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  • Innovation awards finalists announced

    FNB Business in association with Endeavor South Africa has announced 12 startups shortlisted for the FNB Business Innovation Awards. The awards are aimed at businesses that are able to demonstrate real innovation that has the potential to change the way an industry operates both locally and internationally. The businesses must be founder-led, exhibit high-growth potential and have the capacity to create a substantial number of jobs. The 12 shortlisted startups are: ArcAqua – A cutting edge food security company with a global vision to eliminate all food wastage by using ozone technology. BrandsEye – An opinion mining company that uses search algorithms, crowd-sourcing and machine learning...

  • Funding your startup: Ventureburn lists the SA investors that are delivering

    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...

  • SweepSouth expands into KwaZulu-Natal, hits Durban first

    On-demand cleaning service, SweepSouth has expanded into Durban. The startup previously launched in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria. "Expanding to Durban has been on the books from the get-go, and we've been working hard behind the scenes to interview and register a top quality team of local cleaners – or, as we call them, SweepStars," says SweetSouth CEO Aisha Pandor in a press release to Ventureburn. Customers are charged R38 per hour via a cashless system with cleaners taking between 70% and 80% of the total fee. "By tapping into new markets and empowering cleaners to take on multiple or supplementary jobs, we...

  • SweepSouth launches mobile booking app for Apple, Android

    On-demand cleaning service SweepSouth has launched their mobile app. Previously, bookings for the service could only be handled through the SweepSouth website. Much like other apps -- such as Uber -- the SweetSouth app allows customers to book a cleaner when needed, sends real-time notifications when the cleaner is en-route, details their arrival, and when they've completed the job. Customers are also able to rate the cleaner. Payment for the job is handled via a cashless and secure method through the app. "Our product uses cutting-edge technology to provide our customers with the most seamless on-demand experience available. As geolocation tracking and travel time...

  • 8 SA companies using the Uber business model to disrupt their industries

    Whether you like it or not, Uber's on-demand business model has resulted in a flood of companies using a similar strategy. There are Uber-like services for rival taxi companies, doctors, massages and even dagga, showing that the business model is here to stay. What about South African services that use this strategy? PicUp PicUp promises to take the hassle out of package deliveries by harnessing the power of WeChat. The delivery service boasts a fleet of couriers at your fingertips, using everything from bicycles to cars to transport your goods. Essentially, if it can be hauled on a bicycle or put on the backseat...

  • Domestic cleaning startup SweepSouth sweeps in R10m

    Jacques Coetzee contributed to this article. Cape Town-based on-demand cleaning service SweepSouth has announced a new R10-million round of funding. This follows a thrilling 2015 which was filled with impressive company growth as well as recognition by one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious accelerators. The new round comes from First Rand Group and Jobs Fund's capitalised Vumela Fund, which is managed by FNB and Edge Growth, as well as Newton Partners, owned by Vinny Lingham and Llew Claasen. In October 2014, SweepSouth was the winning pitch at the SiMODiSA Startup SA conference. In April 2015, it went on to secure seed funding...

  • 10 defining moments that shaped SA’s startup ecosystem in 2015

    2015 was a year of grinding it out and building momentum... More and more investors, business accelerators and corporate venturers are embracing South African innovations. These are some of the defining moments that shaped the South African entrepreneurship ecosystem in 2015 that stood out for me: iKubu: Exit to Garmin GPS navigation giant Garmin acquired South African radar startup iKubu to make roads safer for cyclists... And they did! Time magazine has named the Garmin Varia as one of the Top 10 Gadgets of 2015. Corporates are insourcing innovation worldwide, and SA is ideally positioned for this trend. Garmin established a...

  • Ventureburn’s top 5 tech startups in South Africa of 2015

    There's no doubt that 2015 has been an exciting year for South African innovation. Out of the hundreds of companies building exciting new products and services, five stand out for their innovative solutions, impact, and sustainability as businesses. "Its been a great year for startup South Africa, which started on a high with the January sale of Stellenbosch-based iKubu to Nasdaq-listed Garmin and has ended with the recently announced sale of Kapa BioSystems," echoes Vuyisa Qabaka from Abaphumeleli Business Consultants, who assisted with nominations. Other judges Ventureburn consulted with include CEO of Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative Ian Merrington, Knife Capital's...

  • Ventureburn’s 2015 top 10 podcasts that you have to listen to

    One of the exciting things at Ventureburn in 2015 was visiting startups in their offices -- be they shared spaces, artsy dens or a cluttered mess. Apart from capturing images of these liars of innovation, we sat down with some of the most intriguing startup founders and spoke to them about their ventures and the industry they operate in. As you sit at home during these December holidays, contemplating quitting your job and starting a business, these podcasts can offer much needed personal stories from startups founders. 1. Special Podcast #1: Jacques Coetzee chats with Mark Forrester from WooThemes Earlier this year...

  • Why SweepSouth believes in US-based 500 Startups incubator

    South African-based on-demand cleaning service SweepSouth believes more local startups should take advantage of US-based initiative 500 Startups. The company recently returned from the four-month long incubation in San Francisco. 500 Startups is a seed fund, incubator and accelerator based out of Silicon Valley in the United States. In the past five years, the programme has invested in over 100 companies from 40 countries. Aisha Pandor, CEO and co-founder of SweepSouth says: "It's impossible to put a value on what sharing experiences with others in different markets, with different business strategies and plans, has on how we as a team think about...