Pretoria University launches post-grad diploma in innovation

Innovation Can innovation be taught? Maybe not, but a new diploma from the University of Pretoria means that you can now study it. The diploma is aimed at bachelor degree graduates and/or candidates with appropriate prior learning in one of the areas of music, publishing, multimedia and cultural heritage. It was apparently developed as part of the e-skills initiative of the government’s Department of Communications and students will be taught business, entrepreneurial skills and e-skills development. In addition, students ...


Looking to get into ecommerce? This seminar might be for you

If you're looking to get into the ecommerce space -- and why wouldn't you: online retail grew 30% in the last year, compared with six percent for traditional retail, then there are a couple of options out there when it comes to learning with those who've carved out names for themselves. We recently told you about PayU and MWEB co-hosting a free workshop for Cape Town entrepreneurs who are looking to ride the ecommerce rocket. Now ecommerce platform Vaimo is ...


12 young African entrepreneurs who will blow your mind, seriously

Anzisha What where you doing at 15? What about at 19? Or 22? If you are one of these 12 entrepreneurs, the answer is: changing the world. Each of them was chosen as part of the 2013 annual Anzisha Prize, an event that supports social and business entrepreneurs between 15 and 22 years old. Each year, 12 finalists are chosen to share in US$75 000 of grant funding to invest in their businesses or projects. Out of 333 applications from 22 ...

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CBNC announces Africa business and entrepreneurial game changers of 2013

AABLA CNBC, which is Africa's largest business television news network, recently announced the winners of AABLA (Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards) of West Africa. Both iROKOtv and Konga's CEOs came out top with their disruptive online business and entrepreneurial ventures. Jason Njoku, co-founder and CEO of iROKOtv, won the title of CNBC's Young Business Leader of the 2013. In dedication to Nollywood's talent, iROKOtv which is sometimes dubbed as the "Netflix of Nollywood" was launched in 2010 and has since become ...

Startup news

Get live weather updates on Mxit thanks to Kazazoom

AfricaWeather Kazazoom, a Johannesburg-based technology startup that develops content and services for Mxit, has unveiled updates to the live weather service that it operates for AfricaWeather Ltd. The new service, which the company claims is the first of its kind to be made available on Mxit, is meant to enhance the existing AfricaWeather offering on the instant messaging platform, and will apparently reach more than 300 000 registered users. “This service will allow users to get live weather updates sent directly to their ...


Uber stealthily cruises into Cape Town

Uber After testing its Africa chops in Johannesburg, it seems luxury private car driver service, Uber has finally made its way to Cape Town. According to a sneaky blog post by the company, secret Ubers has begun roaming the streets of Cape Town. "We couldn’t be more excited for our stealth launch in the Mother City," said the post. For the Cape Town leg of its launch the company teamed up with SA Rugby legend Breyton Paulse, who grab the first ...

Africa, Startups

Here is why you should care more about elearning and green startups

bicycle flower They aren't as flashy or sexy as providing a new social or music app gimmick, but startups and projects involved in areas such as elearning or those providing environmental solutions, supply a great appetite. A demand the government, for instance, would be keen to satisfy and fund. Apart from the industries also becoming increasingly lucrative, they provide real solutions for real world problems. Having said that, governments, NGOs, banks, multinationals, etc. have great stakes in supporting small businesses operating in ...

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Lodgify launches, attacks crowded vacation rental space with power punch

lodgify Lodgify, a new vacation rental marketing startup, launches today. From the get-go, the Barcelona-based company is candid about its global ambitions, allowing vacation rental owners and property managers from pretty much anywhere to centrally manage their reservations, and synchronise their property information across major vacation rental portals. If this all sounds a bit too familiar, you're right. Lodgify is entering a pretty crowded kingdom and going up against its king, Airbnb, but the fledgling company is coming out swinging, launching with ...

Africa, Startups

Paperight partners with copier-printer developer Riso to empower schools

paperight logo In partnership with Riso, Cape Town-based startup Paperight moves closer to achieving its goal of providing schools and teachers easy, low-cost access to textbooks. Paperight enables teachers and learners to take action themselves by giving each teacher an official account. In turn, teachers can download and print books as needed from their closest copy shop. Now with the help of the copier-printers developer Riso, this process would be made even more efficient. Through this partnership, Riso will contribute towards the publishers’ ...

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Financial app 22seven gets a makeover, slashes subscription fees

22Seven Personal financial management service 22seven has been given a revamp, with its subscription rates slashed. The company, bought by Old Mutual back in January, cut its subscription fees from R60 a month to R25 a month. While some might see that as a sign of desperation, the company insists that this is not the case and that it's simply looking to carry on in its evolution. In Facebook post, the service also reavealed that loans and investments from companies like ...