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  • Exchange control less of an obstacle for startups than before – Simodisa report

    SA tech startups and those in the country's startup scene say the once dreaded exchange control is less of an obstacle than in previous years, startup advocacy body Simodisa revealed in a policy report released today. Yet while 27% of the 247 startups and those support startups who were surveyed in Simodisa's latest industry report released today (31 January) say things have improved -- a more significant 42% say things have remained unchanged. A further five percent said things had deteriorated, while 22% said they did not know whether there had been any change. A further four percent are listed as...

  • 10 people in the SA tech startup sector you should follow in 2019

    The new year is here, 2019 is here. Why not get started by following and connecting with some key decision makers in the SA tech scene. Here are 10 people — from entrepreneur and investor Michael Jordaan to Matsi Modise, the head of startup advocacy body Simodisa — that you should follow to keep abreast on views and happenings in the SA tech startup ecosystem. Michael Jordaan (Entrepreneur and investor): The venture capitalist and former banker has invested in a number of startups and always has a wise word to say on tech innovation in South Africa. Earlier this year he announced plans to launch a new app-based Bank Zero. In...

  • Here are the regional winners of the inaugural Southern Africa Startup Awards

    The 15 regional winners of the inaugural Southern African Startup Awards have been announced, with SA companies having taken home just short of half of the awards. The 15, who hail from 14 countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) economic bloc, were announced last Thursday (23 November) at the awards grand finale held at an event in Johannesburg. In a statement on Medium yesterday, Southern Africa Startup Awards COO Flo Mosoane said the winners had been selected following a "rigorous process" of nominations, public voting and adjudication. SA companies walked away with seven awards at the inaugural Southern African Startup Awards Winners of six...

  • 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...

  • Simodisa to integrate Venture Central site with other existing portals

    SA entrepreneurship advocacy body Simodisa will in coming months begin integrating its Venture Central portal for entrepreneurs with other exisiting portals, the startup advocacy group's operations co-ordinator Batsi Mphahlele said yesterday. Mphahlele, who is also the co-ordinator of the portal, said the development would also include the addition of other aspects as per feedback received from subscribers and those in the tech ecosystem. The portal, which Simodisa launched in November last year now has had 1023 subscribers since its launch in mid-November, with most visiting the resources page, and events calendar. The site also offers news, business information and links to opportunities and various tools, templates and...

  • Funding your startup: Ventureburn lists the SA investors delivering [2018 update]

    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...

  • New Simodisa web portal Venture Central aims to unify entrepreneurship ecosystem

    A new portal for South African entrepreneurs -- Venture Central -- aims to unify the South African entrepreneurship ecosystem, says SA entrepreneurship advocacy body Simodisa. The site -- which contains various resources such as events and online tools for entrepreneurs -- is an initiative of Simodisa. The organisation's managing director Matsi Modise (pictured above) said the portal has been live for "about a week and a half". While she said the site initially went live on 5 September, it was subsequently taken down to amend some challenges. Modise said the site's security was also beefed up after it was hacked during this time (which is why...

  • Startups have 10 days left to complete Ventureburn survey, win iPhone 8, more

    Startups have just over 10 days left to complete the second annual Startup Survey -- the Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey powered by Telkom Futuremakers -- and stand a chance to win an iPhone 8 as well as a business startup hamper powered by Telkom, BCX and Trudon as well as other great prizes. Ventureburn, in partnership with Telkom Futuremakers and analytics company Qurio launched the survey on 2 October. The survey will close on 31 October. Thus far 165 questionnaires have been completed in full. 'The Ventureburn Startup Survey will prove crucial in providing data on the challenges faced by South Africa’s tech startups' This year's survey follows the successful 2015 survey and aims to again...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [04/09/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or catch up on some of your skills? Well, you've come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we've rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • Startup Genome calls for global startup survey respondents

    Global startup exposure company Startup Genome, is looking for entrepreneurs to complete its 2016 Global Startup Ecosystem survey. According to Startup Genome, they "assess each and every response and team up with governments, investors, and other partners to drive positive change in your city". All of the answers will be compiled and released in 2017. The company has also stated that those who complete the survey will "get access to rewards such as free and discounted services from Zendesk, Foundersuite, Olark, Amazon AWS and others". SA startup industry initiative, SiMODiSA is a partner of Startup Genome. The survey can be completed here. Feature image: Kevin Gill via Flickr.

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