Africa, Emerging Markets, News

Lumkani is going to Silicon Valley, wins $50k social entrepreneurship prize

Chivas Lumkani Fire Detection has won the South African leg of Chivas Regal's Win the Right Way competition -- a global initiative that sets out to find and support the world's top social entrepreneurs. The Cape Town-based startup has developed an early-warning fire detection system for dense settlements. The small fire detection device consists of heat detectors that send an SMS with GPS locations to community leaders and the local fire department in times of danger. In 2014 Lumkani also won the award ...

Africa, Emerging Markets, Startup news

Rocket Internet launches Everjobs career portal, to target Africa, Asia

Everjobs It's only been a matter of time before Rocket Internet got onto the online jobs classifieds space. And so, the German startup factory has today announced the launch of a new online jobs portal called Everjobs. Initially, the startup will set up shop in Sri Lanka after which it plans to target the fast-growing African and Asian markets. Everjobs was born out of Myanmanr's, which is said to be the number one site for job seekers in the country. Co-founder Ronald Schuurs ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship, Innovation

How reverse innovation helped birth Ludwick Marishane’s waterless bath #AccentureIC2015

654A3898LOW Ludwick Marishane, the brain behind the so-called Waterless Bath, was one of the opening keynotes at The Accenture Innovation Conference. Dubbed the DryBath, his product is literally a type of gel that people can use to clean themselves. No water required. Marishane took the audience through his journey of creating an interesting product through the process of reverse innovation -- a concept he hopes would inspire more young South African entrepreneurs. “Growing up I wanted to be a scientist,” he says. ...

Entrepreneurship, News

What can South African SMEs take from the Budget 2015?

Income Tax This year's budget from Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene showed some support for the country’s small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), by giving further tax relief to the smallest enterprises. Yet it still could have done more to help local businesses prosper, argues Daryl Blundell, GM of Sage Pastel Accounting. He argues that government is yet to translate its talk into action "Like most budget speeches, I was left feeling that the government could have done more to support the growth of the SME ...

Startup news

Yuppiechef ditches its trademark hand-written cards in quest for authenticity

YuppieChef Yuppiechef, the South African ecommerce site, is ditching the trademark hand-written cards it sends out with every delivery. In an official blog post by brand impact manager Jonathan Cherry, the company says it will be abandoning the practice, which has always been one of the cornerstones of its customer-service strategy, because it feels it "can offer even more value to our customers in other ways". In the post, Cherry relates the history of the practice, which originated as a celebration ...

Entrepreneurship, Startups

Women in business: 6 top tips for making your startup super efficient

Old Antique Tools in Vintage Carpentry Workshop There are different types of women in business: The mompreneur who works from home and balances the demands of a growing business with that of their household, kids and husband. The solopreneur who works from home, refusing to hire and manage staff - they work with a slew of freelancers or consult or freelance themselves. The entrepreneur who has staff and is trying to grow a business from strength-to-strength with or without the challenges of a family thrown on top of things. As a ...

News, Startup news

Startup 90 accelerator reveals this year’s eight startups poised for success

startup 90 Startup 90, one of many South African accelerators on a mission to find the startup recipe for success, has revealed its cohort of eight tech startups for this year. From free parking to service delivery and mobile shopping, each of the eight startups aims to use web and mobile technologies to solve social and economic challenges in Africa. Sandheep Ramluckan, the founder of Startup 90, notes that a total of 86 applications have been received this year: We are really encouraged by the ...

Africa, Startups

Are elearning startups Nigeria’s best hope for a new wave of innovation?

black board This week, Lagos will host its third annual Social Media Week. Last year, it featured a Battlefield startup competition that was won by educational portal PrepClass. The startup was also named one of the Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Africa for 2014 by FastCompany. Meanwhile, a few weeks ago one of Nigeria’s major telecoms companies, Airtel, announced the winners of its Catapult A Startup competition. One of them is, an online exams preparatory platform that helps students prepare for ...

Entrepreneurship, News

9 things entrepreneurs should really stop fussing over

startup Fellow entrepreneurs tell you what not to sweat over -- from obsessing over social media followers to being a perfectionist! Paying attention to the hype “Although it might sound funny in this context, chasing press is often a place where new entrepreneurs spend too much of their time. If you spend the majority of your time reading the news and bemoaning your lack of press in the buzzy blogs for your industry, you’re almost certainly not really focussed on making the news ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship, News

Google SA invites women entrepreneurs for free workshop

Google logo International Women's Day is just around the corner (8 March). To celebrate, Google South Africa is inviting women entrepreneurs to apply for a Digital Business Manager workshop. The free two-day course is geared for women who want to learn more about how to best utilise the internet to grow their business ventures. The workshop which will be held in Johannesburg over the 10th and 11th of March will focus on creating a successful web presence, how to market your business using ...