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  • UK startup shines at 2017 AppsAfrica Innovation Awards with two prizes

    UK-based startup what3words that operates in Africa and has developed a unique geocoding address has clinched two awards at the 2017 AppsAfrica Innovation Awards held in Cape Town. The four-year old startup was one of nine winners announced last night at an awards ceremony held at the Shimmy Beach Club at the V&A Waterfront in the city. Now in its third year the awards aim to celebrate innovation in mobile and tech on the continent. The startup has developed a system that divides the world into 3m-by-3m grids, with each block assigned with a unique address of three words. The company took home the awards for best enterprise solution and as well...

  • Startups aim to secure $1.5m as World Bank’s XL Africa kicks off in Cape Town

    Twenty promising African tech startups today began an 11-day residency in Cape Town at the World Bank's XL Africa accelerator. The programme  runs until 17 November and startups have a chance of securing up to $1.5-million. The accelerator was launched in April by the World Bank Group’s infoDev program. While in the programme, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to learn from their mentors and peers, increase their regional visibility, and get access to potential corporate partners and investors. XL Africa will help the startups attract early stage capital between $250 000 and $1.5 million In a press release today the World Bank said the residency will conclude with the...

  • Meet the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017 finalists

    AppsAfrica.com, a tech portal and advisory service, yesterday announced the shortlisted finalists for the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017. Entries for the annual awards, now in their third year, were opened in August, attracting over 300 submissions from across 31 countries.  AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017 winners will be announced at an awards party in Cape Town on 6 November Winners will be announced at an event which will be held in Cape Town on 6 November. Read more: Entries now open for AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017 "The AppsAfrica Awards were originally set up three years ago to celebrate the best in mobile and tech across the...

  • A look at #cocreate2ACCELERATE 2017: deals, partnerships and pilot projects

    The 2017 edition of #cocreate2ACCELERATE 2017 came to an end in September. Dutch Consulate representative Romy van Baarsen describes the programme as being a "movement to drive real business and impact". “Most of the programme was on the go and involved meetings, connections and customer interactions," she added. Launched in 2016, #cocreate2ACCELERATE is an initiative of the kingdom of the Netherlands. It aims to foster enterprise by matching Dutch and South African tech startups in the belief that, by doing so, the startups can co-create solutions to local challenges. #cocreate2ACCELERATE 2017 focused on agritech, bluetech, edtech, fintech and healthtech In addition, the programme also aims to facilitate a...

  • Snapplify joins Ed21 forum to tackle inefficient education system

    The key to tackling the education sector as a startup is being able to move fast and adapt quickly to the changing needs of the sector says Snapplify growth director Tarryn-Anne Anderson. The digital publishing solutions startup has teamed up with the likes of Vastratech, Principal Software and D6 Technology to form the Ed21 forum. The forum forms part of an ongoing movement to assist schools in transforming into a digital space. "Snapplify decided to join the Ed21 forum because we believe in developing better, and more effective ways of promoting and providing digital education," said Anderson. "The other members of the forum are also...

  • Angelhub Ventures invests in Snapplify, Michael Jordaan joins board

    Additional reporting by Jacques Coetzee This is interesting. AngelHub Ventures, the angel investment company backed by money from ex FNB head-honcho Michael Jordaan and the Harris family (RMB co-founder, Paul Harris’ family fund), has invested an undisclosed sum of money in e-book aggregation startup Snapplify. The funding round, which also sees Jordaan joining the Snapplify board, will be used to accelerate Snapplify's growth and to expand the product and team across multiple countries and acquire new users. “We believe that Snapplify can make a huge difference for accessibility to content and eBooks in the African market especially within education. Challenges...

  • Snapplify’s innovative ebook distribution hub wins FutureBook Award

    South African ebook distributor Snapplify is really making a name for itself locally and abroad. The latest affirmation of its vision going forward is an award it recently won for its innovative ebook distribution tech -- the SnappBox. At the FutureBook Awards, Snapplify won the Tech Innovation category for its ebook hardware distribution solution SnappBox . SnappBox is a hardware distribution solution for ebooks which enables users to access digital reading material via their intranet as opposed to downloading individually via the internet. This method is said to be most effective for larger institutions such as schools and universities. Read more: SnappBox...

  • SA’s Snapplify eyes other emerging markets as it expands to South America

    South African ebook distribution startup Snapplify recently announced that it's taking its electronic retail platform to other emerging markets, starting with South America. The company hopes its unique knowledge of the South African market will help drive ebook adoption in other countries with similar characteristics around the globe. In a blog post, Snapplify Founder Wesley Lynch explains the attractiveness of the South American expansion, saying that there's a definite market gap in emerging markets: "Many publishers will try to employ models for ebook distribution and sales that work in the US and UK, but these will not necessarily work in emerging economies...

  • Snapplify readies ebook distribution platform for SA schools

    ePublishing startup Snapplify is set to provide South African learners access to (digital) educational content through a new, and free, eBook store. Snapplify states that it has been watching South Africa's academic space for some time, all the while developing solutions "aimed specifically to help more schools access eBooks." The thinking behind the move is that while many students in the country, and other emerging markets, don't have access to physical textbooks, a lot of learners do have mobile phones or tablets. Working with publishers Oxford University Press, Pearson and Macmillan, Snapplify's free eBook store will function as a platform through...

  • SA startup to publish Arabic ebooks in deal with major regional online player

    Snapplify, a service that transform PDFs into company branded mobile applications, has signed a deal with Kotobarabia, an online e-book store that specialises in Arabic content. The deal with the South African-based startup has apparently been signed in a bid to make Kotobarabia's content available to a wider audience. In part this is because it's easier to make Snapplify's mobile apps available to a wide range of devices and also because conventional e-publishing...