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  • Lagos is perfect backdrop for startups says Google Launchpad Accelerator man

    Lagos, Nigeria provides "the perfect backdrop" for tech startups on Google's Launchpad Accelerator Africa to build, collaborate and accelerate. So, says Folagbade Olatunji-David, the tech company's head of startup success and services for Launchpad Accelerator Africa. Google's first class of 12 startups for its three-month Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme kicked off on Monday last week (19 March). Olatunji-David said Nigeria's thriving startup ecosystem and the country's formidable economy -- one of the largest in Africa -- are what has attracted Google to hosting its first Launchpad Accelerator Africa there. The country has about 90 million internet users, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission, the highest on the...

  • Google is backing it, but how does SA startup swiftVEE’s platform really work?

    Being selected by Google as one of 12 startups for the tech giant's first Launchpad Africa Accelerator has been "mind blowing", says Cape Town’s Russel Luck. Despite this, Luck won't say too much about how his online platform works. Luck is the co-founder of swiftVEE, an online platform that connects livestock agencies to a network of buyers and sellers. A technology lawyer by day, Luck says the idea for the platform came about when farmer and student Andrew Meyer approached him for help with an idea a few years back. Luck believed the idea had merit and in November 2016 together with...

  • Looking to get ahead SA startups? Apply for these accelerators in 2018

    What better way to start the new year than by signing up to one of the many accelerator programmes open to South African tech entrepreneurs? It's a great way to get some help, find new clients and tap seed funding -- all while gaining credibility in the market. In 2017, 19 accelerators tracked by Ventureburn helped over 1200 startups with $17-million in funding (see this story). Here are eight accelerators in 2018 that SA startups can apply for It's also a great idea to approach one of South Africa's leading corporates, many of which run their own support programmes or are on the look out for...

  • A look at 2017: the year that was for South Africa’s tech startup ecosystem

    This year saw one of the biggest acquisitions of a South African startup - with the over $100-million GetSmarter deal. A chance meeting with 2U CEO Chip Paucek in October last year set the Cape Town based edtech startup on the road to being acquired by the US firm in a $103-million deal signed in May, but only concluded in October. But 2017 was also a year in which two new major acceleration programmes launched on the continent. Global accelerator Startupbootcamp launched a three-month programme in Cape Town in September -- the organisation's first such initiative in Africa. The inaugural programme helped bridge the gap between corporates and startups, with the initiative's first...

  • Google drops $50 000 grant for Launchpad Accelerator for fifth cohort

    Google has dropped a $50 000 grant for each startup selected for its fifth Launchpad Accelerator, which starts next month, the programme's manager Josh Yellin revealed yesterday. The programme targets growth stage tech startups and 24 startups will embark on a bootcamp on 29 January 2018 (see the names here). Talking to Ventureburn in Warsaw, Poland during a graduation ceremony for the programme's four cohort (see the list of participants from the fourth cohort here), Yellen said the tech giant aims to reinvest the $50 000 per selected startup (totaling $1.2-million for the fifth cohort) back into the programme to cover the costs of startups attending conferences...

  • 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...

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