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  • Entrepreneurship platform RiseUp to launch Egypt Startup Manifesto

    Cairo-based entrepreneurship platform RiseUp will tomorrow (4 December) launch the Egypt Startup Manifesto, which aims to outline solutions to the challenges faced by Egyptian entrepreneurs. The launch takes place a day before the organisation kicks off its sixth annual RiseUp Summit, which kicks off in the Egyptian capital on Friday (7 December) and runs until Wednesday next week (9 December). RiseUp's Startup Manifesto project head Aliaa Abdel Aziz told Ventureburn in an email last week that unfair government policies are among the key challenges that Egyptian entrepreneurs face. She said the manifesto, which is over a year in the making, has been put together by RiseUp in collaboration with other support organisations and aims to help...

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    Bookmark Awards 2016 Entry Series: Platform, Publishing and Special Honours

    With the deadline for entries to the prestigious IAB SA Bookmark Awards extended to 30 November, digital marketers have one last opportunity to enter and do battle for the industry’s most coveted awards across eight categories, of which the Platform category is one. The Bookmark Awards celebrate the country’s most creative and high-impact digital executions and rewards excellence in digital advertising and publishing work, benchmarked against the highest international standards. “The Platforms category encompasses all the means to communicate a digital message to current and future clients,” says Fred Roed, Head of IAB SA’s Agency Council. “These prizes are therefore always...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [3/12/2018]

    This week in Cape Town, the city's leading tech organisations will celebrate its innovation at several Cape Town Startup Week events between Monday (3 December) and Thursday (6 December). In Egypt, one of the Middle East’s biggest entrepreneurship gatherings, RiseUp Summit 2018, will kick off on Friday (7 December). This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup events, competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences in Africa. 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...

  • Here’s why you should consider attending this year’s Seedstars Africa Summit

    Seedstars World, one of the largest startup competitions for startup scenes in emerging markets, has disclosed the programme for the fourth edition of the Seedstars Africa Summit which will take place between 11 and 13 December in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Up to 36 startups will participate in different activities at this year's summit. These include 17 finalists from the Seedstars World tour, nine local companies from the Seedstars World Tanzania edition, three Swiss startups and a delegation of three other enterprises from the Tanzanian port city of Tanga. Seedstars regional manager for Africa Claudia Makadristo, in a statement on Wednesday (28 November), described...

  • Startup Guide launches call for nominations for Joburg edition

    Berlin based publishing company Startup Guide has launched a call for entrepreneurs and those that are part of the Joburg entrepreneurship ecosystem to nominate themselves to be featured in Startup Guide Johannesburg. Nominations close on 13 December. The call comes after the company, which produces guidebooks on leading startup cities around the world, yesterday (29 November) held a launch event at the Tshimologong Digital Precinct in Johannesburg in partnership with SAP Next-Gen, to publicise the initiative. Since it was founded in 2014 by Danish entrepreneur Sissel Hansen, Startup Guide has published guides for 18 different cities across Europe and the Middle East. In August the company launched a...

  • Entrepreneurs tell how they grew thriving business in ‘How we made it in Africa’

    Running your own company is an intense roller coaster ride, where the highs are high, and the lows debilitatingly low. Sometimes, it helps to see just how other entrepreneurs have tackled being a business owner. A new book, How we made it in Africa, tells the stories of 25 top African entrepreneurs who’ve built thriving businesses on the continent. The book -- compiled by Jaco Maritz, the founder of web business publication How we made it in Africa -- was released earlier this month in Cape Town. It details the experiences of some of Africa’s most dynamic entrepreneurs, providing insight into the continent’s business opportunities. The book...

  • SBC AfriTech honoured at Global Startup Awards [Sponsored]

    Startupbootcamp AfriTech (SBC AfriTech) has been named the Best Accelerator in the Africa region by the first annual Southern Africa Startup Awards, in partnership with the Global Startup Awards. SBC AfriTech was awarded the accolade last Thursday (22 November), following a rigorous process of nominations, public voting and adjudication. The award was received by SBC AfriTech programme manager Nsovo Nkatingi, the only woman to lead an accelerator of this scope on the continent. Startupbootcamp (SBC) AfriTech won the Best Accelerator or Incubation Programme award at the inaugural Southern Africa Startup Awards "Startupbootcamp AfriTech is truly honoured to have received this award and we are even more privileged...

  • Five Injini startups secure trials, partnership deals – incubator head

    At least five of the startups in Injini's second cohort have secured trials and partnerships with schools, corporates and government agencies since joining the edtech incubator's programme, Injini CEO and founder Jamie Martin has revealed. Martin was responding to Ventureburn questions earlier today (29 November) following the demo day the incubator held yesterday (28 November) at Amazon Web Services' offices in Cape Town to conclude its second cohort. The demo day saw the seven startups in Injini's second cohort -- namely Bluebic, eLimu, Langbot, Learning Factory, Lightbulb, Nahana Africa, ScholarX and SlateCube -- pitch to investors, companies and NGOs. The invite-only event was also...

  • How SA startup Outsourced CFO almost closed its doors 18 months in

    Louw Barnardt may today run a successful firm offering startups and companies outsourced accounting and financial management, but there was a time -- just 18 months into starting the firm with two former university friends -- that he almost had to close the business's doors. Barnardt (pictured above), a former chartered accountant (CA) turned entrepreneur, is the winner of the R70 000 Emerging Business Entrepreneur of the Year award in the 2018 Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year awards held in September. Today he runs Cape Town based Outsourced CFO which provides about 80 local and international companies (80% of them tech or innovative firms) with...

  • Google Impact Challenge Kenya, Nigeria, SA winners announced

    Thirty-six African non-profits and social enterprises have each been awarded a share of $6-million in grants from Google. This, after the tech giant announced the Kenya, Nigeria and SA winners of the Google Impact Challenge last night (28 November). The announcement was made at events held in Nairobi, Lagos and Johannesburg. Through the challenge, Google aims to find the most innovative African non-profits and social enterprises using technology to solve societal problems. The challenge's top four winners across the three countries have won $250 000 each, while the eight runners up in each country take away $125 ooo. In a statement yesterday (28 November), Google said...

  • Your pitch deck is your business story, but don’t let it baffle investors [Opinion]

    As an entrepreneur with a new startup, besides your sparkling personality and brilliant knowledge, one of the most important weapons you have in your armoury is your pitch deck. Your pitch deck is your business story, it’s differentiation, and communicates in a digestible, simple form what your business is. The technology and social media era is a complex, busy and distracted place and funders see thousands of pitch decks every month. That pitch deck finds a way to cut through the clutter, the noise, and adapt to tight time schedules to communicate who you are and what you do. A pitch deck...

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