#StartupStory: DigsConnect, the solution to student accommodation
#StartupStory: DigsConnect, the solution to student accommodation

During her Honours year in Biology at UCT, Alexandria Procter effectively built and launched South Africa's first digital solution to student accommodation in South Africa, DigsConnect. The platform has grown into the Airbnb of student accommodation now listing over 50,000 beds in around 11 cities around South Africa. The platform aims to connect SA students with property owners looking to rent out beds, rooms or entire properties.

By Evan-Lee Courie 20 hours ago

Why making mobile data cheaper is vital to kickstarting startup sector
Why making mobile data cheaper is vital to kickstarting startup sector

It's a widely acknowledged truth that if South Africa is to escape the economic morass it finds itself in, it needs to provide as much support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as possible.

By Greg Chen 3 days ago

Is affiliate marketing entrepreneurship's dark horse? Pro performance marketer David Hart shares his journey
Is affiliate marketing entrepreneurship's dark horse? Pro performance marketer David Hart shares his journey

David Hart is a forty-something entrepreneur from Durban. Nine years ago, he discovered affiliate marketing - the referrals-based commission earning model that gives him the freedom of being an independent business owner.

By Russell Jarvis 3 days ago

The Chivas Venture is back
The Chivas Venture is back

Whisky brand Chivas Regal, a Pernod Ricard brand, is calling on South Africa's brightest change-makers to enter The Chivas Venture 2020, its global competition that affords local social entrepreneurs (SE's) the chance to win a share of $1 million funding for their business.

3 days ago

Does your SME owe SARS money?
Does your SME owe SARS money?

Many entrepreneurs and business owners live in fear of the South African Revenue Services (SARS). In most cases, this fear is compounded by a lack of knowledge and failure to understand what is required. Yet most of the anxiety - and the stress of paying outstanding taxes - can be quite easily avoided.

By Jessica Hubbard 3 days ago

"We regret to inform you"
"We regret to inform you"

"We regret to inform you" Don't you hate those words? I used to hear them all the time. It's the key reason that people say they hate sales.

By Justin Cohen 11 Sep 2019

6 Steps to pain-free digital migration
6 Steps to pain-free digital migration

People are reluctant to try new things. At companies, particularly larger organisations, decision-makers are naturally risk-averse. If something is working, why change it and potentially damage the business, alienating customers and elevating employee stress in the process?

By Kevin South 11 Sep 2019

Are you a fintech entrepreneur? Apply for AlphaCode Explore
Are you a fintech entrepreneur? Apply for AlphaCode Explore

Registration for the AlphaCode Explore programme is now open. A joint initiative of The Explore Data Science Academy (EDSA) and Rand Merchant Investment Holdings (RMI) fintech division, AlphaCode.

11 Sep 2019

#StartupStory: Zomila is tackling the South African education system
#StartupStory: Zomila is tackling the South African education system

Zomila, a mobile platform, is made up of a team of young engineers who are tackling the massive issue of guiding students in their after school careers.

By Evan-Lee Courie 10 Sep 2019

Why tough times call for technology-led innovation
Why tough times call for technology-led innovation

With so much economic doom and gloom dominating local news headlines, business owners can be forgiven for feeling just a tad discouraged.

By Aaron Thornton 10 Sep 2019

8 Steps to choosing a co-founder for your new venture
8 Steps to choosing a co-founder for your new venture

Businesses founded by partners have a better chance of succeeding than new ventures where everything is dependent on one person. Having a business partner can mean you feel less lonely coping with the challenges that will inevitably arise.

By Jenny Retief 10 Sep 2019

The job-generating, economy-boosting benefits of franchising
The job-generating, economy-boosting benefits of franchising

South Africa's National Development Plan (NDP) expresses an important aspiration: by 2030, 90% of all jobs should be created by small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs).

10 Sep 2019

AfricArena scours the continent for the best innovative startups
AfricArena scours the continent for the best innovative startups

AfricArena is a conference that showcases Africa's best startups and innovators in front of an audience of local and international investors looking for world-class talent.

By Evan-Lee Courie 10 Sep 2019