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  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [01/02/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch 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...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [25/01/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch 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...

  • PM Modi unveils $1.5bn fund, tax cuts to fire up India’s startup space

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend unveiled a massive US$1.5-billion fund to support the country's already fast-growing startup sector. Speaking at Startup India in New Delhi, the fund is part of the government's Action Plan, which sets out to encourage innovation and job creation in Asia's second-largest emerging market. Apart from the many millions, the Plan also includes major tax cuts, reduced regulation, procedures to fast-track patents and channels for easier access to public procurement. The government will also be responsible for a mobile app to provide "on-the-go accessibility" for all startups' regulatory needs. Read more: India’s entrepreneurial landscape according...

  • 4 reasons startups should consider virtual offices

    In the virtual world of today, it is actually surprising that brick-and-mortar offices and stores still exist. With all of the modern technology that is available, it seems a real office could be ditched by just about every business, and choose a virtual office instead. Some business owners already have made the switch, while others are holding onto their real office or storefront for dear life. Like anything else, virtual offices do have downsides to them. However, given all of the benefit that they provide, you really should strongly consider whether the virtual office is something your business should switch...

  • More startups should leverage big data during festive seasons, says FNB

    Big data doesn't just benefit big business. According to head of analytics for FNB Business, Yudhvir Seetharam, more startups are leveraging the power of big data to predict consumer trends and increase profitability during busy holiday seasons. "From a customer demand perspective, businesses often plan ahead by identifying the peak time for sales and the products that customers spend most of their money on," Seetharam says in a recent press release. Read more: What can big data do for small startups? For example, he points out, business owners usually analyse historical data to figure out peak and off-peak times for sales, and use...

  • Does positive sentiment towards entrepreneurship mean more startups? Not quite

    Last week saw thousands of people take part in events around the world during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). But a growing positivity towards entrepreneurship doesn't necessarily translate into more startups. Since it started in 2008 GEW has grown to become one of the largest entrepreneurship events with its initiators, the Kauffman Foundation, predicting about 10 million people from 160 countries would take part in this year’s event -- which ran from 16 to 22 November. The event aims to promote entrepreneurship, and in so doing make it a more attractive career choice. SA paradox In a number of countries entrepreneurship has steadily become...

  • 20 startups from Asia that failed in 2015 and lessons learned

    2015 was a hot year for some startups in Asia. Venture capital flowed into China, India and South Korea in previously unheard of amounts. Southeast Asia saw a record exit with iProperty Group’s US$534million acquisition. Yet raising gargantuan rounds of financing is no guarantee for future success, and it’s in the risky nature of entrepreneurship that some companies emerge as winners while others bite the dust. Here are 20 startups from Asia that were forced to shut down this year. We clustered them by country and in no particular order. These 20 are by no means the only ones to cease operations...

  • Governance and startups — the Ethiopia experience

    Last month, Seedstars World held its first challenge in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa and the event featured eleven of the country’s best startups. AhadooTec’s Fidel which is Ethiopia's first mobile learning platform, won the competition. And last Monday, as my taxi slowly left the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, I began to ponder on why Ethiopia -- which is the most populous landlocked country in the world, as well as the second-most populous nation on the African continent after Nigeri -- was just having its first mobile learning platform in 2015! Perhaps the Ethiopian calendar, which is seven...

  • How IoT could empower entrepreneurship in SA’s emerging economies [Native Content]

    About this content. Data acquisition is at the crux of the Internet of Things (IoT). And no place is data so scarce and so crucial than in emerging economies. There is a dire need for data acquisition when it comes to various fast-growing sectors, from climate change and health to brand advertising. With IoT becoming increasingly accessible, entrepreneurs are presented with massive opportunities to help gain insight and ultimately overcome challenges the emerging world are facing. Africa is often referred to as the mobile continent. That's no surprise. South Africa, for instance, is figured to have a mobile phone penetration of...

  • Teachings from Helsinki’s Slush 2015: the cosmic egg of global startups

    In the last ten days, this American-turned-adopted-South African was honoured to participate in the Global Impact Accelerator run by Slush, a 15 000-plus person strong tech conference in Helsinki, Finland. codeX, along with two other SA startups, HearScreen and GEM Project (both founded by fantastic entrepreneurs, invest in them!) were the South African delegation in a group of 30 entrepreneurs from all around the world. We’d worked hard to get there. mLab, the mobile app accelerator, ran a rigorous pitching process that included an application, a live pitch in Johannesburg, a video submission as to why we’d benefit from attending,...