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Five steps for online startups to take advantage of Black Friday

Five steps for online startups to take advantage of Black Friday

August 16, 2018 • Security, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to Google Trends, last year South Africa registered the largest ‘Black Friday’ search interest of any country, even ahead of the US where the retail mega-event was conceived. “South African retailers first began promoting the Thanksgiving weekend double bill of Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2014. Just three years later...

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Mines secures $13M Series A to expand credit platform for emerging markets

Fintech startup secures $13M Series A to expand credit platform for emerging markets

August 13, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Mines, a fintech startup re-inventing credit in emerging markets, has closed a Series A round of $13M led by The Rise Fund, a global fund managed by TPG Growth. Also participating are Velocity Capital, Western Technology Investments, First Ally Capital,...

Temenos and AUC Venture Lab team up to accelerate fintech innovation in Egypt. Picture: Innovation Labs

Temenos and AUC Venture Lab team up to accelerate fintech innovation in Egypt

August 13, 2018 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Venture lab at The American University in Cairo, university-based startup accelerator in Africa and the MENA region, and Temenos, the banking software company, have announced their intention to collaborate and strengthen the fintech ecosystem in Cairo....

Teams Of Girls From India And Nigeria Win International Mobile App Competition

Start-ups from India and Nigeria win International Mobile App Competition

August 11, 2018 • Startups, West AfricaComments (0)

Iridescent, a nonprofit empowering underrepresented young people globally to become innovators and leaders, announced that two teams of girls – one from India and Nigeria – won top honors at its 2018 Technovation World Pitch Summit, a tech...

The objective of GirlCodeHack is to provide young girls, eager to join the software industry with an opportunity to develop some of the real-world skills they need to enter the business environment.

GirlCodeHack announces winning team, and Women in Technology Conference

August 10, 2018 • General, StartupsComments (0)

Girlcode, a social enterprise that aims to empower young girls and women through technology, today announced the national winners of it its 5th annual Hackathon. The grand prize-winning team, ‘Lightbulb’ from, Johannesburg, will be going to the...

Ecobank Fintech Challenge, a competition for Africa-focused technology start-ups.

Ecobank announces finalists of the Ecobank Fintech Challenge 2018

August 9, 2018 • Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Ecobank, independent pan-African banking group, has announced the finalists for the 2nd edition of the annual Ecobank Fintech Challenge, a competition for Africa-focused technology start-ups. The list includes eleven (11) fintech start-ups from across the...

kulula.com steps up again to inspire start-ups with Primestars in 2018

kulula.com steps up again to inspire start-ups with Primestars in 2018

August 7, 2018 • Southern Africa, StartupsComments (0)

South Africa’s low-cost carrier, kulula.com is proud to announce that it has for a fifth year in a row partnered with Primestars to launch their Step Up to a Start-Up campaign for 2018, together with South Africa’s Minister of Small Business...

Here's what to expect in 2018 in the fintech sector and which South African startups in the sector to keep an eye on.

African Fintech startups to look out for in 2018

August 6, 2018 • Features, Lists, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

There are a number of impressive African fintech startups emerging from the continent, and 2018 could be a very important year for their growth and success. From mobile money transfer apps to tech firms determined to help users save, these tech startups come...

From start-up to growing business – here’s how to shake things up

From startup to growing business – here’s how to shake things up

August 4, 2018 • Opinion, Southern Africa, StartupsComments (0)

So, you’ve survived the start-up phase of your business. Now it’s time to grow. Whether you’re looking to expand by diversifying your product or service offering, or by entering new markets, you’ll need a few strategies to help you along the way....

Nigerian B2B Venture Builder Zone Tech Park launches

Nigerian B2B Venture Builder Zone Tech Park launches

August 3, 2018 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Zone Tech Park, a new venture builder for start-ups in Nigeria, has officially opened for business Located in Lagos, Zone Tech Park is the brainchild of Bolaji Olagunju, a serial entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of The Workforce Group, Nigeria’s leading...

South African startup uses AI to help farmers

South African startup uses AI to help farmers

July 26, 2018 • Features, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on South African startup uses AI to help farmers

South African startup, Aerobotics, recently announced that they successfully closed its Series A funding round with a raise of approximately $2 million. The data analytics company uses aerial imagery and machine learning algorithms to optimise crop...

John Conlon, digital director at Visa Performance Solutions for Central Europe, Middle East and Africa. Picture: Supplied

South African startups make it to final tround of Visa’s Everywhere Initiative in Sub Sahara Africa

July 22, 2018 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on South African startups make it to final tround of Visa’s Everywhere Initiative in Sub Sahara Africa

Leading fintech companies from the dynamic Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) technology startup community have made it to the finals of Visa’s Everywhere Initiative, a global innovation program that tasks start-ups to solve commerce challenges of tomorrow, further...

Programmer Thuli Hlongwane has created a new app that can bring make-up artists, hairstylists, nail technicians and masseuses to your door, at a time that suits you.

Interview: Tech Director taps into beauty market

July 20, 2018 • Online & Social, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Interview: Tech Director taps into beauty market

Thuli Hlongwane, a former IT Director tapped into the entrepreneurial market by launching two apps that connect people to the beauty therapy industry. Amongst other things, the apps connect salon and spa owners with beauty service providers and customers to...

AI Agriculture innovation draws in funding for Cape Town startup

AI Agriculture innovation draws in funding for Cape Town startup

July 18, 2018 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on AI Agriculture innovation draws in funding for Cape Town startup

Aerobotics has successfully closed its Series A funding round with a raise of approximately $2 million. Major investors in the round include South African bank, Nedbank Group, US Ag-Tech Venture Capital Fund AgFunder, US-based AngelList and South...

Three startups selected for DEMO Africa innovation tour Ghana

Three startups selected for DEMO Africa innovation tour Ghana

July 11, 2018 • Startups, West AfricaComments Off on Three startups selected for DEMO Africa innovation tour Ghana

DEMO Africa partnered with MEST Africa in making the Ghana, Accra Innovation Tour a success. Three startups – Complete Farmer, Devless and RedBird were selected from a group of 9 startups that pitched for a chance to vie for the West Africa...

Aaron Fu, MD Of MEST

‘There is more funding available now for African startups’ – Aaron Fu, MD Of MEST

July 10, 2018 • Events, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on ‘There is more funding available now for African startups’ – Aaron Fu, MD Of MEST

Now in its 10th year investing in tech entrepreneurs in Africa, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School Technology (MEST) held their third MEST Africa Summit, which took place in Cape Town, South Africa, June 18-20. Formerly the Africa Tech Summit, this year’s...