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  • 7 productivity apps South African small business should know about

    The head of products at MWEB, Rihana Hoosain, gives small business owners the low-down on some of the latest and greatest tech solutions to transform their businesses. Embracing great online tools and apps can really transform your small business in many ways -- from getting your staff in sync, increasing productivity, business intelligence and profitability to improving, simplifying and revolutionising the way your customers shop and pay. Here are a couple of interesting tools that could increase your business productivity. 1. Slack Slack is a small business collaboration and real-time messaging tool that has gained enormous popularity around the world over...

  • Kenya starts testing new online IP registration system

    The Kenyan Copyright Board (KECOBO) in development collaboration with Microsoft 4Afrika has created an online intellectual property (IP) registration system. This new prototype system should make things easier for those who wish to register IPs in the East African country. KECOBO hopes to replace the current IP manual registration process, which consists of downloading documents, paying a fee, and then submitting the documents to the KECOBO. The manual process isn't ideal in today's busy and internet-driven lifestyle. Dr. Marisella Ouma, the executive director at KECOBO, explains the benefit of the new system: With the new system, users will no longer have to...

  • Designer marketplace Hello Pretty revamps site for mobile-friendly audience

    South African designer marketplace Hello Pretty has recently relaunched its website geared for the country's mobile-friendly designer folk. Head of strategy and social Lee Geldenhuys explains in a recent media release that the online shop receives over half of its traffic, and that a responsive site simply became a no-brainer. "We look to global ecommerce trends for inspiration, and while over a third of the site visitors are international, we’re most excited to see how South African consumers respond," explains Geldenhuys. Launched in 2012, Hello Pretty has spurred an impressive community of designers, crafters and the like. Today, it boasts over 19...

  • Konga’s bold attempt to revolutionise online payments in Nigeria

    Nigeria boasts over 80 million mobile internet users doing all kinds of stuff online. Yet, as big as the Nigerian tech landscape is, getting customers to pay online is still a major obstacle for ecommerce. Before the country's two largest online shopping companies, Jumia and Konga, launched about three years ago, several entrepreneurs tried and failed to get Nigerians to embrace ecommerce. Today, leading ecommerce stores might have also failed if not introducing its cash on delivery payment option, which is the preferred payment choice for more than 70% of online transactions. During an exclusive interview with Jonathan Doerr, the managing...

  • SnapScan rolls out pilot phase for ecommerce payments

    A South African-based mobile payment application, SnapScan, has started rolling out its test phase for ecommerce plugins. The new system will enable customers to purchase from select online stores using the SnapScan application. Up until now, SnapScan has only been available for retail outlets. The payment process is near identical to standard SnapScan usage. You proceed to the store's checkout system and select the SnapScan button for payment. You'll then be presented with a QR code to be "snapped" with the app. Once payment is complete the store and SnapScan will notify you. Rupert Sully, the head of new business at SnapScan, reiterates...

  • Tony Elumelu Foundation welcomes 1k entrepreneurs to Pan-African bootcamp

    What's being dubbed the largest ever gathering of emerging entrepreneurs on the continent, the Tony Elumelu Foundation's (TEF) two-day bootcamp session will host 1 000 selectees from the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme from 10 to 12 July in Ota, Nigeria. "We hope The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme can catalyse and encourage other African business leaders to empower emerging entrepreneurs. If we all come together with requisite resources we can make a significant difference," said Tony Elumelu, the founder of the US$100-million Pan-African entrepreneurship initiative at a recent press conference. Selected out of a total 20 000 entrepreneurs from across the continent, the 1...

  • Online business network introduces ‘Small Business Toolkit’ for SA SMEs

    South African online business network OpenTenders this week introduced its Small Business Toolkit which aims to connect entrepreneurs with relevant opportunities as well as encourage networking. Developed by South African entrepreneurs and founders of OpenTenders Madoda Khuzwayo, Sivu Maqungo and Mnive Nhlabathi, the trio have compiled over 5 000 pages geared to teach entrepreneurs and small business owners the basics of starting and running a sustainable business. The toolkit is divided into 10 chapters covering the following topics: how to register a business, drafting a business plan, legal compliance, marketing plan, finance, as well as a myriad of templates that entrepreneurs...

  • Ventureburn survey sheds light on SA’s tough, but pioneering startup industry

    Stuart Thomas, Matthew Buckland and Graham van der Made contributed to this article. Startup life isn't as glamorous as it’s sometimes made out to be, according to a new survey by Ventureburn. Employees and founders of startups are often paid below-market salaries, get close to zero benefits and are subject to high-pressure environments. Moreover, just 17% of startups are profitable, with only three percent of startups making it to the sought-after venture capital investment stages. But this begs the question: why is creating and working for startups an increasingly popular option? Although entrepreneurs will make it big if their startup succeeds,...

  • No surprise: funding the biggest hurdle for SA’s startups

    Over the past couple of years, there have been plenty of funding successes for the South African startup scene to celebrate. Just this year, WooThemes exited to WordPress holding company Automattic for a rumoured US$30-million and bike radar company iKubu was bought out by Garmin for an undisclosed sum of money. But within the context of the space as a whole, those big deals are few and far between. What about the smaller companies? Is there enough funding for them to survive and thrive in a country that isn't always seen as friendly toward small businesses? The results of the 2015 Ventureburn...

  • SA’s startup industry: all the stats and numbers you need to know [Infographic]

    The Ventureburn Startup Survey is packed with insights, from the shifting demographics of South Africa's startup landscape to a reaffirmation in the belief that funding is a major challenge for most entrepreneurs. The survey indicates a surge in black entrepreneurship and that just under half of all startups are created by founders in their 20s. The survey also confirms that the home of startups is the Silicon Cape, with just under 59% of all startups indicating they reside in the Western Cape. It's a lot to digest. That's why we've put together this infographic, which gives you an overview of...