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  • 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...

  • BlackBOX TV declared winner of Seedstars Maputo

    Seedstar World's Maputo event took place on Friday 15 July and saw ten startups battle it out for their space at the final in Switzerland. BlackBOX TV, a broadcasting service which allows you to stream content without an internet connection, emerged as the overall winner of the Mozambique leg of the tour.  They also received the acknowledgement of 'Most Promising Seed-stage Startup of Seedstars World Mozambique 2016'. The competition was by no means easy, as BlackBOX TV beat out other competitors such as Mola Play, a mobile app that uses peer-to-peer connectivity to send and receive payments, Vamobi Net, a startup which aimed...

  • Seedstars crowns 3 winners at Cape Town pitching event

    International startup programme, Seedstars, named Pargo, Wumdrop, and Crew Pencil as winners of its Cape Town pitching event. The event was held at Workshop 17 at the V&A Waterfront on 27 May. Ten pre-selected startups pitched in front of a panel of judges and audience. The three winners will now go on to compete in Johannesburg where they will go up against finalists from Soweto and Durban. The ultimate winner of the Johannesburg event will represent South Africa at Seedstars World in 2017 and compete for a US$500 000 equity prize. Jacobs Foundation will award US$50 000 to the best global education startup at the final event. All...

  • 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...

  • Ventureburn chats with Simon Hartley on WumDrop’s R1m-plus investment [Q&A]

    On the back of raising over R1-million and winning the prestigious MTN's Best Enterprise App and Best Overall App of 2015, Ventureburn sits down with WumDrop co-founder Simon Hartley (pictured above with 'anonymous' developer) to catch up with what the trendy, on-demand courier and delivery startup is up to. Hartley co-founded WumDrop together with Roy Borole in May 2014. Since then, the South African startup has achieved fast growth and prompted other players like the Tencent-backed Picup to enter the market, both seeking to disrupt the local courier industry and beyond. Today, WumDrop has secured an investment of just over R1-million, with...

  • On-demand delivery startup WumDrop takes home 2015 MTN App of the Year Award

    Last night, major South African telecom MTN announced the winners of the annual App of the Year Awards. Ranging from big business to lean startups, winners in a number of categories were recognised, including the prestigious Business App of the Year Award. Some local apps that shone at the annual competition include WumDrop, Vula Mobile, EskomSePush and M4JAM. The judging panel consisted of industry experts Jonathan Hoehler, Kobus Ehlers, Liron Segev, Nafisa Akabor, Tanya Kovarsky, and Andile Khumalo. WumDrop, an application allowing users to summon a courier at R12 per kilometer, took home the award for the Best Enterprise App & Best Overall App of 2015....

  • WeChat to launch on-demand delivery service Picup this week

    It was 16 April 2015 that Picup -- WeChat Africa’s on-demand goods collection and delivery service -- was meant to be launched. It wasn't clear why it got postponed but the launch is to take place 28 May. The service is intended to disrupt South Africa's logistics market. Popular mobile social network WeChat Africa says that Picup will remove the hassle and admin involved with traditional courier services by offering a hassle-free approach to logistics and deliver whenever and wherever. The service will be hosted entirely on WeChat. According to the press release, the service is the perfect courier alternative for...

  • WumDrop debuts iPhone app, teases with up-coming features

    On-demand couriering has just become more sexy. South African on-demand startup WumDrop has just launched its iOS app, while also hinting at some interesting enterprise applications to roll out in the near future. The iOS app has been in development since February 2015. "At that point we felt like the business concept had proven itself, and that it was time for us to expand the range of platforms through which WumDrop was available," co-founder Simon Hartley tells Ventureburn in an email. The startup launched in May 2014 and revealed to us that it's experienced exponential revenue growth month-on-month ever since, topping R61...

  • From diapers to grilled cheese: WumDrop’s curious on-demand courier service takes on SA

    A few months ago, we at Burn Media HQ discovered a curious new courier service in our neighbourhood: you can tweet to get a grilled cheese sandwich delivered straight to you face. Needless to say, it sparked our interest as much it did our appetite. It turned out that the Grilled Cheese Club is run by local entrepreneur, Simon Hartley, as a trial service fitting into his bigger vision of a cheap, efficient on-demand courier service in South Africa. It's now taken form as WumDrop -- an interesting startup that’s been making the rounds in local media as well...