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All posts tagged "Startups"

  • 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...

  • Start Here: a book for entrepreneurs by Roger Norton [Part 1]

    It's not often that entrepreneurs write books about their experiences; a strange thing considering the wealth of knowledge they accumulate over the years. South African entrepreneur Roger Norton has decided to do just that with his book Start Here: A Quick Guide to Building Startups. Over the years, Norton has founded two startups, worked with 10 others, and has been involved with the Silicon Cape Initiative. He currently heads up startup studio Playlogix. In Start Here, Norton writes about all of the steps that entrepreneurs need to follow in order to take their idea to a business. An interview with Roger Norton Ventureburn had a chance...

  • Three SA startups a step closer to international accelerator

    Three local startups have been shortlisted for participation in an international acceleration programme. The three SA startups are competing to be one of ten startups to join international accelerator Startupbootcamp InsurTech next year. "Aerobotics, Emerge Analytics and NuvaLaw are up against 20 other startups for the opportunity to collaborate with 400+ mentors, partners, and investors over a three month period to build world class products, with the ultimate goal of becoming industry leading companies," read an excerpt of a statement emailed to Ventureburn. Startupbootcamp InsurTech received 633 global applications from early stage startups, calling for companies with solutions for the insurance industry. Startupbootcamp InsurTech...

  • French Tech launches first of its kind incubator in Cape Town

    International startup ecosystem hub French Tech, has launched its first incubator in SA. Located in Century City, Cape Town, the incubator is also the first of its kind in the French Tech system. "This building really is the first physical incubator in the worldwide French Tech network," says lead ambassador of French Tech CPT Hub, Christophe Viarnaud. When asked about why the incubator launched in SA as opposed to other African countries, Viarnaud told Ventureburn this was due to the financial and legal system being easier to navigate, as well as English being the primary language. It is one of 22 French Tech...

  • FbStart: Facebook’s startup drive gathers local steam

    Facebook has made a concerted effort to court mobile-based startups with its FbStart initiative. The programme offers qualifying app developers year-round support, access to a global community of startups and a suite of tools to the value of up to US$80 000. These tools include MailChimp, Dropbox, and Stripe. FbStart is divided into two categories, namely Bootstrap and Accelerate. The former category is for apps that have just launched, while the latter is for "thriving" apps that need to grow even more. The initiative made its way to the African continent a while back, so what has the progress been like? How are...

  • 20 startups to pitch at fourth Angel Fair Africa

    From 10 to 11 November, 20 startups from nine African countries will pitch at Angel Fair Africa. The event will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The pitching event is spread across two days. Day one will feature pre-revenue startups, while day two will consist of startups in later rounds of capital funding. The pitches will include Rita Kimani of Farm Drive; Tito Munhequete of Izy Shop; Ugwem Eneyo of Solstice; Josephat Mandara of TIME Tickets and Joanna Bichsel of Kasha. "Africa shows promise to be the economic growth jewel of the next 20 years. As people become more mobile and connected, leaders...

  • Futureneers: the VC aiming to invest in, nurture startups

    South African startups will be receiving a new VC company in the form of Futureneers. The VC aims to change the way companies are invested in by also giving them guidance. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the VC "personally nurtures them through each phase of their business growth cycle, with the aim of scaling them in readiness for entry to international markets". It aims to fill a gap in the market where angel investors exit the invested startup and the startup in question requires additional capital and experience. "...South African investors often lack the time, knowledge and resources to screen,...

  • Thomson Reuters Lab launches at Bandwidth Barn in Cape Town

    Mass media firm Thomson Reuters has Friday announced the launch of its Thomson Reuters Labs at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock, Cape Town. The company notes that the Labs will "engage with the region’s vibrant innovation ecosystem and dynamic startup community to fuel growth and empower success for Thomson Reuters customers worldwide". According to the press release, the Lab will have two primary functions, namely innovation and partnership. "Thomson Reuters Labs is an engine of innovation for our company, leveraging creative partnerships to deliver real solutions for our customers," explains the company's VP for Thomson Reuters Labs, Mona Vernon. "Through our growing Labs...

  • Absa teams up with fintech startup walletdoc

    Absa has partnered with fintech startup walletdoc to make bill payments a more convenient process. Walletdoc, founded by Dan Wagner and Leonard Shenker, is an app billed as a "smart, secure and free way" to pay bills on the go. Notable features include notifications for bill arrivals/payment dates, the ability to remember account/reference numbers for payments and electronic bill storage. To get started, users create an account on the service and ask billers to direct all bills to the associated walletdoc email address. The app will then give you relevant notifications/reminders and allow for seamless payments (including the ability to pay for...

  • Budding entrepreneur? eLearnAfrica might be for you

    Starting your own business with zero experience or knowledge can be difficult. Fortunately, online education platform eLearnAfrica has announced its new marketplace for online education, which includes several SME-related courses. The SME courses offered through eLearnAfrica, range from customer service skills from itSM Mentor or a course on starting your business through the University of Leeds. Students across Africa can enrol in these online courses to obtain degrees as well as professional certifications in their pursuit of more SME knowledge. eLearnAfrica aren't doing it by themselves, however, together with edX and FutureLearn, are providing a wide range of other courses to a predominantly African audience. The non-profit...