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  • 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...

  • FbStart: Facebook’s startup drive gathers local steam

    Facebook has made a concerted effort to court mobile-based startups with its FbStart initiative. The programme offers qualifying app developers year-round support, access to a global community of startups and a suite of tools to the value of up to US$80 000. These tools include MailChimp, Dropbox, and Stripe. FbStart is divided into two categories, namely Bootstrap and Accelerate. The former category is for apps that have just launched, while the latter is for "thriving" apps that need to grow even more. The initiative made its way to the African continent a while back, so what has the progress been like? How are...

  • 6 actionable social media tips for startups

    Social media marketing has become an integral part of most companies’ marketing strategy. Gone are the days when it was considered an optional activity. In fact, it has gone on to become key to building a brand’s awareness and reputation. Social media is also considered an effective medium for distributing content and generating leads. One of the best things about social media marketing is that it is affordable and even startups with small budget can make the most of it. According to Rocketpost, 40% of people spend more time socialising on social media rather than having face-to-face interactions. If you’re smart,...

  • A dummy’s guide to why reporting is essential for your online startup

    These days most small businesses know that they need a website. Some also realise the importance of email marketing and social media in marketing their business to their target audience. However, not all small businesses realise the importance of tracking the activity on their website and social networks, and how it can help them to save money and grow their business. Brands have access to an incredible number of resources offering free insights about their website traffic, social media and email marketing. Utilising this data and more specifically, real-time data, has become a reality in the day-to-day running of a...

  • OurHood is building online communities so we can get to know our neighbours better

    The sharing economy is a really exciting concept. The idea has been around for a decade now and popularised by internet startups like the accommodation sharing platform AirBnb and carpooling service by Uber. In South Africa, in the true spirit of Ubuntu, Springleap is a good example, enabling creatives to collaborate and connect with agencies. Until now though there hasn't really been a platform that concentrates on building and strengthening communities. OurHood wants to be that platform. Though its founders aren't, OurHood is a relatively new player in Cape Town's tech startup scene. Recently though, it's been showing impressive...

  • Microsoft brings TV white space project to Ghana, announces partnerships

    Part of the 4Afrika Initiative, Microsoft's TV white space programme first took form in South Africa last year in efforts to provide low-cost wireless connectivity to the masses, and has now recently expanded to Ghana. The tech giant has also partnered with SpectraLink Wireless and Facebook and announced that it's now involved in programme pilots in ten countries. The basic concept of TV white spaces relies on frequency bands which are generally set aside for television transmissions in order to provide low-cost wireless networks. This technology can help Microsoft further its 4Afrika Initiative to empower African students, entrepreneurs, developers...