Africa, Startup news

Data and transport app GoMetro wins Get in the Ring 2014 Africa finals

GoMetro app South Africa's GoMetro has recently been named the winning African startup by Get In The Ring (GITR) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The transport and data app has been on a roll of late, recently named one of the top ten startups of DEMO Africa 2013 and as well as PwC's Vision to Reality Awards recently. Speaking to Ventureburn, Justin Coetzee, the founder of GoMetro, notes the massive confidence boost this recent win brings to the three-year-old Cape Town-based company: "This is a massive ...

Competition, News

Cape Talk, Talk Radio 702 announce Small Business Awards winners

small business awards 2014 1 The Cape Talk Small Business Awards and Radio 702 Small Business Awards winners have been announced, with leather goods manufacturer Research Unit taking home top honours and the Cape and textbook service Book Express claiming the Gauteng prize. In the Cape, the budding company lead confectionery maker Sweet Temptations Toffees and holiday rental service Perfect Hideaway in second and third respectively. Gauteng saw Scimatics Solutions -- tuition service -- and Tutuka Motor Lab -- an auto body repair centre -- follow ...

Africa, Featured, Startups

Disrupt everything: 11 Kenyan exciting startups worth your time right now

Kenya We love Kenya. So much so that we recently headed to the East African country for some fun times with startups. Ahead of the trip, we thought we would list some noteworthy startups. How do you pick 11 great startups to write about? You reach out to the community. And the community delivered. By no means is this the definite list of Kenyan startups, but these are ones our community loves. Kenya has long been at the forefront of tech innovation in ...

Mobile apps, Startup news

Over launches Quick: the ‘fastest app’ to add text to photos

iPhone6.Newspaper quick We've covered Over numerously in the past, listing some inspirational uses of its software, but now the Cape Town startup is launching an all new app dubbed Quick -- a free app for adding text to images. Over's eponymous app found acclaim and massive popularity Stateside and allowed creative users to add filters, memorable quotes and tinker with the snap. So far it boasts over 9 million iOS downloads. Quick, as the company (and the name) notes, is more about getting ...

Competition, News

Say hello to Ventureburn’s top 5 Startup Battle finalists

Startup Battle 2 Ventureburn is announcing the top five finalists of our Startup Battle. In partnership with Ford and Social Media Week Johannesburg, we will be giving away R25 000, as well as some other prizes, to the most innovative problem-solver that can woo our panel of judges. Ventureburn Editor Michelle Atagana says that although we've been impressed by the amount of exciting feedback from South Africa's startup community, deciding on the top five has been difficult: "This has been very exciting for us. We ...

Africa, Startup news

PwC Vision to Reality Awards dubs WiGroup SA’s top startup of 2014

WiGroup Corporate, meet entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship, meet corporate. In a grand effort to celebrate small innovative companies in South Africa, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) recently announced the winners of its Vision to Reality accelerators programme. In-store mobile transacting startup WiGroup came up top with transaction authentication service Entersekt given second place. In third, there was a tie between Cape Town animation studio Triggerfish and elearning startup IT School Innovation (ITSI). A first of its kind in South Africa, the top ten finalists were given the opportunity ...


6 things you need to get right if you want to build a billion dollar company [GMV]

Kevin Hale It's a little flippant to say that building a billion dollar company isn't easy. It's a little bit like saying that winning an ultra-marathon isn't easy. Just like an ultra-marathon though, there are certain things you have to get right if you're to have any hope of even competing. But what are those things? How, in other words, do you even know what it is you're supposed to be getting right? Well one person who has a few ideas worth ...

Emerging Markets, Startups

$400m for the startup scene in Lebanon raises more questions than it brings solutions

Cash How to be innovative in a country where two decades of civil war and rather noisy neighbours such as Syria keep the focus of media on bombings, turmoil and refugees is a tall order. This is the task the Central Bank of Lebanon tries to answer with its circular 331, which put US$400-million on the table earlier this year, just for startups. This is one percent of the GDP and, as attractive as it may look, it doesn't go without ...


10 Korean startups trying to disrupt their way onto the world stage [GMV]

Startup battle Korea Think startup hotspots and Korea isn't exactly the first country to spring to mind. Thing is, the East Asian country is making some real progress when it comes to entrepreneurship and building a solid startup ecosystem. One of the most visible demonstrations of that is Startup Battle Korea, taking place today as part of the Global Mobile Vision conference in Seoul. These are the 10 companies taking part and aiming to disrupt the world, starting with Korea. 1. TheNextVision Car safety ...

Advertising & Marketing

Confirmed: Publicis buys out Machine

Publicis Machine French advertising giant Publicis has confirmed that it is acquiring Cape Town-based integrated advertising agency Machine, something which Ventureburn has been saying was likely to happen for some time now. The agency, created by Habari founder Adrian Hewlett in 2012, will merge with Publicis South Africa and will be rebranded as Publicis Machine. Hewlett will stay on in the top position at Machine, reporting to Kevin Tromp, CEO of Publicis Sub-Saharan Africa for Publicis Worldwide. Arthur Sadoun, CEO of Publicis Worldwide said, ...