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  • 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.

  • SiMODiSA survey identifies key challenges to SME development in South Africa

    The SiMODiSA Association recently conducted research on key challenges hindering SME development in South Africa. The survey is entitled Accelerating the Growth of SMEs in South Africa and aims to reveal the hindering factors affecting the growth of startups and the scaling of businesses in the country. The survey was compiled in partnership with the Impact Trust, and endorsed and supported by First National Bank (FNB), Omidyar Network Africa, and the South African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA). In a press release sent to Ventureburn, the MD of SiMODiSA, Matsi Modise, commented on what the survey details: The survey is...

  • SweepSouth sweeps up award at SiMODiSA StartupSA

    StartupSA by SiMODiSA saw on-demand cleaning service SweepSouth named the winner of the conference's Get-Up Start-Up pitch awards last week. Apart from the food, drinks and insightful fireside chats, the event saw 10 chosen South African startups pitch their hearts out in front of a judging panel that included industry experts Vusi Thembekwayo, Vinny Lingham, Justin Stanford, Pontsho Maruping, and Anita Nel. SweepSouth has been awarded the opportunity to go on a two-month long trip to Silicon Valley where it will get the chance to network with various experts and mentors in the industry. The two founders, Alen Ribic and Aisha Pandor,...

  • Here are the 10 finalists to pitch at SiMODiSA Startup South Africa

    Flying the banner "Get-Up Start-Up", South African entrepreneurial initiative SiMODiSA will see ten savvy startups pitch at its conference this week Friday. With an exciting diverse group of initiatives -- from solar solutions to education and courier services -- each finalist will get 12 minutes to impress the judging panel which consists of industry experts Vusi Thembekwayo, Vinny Lingham, Justin Stanford, Pontsho Maruping, and Anita Nel. Apart from wooing the judges for investment, the grand prize winner will get the chance to experience the technology boom taking place in Silicon Valley, California where they will get an opportunity to...