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  • HearX and ColonyLive grab wins at Accenture Innovation Index Awards

    Healthtech startup HearX and messaging platform Colony Live last night won awards at the 2017 Accenture Innovation Index Awards. The winners were announced at a ceremony held in Johannesburg yesterday. HearX was selected as the winner in the Small Enterprises Concept category while Colony Live won in the Emerging Enterprises Concept category. Three other tech startups had been shortlisted across the two categories. These are ThisIsMe, SolarTurtle and CrashDetech. Read more: Here are the five startups shortlisted for the Accenture Innovation Index Awards "All participants were assessed based on their level of advancements in innovation --from the ability to modernise their products and solutions, to how...

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    CompareGuru set to simplify financial services for SA consumers

    Launches new site with advanced features and real-time services.  For most time-constrained South Africans, choosing between financial products and service providers is a laborious and challenging task. Despite the increasing access to all sorts of information online, it remains a complex and daunting process to sift through various product offerings, pricing structures, terms and conditions, etc. “This complexity is especially problematic when trying to choose between products and providers in the mobile, banking and insurance spheres, where contracts are often filled with jargon and consumers are understandably wary of hidden fees,” explains Ryan Marx, CEO of CompareGuru, a site which draws...

  • Will local startup Scoop A Cab really offer meter taxi drivers a way to take on Uber?

    SA ride-hailing startup Scoop A Cab claims it will offer meter taxis a way to take on the likes of Uber and Taxify with their new app and in doing so help reduce recent taxi violence, but will it work? The self-funded startup, founded earlier this year by Princess Ncube, began offering the service via its app to Bloemfontein from 1 October, after the service launched in Johannesburg and Pretoria earlier this year. The Scoop a Cab app offers three vehicle types that passengers can utilise: hatchbacks, meter taxis and private cars. In an email to Ventureburn, a marketing representative for the startup, Anesu Matewa, claims that encouraging meter taxi drivers to join the platform...

  • State, private sector must partner to ride out Fourth Industrial Revolution – Zulu

    "The only way to ride the wave of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is through partnership," Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said today at the announcement of a partnership between the state and a Cape Town incubator. The official announcement of Cape Town hardware technology incubator Savant's partnership with the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) follows an already two-year partnership between the two entities. The announcement was made at the incubator's offices in District Six, Cape Town. Zulu said the SEDA Technology Programme is one of her department's flagship programmes. She added that there was still a need to upscale support given by the government. She said that her department has chosen to...

  • How losing R2m in a deal, liquidation saw Antoinette Prophy start local accelerator

    A common African proverb says a strong bull is seen by its scars, not by the lack of them. The same can be said of experienced entrepreneurs. Battle hardened serial entrepreneur and 88 Business Collective founder Antoinette Prophy has the scars to show for it. She's grown an ad agency from the lounge of her mother's house to a company employing 60 employees with a footprint in East Africa. She's been at the losing end of a deal -- and lost R2-million, and she's gone through a nightmare no entrepreneur wants to face, liquidation of their first business. Her woman-focused business accelerator 88 Business...

  • SA fintech startup ThisIsMe, Easy Equities tie for top spot at African Fintech Awards

    SA fintech startup ThisIsMe has clinched joint top spot at the African Fintech Awards, with Easy Equities. It follows  two days of intense pitching battles and an extensive voting process involving the public. The awards were hosted at the Finance Indaba held last week. ThisIsMe helps clients to comply with Know Your Customer (KYC) and FICA legislation via an online platform, while Easy Equities allows one to invest in the stock market at a fraction of the cost of traditional stock brokers. 'ThisIsMe is growing globally into Africa and other markets and we are constantly enhancing our technology' In a press release ThisIsMe co-founder David Thomas...

  • Angolan food delivery platform Tupuca wins Seedstars pitch on second attempt

    Online food delivery platform Tupuca, which currently serves 20 000 customers, has been selected the best startup in Angola by Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets. The announcement was made in a press release yesterday by Seedstars World and follows a pitching competition that took place at Thomson Group International's office in Angola's capital Luanda last Friday. Eight selected startups were invited to present their ideas in front of the local jury panel. As a part of the prize Tupuca will be participating at the Seedstars Summits in Mozambique in December and Switzerland later this year to represent Angola. Tupuca has so...

  • Enter the 2017 Ventureburn Startup Survey and win an iPhone 8, more!

    Ventureburn, in partnership with Telkom Futuremakers and analytics company Qurio, is proud to announce the launch of the second annual Ventureburn Startup Survey. We are looking again to uncover the nuts and bolts of the startup sector and answer questions like: What are the major challenges facing the country’s entrepreneurs? What do South Africa’s startup founders look like? What sectors are startups more prevalent in? What types of funding are startups securing, and where are they getting their money from? Why are people flocking to startups to work there? Where is the most startup activity happening in South Africa? We will share the findings...

  • SA analytics startup Syenap honoured by CIOReview magazine top-20 listing

    SA startup Syenap, which provides data analytics to improve customer experience management, has been selected by global magazine CIOReview as one of 20 most promising CEM solution providers of 2017. In a press release, Syenap CEO Elad Segev (pictured above with CIO Kerry Nel) said the recognition by the internationally respected publication is a proud achievement for the company. CIOReview said in its review of Syenap that the Johannesburg-based company "brings the power of real-time analytics to retailers’ fingertips with powerful tools that can record and scrutinise the data, including details like the number of shoppers frequently visiting not only the stores but also certain areas within the...

  • SA shopping community SnapnSave reports R40m in sales to brand partners

    SnapnSave, which claims to be South Africa’s number one cashback coupon app, has reached a milestone having delivered over R40-million in retail sales, 50 million impressions and seven million engagements for brand partners including Reckitt Benckiser, Tiger Brands, Nestle and SAB. In a press release earlier this month the SA company said it expects these numbers to treble in the next 12 months. Snapnsave founder Mark Bradshaw claims one in eight South African smartphone users have already used a digital coupon. "Historically, the challenge in SA has been that digital coupons have been limited to specific retailers. SnapnSave till-slip technology allows shoppers to get cashback wherever they...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [16/10/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or catch up on some of your skills? Well, you've come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we've rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...