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  • Funding your startup: Ventureburn lists the SA investors that are delivering

    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...

  • 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...

  • What SA startups should take away from the 2014 budget speech

    Last week was the South African budget speech for 2014. While some might be upset about the recent tax increase of alcohol and cigarettes, others are focusing on the brighter things in life. SiMODiSA which is an initiative that seeks to promote and further high growth and innovative SMEs in South Africa, highlights a number of these points of interest. SiMODiSA notes that these policies (many of which itself recommended) aim to be the key drivers of economic growth and job creation, and which are especially oriented towards a technology-driven economy. So behind the tedious yet important speech, what can startups...