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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 enhance their own product propositions and provide visionary solutions for Visa’s vast network of...

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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...

Nigeria's Publiseer accepted into Venture Incubation Programme

Nigerian Startup gets into MIT Solve Global Challenges

July 9, 2018 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigerian Startup gets into MIT Solve Global Challenges

Nigeria’s digital content distribution platform, Publiseer, gets into MIT Solve Global Challenges. MIT Solve is a business incubator from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that advances solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address pressing...

Top 10 young tech entrepreneurs in Africa

10 young African tech entrepreneurs to look out for

July 2, 2018 • StartupsComments Off on 10 young African tech entrepreneurs to look out for

Africa has successful and resilient young entrepreneurs who never stop; risk takers who build phenomenal businesses, tackle problems and create lots of jobs in the process. Forbes has released its latest ’30 under 30 list‘, focusing on the...

IBM unveils Blockchain Platform Starter Plan for developers and startups

IBM unveils Blockchain Platform Starter Plan for developers and startups

July 2, 2018 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on IBM unveils Blockchain Platform Starter Plan for developers and startups

IBM has announced the availability of the IBM Blockchain Platform Starter Plan. The IBM Blockchain Platform Starter Planmakes its enterprise-level technology accessible so organisations of any size can set up networks on the IBM Blockchain Platform via the...

Upskill from within for business growth

SMBs need to be cyber secure

July 1, 2018 • Security, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on SMBs need to be cyber secure

With headline-grabbing data breaches and high-stake hacks on the rise, earning and maintaining the trust of visitors to one’s website is a mounting challenge, especially for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Without big budgets or teams of IT...

KYC models need to upgrade

SMEs most financially vulnerable to fraud attacks

June 29, 2018 • Security, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on SMEs most financially vulnerable to fraud attacks

Fraud affects small businesses much more severely than large corporates, with global research revealing that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) generally lose twice as much money than their corporate counterparts in the event of employee fraud. Discussing...

The United Nations Development Programme launches a platform for young african entrepreneurs

The United Nations Development Programme launches a platform for young african entrepreneurs

June 27, 2018 • East Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on The United Nations Development Programme launches a platform for young african entrepreneurs

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a Pan-African Entrepreneurship Portal-Platform, facilitated by Accenture. The YAS! (Youth for Africa and SDGs) Portal-Platform is designed for young African entrepreneurs with the intent of cultivating...

Namibia and LEFA goes to Vivatech Paris

Namibian ride-hailing web-based app goes to Vivatech Paris

June 25, 2018 • Southern Africa, StartupsComments Off on Namibian ride-hailing web-based app goes to Vivatech Paris

Getting a start-up off the ground is difficult, its especially difficult as money is always an issue. However, sometimes something amazing comes along exactly because I decided not to take the easy route when creating a technology and innovation driven...

Kenya has positioned itself as one the most important startups destinations in Africa.

5 Most Innovative startups in Kenya

June 25, 2018 • Lists, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on 5 Most Innovative startups in Kenya

Kenya has positioned itself as one of the most prominent startup destinations in Africa. With the rise of innovation hubs and accelerator programs in Kenya, there has been great growth for entrepreneurs with over 600 hundred start-ups in the country. Access...

Nigerian software start-up launches an Artificial Intelligent Bot

Nigerian software startup launches an Artificial Intelligent Bot

June 23, 2018 • Software, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigerian software startup launches an Artificial Intelligent Bot

KariXchange is a start-up software company that builds Platforms taking into consideration; User design, Ultimate user Experience and User Empowerment. KariXchange has of recent, built a Social and Service Artificial Intelligent Bot, Nyra, which will underlie...

Innovative new products can be designed around future environmental stressors and demands without having to consider old, established systems.

Africa – a breeding ground for innovation

June 22, 2018 • General, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Africa – a breeding ground for innovation

African innovation is on the rise and the continent could play host to several new technology disruptions in the next few years. According to Darryl Bernstein, Partner and Head of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice at Baker McKenzie in...

Nedbank, Plug and Play select 10 startups for The Disruption Agenda

The technology driving big advantages for SMMEs

June 20, 2018 • Opinion, StartupsComments Off on The technology driving big advantages for SMMEs

Deciding to take the plunge into the world of entrepreneurship is a scary prospect, but also one that holds incredible promise – if founders play their cards right. Despite shaky economies around the world, the current digital era is a great time to launch...