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Blue Label, Blue Pencil launch “boutique” SA startup accelerator

JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms and Blue Pencil Management Architects – trading as Blue Pencil – have launched a “boutique” business accelerator programme to provide high potential South African startups with access to funding, market opportunities, channels and…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on December 6, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

500 Startups to tour African cities next year

US-based accelerator 500 Startups is organising a Geek on a Plane tour to four African cities next year as it looks to connect investors with innovative African startups.…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on December 5, 2016 at 15:11 — No Comments

Three local startups shortlisted for international insurance tech accelerator

The Startupbootcamp InsurTech accelerator has announced that three South African startups have been selected to collaborate with mentors and investors from a list of 23 international startups in…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on December 5, 2016 at 15:06 — No Comments

Startup Spotlight: Qorus helps businesses create critical documents on-demand

Ray Meiring and two other technology consultants, Lee Child and Stephanie Laurent, were helping a large retailer in Cape Town, South Africa create a system for generating business documents when they saw an opportunity.

All companies need…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on December 5, 2016 at 15:03 — No Comments

Three SA startups a step closer to international accelerator

Three local startups have been shortlisted for participation in an international acceleration programme.

The three SA startups are competing to be one of ten startups to join international …

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on December 2, 2016 at 14:13 — No Comments

Hi-Fly Marketing appoints new General Manager

South African based aviation services firm Hi-Fly Marketing has announced the appointment of Christobal Henner to the position of General Manager. 

 

Hi-Fly Marketing, the South African based aviation services firm has strengthened its corporate team with the appointment of Christobal Henner as General Manager responsible for strategic business development and key account management.…

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Added by Alexandra Guillot on December 1, 2016 at 17:54 — No Comments

DST Science Forum raises SA science profile

DST Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation and Resources Daan du Toit.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) Science Forum South Africa, set to take place in Pretoria next month, is successfully raising international awareness of South Africa's capacity across all…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on December 1, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Blue Label to fund South African start-ups

JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms and Blue Pencil Management Architects have jointly launched a business accelerator programme that will provide high potential South African businesses with access to the funding, market opportunities, channels and skills.

Blue Pencil provides…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on December 1, 2016 at 13:00 — No Comments

SA Uber rival snags R300m in funding

South African Uber competitor Zebra Cabs has just secured R300m in funding from Futuregrowth Asset Management as the battle of the Internet hailing apps hots up.

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South African Uber competitor Zebra Cabs has just secured R300m in funding from Futuregrowth Asset Management as the battle of the Internet hailing apps hots up.

SA Taxi, which owns the Zebra Cabs owner-driver scheme, said on Tuesday that it will use the R300m…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on December 1, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

SA wedding planning startup raises $29k on Shark Tank

South African startup Plan My Wedding has raised ZAR400,000 (US$29,000) in funding from Creative Counsel co-CEO Gil Oved and former Eurocar CEO Dawn Nathan Jones after pitching on the reality TV show Shark Tank.

Shark Tank South Africa sees entrepreneurs pitch their…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on December 1, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

What cyber security steps can you take to protect your business?

Security should be everyone’s concern as the world embraces the modern, digital age. In the last few years, the world watched as some of the largest companies in the world became the victims of cyber criminals. Data from the richest, most famous people in the world became public property. Companies that claimed to be leaders in security, like Yahoo…

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Added by Terrence Stoker on December 1, 2016 at 11:51 — No Comments

17 African startups to take part at Slush 2016

Seventeen startups from across Africa have been selected to take part in the Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) at the Slush event in Helsinki, Finland, where they will receive coaching and mentorship to help them accelerate their businesses and secure funding.…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on December 1, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

Finding solutions to the growing chargeback challenge

By Kyle Rozendo, CTO at SID Instant EFT.

Increasing sophistication in card fraud is reason for concern. Not only for banks, but most especially for online merchants, who are at risk of losing their ability to trade should they be implicated in repeat fraud attempts and excessive customer disputes.

While fraud is well documented, chargebacks as a result of a dispute can be just as debilitating. The financial services…

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Added by SID Instant EFT on December 1, 2016 at 10:07 — No Comments

Silicon Lagoon: Africa's Tech Revolution Heads West

Across the street from a church and in front of a dilapidated school is a grimy, sand-colored building that looks like any other here in Lagos, a prominent Nigerian port city.

But inside is something far from ordinary: the center of…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on November 30, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments

Startupbootcamp InsurTech identifies 23 promising startups

Startupbootcamp InsurTech, the leading accelerator focused on early-stage, insurance technology startups and corporate innovation, announces the top 23 globally diverse startups chosen to participate in its Selection Days.

According to a report from CB Insights, InsurTech investment has topped €1.3bn invested across 126 deals between Q1 and Q3 2016, with…
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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on November 30, 2016 at 20:00 — No Comments

10 things corporates can learn from startups on innovation

Roger Norton CEO at Playlogix

Innovation is the new competitive advantage, and large companies are realising that it’s hard to do when culture, processes and mindset don’t support this new way of thinking. Startups, however, are increasingly proving to be great vehicles for…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on November 30, 2016 at 16:19 — No Comments

Techstars, Barclays Launch In Cape Town

Techstars and Barclays are launching yet another accelerator program, this time in Cape Town, South Africa. And the application window for interested parties is now open.

The partnership was announced the launch this week and will work with Africa’s FinTech entrepreneurs…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on November 30, 2016 at 15:57 — No Comments

Solving Intelligence, Solving Real-world Problems

As a smart technology entrepreneur with a machine intelligence research background and passionate about advancing the state-of-the-art in machine or artificial intelligence (AI) to help solve real-world problems, it is very encouraging and exciting to see the AI buzz in the tech…

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Added by Jacques Ludik on November 30, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Have you heard about Durban’s WordPress Meetups?

Meetup is an online social networking portal that facilitates offline group meetings in various localities around the world. Meetup allows members to find and join groups unified by a common interest, such as politics, books, games,…

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Added by Janet Hancock on November 30, 2016 at 13:22 — No Comments

Courses to enhance your business

The business world is constantly shifting, as everyone reacts to new concerns and priorities. Staying ahead of the competition means not only being better in terms of productivity, but a range of other factors. Businesses can’t rely solely on what got them through difficult times before, claim experts. Instead businesses must work as both oracle and problem solver – predicting possible issues and solving them before they even arise. For example, few predicted that…

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Added by Terrence Stoker on November 30, 2016 at 12:09 — No Comments

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