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All posts tagged "Startups"

  • CT conference to connect African startups to the world

    Major business and tech incubator AfricaCom, in collaboration with Ericsson, are set to kick off their AHUB conference in November at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The conference, in partnership with leading accelerators and innovation hubs, aims to connect entrepreneurs/startups to successful channels of investment. At the conference, entrepreneurs are encouraged to share their ideas as well as collaborate and connect with attending angel investors and VCs.  Attendees will be given presentations on many topics such as how initiatives are creating opportunities for entrepreneurs, and many others. The AfricaCom and Ericsson conference is set to deliver plenty of sessions and opportunities for startups The conference...

  • French Tech Cape Town looking for 2 startups to pitch in France

    French tech ecosystem hub French Tech Cape Town is looking for two startups to pitch in France. Those chosen will be able to meet investors, "leading" firms, and public institutions in France at Development and Digital Africa Days 2016. The event takes place from 26 to 28 of October and is organised by the French Directorate General for Enterprise and La French Tech. In order to apply, SA startups will need to be "willing to develop partnerships with French firms from the digital industry". The startups will also need to operate in the digital content, digital economy services, digital infrastructures, or e-government services spaces. If...

  • Seedstars World is looking for 10 startup contestants in Uganda

    Ugandan startups are in luck as international pitching competition Seedstars World is heading back to the country on 30 September. The event will be looking for the country's best tech-based startup out of 10 contestants. Entrepreneurs wanting to enter their startups will need to have a company that is less than two years old, has raised under US$500 00o in funding, and has a minimum viable product with traction. The competition is looking for profitable products that solve regional issues. "This year's theme of finding startup companies that will solve regional issues means that they will be able to drive their profitability while...

  • USA looks to create ‘startup visa’ for international entrepreneurs

    The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking to publish a new rule in order to accommodate foreign startups. Entitled the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), this will allow foreign entrepreneurs to gain easier entry into the country. "America’s economy has long benefitted from the contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs, from Main Street to Silicon Valley," writes the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), León Rodríguez, on the organisation's website. "This proposed rule, when finalised, will help our economy grow by expanding immigration options for foreign entrepreneurs who meet certain criteria for creating jobs, attracting investment and generating revenue in the US," he continues. If passed,...

  • Innovation Summit: watch and learn at Ventureburn Pitching Den [Native Article]

    Pitching your business/startup to potential investors is a daunting task for almost any entrepreneur, but what better way to get pointers than by watching a high-stakes pitching process? We've teamed up with the SA Innovation Summit for the Ventureburn Pitching Den Competition, offering some attractive prizes to winning startups. The competition, taking place at the summit's Market on the Edge exhibition area, will see startups pitching their businesses to a panel of judges. The panel will judge the businesses using several criteria, including innovation, financial performance and strategic direction. What do the startups gain? So what kind of prizes are up for grabs then? Well, the overall winner gets...

  • South African Business Angel Network to fill key gap?

    Right now in the South African funding landscape, there is a gap between the 'friends, fools and family' money at the base of the funding pyramid and the post revenue, typical venture capital (VC) stage of funding. This week's launch of SABAN (South African Business Angel Network), the professional association for the South African early stage investor community, is committed to filling this gap. Christopher Campbell, co-founder of SABAN and MD of Socius, says the intention behind SABAN is to "give the local entrepreneurial ecosystem the bridge it needs to get more early stage businesses ready for the R5 million+ VC stage of investment". "Today's launch was to introduce...

  • Moving the Mother City forward by creating opportunity for all [Sponsored]

    Creating cities of opportunity for South Africans are shaped by fostering enabling environments and by inspiring innovation. Local and international speakers addressed these topics at the SA Innovation Summit 2016 lead-up event, the High Impact Series, which took place on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 at Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. "The question that needs answering is what can we do with what we have to make a difference and create a city of opportunity? By bringing together thought-leaders, innovators, enablers and industry leaders at the High Impact Series, the discussion has started around co-creating and moving South Africa's beautiful Mother City forward," said...

  • Village Capital needs fintech startups for FinTech: Africa 2016 programme

    Training and investment company Village Capital is looking for entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa for its FinTech: Africa 2016 programme. The event aims to find startups who are not only in the fintech sector, but who will be able to increase the financial health of low-income populations. The event is to be hosted in conjunction with The MasterCard Foundation and the DOEN Foundation. When looking for startups for the event, Village Capital lists criteria such as using data and analytics to leverage credit and payments, increase efficiency in supply chains and distribution channels, and tools for working-capital loans and financial management loans. Once the programme has concluded,...

  • Ventureburn wants to know about your tech startup

    Ventureburn is dedicated to featuring and writing news about startups in emerging markets. In fact, it's our passion to inform our readers about new startups, entrepreneurs doing great things, entrepreneurs not doing such great things, and events. Even with all of our networks and contacts, sometimes there are startups that fall through the cracks. In this case, we'd love to know about them. If you think your startup (or someone else's) has some interesting news then please let us know. The company needs to be tech-based, or using technology in an interesting way, and be situated in an emerging market (such as...

  • SA to receive first non-profit association for growing angel investors

    SA will be receiving its first national non-profit association to grow angel investors, named the South African Business Angel Network (SABAN). It is set to launch on 24 August in Johannesburg. According to a blog post on VC4A, the inspiration for SABAN came about when SA entrepreneur Chris Campbell, was involved with EBAN Winter University 2014 in Helsinki, Finland, along with pitching in SA. Campbell realised a need to easily connect businesses with angel investors in SA. It is headed up by Campbell; Bodo Sieber, CEO of Tagmarshal and Mvikeli Hlophe, fund manager at SA Enterprise. This new initiative will pull inspiration from the Finnish Business...