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Gartner Symposium 2017: Jeffrey Mann discusses Gartner’s aspiring innovator programme

Gartner Symposium 2017: Jeffrey Mann discusses Gartner’s Aspiring Innovator Programme

September 20, 2017 • Features, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

As revealed by Gartner, the goal of the Aspiring Innovator Programme is to both support the African startup technology community, as well as provide delegates access to exciting new local technology providers. Selected by a team of Gartner research analysts, the startup companies have the opportunity to profile their solutions in front of an audience...

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Merck Accelerator

Merck starts fourth round of Accelerator program in Nairobi

September 20, 2017 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a science and technology company, has announced the new startups participating in its Accelerator program in Darmstadt, Germany, and Nairobi, Kenya. Although working separately, clear similarities can be identified between...

Virtual Reality, digital games

Goethe-Institut invites game developers for Game Mixer South Africa

September 15, 2017 • Gadgets and Gaming, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Goethe-Institut invites seven game developers from South Africa and eight from Sub Saharan Africa to join an eight-day program with 16 game developers from Germany, Brazil and Indonesia in Johannesburg. The event, Game Mixer South Africa will start from 16 to...

EmptyTrips to compete for $1 million at Startup World Cup

EmptyTrips to compete for $1 million at Startup World Cup

September 15, 2017 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

South African startup, EmptyTrips, was named the winner of the Chivas Regal Venture Pitching Den that took place on the 8th of September 2017 at the Cape Town Stadium. EmptyTrips, an online transport marketplace that matches transporters, agents and shippers...

Fintech

Two fintech startups win SWIFT’s global gpi industry challenge

September 14, 2017 • Finance, General, StartupsComments (0)

SWIFT, a provider of secure financial messaging services has awarded two fintech startups the opportunity to work with the co-operative and gpi banks over a three-month period to further enhance cross-border payments, leveraging on SWIFT gpi. The two startups...

Interview: Demystifying Bitcoin with ProsperiProp

Interview: Demystifying Bitcoin with ProsperiProp

September 12, 2017 • East Africa, Features, Finance, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, Video, West AfricaComments (0)

IT News Africa recently sat down with the CEO and Founder of ProperiProp, Llew Morkel, who looked to demystify the world of Bitcoin by breaking down the facets that contribute to this disruptive technology. ProsperiProp is a fintech startup that makes it...

Safaricom, Daraja

Safaricom invests in argi-tech startup iProcure

September 11, 2017 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Safaricom’s Spark Venture Fund has announced that it will once again be investing in iProcure, a supply chain platform in Kenya. iProcure offers farmers discounts of between 10 and 20 percent every time they purchase farming products. The online supply...

Top 3 steps to move your start up to the cloud

Top 3 steps to move your start up to the cloud

September 6, 2017 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Southern Africa, StartupsComments Off on Top 3 steps to move your start up to the cloud

Cloud computing is transforming the way companies interact with their customers, with 93 percent of South African companies currently either implementing or planning the initial phase of their cloud strategy. Whether we know it or not, we are already reliant...

Vox

Online Marketing Toolbox launched for Startups

September 6, 2017 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Online Marketing Toolbox launched for Startups

Integrated ICT and telecommunications company, Vox, has launched its Online Marketing Toolbox aimed at providing start-ups and SMMEs with bundled services aimed at creating an online presence. “We wanted to simplify the digital tools available to small (and...

Nigerian invents brain for robots that can smell bombs

Nigerian invents computer that can smell explosives

August 30, 2017 • Hardware, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigerian invents computer that can smell explosives

Oshiorenoya Agabi, a Nigerian inventor based in Silicon Valley, has developed a computer that can identify the smell of explosives and aid in bomb detection. The Nigerian inventor unveiled his modem-sized technology which uses mice neurons at the TEDGlobal...

Invest using ProsperiProp South Africa's very own cryptocurrency

Invest Using ProsperiProp South Africa’s Very Own Cryptocurrency

August 30, 2017 • Finance, Online & Social, Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Invest Using ProsperiProp South Africa’s Very Own Cryptocurrency

ProsperiProp, a South African startup using blockchain technology to develop their own cryptocurrency, has announced that the company will open its Initial Coin Offering (ICO) on Friday, 8 September 2017. According to the company, the launch will help allow...

SnapnSave eyes expansion after R14 million investment

SnapnSave eyes expansion after R14 million investment

August 28, 2017 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on SnapnSave eyes expansion after R14 million investment

SnapnSave, a South African cash back coupon app, has received R14 million in investment which will be used to grow the company as they enter the African and Asian markets. Kalon Venture Partners, formerly Grotech, and Smollan Group SA both acquired a minority...

Benji Coetzee, Founder and CEO of EmptyTrips.

Interview: Benji Coetzee “I earned my seat at the table”

August 28, 2017 • Features, People, Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Interview: Benji Coetzee “I earned my seat at the table”

This women’s month IT News Africa spoke to Benji Coetzee, the founder of startup EmptyTrips, in an interview which looked to highlight the role in which women play in the ever growing tech landscape. EmptyTrips is an online marketplace that uses smart...

Digital disruption

Free business tool sets to help startups digitise their business

August 25, 2017 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Free business tool sets to help startups digitise their business

With the growth of internet penetration in Africa, it is no surprise that all businesses are transforming digitally. For small business owners, however, it is not as easy, as they are sometimes unable to use the internet because of a lack of...

South African App Recieves R2.3 million in funding

South African App Raises R2.3 Million in Funding

August 23, 2017 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on South African App Raises R2.3 Million in Funding

Feastfox, an eating out App from Cape Town, South Africa, has revealed that it has successfully closed its Angel fundraising round, raising $175,000 (R2.3 million) primarily from Silicon Valley-based Angels and VC firms. The mobile startup, which originates...

Seedstars, Startups

Ethiopia: 7 Promising Tech Startups Selected for Seedstars

August 21, 2017 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Ethiopia: 7 Promising Tech Startups Selected for Seedstars

On August 21st 2017, seven of Ethiopia’s best seed stage startups will compete to represent the country at the Global Seedstars Summit and have the opportunity to win up to USD 1 million in equity investments and other prizes. Seedstars World the global...