Ventureburn announces major startup country survey to gauge pulse of SA’s entrepreneurs

Article header NEW South Africa’s startup scene is hotter than ever, and entrepreneurs are the new rockstars of the business world. From government to big business, organisations are realising the benefits of harnessing startup business talent. Ventureburn -- in partnership with First National Bank (FNB), investment advisory firm Clifftop Colony, and data gathering and analytics company Qurio -- on Tuesday launched the Ventureburn Startup Survey 2015, which is looking to uncover the nuts and bolts of the startup sector. The ...

Emerging Markets, Entrepreneurship

Key lessons startups can take from Domino’s Pizza’s massive foreign expansion

Dominos Not too long ago, US pizza chain Domino’s Pizza established a South African presence. To date, there are eleven stores spread across Cape Town, Gauteng and Durban, with plans to open even more in future. Success in this market is very lucrative -- a Euromonitor report estimated that fast food sales in South Africa topped R24-billion in 2012. A key to success for international brands entering new markets is a proper knowledge and deep understanding of the target market. Investing ...

Entrepreneurship, News

Daddy.O to launch entrepreneurship programme for previously disadvantaged

daddy-o1 South Africa's Daddy.O startup incubator and sister business academy Daddy’s Dragons are about to launch a support programme for entrepreneurs from previously disadvantaged communities -- a six month-long entrepreneurship programme that's free of charge. The founding organisation, Daddy's World, of Daddy.O and Daddy’s Dragons are also behind The Old Biscuit Mill, The Woodstock Exchange, Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel, Old Mac Daddy and Daddy’s Deals. Daddy’s World co-founder Jody Aufrichtig notes, "Business is our passion, as a group, we have taken lots ...

Africa, Ecommerce, Entrepreneurship

MzansiStore collaborates with Barn Khayelitsha to host ecommerce workshops

MzansiStore Recently there's been a lot of focus on enabling entrepreneurs in townships like Khayelitsha across South Africa's Western Cape province. Most notable has been the establishment of The Barn Khayelitsha by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) in March. Now, the initiative is partnering with online craft market MzansiStore to host a series of ecommerce workshops in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain. Likened to that of an Etsy of Africa, Mzansi Store launched in September 2012 to provide local craft entrepreneurs ...


Naspers invests $40m in Brazilian app developer Movile

Movile Emerging markets media and internet giant Napers has dropped US$40-million on Brazilian app development house Movile. The company, which has more than 500 employees working in offices across Latin America and in Silicon Valley, builds apps across the various smartphone platforms, specialising on-demand services. Some of the apps it has built allow people to order food on the fly, find restaurants on the go and watch streaming films. It also has its own unified app marketing place which allows Original Equipment ...

Africa, Startups

Brothers for All: the inspiring school teaching underprivileged people how to code

kids looking at laptop This week, Brothers For All is starting its first pilot project in two of South Africa's Western Cape prisons, equipping underprivileged people with valuable coding and entrepreneurial skills. A first of its kind on the African continent, Brothers for All is a spin-off of the non-profit Mothers for All, a local organisation that supports women in Botswana and South Africa, and the award-winning prisoner initiative, Group of Hope. Just 25 weeks after setting up in October last year, Brothers for All has ...


WeChat, Pondering Panda ink deal to expand research capabilites

Pondering Panda Mobile social and instant messaging giant WeChat has inked a deal with digital research agency Pondering Panda, which will allow both to offer businesses and other third parties access to both the fast-growing WeChat userbase and new kinds of digital research. Pondering Panda will now, for instance, be able to include variables like location sharing, voice notes and video in its research thanks to the availability of those features on WeChat. These features will apparently also allow Pondering Panda to broaden ...


The new normals in retail: are you keeping up?

Apple Pay I don’t know too many people who are immune to the charms of retail therapy. Whether in malls or online, they be men or women, there’s always something that each of us enjoys buying. Or at least window shopping. It’s engaging, it’s interactive and it’s social. What’s not to like? Thanks to technology, every few months we have these fascinating new advances that take our consumerist culture’s favourite sport to the next level. Let’s take a look at the most promising ...


SA company Striata acquires New York-based Mass Transmit

Striata South African electronic customer communications specialist Striata has acquired Mass Transmit Inc., a US based provider of email marketing tools, services and expertise. Since launching in 1999, Striata has expanded across the globe, providing communication solutions for financial services, utility, insurance, retail and telecommunications companies from its operations in London, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Sydney. It also has partners in North and South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Headquartered in New York, with offices in Charlotte, NC and London, Mass ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship

Hampered by load shedding? Here’s a survival guide for your startup

Candle Load shedding is here to stay, so every small business needs to take steps to protect its systems and data when the lights go out as well as from power surges when electricity is restored after an outage. PCs are sensitive to power cuts, power dips and power surges, so take the necessary steps to protect them. When Eskom cuts the power, you could not only lose the latest changes to the files you're working on, your open files could become ...