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  • Funding your startup: Ventureburn lists the SA investors that are delivering

    For entrepreneurs wanting to find early-stage funding, this is the article for you. As there is generally a veil of secrecy surrounding funding and startups, there is often smoke and mirrors in the industry, with many claiming to be "investors".  Ventureburn has sifted through the South African landscape and brought you the investors that are putting the money where their mouths are, and investing in the startup industry. Make sure to keep checking back on this article. We will constantly be updating it with new funds as the startup space grows in South Africa. Also, with your comments and suggestions we hope...

  • Tritech Media invests 20% holding in GoMetro

    Media technology company, Tritech Media, has announced today the investment of a 20% holding of smart mobility company, GoMetro. The remaining shares of GoMetro are currently held by its founders, a VC firm, 4Decades Capital which represents the former CEO of Rand Merchant Bank, Mike Pfaff; chief investment officer Derek Prout-Jones. AngelHub Ventures, representing former FNB CEO, Michael Jordaan also retain remaining shares. GoMetro's propriety mobility platform aims to simplify transport operations especially within and around congested areas, such as Sandton. "This is such a great strategic acquisition for our group," said CEO and founder of Tritech Media, William Kirsh in a...

  • GoMetro Traffic wants to help on your holiday journey

    Just in time for the holiday season, GoMetro Traffic is an app designed for users travelling on roads. It is a spin-off of South African railway notification app, GoMetro. "We observed that other traffic applications are focused on navigation, and require a user to keep their GPS on all the time in order to receive traffic information. Obviously, this kills battery life and can overheat your phone," says Justin Coetzee of GoMetro in a recent press release. He goes on to say, "Our app doesn’t waste battery life because we don’t use your GPS to send contextual traffic alerts, rather using...

  • WhereIsMyTransport releases innovative public transport app in Tshwane

    Backed by a fresh new website and Knife Capital's Grindstone accelerator programme, South African startup WhereIsMyTransport (WIMT) is today releasing its urban transportation and journey planner app called Findmyway to commuters in Tshwane, South Africa. Based on live data from participating transport operators in the city, the app gives users various routes and modes they can take, arranged by cost or travel time. Read more: These are Grindstone’s 13 tech startups for 2015 Findmyway also includes an interface where commuters can communicate directly with government about delays, accidents, or service delivery, and cities can make announcements to update users about road conditions...

  • GoMetro launches Email My Boss button for commuters stuck on trains

    The buzzing sound of murmuring voices in the train builds up to a mix of conversations. Often when the train gets stuck, you can, among the noise, hear a commuter trying to tell his/her boss that they are going to be late for work that day. Calling in, of course, only works for those who have the airtime to call. GoMetro, the public transport app, is trying to make this process a lot easier for commuters by introducing a new feature called Email My Boss. The feature allows commuters who are stuck on a delayed train to send an email...

  • GoMetro launches low-cost data mobi site in all 11 official SA languages

    Transport data startup GoMetro has just launched a new mobi site designed with the emerging world, specifically South Africa, in mind. GoMetro Mini, as it's called, is designed for older mobile phones and will provide public transport information in each of the country's 11 official languages. Apart from enabling users to choose from Sepedi, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, Tswana, Venda, Tsonga, Ndebele, Swati & Afrikaans to get train and bus times for all major cities in SA, the site is also optimsed to use the minimal amount of data. GoMetro CEO Justin Coetzee, “Over the last 2 years, we have noticed GoMetro...

  • GoMetro relaunches as SA’s social network of transport

    In celebration of National Transportation Month in South Africa, data and transport startup GoMetro relaunched this week. Apart from the additional social elements, the startup's updated product now include information regarding major bus services like Cape Town's MyCiti and Golden Arrow as well as Johannesburg's Gautrain and Rea Vaya. GoMetro's new app -- GoMetroApp -- is referred to as the Community for Commuters where people provide each other with information including crowdsourced updates about transport in South Africa. Whereas the original GoMetro.co.za provides train delay updates and Metrorail schedules, GoMetroApp.com is designed to work with all major modes of public transport...

  • GoMetro announced as finalist in the 2014 Meffys Awards

    GoMetro seems to be on the right track. The transport data startup from Cape Town, South Africa has just announced that it's been short-listed in two categories in the international 2014 Meffys awards. The renowned Meffys international awards competition seeks to reward innovation in the mobile ecosystem. It's said to have attracted over 250 entries across 30 countries across 13 categories, which includes mHealth, Mobile Education and Big Data. GoMetro will be competing in the Social Responsibility & Development category with its GoMetro USSD service (*120*4668#), as well as the Innovation in a Growth Market category with its GoMetro Mobile Website. If...

  • GoMetro and MellowCabs partner to make SA cities’ transport smarter

    Two South African tech startups recently announced their partnership to better the country's transportation industry by furthering the idea of smart cities. GoMetro and Mellowcabs will be working together to drive collaboration, awareness and adoption of the two services in major urban areas of South Africa and beyond. GoMetro provides South African commuters using the MetroRail train service with crucial information via their mobile phones. Through this new partnership, GoMetro will provide the eco-friendly taxi service Mellowcabs with a Driver App, running on tablets to be mounted in the cabs. This will track the location of the vehicle with the...

  • GoMetro is VentureOut Challenge finalist, will pitch for $10k from infoDev

    South African mobile startup GoMetro has been selected as a Global Finalist in the VentureOut Challenge -- an initiative of infoDev, a global partnership programme within The World Bank Group. GoMetro's transit app, which provides contextual public transport information directly to commuters' mobile phones will compete against 12 other mobile apps from around the world, in front of a live audience and a panel of experts, in Chisinau, Moldova on 1 November. The VentureOut initiative was launched to help mobile entrepreneurs expand internationally, and received over 110 entries from around the world. GoMetro is the only South African in the...