Africa, Startup news

Health tech startup CenHealth launches to put your medical records in the cloud

CenHealth logo A new health tech startup, called CenHealth, has opened its doors to Johannesburg, South Africa with a mission to put your medical information online. The company is behind it is calling the system the "most advanced" Personal Health Record system in the country. What this system essentially does is it provides an online platform where you can create an electronic version of your health records. You can store information ranging from your weight and height, to your allergies and keep a ...

Ecommerce, Startups, Usability

30 useful tools for efficient management of your ecommerce startup

Ecommerce Ecommerce startups face many challenges while managing their business operations. They have to work with a limited number of personnel and a limited budget. They face difficulty in convincing people to buy their products. These businesses have to compete unfavourably against their better placed and more resourceful competitors. Shipping costs, taxation, invoicing, inventory management and effective customer support are some of their prime concerns, though there can be many other issues to deal with. But they can still pull off things ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship

Green Pioneer Accelerator reveals 23 entrepreneurs selected from Kenya, SA

Green-Pioneer-Accelerator The Green Pioneer Accelerator has announced which entrepreneurs it'll be taking on for the 2015 programme. The programme, sponsored by Impact Amplifier, Growth Africa, VC4Africa and Hivos, is a comprehensive business accelerator that aims to support early stage enterprises that contribute innovative solutions to environmental issues such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and degradation of soils. The programme will take place in Kenya and South Africa. Eleven committed entrepreneurs were selected for the programme in Kenya and 12 entrepreneurs ...

Emerging Markets, News

ApexPeak expands to the Middle East with Cashnomix acquisition

ApexPeak Marking its expansion into the Middle East, alternative finance company ApexPeak has just acquired Dubai based Cashnomix -- a cloud based invoicing service. ApexPeak, which is a 2012 fellow of the South African 88mph accelerator, has over the past three years established itself as a major player in the business finance space. As Ventureburn pointed out a few months ago, the startup is onto something big, and this recent buy just further proves it. In early 2014, it raised US$200-million on the ...

Startup news

These are Grindstone’s 13 tech startups for 2015

Grindstone Accelerator The second in-take of growth equity fund manager Knife Capital's tech startups is an interesting bunch. From popular names such as online payment service PayFast and ecommerce builder ShopStar to new and interesting ones such as CognaDev which assesses individuals for matching work environments and Mobinomics -- a company that develops operating systems for telcos, organisations and cities. Interestingly, this year the accelerator is upping its game even more after it's decided to expand its programme to include an additional three ...

Advertising & Marketing

Here’s why SA really needs better broadband for business to thrive

Internet If South Africa is to boost economic growth it must bring fast internet to more entrepreneurs. Doing so will help power thousands of small businesses. For too long the country has been slow in improving access to fast, affordable always-on internet. A recently launched government broadband policy aims to fix this, but some remain sceptical. Access to the internet today is not only vital, but big money. A 2012 report by the Boston Consulting Group predicts that by next year the internet ...

Entrepreneurship, News

CiTi announces Ian Merrington as new CEO

theBarn The Cape Innovative and Technology Initiative (CiTi) -- which is responsible for projects like the Bandwidth Barn and CapaCiti -- has just announced the appointment of former COO Ian Merrington as the new CEO. Merrington has a strong background in advertising and consultancy, as well as being Group Financial Director of BBDO and COO of iKineo. CiTi Chairman Greg Reis notes that “Since its inception in 1998, CiTi has been able to build upon the passion and talents of a number of ...

Ecommerce, Startup news

Crowdfunding t-shirt startup Design4T launches in South Africa

Design4T Design4T is a startup that enables groups, organisations to create and sell custom made t-shirts without upfront costs. The company also adds that local government and non-profits can use this innovative platform to raise funds for initiatives, a rather nice touch. T-shirts have always been able to find their way into the hearts of young people. Come good, come bad, it's always up to the customer and his or her unique taste. What is great about Design4T is that it gives ...

Africa, Startups

9 foodie startups out to change the way South Africans eat

Pasta-salad-with-dried-tomato From restaurant discovery to on-demand chefs and a calorie controlled food subscription, there are a growing number of interesting, mouth-watering tech startups out to change the way South Africans eat. It's interesting to see how many of these foodie startups have grown alongside popular lifestyle trends such as the surge in craft beers, specific health diets and freshly brewed flat whites. InChef SA InChef is like the Uber of chefs, because we're too lazy to cook ourselves. Pricing starts at R4 000 ...

Africa, Startup news

Say hello to ALN Ventures’ 9 inspiring startups of 2015

ALN Ventures Today's startups. Tomorrow's leaders. African Leadership Network (ALN) Ventures has revealed its latest in-take of entrepreneurs for 2015. From Cameroon to Nigeria and South Africa to Kenya, these startups have been whittled down from more than 275 applicants from all over the continent and abroad. The initiative is designed to find promising entrepreneurs in Africa, and connect them to the power of the African Leadership Network. Specifically, the programme runs startup through mentorship, investment, exclusive access to partner services in the name ...