SA payments startup Yoco raises $16m in funding
SA payments startup Yoco raises $16m in funding

South African-based Point of Sale payments provider, Yoco, has raised $16million in a Series B funding round led by Partech, a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley...

7 Sep 2018

Anton Roelofse, regional manager, Business Partners Limited
How SMEs should pitch for funding

The current economic state definitely plays a major role in the challenges that SMEs experience in securing funding when they need it...

20 Aug 2018

Magda Wierzycka, CEO: Sygnia
#WomensMonth: Magda Wierzycka talks passion and business

When state capture and corporate wrong doing started oozing out in the media, Magda Wierzycka was a lone voice brave enough to speak out against corruption...

By Nicci Botha 20 Aug 2018

Inaugural SAVCA Industry Awards announces shortlist
Inaugural SAVCA Industry Awards announces shortlist

The Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association have released the shortlist of nominees for the inaugural SAVCA Industry Awards...

10 Aug 2018

The secrets behind Israel's rise as a 'Startup Nation'
The secrets behind Israel's rise as a 'Startup Nation'

For but a sliver of land in the Middle East, with a population below 9 million, you'd never guess that Israel has the second largest number of companies on the Nasdaq, after China...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 8 Aug 2018

"Never been a better time to launch a startup as a female founder"
"Never been a better time to launch a startup as a female founder"

"There's never been a better time than now to start a business as a female founder, there is a lot of support there and a lot of women that serve as good examples."

By Tom Jackson 2 Jul 2018

African startups invited to apply for $50k impact investing challenge
African startups invited to apply for $50k impact investing challenge

African startups have been invited to apply for the $50,000 MBA Impact Investing Network and Training (MIINT) challenge...

By Tom Jackson 28 Jun 2018

This is why Silicon Valley is decamping to Algiers
This is why Silicon Valley is decamping to Algiers

According to Silicon Valley venture capitalists, the Algerian tech sector has untapped potential and the digital revolution is poised to have positive knock-on effects on the Algerian ecosystem...

27 Jun 2018

Why African startups are now on the acquisition trail
Why African startups are now on the acquisition trail

Investments in African startups are on the up year-on-year, with funding flooding into a variety of countries and a large selection of sectors...

By Tom Jackson 20 Jun 2018

Make-IT in Africa launches Kenya, Nigeria investment guides
Make-IT in Africa launches Kenya, Nigeria investment guides

The Make-IT in Africa initiative has launched guides for entrepreneurs raising funding in Kenya and Nigeria, aimed at helping startups overcome one of the key challenges faced on the continent.

By Tom Jackson 7 Jun 2018

Not just cash: what else can investors offer your startup?
Not just cash: what else can investors offer your startup?

A major concern for many African tech startups is fundraising, but should investors bring more than just cash to the table?

By Tom Jackson 25 May 2018

Orange Digital Ventures funds Africa's Talking
Orange Digital Ventures funds Africa's Talking

The Orange Group's new investment fund for Africa, Orange Digital Ventures Africa, has invested in API platform Africa's Talking by helping raise $8.6m alongside the IFC World Bank and Social Capital...

3 May 2018

CoinAfrique app makes its mark in francophone Africa
CoinAfrique app makes its mark in francophone Africa

Tech startup, CoinAfrique, which claims to be the most downloaded classifieds app in francophone Africa, has garnered €2.5m from several investors in its first round of venture capital financing...

19 Apr 2018

Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner
Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner

Ghanaian startup, AgroCenta, was crowned the 2018 Seedstars Global Winner at the fifth edition of the Seedstars Summit which took place on Thursday, 12 April 2018...

16 Apr 2018

20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa
20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa

With the Seedstars World Summit taking place on Thursday, 12 April 2018, the organisers have announced the final 65 finalists that will get the chance to pitch their ideas on the global stage. 20 out of the 65 finalists are from Africa...

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Apr 2018

Mags Ponnan, head of the business incubator, FNB Business
Five points to ponder for startups looking for funding

Fact: Most startups fail within the first five years of operations...

10 Apr 2018

SA machine learning startup DataProphet secures Knife Capital funding
SA machine learning startup DataProphet secures Knife Capital funding

Cape Town-based machine learning startup DataProphet, which develops and implements product development solutions to a wide range of industries, has now received a multi-million dollar funding round from Knife Capital...

By Tom Jackson 23 Mar 2018

Not all African startups need VC money
Not all African startups need VC money

Not all African tech startups will feel the need to raise VC funding, but those that do must ensure they are adequately prepared for what is a lengthy process.

By Tom Jackson 21 Feb 2018

Kenya's Mondo Ride takes home $2m funding
Kenya's Mondo Ride takes home $2m funding

Kenyan ride-hailing startup Mondo Ride has secured $2m in funding from investors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt to help it expand across the continent...

By Tom Jackson 1 Feb 2018

Partech Ventures launches $70m Africa VC fund
Partech Ventures launches $70m Africa VC fund

Partech Ventures has announced the launch of its Partech Africa fund, which has secured over €57 million ($70 million) toward its target size of €100 million ($122 million)...

By Tom Jackson 22 Jan 2018

François Dossa
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi's Alliance Ventures to invest $1bn in startups

Automotive alliance, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, has launched a new corporate venture capital fund that plans to invest up to $1bn to support open innovation over the next five years...

17 Jan 2018

Investment into African tech startups hit record high in 2017
Investment into African tech startups hit record high in 2017

Investment into African tech startups hit the highest levels since records began in 2017, with 159 startups raising in excess of $195 million...

17 Jan 2018

10 lessons from a successful crowdfunding campaign
10 lessons from a successful crowdfunding campaign

After about 45 days of extreme effort, intense co-ordinating, crazy ideas and good luck, we managed to complete the most successful rewards-based crowdfunding campaign in South Africa to date with Sugarbird Gin...

By Rob Heyns 16 Jan 2018

Startupbootcamp Cape Town's top 10 startups sign 32 deals
Startupbootcamp Cape Town's top 10 startups sign 32 deals

The Startupbootcamp cohort showcased its top 10 startups, selected from a pool of 514 applicants, to global investors, sponsors, and partners at its first Africa-based demo day...

6 Dec 2017

Retail Capital is awarding a brand makeover to one lucky SME
Retail Capital is awarding a brand makeover to one lucky SME

Retail Capital is giving SMEs an opportunity to win a makeover to build their brand with an investment of R250,000...

30 Nov 2017

Winners of AfricArena startup pitch battles
Winners of AfricArena startup pitch battles

The first AfricArena took place this week and welcomed over 450 delegates, 100 entrepreneurs, 80 startups, 22 exhibitors, 42 speakers, 67 investors It also witnessed more than 40 live startup pitch battles.

9 Nov 2017

Savca releases 2017 Venture Capital Success Stories report
Savca releases 2017 Venture Capital Success Stories report

The Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association's 2017 Venture Capital Success Stories report highlights the role that venture capital plays in supporting South African business...

2 Nov 2017

Providing professional business advice to SMEs, all under one umbrella
Providing professional business advice to SMEs, all under one umbrella

The newly launched First Business Wellness Association aims to make life for SMEs a little easier by offering access to a network of necessary business services they may not otherwise be able to afford...

By Neil Smith, Issued by First Business Wellness 25 Oct 2017

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Cape Town drone company UAV Industries raises $499k

Cape Town-based drone operator UAV Industries has raised R6.84m ($499,000) in funding from Glenheim Venture Capital Company, the first direct investment made by Glenheim's Section 12J fund...

By Tom Jackson 24 Oct 2017

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#EntrepreneurMonth: Starting up the Girl Boss Hustle with Akro Capital

Janine Basel, CEO of Akro Capital, shares how the phenomenon of very few female entrepreneurs approaching them for funding led to the formation of their Girl Boss Hustle events...

By Leigh Andrews 19 Oct 2017

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