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  • Eight Gauteng startups to watch in 2018 [Digital All Stars]

    Digital All Stars is a series of articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. The 2017 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey powered by Telkom Futuremakers found that though the Western Cape is still the most popular region in South Africa in which to run a tech startup, it's losing ground to the country's richest province -- Gauteng. In this piece we take a look at eight Gauteng-based startups to keep an eye on in 2018. Pineapple This insurtech startup in August last...

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    Case study: How Google Cloud Platform powers Nomanini’s payments platform

    Google has commended South African-based enterprise payments platform provider, Nomanini, for its role in modernising informal markets using Google products. Google’s Cloud Platform team visited Nomanini earlier this year to learn more about how the company uses Google Cloud Platform to build and support the Nomanini platform, which enables transactions services such as mobile phone airtime, electricity and insurance in the cash-based informal retail sector. Nomanini is driven by its mission to provide affordable access to payments for everyone, everywhere. The management of micro payments and distribution of prepaid vouchers in informal markets across Africa is expensive and presents logistical challenges....

  • Less than 10 days left to apply to pitch at the Nairobi Innovation Week

    Want to pitch at the Nairobi Innovation Week (NIW) 2018? You have until next week Wednesday (31 January) to register with NIW.Startups to take part in the event. In all 100 startups will be selected to participate. The fourth edition of Nairobi Innovation Week will be held between 5 and 9 March. Application is open to idea stage, early stage and growth stage African startups. Startups will be selected on four main criteria, namely ingenuity, scalability and impact, traction and team composition. The selected startups will be announced on 29 February. Nairobi Innovation Week will run between 5 and 9 March Startups selected for the NIW.Startups...

  • SA tech startups to benefit from WiFi, fibre, hub support in main cities

    Tshepo Thlaku is one of hundreds of tech entrepreneurs in the country's main cities that will be getting a boost with the laying hundreds of kilometres of fibre internet, rolling out new WiFi hotspots and vamping up of entrepreneurial support. "I would say the hubs are driving startups to an extent," says Tlhaku referring to the Gauteng province's Innovation Hub and its various eKasiLabs township hubs, with which the City of Tshwane has partnered. His Pretoria-based company Pulego Communications in 2015 won a R300 000 grant from the City of Tshwane in an innovation competition, for a safety app that city metro police are now...

  • Former gambling board man behind Gron Digital says ICO is backed by experts

    The man behind an initial coin offering (ICO) expected to launch next month has played down the negativity surrounding the use of ICOs and claims his ICO -- which aims to tackle legacy issues of trust and fair competition in the gambling sector -- will be backed by "trusted" experts. In a press release today announcing the launch of its pre-ICO to develop an open gaming platform, CEO of Gron Digital Tebogo Makamo said ICOs have recently seen plenty of negative press surrounding them as they’ve been "overdone, overworked and have often under-delivered”. “However, not all ICO’s are created equal and the one developed by...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [22/01/2018]

    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 next...

  • Want to bootstrap well? Know your market, consumer says Vincent Manzini

    Many entrepreneurs are held back by funding, but Ikapa Live and BlankKanvas founder Vincent Manzini believes bootstrapping your business can help you jump that hurdle -- if you do it right. "I've always bootstrapped the launch and growth of my companies," says Manzini (pictured above), who will be speaking tonight at this year's first Startup Grind Cape Town event at Workshop 17 at the V&A Waterfront. He believes the right way to go about bootstrapping is to understand your market. "With the correct product, positioning and timing you are bound to make money to fund your own expansion until you get to a point where you...

  • SA startup Luno’s Malaysian bank account still frozen as tax probe continues

    Almost a week in SA bitcoin exchange Luno's bank account in Malaysia remains shut, after being frozen by the country's tax authority late last week. It follows a statement issued last Saturday (13 January) by the company that its account -- held under the name of its local entity BitX Malaysia – was frozen by the tax authority pending an investigation. In a report in Malaysian newspaper The Star today Inland Revenue Board’s (IRB) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Sabin Samitah said the tax authority is carrying out the audit to determine whether the cryptocurrency company has complied with the statutory requirement under the...

  • GoMetro wants to help firms generate millions from freeing up parking spaces

    Each day thousands of Cape Town commuters edge their way to work in a snake of traffic that winds beneath the slopes of Table Mountain into a crowded city centre. Many will end or begin their daily commute in a parking space for which they, together with their employers can easily pay well over a R1000 a month for. This got GoMetro founder and former civil engineer Justin Coetzee thinking. "Why does it (your car) stand there all day, taking up space and just like ruining the view, killing us with fumes, killing us with unsafe driving. I mean we're addicted to cars," he charges. Coetzee reckons however...

  • Tshimologong announces launch of BCX Innovation Programme for tech startups

    Think your tech startup is innovative enough to become a global disruptor, but just needs that extra boost? Then you have until this Tuesday (23 January) to apply to the BCX Innovation Programme. The programme, which will be held at Wits University's Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, is part of the BCX and Telkom Innovation Programme. In a press release today announcing the launch of the initiative, Tshimologong incubator and accelerator manager Tanye ver Loren van Themaat described the BCX Innovation Programme as "an exciting opportunity to grow and develop innovative digital startups that are in prototype stage". BCX Innovation Programme participants will get the...

  • Could Airbuy have come up with a solution to card-not-present (CNP) fraud?

    South Africans are put off ecommerce because of "a negative perception of online transactions and online payments" because of the high amount of bank card fraud believes Njabulo Makhathini. He believes his Johannesburg-based startup Airbuy has come up with a solution to tackle this problem. "People just fear online transactions and online payments point blank," said Makhathini (pictured above left) who founded Airbuy in 2016 with Tshepang Kubo and Kabelo Twala. Makhathini who heads business development at the startup has a good reason to say so. Last year BusinessTech, quoting the South African Banking Risk Information Centre, reported that since 2010 South Africans have lost over...