Africa, Microsoft, News

Microsoft, Mara and Fate Foundation launch Cloud Startup Academy in Nigeria

Microsoft 4Afrika Cloud Through its 4Afrika initiative, Microsoft yesterday officially announced its Cloud Startup Academy in partnership with Mara Mentor and Fate Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria. The initiative will provide beneficiaries with training on how to become entrepreneurs using cloud technologies. While introducing the project, Wemimo Adeniyi, director of small, mid-market solutions partners at Microsoft Nigeria, said the project seeks to identify and help develop startups in the country. She said it would also empower the youth who are creative and passionate about new ...


Hobby or startup? What to know when filing your taxes

startup Do you profit from your hobby? Maybe you enjoy making unique craft jewellery and selling your creations on Etsy. Perhaps you’re an amateur painter who just made your first sale. Or maybe you’re furiously writing your first collection of short stories and haven’t successfully published yet. Whatever your special interest may be, the way you navigate the activity may have an impact on your taxes -- and you may even be able to deduct some of your expenses and fees on ...

Mobile apps, Startup news

Awesome South Africa app wants to promote local businesses

Awesome South Africa - Travel Light on Vimeo Awesome South Africa is a new app available for iOS and Android devices that aims to promote products, services and establishments across the country. It's sort of like having the Yellow Pages in your pocket, with a couple added features. One such feature is the ability for vendors and merchants to communicate their specials, promotions, news and events to a broad range of people looking for different services. Users can also narrow their search by looking exclusively for a service or product located ...


imAGINE: the SA startup looking to bring digital signage to the masses

paul This is pretty cool. Software house Interactivemedia has launched a subsidiary aimed at giving everyday business owners the power to create well-designed digital signage on their own accord. The subsidiary, which is called imAGINE, comes in the shape of a software platform which claims to be "self-explanatory" and to have "non-tech-savvy users in mind". "Instead of having to rely on others to design what goes on your screens," imAGINE says in a press release, "you now have the power and ...


This is why reverse logistics is so crucial for your online shop

Returns When it comes to customer satisfaction, having a convenient and efficient method of allowing customers to return unwanted or faulty goods is almost as important as delivering to them in the first place. Handling customer product returns is an important part of any business, but when it comes to ecommerce the logistics behind it can be tricky. Ecommerce Reverse Logistics can be one of the most costly and work intensive parts of running an online business and as such, any company ...

Startup news

OurHood launches app, secures second round of funding

OurHood app OurHood, the private digital platform for neighbourhoods, has just launched its official app for Android and iOS. The launch comes in the wake of the online platform securing a second round of funding from its European-based investors, bringing the total raised R2.5-million. Launched in May 2014, the startup has so far managed to get over 600 neighbourhoods hooked onto its online network. With categories such as Lifestyle, Crime, Chat, Local Deals and so on, the platform’s mission is to give you and your neighbours a ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship, Startups

CiTi Barn initiative gears up to launch Barn Khayelitsha

The Barn On 18 March 2015, the Bandwidth Barn will launch the Barn Khayelitsha at LookOut Hill Center in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Though there is no official word on what Barn Khayelitsha will offer, it will likely boast the same services as offered by other incubator barns around the city. These services include a professional and friendly receptionist, 24 hour access, internet access, meeting rooms, office space, and additional office services. Harare's Hubspace also offers similar services. Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape, ...

Africa, Startups

Religion on the go: has PrayerBox found a real sweet spot in Nigeria?

Nigeria mega church Out of Nigeria's estimated 173 million citizens, more than 40% are Christian. That means it's one of the countries with the highest density of Christians alongside Brazil, Mexico and the United States. It's also home to one of the world's youngest populations, and many of these citizens carry around mobile phones. How is technology helping churches adapt to these major trends? Could a new social media product be just what the industry is looking for? The Genesis Bambo Oyelaja is every church-going girl’s ...


Startup Picnic invites Jozi entrepreneurs for casual get-together

Startup Picnic The South African summer is slowly coming to an end. And in an effort to make the most of the little we have left, the organisers of Startup Picnic have decided to host a little get-together for startups. In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), Startup Picnic is inviting entrepreneurs to its casual networking bash in Johannesburg, South Africa. This follows a successful event last year in November. Read more: Startup Picnic initiative to celebrate GEW with beers and a braai in ...

Emerging Markets, Startup news

What we can all learn from India’s huge startup growth story

india_chennai As emerging economies around the world stumble along, one exception stands out -- India, where growth is set to overtake China soon. Now a new report ranks Asia's third largest economy as the fourth largest startup ecosystem in the world. The report, released last month by India’s IT association Nasscom, places the country behind only the US, the UK and Israel and notes that should the current trend continues, India could rank second by 2017. Nasscom says India currently has 3 100 technology startups (which it ...