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  • Western Cape seeks to recognise region’s most exciting entrepreneurs

    For a third time running, the Western Cape Premier's Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (PERA) is again looking for the Province's top entrepreneurs. This year, the total value of the prizes for the event has been increased to a total of R1 880 000. Ranging from various categories that include Best Job-Creating Business, Best Emerging Tourism and Best Green Business, PERA seeks to acknowledge and recognise the Province's most exciting entrepreneurs and encourage job creation. The Overall Winner will receive prize money, an overseas trip and an engraved trophy. The 12 category winners will receive prize money and an engraved plaque. The category runner...

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    The comparison website Click n Compare is taking Africa by storm

    Cape Town, South Africa - Click n Compare, a South African focused comparison website is expanding their outreach after a very successful year with a strong month on month growth of 40%. Alongside the South African success of the brand comes now their expansion into both Nigeria and Kenya. Established in 2013, Click n Compare is a one-stop portal for African consumers who are looking to source services and be educated in hard-to-navigate verticals, such as insurance, mobile, broadband, and banking. The Internet has empowered consumers to access more information than ever before, but it has also made it that...

  • 7 ingenious merchandising ideas for your ecommerce site

    Ecommerce conversions is a vast field of discussions with a mind-boggling variety of factors contributing to the eventual bottom line of a store. Store merchandising, or the way you display items in your online store, plays a vital role on how well your site attracts and retains shoppers’ fickle attention. Below we discuss seven winning ideas to take your store merchandising to a whole new level: Work on making your site a pleasure to browse Notice how the best stores have the most inviting layouts? Many real-world retailers resort to using mood music, special fragrances and color therapy to put shoppers in...

  • Transport industry app takes first place at Seedstars World Lagos

    Nigerian transport industry app MyQ has been crowned the winner of Seedstars World Lagos recently. Out of the 12 startups that pitched at the competition, MyQ was selected as the best startup in Nigeria and will go on to compete in Switzerland in February 2016 at the final pitching round. The final prize, which will be awarded after the Seedstars World pitching round, consists of US$500 000 equity investment. Other prizes on offer include US$500 000 for best Travel Investment, and a US$50 000 grant for best startup space. The event looks for smart startups that solve regional issues while developing profitable...

  • SweepSouth becomes first SA startup to join Silicon Valley’s 500 Startups programme

    South African on-demand domestic cleaning startup SweepSouth has secured a spot in the renowned Silicon Valley-based accelerator programme, 500 Startups. Not only has SweepSouth been awarded US$125 000 in seed funding and acceptance into the four-month mentorship programme, it's also South Africa's only startup to have been accepted by the global accelerator. 500 Startups is lead by entrepreneur and angel investor Dave McClure (pictured above with SweepSouth co-founder Alen Ribic) and has invested in over 1 000 companies within the last five years. The VC aims to become the largest in the world and is backing startups from over 50 countries. Some prominent...

  • 5 lessons on Nigeria’s ecommerce space from HouseholdMax

    Last Friday, I attended the official launch of HouseholdMax Online, Nigeria’s premier domestic item ecommerce site. It was an entirely new experience for me to see a Nigerian homegrown ecommerce company launching big. It made me realise there are some serious lessons for startups and ecommerce stakeholders in the country and by extension, other parts of Africa. For those who don't know, HouseholdMax is not a conventional African ecommerce startup. It doesn't complain about having no money to spend, few investors and the usual rhetoric. Instead, it is owned by Aisha Tinubu who is the wife of Trojan Estates boss Kunle Tinubu...

  • Study: fewer than half of SA’s SMEs use cloud services

    According to a report by research firm World Wide Worx, the number of SMEs in South Africa using cloud services has jumped 10% since last year, to 39% in 2015. This statistic is expected to increase in the future as more and more businesses start to realise the benefits of online services. Arthur Goldstuck, the MD of World Wide Worx and principal researcher for the SME Survey 2015, says that this is a good sign for companies looking to overcome traditional obstacles: "For the first time, we are seeing a real take-up of cloud services, which indicates that more and more SMEs...

  • She Leads Africa calls public to vote for favourite female entrepreneur

    Social enterprise dedicated to supporting high-growth female entrepreneurs, She Leads Africa, is enabling the public to vote for their favourite African entrepreneur. The People's Choice Award will see one of 12 semi-finalists go through to the final round of She Leads Africa's annual Entrepreneur Showcase event. The chosen entrepreneur will then compete for US$15 000 in cash prizes, international media coverage, as well as exclusive meetings with top investors. The 12 semi-finalists were picked from nearly 300 applicants from 30 countries, and narrowed down through a review committee of professionals related to venture capital, finance, consulting and business development. The judging...

  • Chivas Regal awards SA fire detection startup Lumkani $75k

    South African fire detection startup, Lumkani has been awarded US$75 000 at Chivas Regal's global The Venture competition. The Scottish whiskey brand awarded a total of US$1-million to five social enterprises that pitched in San Francisco this week. Chile's food distributor Algramo walked away with the largest share of US$300 000. Representing Uruguay at The Venture, livestock-tracking startup Chipsafer and Japan's field-monitoring SenSprout each won US$150 000. As with Lumkani, Diseclar from Columbia received US$75 000 for turning waste into furniture. "This is a big win for us, we can start rolling out bigger parts of our business model which require more capital, test...

  • Unique market, unique startup – what can we learn from the UAE’s gurus?

    Every country has its fair share of small businesses and startups. This trend is only increasing as more people become equipped with the knowledge, tools, and specific skills required to run their own businesses. While starting your own business is considered a spectacular idea, one of the fundamental steps you need to take is to ideally come up with an original idea and develop a competitive advantage. As technology vastly takes over business operations around the globe and revolutionises methods of business conduction, there are ample opportunities available for technology entrepreneurs to break into a thriving business segment. Coming up with...

  • Nigeria’s Talking Bookz wants to become Africa’s top audiobook store

    Last week was a great one for Nigerian startups -- for the second year in a row, they filled up more slots at DEMO Africa than any other African country. If that wasn't enough, one of the eight startups representing Nigeria at the continental event quickly followed up with seed investment from the co-founder of one of Africa’s leading hotel booking platforms, Jovago. The startup is Talking Bookz -- an online audiobooks publisher and retailer. According to its co-founder Damilola Aransiola, its recent achievements can be attributed to the simple pain point the business is trying to solve. "Everybody understands the business,"...