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  • How South African startups are solving informal sector problems [Opinion]

    A valid criticism of the country’s nascent startup scene is that the businesses that are being created are just thoroughly irrelevant to the actual needs of the country. Entrepreneurs are often dazzled by the shiny things that come out of Silicon Valley, and want to emulate. In reality they are just appealing to a small middle class as opposed to 90% of the country’s population. It’s a big opportunity, because the informal sector offers an ability to come up with unique and creative business models, as well work with a large, untapped potential market. Not all startups have that Silicon...

  • Cape Town firms dominate Heavy Chef’s list of SA’s most exciting startups of 2018

    Five Cape Town based firms have been selected as Heavy Chef's "SA's Top 5 Most Exciting Startups 2018" from over 1600 entries from around the country. The five are fintech Lifecheq, healthtech LifeQ, lingerie and swimwear startup Thursdays, aerial analytics firm Aerobotics and machine learning specialists DataProphet. The list, which the events and media company started last year, aims to celebrate innovation and leadership in the SA tech community. Last year SweepSouth, Wala, Zoona, Jumo and Yoco topped the list. Over 1600 entries were submitted for Heavy Chef's SA’s Top Most Exciting Startups 2018 Speaking at an event last night (4 December) at Workshop 17 in Cape Town, Heavy...

  • 88 Business Collective honours Locumbase, SweepSouth founders

    Two SA female tech founders -- Locumbase founder Zulé Vuuren and SweepSouth co-founder Aisha Pandor -- have been honoured by Cape Town accelerator 88 Business Collective and Absa bank. Vuuren's startup -- which makes it easier for freelance medical professionals and practices to connect effectively (simplifying the locum booking process) -- and Pandor, were presented with awards at a ceremony held at Absa’s innovation lab in Cape Town last Tuesday (27 November). Vuuren -- whose startup earlier this year secured funding from a panel of investors, which included Michael Jordaan -- took home the best tech newcomer of the year award, while Pandor was honoured with The Glass ceiling destroyer...

  • SweepSouth’s Aisha Pandor to speak at Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey launch

    SweepSouth CEO and founder Aisha Pandor has been confirmed to speak at the launch of the 2018 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey which takes place this Thursday (15 November) at Workshop 17 in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Pandor (pictured above) last week celebrated after her startup clinched the award for the best small business category at the inaugural Southern Africa Venture Capital Association (Savca) business awards. She will also be joined on stage by business mentor Pavlo Phitidis, the CEO of Aurik Business Accelerator, who is a regular contributor to 702 Talk Radio and 567 Cape Talk Radio. The third edition of the Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey was run in partnership with Telkom Futuremakers...

  • SweepSouth wins best small business category at Savca Industry Awards

    On demand cleaning service SweepSouth has won the Best Small Company category at the inaugural Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (Savca) Industry Awards, which took place at a gala event held in Johannesburg last Thursday (8 November). Internet service provider Vumatel won the award for best medium-sized company, while outsourcing company Tsebo Solutions Group took top honours for the best large company category. In all, nine companies were shortlisted across three categories for the awards, which aim to recognise portfolio companies that have thrived from private equity and venture capital investment in the region. Aisha Pandor, co-founder and CEO of SweepSouth commented in a statement that it was an honour...

  • Indonesian unicorn shows Silicon Valley model can’t beat going local [Opinion]

    It is said that Jakartans spend 10 years of their life in traffic. The populous and fast growing Indonesian capital city is a sweaty, gridlocked cacophony of just about every type of vehicle you can think of. It’s a problem that has been noticed, and tackled, by the region’s tech entrepreneurs. To this end, two massive tech “unicorns” dominate the ride-hailing market there. Both companies, Go-Jek and the Singaporean Grab, are effectively the Ubers of that region. In fact, both companies have been so successful that they brought the worldwide ride-hailing leader Uber to its knees, forcing the San Francisco company to...

  • Three tech startups tapped for inaugural Savca Industry Awards

    Three SA tech startups -- fintech i-Pay, on demand cleaning platform SweepSouth, and meal delivery site Ucook -- are among nine companies that have been shortlisted for the inaugura Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (Savca) Industry Awards. The nominees were announced today (10 August) in a press release by Savca, in partnership with banking and asset managing group Investec. The awards, which recognise portfolio companies that have thrived from private equity and venture capital investment in the region, will take place on 8 November. The shortlisted companies range from startups to large companies, and represent various sizes of private equity and venture capital investments. To be nominated for the Savca Industry...

  • Funding your startup: Ventureburn lists the SA investors delivering [2018 update]

    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...

  • ‘Joburg 10XE accelerator helped me add 50 employees in nine months’

    Entrepreneur Michael Roberts has been able to grow his software company from 90 to 140 people in just nine months, thanks to the Johannesburg-based accelerator 10XE. "(The accelerator) teaches you to move beyond the typical entrepreneur mindset of working long hours for seven days a week," says Roberts, whose four-year old company Khonology has been on the 18-month programme for the last eight months. He says the accelerator -- which was launched in December last year by founding director of Edge Growth Jason Goldberg-- helped him put more efficient systems in place and impress upon him the need to hire more skilled and competent individuals. The biggest impact 10XE has...

  • SA should learn from Silicon Valley sexual harassment says SweepSouth founder

    South African startups and those that help entrepreneurs should learn from the sexual harrasment exposes that have rocked Silicon Valley recently, says SweepSouth founder Aisha Pandor. Speaking at a Heavy Chef Startup Nation event a Workshop 17 in Cape Town last night, Pandor (pictured above, right with Michael Deon the founder of Augmentors Game on the left and Fred Roed, the founder of Heavy Chef) said a three-month stint in 2015 working in Silicon Valley taught her a lot on entrepreneurship, including a few negative lessons. “We also learnt what not to do as a start-up,” she added. SA should use case of David McClure as lesson on sexual harassment stresses Aisha Pandor Read...

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