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Impact Dakar launches first incubation program to support youth start ups

Impact Dakar launches first incubation program to support youth startups

April 23, 2018 • Enterprise, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Dakar office of Dalberg, an international strategy consulting firm, has announced a new incubation program that aims to regroup Dakar’s most innovative early-stage entrepreneurs and help them turn their ideas into viable start-ups, Incuberation was launched as Impact Dakar’s first incubation program. Incuberation started in mid-April and...

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South African start-up closes second round of equity funding

South African start-up closes second round of equity funding

April 18, 2018 • Enterprise, Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Giraffe, the automated high-volume recruitment start-up, announced that it has closed a second round of equity funding, led by Edge Growth’s Vumela Fund with participation from Omidyar Network, the Brozin family’s Forever Young Capital and Catapult Trust....

Abu Cassim, founder and director of Jozi Angels

Corporate employees called to become part of the startup ecosystem

April 17, 2018 • Enterprise, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

With corporates in the startup ecosystem at its peak, investor network, Jozi Angels has called on corporate employees to become part of the movement. The role of corporates in the startup ecosystem is nothing new. Corporate companies help drive the growth of...

Fintech startup Zoto witnesses growth in user base

Fintech startup Zoto witnesses growth in user base

April 9, 2018 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Fintech startup Zoto witnesses growth in user base

Zoto, a product of Hedonmark Management Services Limited and Nigeria’s payment solution, has announced on Monday, 09 Aril2018 that its transacting user base and order volume grew by 56% and 200% respectively in the last financial year and it is set to...

Using technology to upgrade your small business

Using technology to upgrade your small business

April 9, 2018 • Opinion, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Using technology to upgrade your small business

Technophobia is a phenomenon that can be exaggerated. There are very few people today who completely disavow all electronics and choose to live a life cut off from the digital world. Instead, It usually manifests in more subtle ways: an aversion to...

Using technology to upgrade your small business

What’s stopping small businesses from moving to the cloud

April 6, 2018 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on What’s stopping small businesses from moving to the cloud

Silicon Valley has dominated the global tech stage. It’s home to the largest collective of tech hubs in the world – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google. But now, other countries are hungry for a piece of the pie. South Africa is one such...

How data-driven short-term loans to informal merchants can drive financial inclusion

How data-driven short-term loans to informal merchants can drive financial inclusion

April 6, 2018 • Finance, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on How data-driven short-term loans to informal merchants can drive financial inclusion

In sub-Saharan Africa, the informal retail sector currently makes up a staggering 38% of GDP. For banks and other financial sector players, this is a number that simply cannot be ignored – particularly when one considers that informal merchants continue to...

Vodacom Trade Direct portal to help connect

Vodacom Trade Direct portal to help connect small businesses

April 3, 2018 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Vodacom Trade Direct portal to help connect small businesses

Small businesses have the potential to create jobs even under conditions of weak growth. They also carry the prospects of leading the way to a more thriving future for the country. The Vodacom Trade Direct portal which aims to help empower small businesses...

SITA Air Transport Community Foundation Innovation Award 2018 opens applications

SITA Air Transport Community Foundation Innovation Award 2018 opens applications

March 23, 2018 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on SITA Air Transport Community Foundation Innovation Award 2018 opens applications

The SITA Air Transport Community Foundation, based in the UK, in conjunction with Wits University and the Tshimologong Precinct, has launched an innovation competition to address the question ‘What information, tools or technology will first-time air...

South Africa diners get mobile app

South Africa diners get mobile app

March 23, 2018 • Online & Social, Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on South Africa diners get mobile app

South African software company, Dineplan has announced the launch of a free mobile app for diners to search available tables and book at more than 1000 restaurants countrywide. The app, which can be downloaded on Android and iOS phones, allows users to...

Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa kicksoff in Lagos

Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa kicksoff

March 19, 2018 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa kicksoff

Google has revealed the startups who will participate in the first Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa class. The event was made at an event held in Lagos, Nigeria. It also announced a partnership with Udacity and Andela to provide 15 000 single course...

Kenya: PayPal, Safaricom partnership enables cross-border mobile payments

Mastercard partners with Vconnect to empower Nigerian Startups

March 15, 2018 • Finance, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Mastercard partners with Vconnect to empower Nigerian Startups

Mastercard has partnered with Vconnect to empower Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as part of a shared commitment to drive financial inclusion and literacy in Africa. Nigeria will be the first market to benefit from the partnership, which will be...

Does payroll software threaten data security?

Visa launches initiative to foster payment innovation with Startups

March 15, 2018 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Visa launches initiative to foster payment innovation with Startups

Visa has announced the launch of its Visa’s Everywhere Initiative, a global innovation program that tasks start-ups to solve commerce challenges of tomorrow and further enhance their own product propositions and provide visionary solutions for Visa’s vast...

Crypto exchanges under security spotlight

Entersekt wins Best Mobile Security Technology 2018 award

March 14, 2018 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Entersekt wins Best Mobile Security Technology 2018 award

For the third year in a row, South African fintech company, Entersekt has won the Best Mobile Security Technology award in the annual Banker Africa Southern Africa Banking Awards. The aim of the awards is to recognise outstanding performance and excellence in...

Is the blockchain replacing traditional capital raising?

Using blockchain to stamp out development aid fraud

March 9, 2018 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Using blockchain to stamp out development aid fraud

A modular MBA student at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB), Rufaro Masiiwa and her team have developed a Blockchain solution that aims to help donors transfer monetary aid to beneficiaries. The solution allows users to bypass traditional channels,...

South African startup achieves 8 figure valuation by international investor

South African startup achieves 8 figure valuation by international investor

March 7, 2018 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on South African startup achieves 8 figure valuation by international investor

HiCarByeCar, the third-party, pre-owned, motor sales platform announced that they have achieved an eight-figure valuation during their latest funding round, led by a prominent Swiss private-equity and venture capital investor. “We are very excited to have...