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  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [28/11/2016]

    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...

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    Judges announced for the IAB SA Bookmark Awards 2017

    The IAB SA has announced the list of judges that will decide which contenders will scoop a coveted Bookmark Award in 2017. The team of judges, led by Jury President John Dixon, features more diverse industry players than ever before. Josephine Buys, CEO of IAB SA says, "Our mid-year, judges workshop yielded valuable insights from the best in the business for judging the Bookmarks 2017. We have secured the time and talent of some of the brightest minds in digital and have expanded our pool of experts to include gamers, innovators and engineers.” Judges will now fall under the categories of...

  • This startup wants to be the Google for your personal data

    Picture this: It’s an awfully busy day. In midst of all the chaos an email lands in your inbox, from your boss demanding certain documents urgently. What do you do? Spend next 30 minutes frantically searching for the documents across your multiple accounts. No luck. Panic sets in. What if there was an easier way to do the same task in less than 5 minutes? That’s VaultEdge. This new startup is aiming to be the Google for your personal data. VaultEdge is a vault that will automatically organize all your documents from multiple accounts into categories like taxes, bill, and so on....

  • Q&A with Hannah Clifford, general manager of Nairobi Garage

    The Nairobi Garage is one of Africa's largest co-working spaces. Since its launch this time last year, the company has hosted a range of events and partnered with Hong Kong VC, Nest among other happenings. Ventureburn recently had a chance to talk to the general manager of Nairobi Garage, Hannah Clifford. We picked her brain on co-working spaces and the need to join them, as well as the role they play in the startup community. Ventureburn: What bare basic services should a co-working space offer? Hannah Clifford: Internet first and foremost. Security is important. Meeting rooms and areas to hang out - the point of...

  • Global Entrepreneurship Network announces top 10 finalists

    The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), an entrepreneurial platform, aims to find the most innovative and promising startups around the world. GEN has announced the finalists for their Startup Open during their Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which is celebrated by roughly 10-million people in 165 countries, the network claims. The Startup Open gives entrepreneurs a virtual platform to pitch their business as well as receive feedback on their offerings. The Startup Open will also give entrepreneurs a platform to compete for mentoring opportunities to help further their goals. President of GEN, Jonathan Ortmans commented in a press release, saying, "These individuals and cofounder...

  • Top African startups participating in Slush 2016

    One of Europe's leading startup events, Slush, will take place from 30 November to 1 December in Helsinki,Finland. With over 15 000 attendees and more than 1-million live-stream viewers, the event will also be hosting some of Africa's innovative startups. The conference will sport a variety of distinguished speakers and investors presenting a multitude of talks and studies relating to SMEs and entrepreneurship. Some of the events happening during the conference include a fireside chat with the founder and chairman of Lower Case Capital, Chris Sacca; a presentation on fintech startups and how they're democratising capital markets and much more. Slush 2016...

  • CEO of The Creative Counsel pledges R50m to assist young entrepreneurs

    CEO of The Creative Counsel Ran Neu-Ner has pledged R50-million in order to help young entrepreneurs with their businesses. The initial R10-million will be distributed during the first quarter of 2017 with the balance by the end of the year. "Funding is the first of two major issues for startups. The second is the dire lack of mentorship," says Neu-Ner in a press release to Ventureburn. "The country is losing a lot of bright young people with great ideas to white and blue collar jobs because there is inadequate support yet it is this potential that could be creating more jobs and solving unemployment....

  • DocFox partners with global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright

    Fintech startup, DocFox, has announced a partnership with Norton Rose Fulbright, a global law firm, which aims to provide companies with a simpler way to complete their FICA compliance process. "DocFox is a sophisticated yet easy-to-use web application that helps customers submit their FICA documents electronically in a just a few taps. Customers can upload copies of their proof of identity and address documents, or submit documents using their smartphone camera," said DocFox CEO, Ryan Canin, in a press release to Ventureburn. The web-application conducts various fraud checks to ensure document authenticity and compliance; it also allows all communications with clients to...

  • delvv.io receives R6.5m in funding round [update]

    Update 22-11-2016: additional quotes and information. Startup delvv.io has received R6.5-million in a funding round, which was led by SA VC HAVAIC and UK-based investor Kevin Gaskell. The amount will be used to expand the startup's reach both locally and internationally. The startup enables agencies and brands to receive early-stage feedback on a variety of ideas from a network of independent specialists. "Entering the funding phase is exciting because it means we can go to market faster and start international expansion," says the co-founder of delvv.io, Trevor Wolfe, in a press release to Ventureburn. Wolfe goes on to explain that trying to raise funding from international VCs...

  • Accenture SA awarded level 1 B-BBEE status [Sponsored]

    Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been awarded a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Level 1 status in South Africa under the Government initiative introduced to empower historically disadvantaged groups and boost the economy. Following a successful B-BBEE verification process based on the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Codes by Empowerdex, Accenture’s investment on skills development programmes for black employees was cited as a significant contribution to the achievement of Level 1 status. "Accenture’s programmes to identify, recruit and train historically disadvantaged individuals who show potential to develop their skills pre-date government requirements," said William Mzimba, Chief Executive of Accenture in South Africa...

  • She Leads Africa announces Demo Day winner

    She Leads Africa (SLA), an ecosystem designed to help young African women make their entrepreneurial dream a reality, has announced the winner of their 2016 accelerator. The 2016 SLA Accelerator Programme began in July in Lagos with help from companies such as Work in Progress, Alliance and Guaranty Trust Bank. This programme was aimed at identifying, supporting and funding some of Nigeria's brightest female entrepreneurs. Fresh Direct Produce and Agro-Allied Services were announced as the winners of the Investor Demo Day and have won an N2-million investment from SLA as well as business support services. Fresh Direct Produce and Agro-Allied Services is...