Africa, Ecommerce, Startup news

Popular SA foodie online shop Yuppiechef is going international

Yuppiechef---Logo---RGB South African-based online kitchen utility shop Yuppiechef is recognised as one of South Africa's top commerce platforms and is well known for its cult loyal community support. Now, the company has announced that it's expanding its vision, and focusing on sales to  other countries. Since launching in 2006, Yuppiechef has been nominated as South Africa's best ecommerce site four times. It has also boasted impressive revenue stats over the last few years. In essence, what it's been doing in South Africa works. As part of its global strategy, the ...

Mobile apps, Startup news

Magnetic launches business management app for those on the go

Magnetic-logo South African online business management platform company, Magnetic, is launching its mobile app this week. With this, and some handy features up its sleeve, the company hopes to hook more than 5 000 business clients within the next year. Since opening up shop in 2012, Magnetic has been trying to corner the local Business to Business market by providing an all-in-one management platform online. The company's service package aims to take care of everything ranging from sales, CRM, accounts to ...

Africa, News

The UN and Microsoft want to empower 200K Ethiopian entrepreneurs

Ethopia MSFT There is no denying that Africa, and East Africa in particular, is currently buzzing with entrepreneurial activity. Adding to the buzz, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has signed a collaborative agreement with Microsoft East Africa Limited to grow entrepreneurship in the region. The agreement sees Microsoft providing training and mentorship services to Ethiopia’s UNDP supported Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) for 200 000 entrepreneurs. These services fall under Microsoft's flagship entrepreneurship programme in Africa, the 4Afrika Initiative. The initiative looks ...

Africa, Startups

OurHood is building online communities so we can get to know our neighbours better

OurHood-postcard The sharing economy is a really exciting concept. The idea has been around for a decade now and popularised by internet startups like the accommodation sharing platform AirBnb and carpooling service by Uber. In South Africa, in the true spirit of Ubuntu, Springleap is a good example, enabling creatives to collaborate and connect with agencies. Until now though there hasn't really been a platform that concentrates on building and strengthening communities. OurHood wants to be that platform. Though its founders ...


Media24 launches Efinity, its ecommerce fulfillment service

efinity We are all gaga for online shopping. It's true, South Africa's ecommerce space is currently growing at a rate of 30% annually and is projected to grow even faster as barriers to entry drop. Armed with this information, the tinkerers at Media24 eCommerce -- a division of Media24 -- today announced the launch of Efinity an ecommerce fulfillment service. According to the company, the service integrates with a retailers ecommerce site. This move makes perfect sense for a company like Media24 ...

Africa, News

SA’s new accelerator programme to fast-track local health innovation

Health-doctor-medical South Africa faces high rates in maternal and child mortality, HIV, tuberculosis, and other diseases. At the same time, there's a lot of potential in the health and science industries which, with the right support, can help some of the country's biggest issues. In partnership between Strategic Health Innovation Partnerships (SHIP) and international non-profit PATH, the new South Africa-based Global Health Innovation Accelerator (GHIA) has recently launched. Its aim is to speed the development and introduction of sustainable, high-impact health technologies ...


5 reasons why South African entrepreneurs should think twice before entering the local Dragons’ Den

Dragons Den SA South Africa is getting its own version of the hit reality series Dragons' Den. Business giants Lebo Gunguluza, Vusi Thembekwayo, Polo Leteka Radebe, Gil Oved and Vinny Lingham will be dragons staring down the hopeful entrepreneurs, all of whom think they have a world-changing idea. Great, you might find yourself thinking, you've honed your skills at pitching competition after pitching competition. You could use a little investment and the exposure couldn't hurt, so why not enter? Well, we're not saying ...


GotToVote election platform uses open data to streamline Ghanaian elections

ghana election It's nearing election time in Ghana, and while the country gears up for another round of votes, the vast majority of the public are finding relevant information hard to access, especially on governmental sites. Ghanaian social watchdog Odekro and Code for Africa have acknowledged this shortcoming, and have thus created a website tasked specifically with providing Ghanaians with easy to access information. GotToVote provides all visitors with clear, concise and properly formatted information. Alongside an overview of the general voting process, the website elaborates on who's eligable ...

Africa, Innovation

Built in Africa: Cipher256 is solving one of Africa’s biggest problems with an app

WinSenga - Rubaga hospital Built in Africa focuses on entrepreneurs, startups and technologies that hail from the continent and empower its citizens. The miracle of birth is still a miracle, considering all that can go wrong in the nine months of pregnancy. But there have been huge leaps in medical technology,  giving healthcare workers the ability to closely monitor the progress of an unborn child and mitigate the risks of complications. However, in rural parts of Africa, where under-trained midwives are the primary monitors of ...

Startup news

Rocket Internet’s hungry Foodpanda gobbles up $60-million

Foodpanda panda on a bike Foodpanda, which also operates under affiliated brands Hellofood and Delivery Club, has raised US$60-million from Falcon Edge and Rocket Internet AG. The food delivery startup now plans to strengthen its presence on all the five continents it currently operates in. In 2013, foodpanda secured more than US$20-million funding from Phenomen Ventures and Investment AB Kinnevik, and US$8-million from iMENA Holdings. Another US$20-million from a group of investors, including Phenomen Ventures, was collected in February 2014. Since launching in 2012 the food ...