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  • Kenya’s Chezo Serious Gaming Hub aims to solve water problems in Africa

    Gaming has changed the lives of many as well as developed into something more than just a form of entertainment. It's become a form of learning and even social change. The Chezo Serious Gaming Hub will launch in Kenya -- backed by VIA Water -- and is a project designed to seek and support initiatives geared at solving water problems around the African continent. It aims to bring together gaming experts from the Netherlands and Kenya to inspire and incubate local startups. Other partners for the hub includes iHub, an incubator for technological growth in Kenya; Upande, a company specialising in web mapping and geographical information systems; Deltares,...

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    CompareGuru set to simplify financial services for SA consumers

    Launches new site with advanced features and real-time services.  For most time-constrained South Africans, choosing between financial products and service providers is a laborious and challenging task. Despite the increasing access to all sorts of information online, it remains a complex and daunting process to sift through various product offerings, pricing structures, terms and conditions, etc. “This complexity is especially problematic when trying to choose between products and providers in the mobile, banking and insurance spheres, where contracts are often filled with jargon and consumers are understandably wary of hidden fees,” explains Ryan Marx, CEO of CompareGuru, a site which draws...

  • CES to host Africa Tech Now Village startup showcase in 2017

    Taking place at the yearly CES technology exhibition in Las Vegas, Eureka Park is the destination for startups to launch new products during the event. In 2017, it will also play host to African startup showcase, Africa Tech Now Village. The Africa Tech Now Village will connect ten pre-selected startups with investors, potential clients, and more. They will also receive training, access to workshops, and a webinar for the event. The event is looking at early to mid-stage startups in the digital technology field, such as edtech, agri-tech, and ecommerce, to name a few. They also need to "show a ground breaking innovation," preferably addressing the...

  • Travel startup Timbuktu aims to take fuss out of safaris

    A new travel company aims to take the hassle out of safari trips on the African continent. Based in Cape Town but focusing on the UK, Timbuktu claims to simplify the planning process and save on agent fees, allowing UK users to effectively design their own safari trip. Destination countries supported by the service are: Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The company says that Ethiopia, Madagascar, Rwanda and Uganda are "coming soon". The numbers behind Timbuktu The service was officially launched in April 2016 by Johnny Prince, Ian Petzer and Giles Trotter, and is growing at a brisk pace,...

  • Food for thought: UN launches accelerator for hunger

    Life is hard and can become unimaginably difficult if you're left weak and malnourished. World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics show that about 795 million people don't have enough food to lead a healthy life. Of those 795 million people, most of them live in developing countries. It is with these facts that the United Nations (UN) World Food Program (WFP) has launched the Innovation Accelerator which focuses on food relief, progressing towards ending hunger by 2030. The project, based in Munich, Germany, was started by Ertharin Cousin, who has over 25-years of national and international non-profit leadership experience. The WFP in collaboration with experts...

  • Seedstars World seeks out Lagos startup candidates

    Internation pitching competition, Seedstars World, continues their tour around the world in search of the world's most innovative startups. This time, the event is headed to Lagos, Nigeria on 11 August. "Lagos has proved itself, time and again to be the leading innovation hub of the continent. The startups who participated on our event last year were phenomenal and we are very excited to come back this year, as we know for sure the bars have been raised and there will be even more amazing startups coming our way" said Associate for Africa, Selam Kebede, in a press release to...

  • Millenials lazy, uninspired? New studies find the opposite

    Being a millenial often means being associated with some negative terms: lazy, uninspired, reckless, and the most common of all, "lost".  Recent data suggests otherwise, especially when it comes to venturing into the risky world of startups. A survey, conducted by Buzz Marketing group, polled 1623 millenials and found that even though they have a great passion for starting their own businesses, there weren't many resources available. Even so, millenials continued to conquer their difficulties. According to the BNP Paribas Global entrepreneurs Report for 2016, millenials "stand out by creating an increased number of companies, both in the new economy and traditional sectors". The report added that they...

  • Businesses, entrepreneurs are making money from Pokemon Go

    You might think of Pokemon Go as a fun way to get outdoors, but did you know it's making money in a ton of unexpected ways? The most obvious way Pokemon Go is making money is in the in-app purchases department, allowing people to buy virtual items for real money. However, the developers are teaming up with some companies to create sponsored PokeStops/gyms, TechCrunch reported. But the game is actually making money for more than just its developers though. Businesses are seeing the benefits In a rather cool twist, stores and other businesses in close proximity to gyms and stops are seeing an...

  • BlackBOX TV declared winner of Seedstars Maputo

    Seedstar World's Maputo event took place on Friday 15 July and saw ten startups battle it out for their space at the final in Switzerland. BlackBOX TV, a broadcasting service which allows you to stream content without an internet connection, emerged as the overall winner of the Mozambique leg of the tour.  They also received the acknowledgement of 'Most Promising Seed-stage Startup of Seedstars World Mozambique 2016'. The competition was by no means easy, as BlackBOX TV beat out other competitors such as Mola Play, a mobile app that uses peer-to-peer connectivity to send and receive payments, Vamobi Net, a startup which aimed...

  • South Korea launches another global accelerator

    South Korea has been making a concerted effort to attract global startups lately. Earlier this year, the country launched the K-Startup Grand Challenge, inviting 40 startups from around the world for acceleration in Seoul. The move sees startups being given office space at a purpose-built Startup Campus in Gangnam, free round-trip tickets to the country and US$4100 a month. Now, the country has launched another government-backed global accelerator, in the form of the Seoul Global Startup Center (GSC). "A unique perspective" In a press release sent to Ventureburn, Accelerate Korea said that diversity would help promote the free flow of ideas in the sector. "The Seoul...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [18/07/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...