Entrepreneurship, Startup news

88mph Cape Town 2014 programme now open for applications

88mph logo If you're an entrepreneur looking for mentorship, funding, and a co-working space, then we've got good news for you. Startup accelerator and private fund 88mph has opened applications for its 2014 Cape Town programme -- and the application promises to be a quick and painless process in the guise of a simple 20 question form that needs to be completed for entry. 88mph describes itself as a business accelerator for early-stage companies with a mobile-web focus. The programme offers funding -- up ...

Ecommerce, Emerging Markets

Got a global ecommerce play? Russia’s landscape too big to ignore [infographic]

Russian Flag Russia's ecommerce landscape is best described as a cocktail made up of one part growing middle class, two parts Europe's most internet users (more than 60 million), and a dash of Russian search engine Yandex. That's what part one of Search Laboratory's two-part series of infographics on Russian's burgeoning ecommerce scene suggested, and now we have part two. According to Search Laboratory's second infographic, Russia is a great ecommerce opportunity for foreign online retailers, but to achieve success such retailers ...

Emerging Markets, Entrepreneurship

Potential vs politics: can India rise above to become a powerhouse?

tah mahal india So here are some staggering statistics: By 2030 India’s urban population will reach 590 million. That’s almost twice the entire population of the United States. The number of urban middle-class households will rise by over 300% to 91 million and the working-age population will increase by 270 million people. What’s more, in order to meet forecast demand from India’s cities, US$1.2 trillion of capital investment is required. India has made some spectacular progress. According to the World Bank, from 2005 to 2012, poverty ...

Africa, Microsoft

Microsoft 4Afrika, African Business ‘zine to lead forum on African innovation

microsoft 4afrika alt The Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative -- the effort through which Microsoft "will actively engage in Africa's economic development to improve its global competitiveness" -- has teamed up with African Business magazine and the Africa Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) to lead the Innovative Africa Forum, which takes the format of a roundtable discussion on 27 November 2013 in Kampala, Uganda. Taking part in the discussion will be leading experts "driving innovation" in Africa, including Su Kahumba, founder of iCow, Simon Rweyongoza, of ...

Africa, News

Project Isizwe and the city of Tshwane start rolling out free Wi-Fi hotspots

Project Isizwe It was announced today that Project Isizwe has successfully rolled out Phase one of its programme in the city of Tshwane, South Africa. By providing free Wi-Fi hotspots to low-income communities, the aim of this non-profit initiative is to harness the power of the internet to further education and economic upliftment throughout Africa. Project Isizwe is an initiative founded and headed by former Mxit CEO, Alan Knot-Craig Jr., and is strongly supported by the city of Tshwane's plan to provide greater ...


Smart companies connect with their ecosystems to co-create solutions

co-creation Companies are confronted with big problems every day. An agrarian society looking for new business models to compete more effectively, a bank needing new growth sources to combat the effects of a declining market, a courier firm pressured to transport with zero defect to protect sensitive cargo, a technology company looking to be first to market –- these are by no means outlandish dilemmas. But solving them, even when the correct strategy is apparent (as in these examples), often requires ...

Markets, Startups

Looking for a tech startup job in SA? Here’s all you need to know today

technology is a given The tech scene in South Africa is a hot spot for opportunities. Don't believe me? That's okay because the kind folks over at jobs platform Adzuna have sent Ventureburn their latest report, this one on job specifics in technology startups in South Africa -- so you can believe them. The report looks at current vacancies, the skills in demand, the locations of the startups, and the industry the product or service is in, to determine an overall view of the ...


10 awesome new gadgets from HAXLR8R’s hardware accelerator

Petcube HAXLR8R, the Shenzhen-based hardware accelerator program, has graduated 10 new teams from its latest 15-week incubator. At an event in San Francisco, the 10 got a chance to pitch to assembled investors and spectators. Cyril Ebersweiler, the founder of HAXLR8R, says this is the third batch to come out. He added "the companies revealed at demo day show how quickly ideas can become functional and beautiful products that are manufacturer and consumer ready." In alphabetical order, these are the startups: BabyBe A bionic baby ...

Ecommerce, Startup news

Jumia’s Partner Programme launches, encourages social sharing for money

jumia logo Lagos-based ecommerce site, Jumia, has had a busy 2013, from launching an Android app, to winning The Best New Retail Launch of the Year, to creating its own "ecommerce campus in West Africa," the Rocket Internet-backed pride and joy is showing no signs of slowing down. Its next play is an upgrade to its affiliate programme -- now called the Partner Programme -- which allows everyone to earn money easily by sharing links on their own websites or social media ...

Africa, News, Startups

8 pitches from StartupBus Africa, ‘Workforce’ announced as winner

StartupBus1 Following a long four-day road trip, eight startups from StartupBus Africa pitched their ideas to a group of investors at eKasi, Khayelitsha, South Africa yesterday. From an app that can help determine the cost of bribes to an initiative that wants to help solve Southern Afria's unemployment issues, all initiatives aimed at solving local issues. As you should know by now, StartupBus is an entrepreneurial road trip, during which the "buspreneurs" conceive, build, and launch their startups. Kicking-off in Harare, Zimbabwe, ...