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SOUTH AFRICA

#StartupStory: Thuli Hlongwane shifts from corporate IT to beauty
#StartupStory: Thuli Hlongwane shifts from corporate IT to beauty

For years, Thuli Hlongwane was a versatile and highly experienced IT management professional with an impressive background in the IT industry....

By Evan-Lee Courie 27 Jun 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

#StartupStory: There's a new expense claim app in town
#StartupStory: There's a new expense claim app in town

Slipztream, an innovative expense claim app created and self-funded by former professional rugby player, Dylan Des Fountain and his entrepreneur wife, Joy Des Fountain, was recently launched...

By Evan-Lee Courie 18 Jun 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

#AfricaMonth: Mobiz, the startup changing how SA corporates talk to customers
#AfricaMonth: Mobiz, the startup changing how SA corporates talk to customers

Mobiz is an innovative South African startup combining the ubiquity of SMS with the visual power of the web...

By Evan-Lee Courie 24 May 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

#AfricaMonth: Changing the face of wireless power solutions
#AfricaMonth: Changing the face of wireless power solutions

WiPo Wireless Power is a young dynamic startup that provides wireless power solutions for drone and other industrial equipment...

By Evan-Lee Courie 21 May 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

#AfricaMonth: Helping entrepreneurs to innovate and grow
#AfricaMonth: Helping entrepreneurs to innovate and grow

Innocircle, a South African innovation consultancy, helps entrepreneurs innovate and grow...

By Evan-Lee Courie 21 May 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

#AfricaMonth: Grey Jabesi on nurturing creativity and innovation in Africa
#AfricaMonth: Grey Jabesi on nurturing creativity and innovation in Africa

We chat with Grey Jabesi, an entrepreneur, Blockchain enthusiast, cryptocurrency evangelist, analyst, and investor based in Africa....

By Evan-Lee Courie 20 May 2019

MALI

#AfricaMonth: Mapping out crucial data at a disaster scene
#AfricaMonth: Mapping out crucial data at a disaster scene

Humanitarian emergencies often strike without warning, destroying lives and livelihoods within a matter of seconds. In the immediate aftermath, the challenge for those responding is to know where to start...

By Evan-Lee Courie 20 May 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

#StartupStory: iHappify, the new business on the block
#StartupStory: iHappify, the new business on the block

The first quarter of 2019 has seen new business development in an uncategorised industry of making people happy...

By Evan-Lee Courie 12 Apr 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

#StartupStory: Getting to the core of Algorithm Agency
#StartupStory: Getting to the core of Algorithm Agency

In today's world, almost everything we interact with online has an algorithm at its core. Algorithm Agency takes its name from the core principle that drives all search marketing...

By Evan-Lee Courie 19 Mar 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

5 productivity hacks for entrepreneurs in 2019
5 productivity hacks for entrepreneurs in 2019

It's that time of year where, in between the mad dash to wrap up work before the holidays, many business leaders and decision-makers look back at their organisation's performance...

By Sacha Matulovich 13 Dec 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

End-of-year checklist for businesses, big and small
End-of-year checklist for businesses, big and small

Do not miss out on this great opportunity to tie up loose ends - and lay the groundwork for a prosperous 2019...

By Morné Stoltz 19 Nov 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

#EntrepreneurMonth: Easy access to criminal records, identity verifications
#EntrepreneurMonth: Easy access to criminal records, identity verifications

MyImprint, a tech startup that provides easy access to criminal record and identity verifications, is the first of its kind to innovate a digital consent verification system in South Africa...

By Evan-Lee Courie 12 Nov 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

L to R: Alex De Bruyn (chief executive officer), Anthony Stewart (director), Nick Clare (senior system architect), Alon Fowler (director), Richard Creighton (chief digital officer), Pedros de Jesus Ferreira (senior systems architect)
#StartupStory: Tokenising the world

DoshEx, a Johannesburg-based developer of tokenised ecosystems and exchange, has formally launched following the listing of two virtual assets by two financial service companies...

By Evan-Lee Courie 22 Oct 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

#StartupStory: Xact Communications
#StartupStory: Xact Communications

We chat to Arshad Ebrahim, founder of XACT Communications and Events, to find out the journey and challenges an entrepreneur faces when starting up a small business...

By Evan-Lee Courie 9 Oct 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Think like a start-up: 3 lessons for big business
Think like a start-up: 3 lessons for big business

September marked the celebration of Small Business Month, shining the spotlight on an ever growing but thoroughly challenged industry...

By Morné Stoltz 2 Oct 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Frederick Lutz, COO and co-founder of Custos Media Technologies
#StartupStory: Fighting intellectual property pirates with bitcoin

By stealing original digital content like books and films, intellectual property pirates are robbing hardworking creatives of their intellectual property and income...

By Evan-Lee Courie 27 Sep 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Samsung supports local startups
Samsung supports local startups

Samsung recently arranged a Global Startup Acceleration Programme in South Africa, in partnership with Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and NGO Nangila...

By Evan-Lee Courie 21 Sep 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

CC image courtesy of Miran Rijavec via flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/miran/4603130687
UCT's Bertha Centre dishes out $50k startup grant funding

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship awarded a total of R660,000 to ten startups...

By Tom Jackson 13 Aug 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

CC image courtesy of Miran Rijavec via flickr.
IFC to invest in Capria network fund to address "missing middle"

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) will make a second investment of up to US$13m in Capria's new "network fund"...

By Tom Jackson 6 Aug 2018

MALAWI

New startup accelerator launches in Malawi
New startup accelerator launches in Malawi

Malawian hub mHub has partnered GrowthAfrica, Dutch investment firm Accesserator, UNDP Malawi and the Norwegian Embassy to launch the country's first startup accelerator programme...

By Tom Jackson 26 Jul 2018

GHANA

Apply to pitch your startup at Ghana Tech Summit!
Apply to pitch your startup at Ghana Tech Summit!

Entrepreneurs from across Africa have been invited to apply to attend the Ghana Tech Summit next week, which will offer 100 free startup passes and offer the top 10 the chance to pitch at its startup showcase...

By Tom Jackson 12 Jul 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

3 startups win Demo Africa event in Ghana
3 startups win Demo Africa event in Ghana

Three startups have been named winners of the Ghanaian leg of the Demo Africa Innovation Tour, earning the chance to pitch against counterparts from Nigeria and Ivory Coast for a place at the main event...

By Tom Jackson 11 Jul 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

"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

SOUTH AFRICA

Unicef opens applications for $100k fund for drone startups
Unicef opens applications for $100k fund for drone startups

Applications have opened for the Unicef Innovation Fund for Drone Startups, which will provide up to $100,000 in equity-free investment for profit-making tech startups that have potential to benefit humanity through the use of drones...

By Tom Jackson 28 Jun 2018

MOROCCO

Why Demo Africa is taking place in Morocco this year
Why Demo Africa is taking place in Morocco this year

Demo Africa will take place in Morocco for the first time after previous editions in Nairobi, Lagos and Johannesburg, with the organisers already touring the continent picking contestants...

By Tom Jackson 26 Jun 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Untapped opportunity in Africa's emerging startup hubs
Untapped opportunity in Africa's emerging startup hubs

African startups are in a unique position to leverage innovation to answer some of the continent's most pressing challenges, but urgently need an enabling environment...

By Tom Jackson 21 Jun 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

#StartupStory: BlockMesh
#StartupStory: BlockMesh

BlockMesh is enabling cost-free communication by creating a global mesh network which allows its users to skip typical cellular and ISP "toll roads"...

By Ilse van den Berg 12 Jun 2018

AFRICA

Applications open for second Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa
Applications open for second Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa

Google has opened applications for class two of its Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme, extending it in the process to a further 12 African countries...

By Tom Jackson 11 Jun 2018

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