A mobile engagement platform, Wyzetalk, was named one of twelve finalists at this year’s FNB Business Innovation Awards, which took place last Thursday night in Sandton. The FNB Business INNOVATION Awards 2017 aim to recognise and celebrate the efforts of high-impact entrepreneurs who have embraced many challenges to create...
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 to internet and a great education system are also some...
Gartner’s annual Symposium and ITXpo is currently underway in Cape Town, South Africa. Vice President of Gartner Research, Peter Sondergaard, offered insight into future trends, details on the symposium itself and what businesses can expect as far as issues like broadband and the role of CEOs are concerned. “This is the first in the...
From December 14 to December 19 the final Ampion Venture Bus will embark on a journey to create innovative ICT start-ups when travelling throughout Tunisia. Tunisia, has become famous for its lively scene of bloggers and engaged citizens. Fittingly, the Ampion Venture Bus in Tunisia will partly set a...
Microsoft today announced innovation grants for five African start-ups through the 4Afrika Initiative, which aims in part to invest in high performing, African start-ups. In addition to financial backing, these start-ups will receive technical support and mentorship from Microsoft. The five start-ups selected are access.mobile, Africa118, Kytabu, Gamsole and Save...
Facebook is growing at an exponential rate, along with the likes of Twitter. However, a new social media platform has arisen, and has set its sights on Africa. Yookos is a social networking site that allows users to meet friends online, play online games and keep up to date...
A new app released by South African author and journalist Peter Delmar is the first to turn a local travel book into a location-aware audio application. The free Android and iOS Platinum Road app contains over an hour’s storytelling narrated by Radio 702’s David O’Sullivan – 17 true stories that...
Africa is bursting with potential, especially when it comes to the tech start-up scene. A great number of companies have entered the African tech scene recently; however, 10 of these start-ups have shined, much like the glorious African sun, in the eyes of IT News Africa. While some of these...
Starting a new business within the continent of Africa can be as terrifying as it is exciting. At any given time, a fledgling company can come up against a number of common challenges. From hiring the right people to defining your brand... start-ups must overcome these obstacles to ensure success....
Microsoft South Africa today announced the launch of its BizSpark programme. This initiative is aimed at giving entrepreneurs and small businesses a boost. To make this happen, Microsoft has partnered with the South African government's Jobs Fund (which provided the initial financing for the project). The BizSpark programme will provide...
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 these teams’ business models, as they both make use of artificial intelligence to achieve advances...
DEMO has released the names of the 40 start-ups that have qualified to launch their products on the DEMO Africa stage in September 2014. Topping the list is Nigeria with 14 start-ups qualifying, followed by Kenya, Ghana and Egypt. According to the Ministry of Communication Technology, at the weekend, Rwanda, Tanzania,...
To fast-track their growth and provide a roadmap to highlight Africa’s ‘future growth pole’, Microsoft has revealed the 7 new African start-ups to receive funding, technical support and mentorship. According to Microsoft, one of the goals of the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative is to accelerate African innovation, ensuring that entrepreneurs continue...
Reinforcing its commitment to South Africa, Oracle today announced the opening of an Innovation Hub in Johannesburg, a first for Oracle in Africa that will help drive the adoption of emerging technologies across the country's corporates, public sector and academia. In line with South Africa's National Development Plan (NDP) 2030,...
The latest startup to grace the African continent, stockshop.co.za, is offering a free guide to the stock market, which will allow individuals to learn, trade and invest. Founder and CEO, Annabel Dallamore, revealed that she had learned at her previous position, at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, that most people think...
The ICT Authority has announced that Kenya will hold the inaugural ICT Innovation forum, bringing together novel technology-based ideas, solutions and practices on the 2nd - 3rd March, 2015 at KICC, Nairobi. The forum which has a national outlook will be graced by the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. The...
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