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How SMEs can build better repeat business in the digital marketplace

How SMEs can build better repeat business in the digital marketplace

May 17, 2018 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on How SMEs can build better repeat business in the digital marketplace

Payment Service Provider, DPO PayGate processes payments for over 10 000 online merchants in Southern Africa. Brendon Williamson, CSO at DPO PayGate draws on the company’s 19 years’ experience to offer some advice to companies looking to build repeat business in the digital marketplace. From the moment they click onto an e-commerce site, customers...

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The future of open banking – convenience through innovation

South Africa: GAP innovation competition open for new entries

May 7, 2018 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on South Africa: GAP innovation competition open for new entries

The Innovation Hub- the Innovation Agency of the Gauteng Province calls on entrepreneurs and researchers in the ICT, Green, Biotech and Medical and those driving township economies to enter the annual Gauteng Accelerator Program (GAP) Innovation competitions....

Mastercard, Unilever launch digital lending platform for startups

Mastercard, Unilever launch digital lending platform for startups

May 3, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Mastercard, Unilever launch digital lending platform for startups

Mastercard and Unilever have on Wednesday, 02 May 2018 announced that they will expand their strategic partnership to help micro-entrepreneurs in Africa and other regions overcome the cash constraints that limit their ability to buy and sell more products and...

How foreign FinTech disruptors are driving local economic growth

Ecobank opens applications for the 2018 Fintech Challenge competition

April 24, 2018 • Finance, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Ecobank opens applications for the 2018 Fintech Challenge competition

Ecobank is inviting African fintech entrepreneurs to enter its Ecobank Fintech Challenge. Now in its second year, the initiative gives African start-ups the chance to promote their fintech solutions, and potentially to partner Ecobank in rolling-out their...

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Impact Dakar launches first incubation program to support youth startups

April 23, 2018 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Impact Dakar launches first incubation program to support youth startups

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...

Citrix unveils Digital Workspace innovations

South African start-up closes second round of equity funding

April 18, 2018 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on South African start-up closes second round of equity funding

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 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Corporate employees called to become part of the startup ecosystem

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...

Fintech hackathon to support South Africa’s entrepreneurs

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...

Fintech hackathon to support South Africa’s entrepreneurs

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...

The technology driving big advantages for SMMEs

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...

Visa partners Ivorian government to bring e-payment solutions

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...