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  • CoGrammar to make 200 hires in Cape after new funding, reveals SA founder

    Riaz Moola, the founder of UK and SA-based edtech startup CoGrammar, says his startup will hire 200 employees in Cape Town by the end of next year, after closing a funding round earlier this year. Speaking to Ventureburn yesterday while on a short visit to the city, Moola (pictured above) pointed out that the startup expects to hire 50 of the new hires by March next year when it kicks off a recruitment drive on 10 September. The news comes amid a tech boom in Cape Town, with SA bitcoin exchange Luno currently looking to fill 40 new positions for the company’s Cape Town office. Read...

  • Not all tech giants operating in SA offer support tailored to black startups

    "We really got a lot". This is how Thabo Moshoane describes the year of support his startup got from IBM, which included access to two cloud-based services to the value of $140 000. Moshoane -- who co-founded Slyk (pronounced "slick") IT Solutions in 2010 with Tshepo Motiki -- was one of four startups that were part in IBM's Aspiring Entrepreneurs initiative last year. Slyk has so far been able to sign agreements with tech suppliers Dell, Lenovo and HP for their app which tracks the warranty on digital products. Moshoane may have been lucky to tap support from IBM. The US tech giant aims to spend millions over the...

  • ‘Facebook $20k grants via NG_Hub to tackle Nigeria’s innovation gap’ [Q&A]

    A lack of financial instruments is holding back innovation in Nigeria, and Facebook aims to address this by providing $20 000 grants to applicants to its new accelerator, a top Facebook official says. Speaking to Ventureburn following the launch last week of Facebook's NG_Hub, Emeka Afigbo, the social network's head of developer programmes, says while Nigeria has no shortage of "smart people", entrepreneurs, students and innovators battle to get funding to allow then to carry out innovative projects. "That is why we are providing equity-free grants as part of the accelerator programme, to actually free people of the burden of having to rush to build things that they...

  • Facebook to take on Google in Nigeria with new hub, $20 000 accelerator

    The tech startup scene in Nigeria is hotting up -- with the unveiling today by social media site Facebook of NG_Hub in Lagos, Nigeria and a new Facebook accelerator programme which will offer Nigerian startups $20 000 in equity-free funding. The new hub sees Facebook taking on Google's Lagos-based Launchpad Accelerator, which was launched earlier this year. In a press release today Facebook said the hub -- which it will run in partnership with Nigeria's CcHub -- is Facebook's first community hub in Africa. The launch today (with Ime Archibong, vice-president of partnerships at Facebook pictured above) is part of a week-long celebration by the social network which will bring together...

  • Facebook to open its first African community hub space in Lagos next year

    Facebook has announced that it will partner with C0-Creation Hub (CC Hub) to launch its first African community hub, NG_Hub, next year in Lagos, Nigeria. In a statement made on 22 November 2017, Facebook stated that the hub will be a "multi-faceted creative space" where developers, startups and the wider ecosystem can collaborate, learn and exchange ideas. The hub will also host its own incubator programme in addition to training programmes and guest speakers. The announcement by Facebook follows Google's launch earlier this month of applications for its Launchpad Africa accelerator. Read more: Google opens applications for first cohort of Launchpad Africa accelerator Commenting on the announcement, Facebook's head of...

  • Three MENA developers win Facebook’s Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge

    Facebook has announced the three winners of its Facebook's Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge, launched earlier this year. The social media company made the announcement on Monday. The selected winners, from the Middle East and North Africa, have competed against startups from across 64 countries and have each won $20 000 and three months of mentorship from Facebook. The challenge was launched on 15 February. "It's been nearly five months since we first invited submissions for the 2017 Bots for Messenger Challenge and we’re excited to share the winners," said Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for the Middle East and Africa in...

  • Facebook to host one-day summit for young digital entrepreneurs in Joburg

    Facebook is partnering with the Department of Small Business Development and Livity Africa to host Youth Enterprise Day, a one-day summit that aims to celebrate and catalyse youth entrepreneurship in South Africa. In a press release Facebook said the event, to be hosted on June 24 at the Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg, will mix inspiration with learning by highlighting the stories of young South Africans who have built successful businesses using online tools. The summit will highlight the stories of some of South Africa’s most successful youth-run businesses, followed by a series of workshops hosted by Facebook and Livity Africa that will...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [5/06/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or catch 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 them 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,...

  • Livity Africa, Facebook launch entrepreneurial training programme

    Youth-led NPO Livity Africa, in collaboration with Facebook has launched a digital training programme for entrepreneurs to assist in accelerating their businesses. This partnership between Facebook and Livity Africa expands on the "network effect" of the Digify programme which was launched in SA in 2014 as well as Nigeria and Kenya in 2016. The new development programme will cover three core elements: Digify Prot Startup: A six-week training module for entrepreneurs which helps accelerate the growth of their businesses using digital skills and tools. Boost Your Business: One-day training interventions to assist entrepreneurs with any issues they face. Digify Entrepreneur TTT (Train the Trainer): Is...

  • Brandchat: Message your favourite brands through WeChat & more

    A new SA startup, called Brandchat, allows businesses to interact with their customers through multiple messaging platforms such as Facebook, WeChat, Telegram and Kik. "We want to make it as simple and natural to get in touch with a business as it is to get in touch with friends. Starting a chat is quicker than downloading an app, more immediate and cheaper than making a phone call, and simpler than figuring out a complex website," said Brandchat director, Pete Matthaei in a press release to Ventureburn. Brandchat has developed a "unified dashboard" which allows businesses to create and manage a bot, giving them...