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All posts tagged "Lumkani"

  • Chivas Regal awards SA fire detection startup Lumkani $75k

    South African fire detection startup, Lumkani has been awarded US$75 000 at Chivas Regal's global The Venture competition. The Scottish whiskey brand awarded a total of US$1-million to five social enterprises that pitched in San Francisco this week. Chile's food distributor Algramo walked away with the largest share of US$300 000. Representing Uruguay at The Venture, livestock-tracking startup Chipsafer and Japan's field-monitoring SenSprout each won US$150 000. As with Lumkani, Diseclar from Columbia received US$75 000 for turning waste into furniture. "This is a big win for us, we can start rolling out bigger parts of our business model which require more capital, test...

  • SA’s fire detection startup Lumkani named finalist in Index Awards 2015

    Lumkani, the South African startup behind the innovative fire detecting device, is a finalist in the globally renowned design competition Index: Award 2015. Lumkani and the other finalists had to meet vigorous criteria to be chosen as finalists. The most important being their strength and creativity in improving people’s lives, as well as their overall rank across the INDEX: Award criteria of form, impact, context. Ranging from body, home, work and play, other finalists include Foldscope by Stanford engineers Manu Prakash and Jim Cybulski, language and text translation platform Duolingo, the Ambulance Drone by Dutch designer Alec Momont, the Google...

  • These 16 inspiring social startups want to change the world for the better

    From mobile marketplaces for street vendors to prosthetics and electric scooters, 16 startups with a keen interest to tackle social and environmental issues have been chosen from around the world to pitch for a share of US$1-million from Chivas Regal's The Venture competition. Hailing from five continents, the startup finalists have been chosen to represent their respective countries. Fire detection company Lumkani will be representing South Africa. “Enabling the growth of social entrepreneurs has become a key focus for Chivas Regal through The Venture campaign. We are really excited to have Lumkani representing South Africa on a global stage and we...

  • Lumkani launches #LetsStopFire crowdfunding campaign

    Cape Town, South African-based startup Lumkani has launched its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help prevent the spread of fires in urban slums with its networked fire detector. After winning half-a-million rand from Chivas Regal's social entrepreneurship competition earlier this year, Lumkani will soon travel to Silicon Valley where it will pitch for a welcoming US$1-million. The team has developed a smart device which integrates with the mesh network of in-home fire detectors. This device sends text messages to community members with the location of the fire. Simultaneously, it stores GPS coordinates of the fire which we will send to the...

  • Lumkani looks to crowdfunding to equip 3k households with fire detectors

    Lumkani, the South African startup behind the innovative fire detecting device, is looking to raise US$45 000 through a crowdfunding campaign set to go live on 11 May. The crowdfunding campaign is a requirement for winning Chivas Regal's The Venture competition, which seeks to recognise and award social entrepreneurship. It's part of the build up to the final event where 16 teams from around the world will meet in Silicon Valley to compete for US$1-million in funding for their ventures. Lumkani notes that there will be a number of interesting rewards up for grabs. These include donating a fire detection device...

  • GIST Tech-I Competition seeking top innovators as deadline approaches

    The South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNSP) is encouraging tech and science entrepreneurs to apply for the annual international GIST Tech-I Competition. The US Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Competition is looking for applicants from 86 countries around the globe, with the aim of helping entrepreneurs with training and mentorship, networking opportunities and access to capital. Last year, David Gluckman from Lumkani -- South Africa's innovative fire-detection startup -- won the overall competition. Mixon Faluweki from Kenya walked away with the award for his idea of charging your mobile phone using a bicycle. Read more:...

  • Lumkani is going to Silicon Valley, wins $50k social entrepreneurship prize

    Lumkani Fire Detection has won the South African leg of Chivas Regal's Win the Right Way competition -- a global initiative that sets out to find and support the world's top social entrepreneurs. The Cape Town-based startup has developed an early-warning fire detection system for dense settlements. The small fire detection device consists of heat detectors that send an SMS with GPS locations to community leaders and the local fire department in times of danger. In 2014 Lumkani also won the award for best startup in the Global Innovation through Science & Technology challenge; the overall prize in the Comfortable Home...

  • Impact Beyond Innovation: How Lumkani’s fire detection system is saving lives

    Impact Beyond Innovation is an article series that features startups from Africa putting social good at the forefront of their business models. In 2013, the thesis research of Lumkani co-founder Francois Petousis was accelerated because of a massive fire in the BM section of Khayelitsha that left over 4 000 people homeless. Petousis and UCT engineering lecturer Samuel Ginsberg then knew the project they were working on could have a massive impact -- and not just in South Africa but in any dense township areas across the globe. Soon they were joined by Paul Mesarcik, David Gluckman, Max Basle and Emily Vining,...