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Sachin Bansal, co-founder & executive chairman, Flipkart speaks during a press conference on ‘Model GST Law (TCS) for the e Commerce Sector’ in New Delhi on February 9, 2017 ()
India's Flipkart raises US$1.4bn from Microsoft, eBay, Tencent

MUMBAI, India: India's top e-commerce company Flipkart announced on Monday it had raised $1.4 billion in a record funding round that shores up the online retail giant in its fight against Amazon...

11 Apr 2017

Brent Curry
Why TFG partners with startups

Here, a Q&A with TFG CIO Brent Curry on the retailer's strategy for partnering with startups for mutual gain...

11 Apr 2017

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Five reasons your startup won't get financing

Startups face numerous challenges when it comes to getting financing. Firstly, many banks lend money on the basis of the four C's of credit....

By Patrick Ache 31 Mar 2017

One stop shop to make doing business easier
One stop shop to make doing business easier

Investors have lauded the launch of the Invest South Africa One Stop Shop (InvestSA OSS), saying it will go a long way in easing the way business is done in South Africa...

20 Mar 2017

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Setting growth projections from your marketing plan

Setting realistic growth projections is one of the most important and challenging aspects of running a business. One of the issues is that future growth rates will be profoundly impacted by your marketing plan. Unfortunately, too many businesses fail to make realistic projections...

By Ryan Kh 16 Mar 2017

Crowdfunding's growing impetus in Africa
Crowdfunding's growing impetus in Africa

Peer-to-peer business lending is the third-largest finance model in Africa, totalling $16m in volume in 2014 and 2015, and it's growing in popularity...

10 Mar 2017

Yoco's CEO Katlego Maphai
Yoco raises funding for expansion

South African fintech startup Yoco, which allows small businesses to accept card payments, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding...

By Tom Jackson 3 Mar 2017

88mph breaks silence, announces investment in flight booking app
88mph breaks silence, announces investment in flight booking app

Investment company 88mph, has announced its investment in Ahoy, a flight booking and management app for small businesses...

By Graham van der Made 17 Feb 2017

Samsung launches $150m early-stage startups fund
Samsung launches $150m early-stage startups fund

Samsung has launched its Samsung NEXT Fund, a $150 million venture capital investment fund aimed at supporting early-stage startups globally...

By Tom Jackson 11 Jan 2017

Africa50 to develop solar power in Nigeria
Africa50 to develop solar power in Nigeria

Africa50, Scatec Solar and Norfund have signed a JV to develop a 80MW solar power project in Nigeria...

5 Jan 2017

Max Levchin, co-founder of Affirm, Inc. which says it "offers consumers an alternative to traditional credit with a straightforward, transparent loan product" ©Drew Angerer ()
PayPal co-founder raises $100m for new payments startup

WASHINGTON - Affirm, a startup led by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, said on Thursday it secured $100m in financing to expand its consumer lending business that aims to disrupt the credit card industry...

17 Oct 2016

#InnovationMonth: wiGroup CEO attends Endeavor International Selection Panel as winner of FNB Business Innovation Awards 2016
#InnovationMonth: wiGroup CEO attends Endeavor International Selection Panel as winner of FNB Business Innovation Awards 2016

As overall winner of the FNB Business Innovation Awards for 2016, Bevan Ducasse, founder and CEO of wiGroup, was sponsored a trip to the Endeavor International Selection Panel in Boston earlier this month...

By Jessica Tennant 30 Sep 2016

The reopened MCEP, a programme to improve competitiveness in manufacturing industries, will now accommodate black industrialists in need of start-up capital.
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Start-up funding now available in reopened project

The manufacturing competitiveness enhancement programme (MCEP) was partially reopened on Monday, after a year-long suspension, to accommodate black industrialists in need of start-up funding...

By Fifi Peters 21 Sep 2016

Streaming: changing the mining finance model
Streaming: changing the mining finance model

Streaming has increased in popularly globally as an alternate form of funding in the mining industry...

By Georg Kahle 7 Sep 2016

Gender gap in entrepreneurship receding
Gender gap in entrepreneurship receding

Financing figures from local small and medium enterprise (SME) risk financier, Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS), shows an encouraging cultural and empowerment shift in South Africa...

26 Aug 2016

Three things you can do to improve your odds of getting small business loans
Three things you can do to improve your odds of getting small business loans

Startup financing is often the holy grail of entrepreneurs and it takes a high degree of commitment to your idea to go through the rollercoaster ride of raising financing for a startup...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 19 Jul 2016

WDB, Grovest buy stakes in Seed Engine
WDB, Grovest buy stakes in Seed Engine

WDB Investment Holdings (WDB) and venture capital company Grovest have taken 30% and 27,5% stakes respectively in ICT accelerator Seed Engine...

6 Jul 2016

How to speak startup
How to speak startup

Venture capital in South Africa is starting to take hold. With a host of venture funds, section 12J companies, incubators and startup clubs being launched, startups are becoming more popular...

5 Jul 2016

Telkom fund to grow digital seedlings
Telkom fund to grow digital seedlings

Telkom has plans to establish a technology fund to invest in digital startups. The fund is part of new digital plans that the fixedline operator has introduced in an effort...

By Thabiso Mochiko 20 Jun 2016

Dave Blakey
SA startup Snapt raises R15m in funding

Convergence Partners, the investment firm controlled by well-known ICT industry businessman Andile Ngcaba, has announced it is investing $1m (about R15,6m) in South African technology startup...

1 Jun 2016

Glen Bresler
Financing your business through the value of your property

There is more than one way to use home finance and this article considers a few do's and don'ts as well as other matters to bear in mind when opting to use your home equity to finance your business...

By Glen Bresler, Issued by Meredith Harington 29 Apr 2016

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Cooling startup funding chills the 'unicorn' herd

Venture capital flows to startups globally cooled further in the first quarter of 2016, in a fresh sign of caution over the so-called tech 'unicorns', a survey showed...

14 Apr 2016

Orange acquires a €75m equity interest in Africa Internet Group
Orange acquires a €75m equity interest in Africa Internet Group

Orange has acquired a 75 million euro equity interest in the Africa Internet Group, joining AXA, Goldman Sachs and long-standing investors MTN Group, Millicom and Rocket Internet...

6 Apr 2016

Singapore-based ecommerce marketing startup raises $1m to enter Indonesia
Singapore-based ecommerce marketing startup raises $1m to enter Indonesia

Email and digital marketing startup Ematic Solutions has raised a pre-series A round of close to US$1 million, it announced today. The funding comes from MDI Ventures, a venture capital fund backed by Telkom Indonesia, the country's major telco...

By Tech in Aisa 26 Feb 2016

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[eCommerce Africa Confex] Investing in e-commerce

The total amount of growth funding globally is $12 billion, but only $200 million is invested in tech start-ups in Africa, so the continent is still very small proportion of global market...

By Nicci Botha 18 Feb 2016

It's time to disrupt the funding landscape in SA
It's time to disrupt the funding landscape in SA

According to Louw Barnardt, co-founder and MD of funding-finder Outsourced CFO, the South African funding landscape faces a series of challenges and is ripe for disruption...

15 Feb 2016

Inside look at venture capital - nine facts, eleven keys and five lies
Inside look at venture capital - nine facts, eleven keys and five lies

The premise of a relatively new asset class, venture capital companies (VCCs) is that investors get tax benefits and strong returns. Clive Butkow, chief investment officer, recently launched Grotech...

11 Feb 2016

Global crowdfunding portal launched to fund African entrepreneurs
Global crowdfunding portal launched to fund African entrepreneurs

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are the primary job creation engine in Africa, accounting for over 95% of firms and 60%-70% of employment...

9 Feb 2016

Clive Butkow
Grotech targets technology firms

Venture capital technology fund Grotech plans to raise between R50m and R200m by the end of this month, using the proceeds to invest in disruptive digital technology companies...

By Phakamisa Ndzamela 5 Feb 2016

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