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  • Cape Town startup Simply brings human-centred design, tech to life insurance

    In 2015, three friends -- tech entrepreneur Anthony Miller and two actuaries Simon Nicholson and Shaun Dippnall -- decided to team up and start insurance startup Simply Financial Services. "At a cross-road in our professional lives, we were all looking for a new challenge – something that would both make money and do good," says Miller (pictured right), who is also the company's CEO. "There is a dire need for simple, convenient, well-priced life insurance in South Africa and we believed we could use our combined strengths – tech startups, life insurance experience and human-centred design -- to build a business that could...

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    A simple step-by-step guide to finding parking with Parkfind app

    Are you curious about now Cape Town-based Street Parking Solution's (SPS) personal parking assistant Parkfind app works? Here's a quick step by step guide on how to use the app to locate and pay for parking in the Cape Town city centre. The Parkfind app allows you to find parking in real time, navigate to a parking bay using GPS. In addition, users get access to parking tariff information as well as the ability to make in-app parking payments. 1. Download the app Start by downloading the Parkfind app for free from the Apple AppStore or Google Play. 2.Sign up and enable in-app payments For Parkfind's in-app payment function to work, users...

  • Ventureburn’s key takeaways from Africa Tech Summit Kigali 2018

    The Africa Tech Summit held in Kigali was arguably February's highlight in Africa's tech scene. With over 350 delegates from 29 countries and a diverse speaker line up including representatives from venture capital (VC) firms, innovation hubs, tech giants, as well as startup founders from around the continent the summit turned out to be a treasure trove of ideas and insights on the African tech ecosystem, the solutions to problems it has developed and more importantly where the continent is headed. In case you missed it, here's a roundup of the trends, startups, ideas and tips that stood out for us. Key...

  • Meet the 8 African recipients of GSMA’s Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

    The GSM Association, through its Mobile for Development team and as part of the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund, yesterday announced the 15 startups that it will award grants and add to its startup portfolio. Max Cuvellier head of the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator said the addition of the 15 now bring number of startups in the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund portfolio to 24 companies. "Collectively they tackle thirteen of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals introduced by the United Nations and embraced by the mobile industry as a whole," Cuvellier said in a statement. Eight of the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund's latest grant...

  • Nedbank commits R3.4m to enterprise development initiative with Fix Forward

    Nedbank has committed R3.4-million to an enterprise development initiative with non-profit Fix Forward which aims to develop the entrepreneurial skills of 100 tradespeople in the greater Cape Town area and Gauteng. The Cape Town-based non-profit, which was founded in 2012, matches skilled tradespeople from low income areas with construction and renovation projects from businesses and homeowners. The funding will see the tradespeople, who are registered contractors within Fix Forward network, take part in a 12 month entrepreneur development programme. This programme will reportedly equip them with the skills and experience necessary to run their own businesses. "We’re delighted with Nedbank’s support of...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [26/02/2018]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or brush up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or next week’s, please let us know in the comments below or send us an email. Not all of the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out...

  • DHL eCommerce MoneyAfrica symposium to kick off in March: here’s what to expect

    The DHL eCommerce MoneyAfrica conference will take place the Cape Town International Convention Centre between 14 and 15 March. The conference will feature keynotes, panel discussions, technical demonstrations, networking opportunities, cocktail functions and an exhibition showcase -- all hosted by industry experts. Organisers of the conference expect that 82 international speakers and over 400 companies will attend the symposium. With dynamic business and education platforms, guests are afforded networking opportunities to connect and collaborate with the brightest minds in the online marketplace. In addition, the regions’ top merchants, major retailers, brands, developers, designers, and startups are also expected to be in attendance. The DHL...

  • The Startup Hatchery, Entrepreneur Traction to launch Pitch Tank Pitching Competition 1.0

    Cape Town-based virtual business incubator The Startup Hatchery and Entrepreneur Traction have partnered to launch a quarterly entrepreneur pitching and learning platform, the Pitch Tank Pitching Competition 1.0. The Pitch Tank Pitching Competition 1.0 is set to be launched Saturday 24 February at Barclays Rise Cape Town. The competition is said to offer early-stage entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn, grow, connect and boost their confidence through pitch presentations. "As part of the pitching platform, entrepreneurs get invaluable mentorship and business support through an experienced group of judges and industry experts, as well as a cash prize for the winners," said Tania Cunningham, The...

  • Here’s how African startups can attend, pitch and exhibit at VivaTech 2018

    Dubbed as "the world's rendezvous for startups and leaders", Viva Technology (VivaTech) is one of Europe's biggest tech conferences. Here's how African startups can attend and pitch at the event. The third edition of the tech conference will run between 24 and 26 May in Porte de Versailles, Paris. The three-day event will see entrepreneurs, executives, investors, students and academics meet to collaborate on the future. Startups looking to attend VivaTech 2018 have until 28 February to enter 22 innovation challenges open to international startups Organisers expect 68 000 attendees, 6000 startups and 1400 investors from 103 countries will attend the summit which will have...

  • Finance minister Gigaba announces R2.1bn fund for startups

    Finance minister Malusi Gigaba announced at today's 2018 Budget Speech that the government will set aside R2.1-billion for startups. "Work is being done to provide crucial funding to innovative small businesses when they need it most," said Gigaba. "A fund with an allocation of R2.1-billion over the medium term is being developed between the Departments of Small Businesses and Science and Technology, and benefit small and medium enterprises during the early startup phase." "This is an area that has historically had limited support because of the risks involved," he added. The Departments of Small Business, Science and Technology are involved in setting up the...

  • How is MyGrowthFund’s Top40 mentorship programme faring? We talk to participants

    It's been a couple of months since venture capitalist Vusi Thembekwayo announced the 40 high-growth entrepreneurs who had been selected to join the MyGrowthFund Top40 programme. The 18-month long mentorship initiative aims to nurture and assist participants scale their businesses. We look at how the programme is faring. Three-phase programme MyGrowthFund's Top40 programme consists of three main phases. These include the needs analysis phase, strategy formulation phase and the final phase which entails "aggressive transformation" of the business. During the first phase of the mentorship programme MyGrowthFund conducts needs analyses and deep-dives into the participant's enterprises to "identify critical issues and what needs to be done to remedy...