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All posts tagged "silicon cape"

  • Cape Town Startup Week 2018 to celebrate city’s ‘vibrant’ tech scene [Updated]

    Over the last decade Cape Town has grown to become arguably Africa's tech startup capital. To celebrate this the city's leading tech organisations yesterday (8 November) unveiled Cape Town Startup Week (CTSUW), which will take place between 3 and 6 December. The event is a result of collaboration between tech organisations Silicon Cape, Heavy Chef, Startup Grind Cape Town, Future Females, Startupbootcamp Afritech, Workshop17, Inner City Ideas Cartel and the CiTi. Commenting in a statement announcing the launch of the event on Heavy Chef's blog yesterday, Silicon Cape interim general manager Kerry Petrie said over the past 12 months, the city's tech ecosystem has been hard at work to build a "vibrant community". Cape...

  • Dimension Data to host NTT Data Open Innovation Contest regional challenge

    SA IT company Dimension Data will host a regional challenge in February next year that aims to identify mature startups that can work with the Japanese IT services provider NTT Data to create a new global platform to solve the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In a statement yesterday (6 November), Cape Town based tech initiative Silicon Cape revealed that Data Dimension will be hosting the regional challenge of the ninth NTT Data Open Innovation Contest on 8 February in Cape Town. NTT Data Open Innovation will, between this month and February, hold 20 regional contests across 18 countries in collaboration with local partners. The...

  • AfricArena predicts funding raised by African startups in 2018 will crack $1bn

    The amount of venture capital (VC) funding raised by African startups this year could for the first time exceed the $1-billion mark. So, predict the organisers of AfricArena, which runs an annual tech startup conference. Ahead of this year's conference, which takes place on 15 and 16 November in Cape Town, AfricArena said in a statement yesterday (30 October) that its prediction is based on internal research the organisation conducted earlier this year with Silicon Cape and Wesgro. Like this, it expects the funding raised by African startups to increase by over 100%. Commenting today (31 October) on the prediction, AfricArena CEO Christophe Viarnaud (pictured above) said he was...

  • Startup Guide calls on those in Cape Town to be part of new guide

    Startup Guide, a publishing company, has launched a call for entrepreneurs and those that are part of the Cape Town entrepreneurship ecosystem to nominate themselves to be featured in Startup Guide Cape Town. Nominations close on 20 August. The call was launched earlier this week. Startup Guide, which was founded in 2014 by Danish entrepreneur Sissel Hansen, calls it the "first-ever entrepreneurial handbook dedicated to Cape Town’s startup scene". The guide will be sponsored by SAP Next-Gen. Startup Guide produces guidebooks and tools to help entrepreneurs navigate and connect with different startup scenes across the globe. Thus far it has produced guides for 18 different cities in Europe and the Middle...

  • Silicon Cape launches new membership model, strategy

    Cape Town based tech initiative Silicon Cape has launched its new strategic plan, as well as a new membership model. The organisation, which aims to support the Western Cape tech community, launched the new membership model and strategic plan at an event on Monday (30 July) in Cape Town. The new strategy aims to connect stakeholders, amplify stories of the continent's tech innovators, advocate on behalf of the ecosystem, build networks for student entrepreneurs and build connections with other hubs across the continent. Silicon Cape's new membership model offers different paid-for plans, which start at R500 Silicon Cape's new membership model offers different paid-for plans. These...

  • Tech sector can help drive future growth in Western Cape says Wesgro head

    The tech sector has the potential to be one of the most critical drivers of future economic growth in the Western Cape believes Wesgro CEO Tim Harris. The head of the Western Cape government's investment agency says with the services sector already making up more than 70% of the province's gross domestic product (GDP), a strong opportunity exists for the province to position itself as a leading hub for innovation on the continent. "Central to this process is the development of a strong tech ecosystem that has global recognition, and in turn attracts multinational entities, capital and talent to the province,"...

  • Silicon Cape global expansion strategy: Chair to sign deal with Hamburg@Work

    Silicon Cape chairperson Sumarie Roodt will next week Wednesday (9 May) sign a collaboration agreement with digital cluster Hamburg@Work in Hamburg, Germany. The collaborative agreement will be witnessed by Western Cape premier Helen Zille and German senator Frank Horch. Silicon Cape interim general manager Kerry Petrie (pictured above) told Ventureburn in an email yesterday (2 May) that the intent of the collaborative agreement with Hamburg@Work is to share knowledge, leverage learning and assist members to connect with each other more readily. Silicon Cape's Global Expansion Strategy will see the organisation collaborate with ecosystem enabling organisations in Africa, Western Europe and India "We also hope that our partnership...

  • Reserve Bank changes to IP exchange have had no impact – venture capitalist

    While intellectual property (IP) attorneys say changes instituted a year ago by the Reserve Bank have helped speed up IP exchange control approvals, a leading local venture capitalist believes it is no easier than before to get IP transferred out of South Africa. “The SARB (SA Reserve Bank) continues to create blockages, such as randomly preventing local investors from investing overseas (as startups globalise for instance) due to arbitrary conditions. It’s still all the same,” 4Di Capital founder Justin Stanford told Ventureburn in an email last week. This, as last week Silicon Cape chairperson Sumarie Roodt told Ventureburn that she had not seen any difference...

  • Startup scene ‘absolutely exploded’ after Silicon Cape launch – Justin Stanford

    Silicon Cape must continue to help trying to promote and grow Cape Town's tech startup community and to represent the idea of startups in South Africa and the community, and act in its best interests in whatever way it can, says venture capitalist Justin Stanford. Stanford (pictured above) founded Silicon Cape in 2009 together with tech entrepreneur Vinny Lingham to represent the city's growing tech startup scene. He claims after the two launched the organisation the city's tech scene "absolutely exploded" This week the organisation's chairperson Sumarie Roodt told Ventureburn that the organisation will be carrying out a review of its strategy. It follows the...

  • Silicon Cape to engage local tech community to help forge new strategy

    What does Silicon Cape really do? What should it be doing and who should it be serving? These are some of the key questions that the tech ecosystem organisation will be asking stakeholders in the community in coming weeks, as it sets out to realign its strategy. The organisation was founded in 2009, by tech entrepreneur Vinny Lingham and Justin Stanford as a platform with which to connect various stakeholders in Cape Town's tech ecosystem -- including entrepreneurs, universities, accelerators and incubators and government. Silicon Cape chairperson Sumarie Roodt told Ventureburn yesterday in a call that between now and the end of next month (April) the...

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