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Chid Nwaogu (left) and Chika Nwaogu (right), Founders of Publiseer. Image sourced from National Business Extra.

Publiseer wins ITU Innovations Challenges 2019 in South Korea

August 23, 2019 • Online & Social, Startups, West AfricaComments (0)

Publiseer, an African-focused digital content distribution platform, was recently announced as the provisional winner for the ITU Innovation Challenges in Busan, South Korea. As a result of this victory, Publiseer has been invited to attend the 2019 Young ICT Leaders’ Forum (YILF), which will take place in Busan, Republic of South Korea, from 3 to...

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8 South African fintech startups awarded funding

8 South African fintech startups awarded funding

August 21, 2019 • Southern Africa, StartupsComments (0)

On Tuesday, 20 August 2019, Rand Merchant Investment Holding (RMI) in partnership with AlphaCode announced that it has awarded entrepreneurial packages valued at over $104 000 to eight of SA’s most promising financial services startups.  All businesses are...

Vox introduces new offering for South African startups

Vox introduces new offering for South African startups

August 20, 2019 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Vox, an integrated ICT and Infrastructure provider is on a mission to provide startups with access to a wide variety of IT infrastructure – as well as the management thereof. This will be done through a Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) offering in...

South African engineers tech-ify the golfing industry

South African engineers gamify the golfing industry

August 17, 2019 • Gadgets and Gaming, StartupsComments (0)

Smart tracking gamification platform, Inrange been successfully installed at Greenwich Peninsula Driving Range in London as well as the Leadbetter Academy World Headquarters in Orlando, Florida.  The platform, designed by a team of South African engineers,...

Clayton Hayward, Co-Founder of uKheshe.

Financial inclusion startup, uKheshe, gains seed funding

August 16, 2019 • Finance, StartupsComments (0)

Fintech company uKheshe recently announced the completion of its first seed investment round. uKheshe was initially under incubation as a CSI initiative within Jini.Guru, a software development house. uKheshe has successfully closed independent seed funding...

Startup installs fire detection technology in homes across South Africa

Startup installs fire detection technology in homes across South Africa

August 14, 2019 • Southern Africa, StartupsComments (0)

South African startup, Lumkani, announced on Wednesday, 14 August 2019, that it has installed early warning fire detection systems in 20,000 homes across South Africa. To date, Lumkani has equipped 40,000 high fire risk homes in several of the country’s...

Meesho Co-Founders Sanjeev Barnwal (left) and Vidit Aatrey (right). Image sourced from Meesho.

Naspers leads Meesho in raising $125 million for Indian Social Commerce

August 13, 2019 • Online & Social, Retail, StartupsComments (0)

On 12 August 2019, Meesho, an Indian online marketplace, announced the closing of a $125 million fundraiser led by Naspers,  multi-national media and internet group headquartered in South Africa. The fundraiser was aided by Facebook and existing investors...

Nigerian startup shortlisted for Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards

August 12, 2019 • Online & Social, Startups, West AfricaComments (0)

Nigeria’s digital content distribution platform for creatives, Publiseer, has been shortlisted for the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2019. Out of 1850 applications around the world, the digital publisher made the top 40 shortlist for the award....

Kingson Capital partners with AKRO to support South African startups.

Kingson Capital partners with AKRO to support new venture ecosystems

August 12, 2019 • Southern Africa, StartupsComments Off on Kingson Capital partners with AKRO to support new venture ecosystems

South African startups face numerous challenges during the early stages. Some of these companies are usually not able to harness fundamental startup needs, especially access to funding. One company that aims to address this issue is Kingson Capital. Kingson...

Ride-hailing startup launches in South Africa

Shared transportation startup launches in South Africa

August 7, 2019 • Southern Africa, StartupsComments Off on Shared transportation startup launches in South Africa

Zeelo has been operating in South Africa for over a year and to date, it has transported over 18,000 passengers. However, the platform is now only officially launching in the country after first establishing its market in the UK.  The platform integrates...

Job-seeker software company receives $35 million in funding

Job-seeker software company receives $35 million in funding

August 1, 2019 • Careers, StartupsComments Off on Job-seeker software company receives $35 million in funding

Harver, a pre-employment assessment software company, announced on Thursday, 1 August 2019, that it has raised $15 million in Series B funding. The investment is said to allow invest meant in digital automation to further accelerate Harver’s vision to...

Blockchain startup looking to secure funding

Blockchain startup looking to secure funding

July 31, 2019 • Features, StartupsComments Off on Blockchain startup looking to secure funding

Malaysia based Blockchain startup, Belfrics, is gearing to raise $30 million in funding. The company announced on Tuesday, 30 July 2019, that it had successfully deployed the world’s first KYC compliant Blockchain, called Belrium.  In 2018 alone,...

West Africa makes it to top 5 startups that improve the world

West African startups listed in top 5 businesses that improve the world

July 30, 2019 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on West African startups listed in top 5 businesses that improve the world

The Vodafone Institute has selected five startups to take part in the first accelerator that focuses on women in the tech sector. Around 280 startups from 62 countries applied for a place in the F-LANE accelerator and five most innovative business models came...

AbdulAziz Mohammed being handed his trophy. Image sourced from SA Innovation Summit.

Winetech Pitching Den is looking for agri-tech startups

July 30, 2019 • Southern Africa, StartupsComments Off on Winetech Pitching Den is looking for agri-tech startups

On 30 July 2019, the SA Innovation Summit announced, in partnership with Vinitech and the French Embassy in South Africa, the prize for the top  South African start-up in the 2019 Winetech Pitching Den. Vinitech and the French Embassy will present the...

Blue Label Ventures invests in South African tech startup

Blue Label Ventures invests in South African tech startup

July 30, 2019 • Southern Africa, StartupsComments Off on Blue Label Ventures invests in South African tech startup

Venture capital company, Blue Label Ventures announced on Tuesday, 30 July 2019, that it has invested in Cape Town-based technology startup Mobii Systems. The deal will see Blue Label take up 26 per cent of Mobii developers the funding needed for product...

Luyanda Vappie (left) and Motsholane Sebola (right), Founders of Root Tech and creators of Prism.

Young South Africans develop “innovative” personal computer

July 28, 2019 • Southern Africa, StartupsComments Off on Young South Africans develop “innovative” personal computer

Two young South Africans aim to disrupt modern-day computing with their newest creation. They claim to have built the world’s first personal computer (PC) with virtual input and output peripherals. These creators aim to enhance the usability and...