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  • Ventureburn is looking for its next editor

    Ventureburn.com is seeking a talented and driven startup-savvy news writer & editor who lives and breathes startups. We're looking for someone dynamic and dedicated to become part of our exciting company based in Cape Town, on a full-time basis. Job details Writing news & feature stories about the continent’s startup story, including conducting interviews with some of the top and emerging entrepreneurs and VC's in South Africa, as well as the rest of the continent. Network with some of the best entrepreneurs in Africa. Attending startup events and sniffing out scoops Subbing, headline writing Managing contributors and topics list Based...

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    Peach Payments and Callpay announce EFT system partnership

    Peach Payments, a leading and one of Africa's fastest growing payment service providers and Callpay, an innovative provider of secure payment solutions announce collaboration to provide automated Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) as well as secure telephonic payment acceptance solutions. The innovative products will enable millions of South Africans to make instant and secure payments when shopping online or during payment processes over the phone and via call centres. Through this exciting collaboration announced at the 3rd eCommerce Africa Conference, customers will now be able to pay online using their cheque, savings or credit card accounts. Merchants that sign up through...

  • 88mph breaks silence, announces investment in flight booking app

    Investment company 88mph, has announced its investment in Ahoy, a flight booking and management app for small businesses. The announcement came via a post on LinkedIn, written my 88mpb Founder, Kresten Buch. It did not state how much was invested in the startup. The investment in Ahoy In the announcement, Buch states that 88mph had trouble over the past few years when travelling around Africa. These issues came from problems with travel agents, flight changes and cancellations, and fraud flagging, among others. "This is of course not only an African problem, but managing travel around and into Africa for teams, with last minute needs, not...

  • Why don’t more entrepreneurs have a disaster recovery plan?

    Your business depends on its IT infrastructure to exist, even if you’re in a more traditional industry. You’re relying on computers, mobile devices, spreadsheets, documents, and mass stores of data to keep your business running effectively. Have you thought about what might happen if everything was suddenly wiped out? What if a fire took out the majority of your physical storage devices? What if a cyber criminal was able to seize control of your servers and hold them hostage? A real threat As many as 50 percent of small businesses have been breached in some way within the last 12 months,...

  • Entrepreneurs to compete for Agripreneur of the Year title

    The Global Agripreneurs Summit will see innovative 'agripreneurs' compete at the third Future Agro Challenge (FAC) Global Championships during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC). The competition and take place on 12 -15 March in Johannesburg and will host entrepreneurs in the food, agriculture, and aggrotech, all of whom will compete for the title of Agripreneur of the Year. In a space of three years, the FAC has gained support from more than 60 countries and five continents, to identify viable solutions for food supply chain challenges. "The food chain is broken. We need a bottom-up approach to identifying new and sustainable solutions to current and...

  • The rise of the remote workforce: A South African perspective

    With the rise of broadband technology and a global move towards the pursuit of a healthy work/life balance, the number of employees working remotely has increased exponentially over the past couple of decades. Studies have conclusively shown that this more flexible approach to enterprise has had an enormously positive impact on employee engagement, enabling greater productivity and saving costs to both businesses and their workforce. Despite the evident success of this worldwide trend, South African enterprises have been rather slow in keeping pace, with relatively few organisations implementing structures conducive to working remotely. While it seems counterintuitive when considering international...

  • FarmDrive receives investment from the Spark Venture Fund

    Agricultural fintech startup, FarmDrive announced an undisclosed investment amount from Safaricom's Spark Venture Fund. The financial boost from the fund will go toward supporting their next scaling opportunity by building FarmDrive's credit-scoring model. It will also be used to enhance the HR base within analysis, research, and insight generation. "In an era when market uncertainty is creating new challenges for the agricultural sector, mobile-based technology solutions like FarmDrive can empower farmers with the critical access to finance and to help expand their access to other essential services," said Safaricom's CEP, Bob Collymore in a press release. FarmDrive aims to provide smallholder farmers with...

  • Sage Summit Tour to take place in Johannesburg

    The international Sage Summit Tour is coming to South Africa. It will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, from 7 - 9 March. The aim of the event is to connect a range of entrepreneurs, business owners and talk about new technologies. 'digital transformation', and success. Some of the speakers include CEO of Sage, Stephen Kelly, chairman of Sage Foundation, Ivan Epstein, country director of Google South Africa, Luke McKend, Malian politician Dr. Cheick Diarra, and more. "During Sage Summit, Johannesburg becomes the hub for the region’s entrepreneurs. This community is the most powerful driver of economic prosperity in the Africa...

  • How entrepreneurs can think like venture capitalists

    As an entrepreneur involved with two highly successful full-stack technology businesses, I spent fifteen years curiously wondering how venture capitalists make decisions. When I wasn’t focused on delivering value to customers and employees, I focused on how I could demonstrate that value to VCs in order to raise capital. Often the process felt like it was shrouded in mystery—conjuring images of tribal gatherings, Shark Tank-like voting sessions and perhaps an Ouija board or two. Even after I secured capital with several of the best firms, I still felt like an element of luck was involved. Now that I find myself on...

  • Is Microsoft Azure right for startups?

    Choosing the right technology for your tech startup or SMME can be a daunting task. There are a range of platforms and services out there and if you're not tech-orientated, it's going to be a difficult process. Software and hardware company Microsoft thinks it may have the solution with the Azure platform. Ventureburn had a chance to sit down with DPE Lead at Microsoft, Clifford de Wit, at the recent Microsoft Tech Summit event in Johannesburg, to talk about the company's Azure platform for startups and SMMEs. A shift in mentality De Wit started off by saying the company is seeing a...

  • Wits Campus Personal Navigator Challenge now open

    The Wits Campus Personal Navigator Challenge is now accepting applications for the first of an annual series of four challenges. It is lead by the Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) with sponsorship from the Carl and Emily Fuchs Foundation (CEFF). The Personal Navigator Challenge will focus on ways to help students with visual and physical disabilities move around their campuses. Those entering will also be assisted in transforming their idea into a viable startup. It will have approximately over 100 entrants benefitting from further training as well as the opportunity to participate in a weekend-long hackathon. The top 10 participants will receive a three-month membership in the Tshimologong...