Africa, Startup news

Ampion Venture Bus Africa to go big in emerging markets

ampion StartupBus Africa last year saw a bus packed full of engineers, designers, media and creatives tour through the Southern part of the continent, from Harare, Zimbabwe to Cape Town, South Africa. Out of the 40 people who joined the trip, eight startups were born. This year, the bus is back under a new brand which will focus more on emerging markets -- Ampion Venture Bus Africa, and has decided to go big! The basic principle of StartupBus remains, it's just on ...

Africa, Mobile apps

Hellofood unveils tasty app, gears up to become mobile-first

hellofood-new-app The popular food delivery startup, Hellofood, operates in ten countries across the African continent and goes by the name Foodpanda abroad. By keeping up with the trends, it's recently launched a new app which highlights the Africa Internet Holding (AIH) backed venture's commitment to becoming a mobile-first company. Based on recommendations of restaurants and dishes, the startup allows you to quickly order food in your city. Based on your location, the mobile app (iOS and Android) is able to narrow ...

Mobile apps, News

Got apps? Apply for the MTN Business App of the Year Awards before it’s too late

tablets The popular mobile payment startup, SnapScan, was the overall winner of the MTN Business App of the Year Awards 2013 and was soon acquired by Standard Bank. Entries for this year's Awards will close on Monday 7 July so get your app signed up so you can get free recognition and possible success for your hard work. The core ideas behind the Awards is to promote and celebrate locally developed apps that innovate and solve real world problems. In this ...

Mobile apps, Startups

Ideas to reality: 5 free tools to build your own prototype (and potential startup)

pop-demo Ideas to Reality is an article series where I take look at easy tools to help entrepreneurs get their projects up-and-running. We all have these ideas that we think could change our world but never do. Ideas that lie dormant and ultimately die. It’s sad, isn’t it? So why not change that and turn them into something tangible, a prototype and see if it's worth anything. The excuses used for closet entrepreneurs not unleashing their ultimate remedy of all remedies are ...

Entrepreneurship, Startup news

Entrepreneur Traction aims to build, cement SA’s growing tech community

table-mountain2 One thing that's extremely prominent in South Africa's culture, both socially and professionally, is that it's extremely fragmented. While there might be great ideas looming, without coordinated direction and collaboration they are neither here nor there. A new initiative called Entrepreneur Traction believes that the Western Cape's tech innovators are to play a critical role in driving job creation in South Africa. Raised out of the Silicon Cape's foundation, Entrepreneur Traction is building an established network of tech experts that ...


Africa isn’t in need of saving: it will likely save itself, it just needs better execution

knight There is a very popular notion that Africa hasn't been able to shirk for some time now, namely that it's a dark continent in need of saving. If we liken Africa's story to that of a Disney fairytale, the continent is always the damsel in distress waiting for her prince to come in with his sword and slay the dragon guarding her. Truth be told, I doubt the many innovators and billionaires in the West getting ready to save Africa ...

Africa, Startup news

Jumia introduces marketplace in Kenya to put local shops online

Jumia Hailing from Nigeria, ecommerce outfit Jumia has unveiled its online marketplace in Kenya. The platform allows traditionally offline suppliers to sell their products to the company's huge customer base. It basically gives merchants a store front in the cloud. Entrepreneurs are given the tools to market their products on Jumia's site while the company takes care of product storage, marketing, customer care and delivery. Sellers can furthermore monitor their sales, as well as pending, shipped and cancelled orders on their ...

Advertising & Marketing

This new agency wants to let you pay for what you eat with a tweet

WORLD’S FIRST TWEET SHOP OPENS IN LONDON If you live in any reasonably sized city with any areas of reasonable wealth, you've probably heard at least one of your friends talk about a super cool pop-up store they've visited in the past couple of weeks. For the most part though, the way the transaction of goods in those stores has been pretty standard: you hand over your hard-earned cash and, in return, you get a the good you desire. There are, however, a few examples of companies ...

Africa, Venture capital

NewGenAngels group seeking to invest over $150k in African startups

Money NewGenAngels is a members-only investment club that wants to highlight the cream of Africa's early-stage business crop. The Angel investment group has a keen focus on the diaspora and, with rather deep pockets, is looking to deploy between US$150 000 and US$500 000 per company and aims to activate 1000 angels by 2020. Very bold indeed. According to the group, it prefers service and technology based businesses in Africa with strong growth dynamics, fragmented competition, a sizeable industry, low exogenous risk ...

Innovation, News

Stellenbosch University launches Smart Mobility Lab to develop traffic solutions

traffic There's a lot of room left for R&D in the field of South Africa's transport industry. With a step in the right direction, Stellenbosch University has recently launched its Smart Mobility Laboratory (SSML) that's seeking to establish a platform for the development of innovative, cost-effective solutions within the field of Intelligent Transport Systems. The laboratory will set out to provide outcome-based research which means it's gearing up to develop applications within developing countries that will help understand and remedy issues ...