hosting a couple of bootcamps, we were therefore especially pleased to see that the camps would taking place in Gauteng ...

Entrepreneurship, Startups

8 reasons why bloggers are attractive investment bets

Michelle Phan, YouTube beauty and fashion vlogger Michelle Phan, YouTube beauty and fashion vlogger A recent article published by Ad Age, revealed that bloggers are increasingly succeeding in attracting funding for new ventures. Why is that? Geri Hirsch went from authoring her fashion-lifestyle blog, Because I'm Addicted, to co-founding Leaf, a series of how-to concept videos covering things like living, eating and fashion. Following a very successful commissioned video, StyleHaul, the largest fashion and beauty community on YouTube, became Leaf's primary backer. Hirsch and Leaf co-founder Erin Falconer went ...