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  • Google opens applications for first cohort of Launchpad Africa accelerator

    Google today launched applications for its Launchpad Africa accelerator to early-stage startup from across a number of countries across the continent. The tech giant will take on 10 startups in the programme’s first cohort, set to start early next year in Lagos, Nigeria -- from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The three-month accelerator programme is aimed at early-stage tech startups in Africa that target the African market and have already raised seed funding. Those startups chosen can get equity-free support and the programme will conclude with a demo day to provide exposure for the startups. Launchpad Africa is aimed at early-stage tech startups in Africa...

  • Q&A: ‘Not every cloud is born equal’, look for the best provider advises expert

    If you run a tech startup, it is most likely that you are using cloud computing to some extent. It is no longer a question of whether you should be using it but rather which platform or provider you should be using. So, do you know which cloud platform or service is better suited for your startup or what pitfalls you should be looking out for? Andrew Cruise (pictured), managing director of Routed, a Cape Town-based vendor-neutral cloud hosting platform provider, encourages startups to take care when looking for the right cloud platform or service provider. In considering which cloud provider to go...

  • Zero-equity Swedish accelerator, THINK, calls for international applications

    THINK, a Swedish-based zero-equity accelerator, has opened a call for applications from early-stage tech startups from around the world. Applications close on 27 August. Those startups that are selected to join the three-month global accelerator will benefit from the accelerator's international network of mentors, access to investors, free office space in Helsingborg (near Malmö) tailored coaching and access to $300 000 worth of services from companies including IBM, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Hubspot among others. THINK has two tracks that startups can choose to apply for. THINK Accelerate is aimed at early-stage tech startups with a focus on software as a service (SAAS), platform...

  • Google Launchpad to provide over $3m to more than 60 African startups – CEO

    Google will provide more than $3-million in equity-free funding, mentorship, working space and access to expert advisers to more than 60 African startups over three years, the company's CEO Sundar Pichai said in Lagos, Nigeria yesterday. Pichai said the initiative will be based on Google's global Launchpad Accelerator programme. He added that intensive three-month programmes, held twice per year, will run out of a new Google Launchpad Space in Lagos — the first time the programme will be located outside of the US. In addition he announced that Google's charitable arm, Google.org, is committing $20-million over the next five years to non-profits that are working...

  • Y Combinator school helped grow movie service 20% a week – Vibescout

    Attending Y Combinator's online Startup School has helped South African startup Vibescout to grow its movie aggregator 20% week-on-week, up 8 000 users since it's launch on the 19th of May. Jonathan Myburgh, co-founder of the South African events aggregator platform, announced on Monday that the startup had graduated from the 10-week programme, which commenced on 5 April. Myburgh was one of 2 820 applicants (of which 16 were from South Africa) who graduated from the programme. Over 13 000 entrepreneurs applied to be part of the programme. Key at the school are weekly Key Performance Indicator (KPI) meetings. One of the main projects to show a positive KPI...

  • Q&A: Google’s John Kimani on Launchpad Start

    Ventureburn had the opportunity to interview John Kimani, the Developer Relations Ecosystem Program Manager for East Africa and is responsible for looking after the Launchpad programme in Sub-Saharan Africa. "We work by providing startups with the in-person mentoring that they need to tackle critical challenges and enable each startup to grow or scale. We currently operate in 30 countries with over 600 mentors," said Kimani over email. "Startups can join a Launchpad activity through our partner network of startup organisations around the world, or at Launchpad Space in San Francisco," he continued. Launchpad Start Johannesburg, which is held in partnership with JoziHub,...

  • Google’s Launchpad Accelerator now accepting African startups

    Tech giant, Google has announced that its Launchpad Accelerator is accepting applications from African countries for the very first time. Startups from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa are eligible to apply. The six-month programme will help entrepreneurs by means of mentorship, training and, equity-free support. The programme will also consist of a two-week all-expenses-paid training workshop at the Google headquarters in Silicon Valley. Accepted entrepreneurs will also receive access to various Google engineers, mentors, as well as resources. The participants will also receive various marketing opportunities through Google and credits for Google products. Some startups who apply will be asked to participate in a one-hour...

  • Google’s Launchpad Start to empower African SMEs

    Internet giant, Google has opened applications for its Launchpad Start programme which aims to empower innovative SMEs. The week-long bootcamp will see 20 startups participating in the programme, taking place in partnership with JoziHub from 27 to 31 March 2017. The Launchpad programme will focus on various subjects including UX and UI, product strategy, technology, business development, marketing and presentation skills. Each day of the programme will focus on a different subject and will include one-on-one mentorship, presentations and various amount of technical work. According to Google, there will be no fee for startups selected to be a part of Launchpad Start. Google...

  • This Google-backed startup from SA is training thousands of coders

    If South Africa is to really become a knowledge economy, it seriously needs to develop the youth's Computer Science skills. That's a no-brainer. But while government and academia have their hands full, creative minds are putting inspiring initiatives in motion to foster the country's next generation of software developers. Hyperion Development is one of these gems. Since it launched in 2012, the Durban-headquartered company has allegedly helped over 8 500 people from six Southern African countries in software development training. "We are fortunate to have the ability to scale this online platform to the point where I don't know everyone's names...

  • 5 SEO trends every entrepreneur needs to know about

    If you look back on the SEO industry from 2011 to 2014, you will see remarkable changes not only in content strategy but in digital marketing as well. But 2015 has seen some massive changes in the industry. Entrepreneurs can doe serious good for their businesses by adopting these top five SEO trends for 2015. 1. Say hello to social engagement optimisation Google, the largest search engine, has modified the algorithm to fetch more original and user-need-based content from unlimited data uploaded on it every day. Different factors contribute to make the content original including social media. Google has also modified its...