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  • 7 reasons why customers are abandoning your mobile shopping cart

    Shopping cart abandonment rate has always been a big concern for ecommerce retailers, but the rise of m-commerce has given this crucial metric a whole new dimension. The average shopping cart abandonment rate falls around 68%, but for mobile it is a distressing 97%. Meaning, out of 100 filled carts, only three will turn into sales. More and more people are browsing products on their smartphones, but the stats clearly tell that they are far less inclined to make final purchase on mobile devices. Shopping cart is one of the major reasons why mobile users of certain sites abandon cart...

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    An Exclusive Sneak Peak At Compare Guru – Coming Soon!

    Cape Town, South Africa - The time is getting close to the relaunch of Click n Compare as Compare Guru. The rebrand – planned for mid February - comes as a strategic move to join the brand’s counterparts in Nigeria and Kenya, as well as to incorporate an animated character, The Guru, as their mascot. Compare Guru will fall under the umbrella brand Compare Africa (previously known as CNC Group), now also inclusive of PriceCheck. According to recent research, 31% of South Africans use the the internet to compare products / prices / features online, while insurance accounts for 7%...

  • The fundamentals to gaining employee commitment

    What cements the commitment of employees to an organisation? It's not the flashy name of the company, or even “better-than-the-rest“ pay packages, as one may think. People commit to substantial relationships they have with their co-workers and superiors. They find meaning in these associations. Without this, they are a lot more likely to search for work place satisfaction elsewhere. Here are a few tips to help build that employer-employee relationship: Build a relationship that show genuine interest in your employees. Form personal connections that go beyond strict work requirements and performance. Find out who your employees are and what makes them tick. All of the...

  • PM Modi unveils $1.5bn fund, tax cuts to fire up India’s startup space

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend unveiled a massive US$1.5-billion fund to support the country's already fast-growing startup sector. Speaking at Startup India in New Delhi, the fund is part of the government's Action Plan, which sets out to encourage innovation and job creation in Asia's second-largest emerging market. Apart from the many millions, the Plan also includes major tax cuts, reduced regulation, procedures to fast-track patents and channels for easier access to public procurement. The government will also be responsible for a mobile app to provide "on-the-go accessibility" for all startups' regulatory needs. Read more: India’s entrepreneurial landscape according...

  • Applications open today for WeChat’s R50-million startup programme

    Applications for the WeChat Fund startup programme, aimed at the mobile space, will open today. Applicants will be required to submit a two-minute video for their application. The R50-million seed fund was announced in December and is aimed at South African startups working in the mobile space. The idea came about after WeChat saw how successful M4JAM, PicUp, and Order In were. WeChat Africa appointed tech strategy firm Batstone as it's coordinator for the programme. Its goal is to identify early-stage investment opportunities for tech startups, which will be handled throughout the application process. When asked about the programme, Alexandra Fraser, partner at Batstone, said...

  • 7 key lessons I’ve learnt about raising capital from VCs [Part 1]

    The following is an adapted version of a talk done by Clive Butkow from Grovest at the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Butkow boasts 28 years of management consulting experience at Accenture. Currently non-executive director of Grovest, he is also supporting and mentoring technology businesses, assisting them in driving growth. I want to share with you what I have experienced from sitting on both sides of the table on how you increase your chances of raising capital for your business. One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs...

  • Youth innovation incubator RLabs calls for applications

    Keen to make a social impact with your innovation? Listen up. South African social innovation incubator RLabs is looking for budding entrepreneurs passionate to make a sustainable impact in the world and build scalable social enterprises. Fifth year running, the RLabs InnovIA programme is a 12-week programme designed to assist participants during their startup's most vulnerable period, and support taking an idea or product to market. Founder of RLabs Marlon Parker tells Ventureburn that it's important to drive entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa to address youth unemployment. "Traditionally youth from marginalised communities do not get access to the necessary training, support or...

  • SEACOM supporting more of Uganda’s tech hubs

    African internet service provider SEACOM is extending its support for Uganda's technology incubation hubs. Both Hivecolab and Outbox Hub will be receiving 20Mbps connections for their developers and entrepreneurs in the tech industry. According to Joseph Muriithi, SEACOM’s MD for Kenya, the move is part of their plan to innovate Africa. "This investment in bandwidth falls in line with SEACOM’s commitment to supporting technology innovation in Africa and to helping Uganda’s technology industry capitalise on the opportunities of broadband Internet," he says. SEACOM has been supporting innovation hubs in Kenya and Uganda from 2012 and 2014 respectively. Kenya's Nailab, iHub, mLab, and...

  • 7 ways your startup can protect employees in the workspace

    No one used to think twice about heading into work. However, the reality of our world today is that anywhere can be dangerous, including the place where we spend most of our days. Recently, a gunman ran rampant at the Navy Shipyards. There were gunshots near the White House. These acts are horrible demonstrations of violence, and they are happening too frequently. Along with worrying about the mentally ill, your employees could also be harmed as a result of natural disasters or other similar situations. Many people, however, do not believe these types of situations will affect them. As the...

  • Report: over $185m invested in Africa’s tech startups in 2015

    Tech startups in Africa raised an estimated total of over US$185-million in 2015, according to a recent report. The report, titled African Tech Startups Funding Report 2015 by startup news site Disrupt Africa, polled hundreds of startups, investors, hubs and other ecosystem players over the course of two months. It found that 125 tech startups secured a total of US$185 785 500 during the course of 2015. To little surprise, South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya made up the bulk of the overall figure. In South Africa, 45 startups raised funding, 36% of the overall total. An estimated 24% of deal value was...

  • All-female startup from Nigeria hauls in $40k for innovative legal service

    An all-female startup that seeks to give people easy access to legal services in Nigeria, called DIYlaw, recently bagged US$40 000. Organised by The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL), which promotes innovative solutions in the legal space, over 200 innovators applied for the Innovating Justice Award. DIYlaw emerged the winner of the SME Empowerment Innovation Challenge for East and West Africa during the Innovating Justice Forum at The Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands. Read more: SME Empowerment Challenge to support African innovations with up to $70k The Innovating Justice Awards is an annual award ceremony which takes place during the...