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11 Key Findings from the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2014

The Global Entrepreneurship Congress is an inter-disciplinary gathering of international start-up champions.  Held in Moscow from the 17th- 20th March, this year’s event saw entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders and policymakers collaborate in order to generate ideas which will drive economic growth and accelerate the progression of an already thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Over the past five years, the…


Added by Lianne du Toit on April 3, 2014 at 10:45 — No Comments

Silicon Cape Startup Profile: Time To Reply

Once a week Silicon Cape will be featuring a member from the community. If you would like your company profiled please fill out the form below. For more information please contact

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Added by Ryno Lawson on April 3, 2014 at 7:07 — No Comments

Women Entrepreneurs: Accelerate your Business!

Come and join us at the Bandwidth Barn where we're presenting the Women In Business program, running from 27 May through to 16 September 2014.

The programme is open to all women business owners who have been running their business for at least a year.

The WIB programme aims to provide strategic support for, and to develop the capacity of, women entrepreneurs across a variety of sectors through:

- re-thinking their business plans and addressing key…


Added by Bettina Moss on April 2, 2014 at 21:00 — No Comments

Taking Exporting to the next level 22 May 2014

Taking Exporting to the next level 22 May 2014


This year the Chamber is hosting the Absa-Cape Chamber of Commerce Western Cape Exporter of the Year (EOY) Competition for the 24th consecutive year. Leading up to the awards ceremony, the Cape Chamber will celebrating its 210th birthday, and will be running a workshop for Companies who has been Exporting for 3 years adn…


Added by Mary Jean Thomas-Johnson on April 2, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Built in Africa: Seun Osewa on building Nigeria’s most popular site

By Michelle Atagana


Built in Africa focuses on entrepreneurs, startups and technologies that are born on the continent and empower the continent’s citizens.

Online communities and discussion platforms are the cornerstone of the internet. In this second instalment of our “Built in Africa” series, we feature one of the most prominent online communities to come out of Africa – Nairaland –…


Added by Ventureburn on April 1, 2014 at 13:46 — No Comments

Shared office space: The new home-office

Long leases, a substantial capital outlay, high monthly costs and time consuming administration are some of the most common reasons why many local small businesses are still stuck working in a home-office environment. Coffee shop meetings, distractions at home and a lack of a work-life balance are some of the less glamorous aspects of working from home but for many, there hasn’t been viable alternative. Until now, that is.

What makes shared office space…


Added by Wayne on April 1, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

Tech Startup Ecosystem Comparison - East & West Africa

By Meghan Semancik

This post first appeared on

I’ve been in Nairobi, Kenya for the last 5 months of 2013 learning about the East African startup and investment landscape. It was interesting to…


Added by iAFRIKAN on April 1, 2014 at 12:52 — No Comments

Daddy brand means business with new collaborative approach to work

The Daddy’s World Group has brought you game-changing hotel  concepts and cash-saving daily deals and now they have turned their attention to supporting entrepreneurs through a collaborative approach to growing small businesses in Cape Town.

In keeping with their design-led philosophy;  new co-working space,…


Added by George Gabriel on April 1, 2014 at 12:00 — 3 Comments

It’s About Time You Digitised Your Loyalty Programme

From frequent flyer miles to earning eBucks when you swipe, loyalty programs get results. And by results we mean profit. If they’re done the right way.

One thing is clear, however. Now that every Mary Sue and her neighbourhood cupcake shop is handing out loyalty cards, there is fierce competition to face. Nothing new under the capitalism sun, right? Except that by going digital you’ll be gaining a much appreciated upper hand.

But, why?

The problem is that people’s…


Added by Terrence Stoker on April 1, 2014 at 11:40 — No Comments

Women in Tech Conference and Travel Grants

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As part of Google's ongoing commitment to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, we are pleased to offer Women in…


Added by Zimkhita Buwa on March 31, 2014 at 21:08 — No Comments

Women in business are important for economic development

The Women In Business Programme is aimed at providing strategic support for, and developing the capacity of women entrepreneurs.

The 2014 Programme will run from 6 May - 19 August 2014

Online applications are now open:…


Added by TheBarn on March 31, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

HCSMSA - Health Care Social Media South Africa

#HCSM represents Health Care Social Media. Social Media is currently being used on international level to discuss health care topics by not only doctors and patients, but also by scientists, medical students, journalists and the like.

Because of the advancement in medical technology, such as bio-printing, 3d-printing, robotics, googleglass etc. twitter in particular acts as the preferred platform for discussion and indexing in real-time, as opposed to most search engines, which can…


Added by Vanessa Carter on March 28, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Shopstar is South Africa’s new up-and-coming ecommerce platform

By Jacques Coetzee


It’s no secret that South Africa’s ecommerce is on the verge of booming. With the industry said to be growing by 30% a year and the market estimated to be worth R4.4-billion in 2013, we can expect a lot of competition in this arena.

The almost year-old …


Added by Ventureburn on March 27, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

A Silicon Cape Initiative: Journey Startup Program to launch 1000 small business

Silicon Cape announce Journey Startup Program to launch 1000 small businesses

Cape Town, SA - Silicon Cape, announced today that it has partnered with Journey, a local startup, to create the Journey Startup Program. The program aims to help 1000 local startups and small businesses get off the ground by building and selling mobile apps to SMEs.

Of the announcement of the…


Added by Ryno Lawson on March 27, 2014 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

Silicon Cape Startup Profile: FOLUP

Once a week Silicon Cape will be featuring a member from the community. If you would like your company profiled please fill out the form below. For more information please contact

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Added by Ryno Lawson on March 27, 2014 at 7:39 — No Comments

Ventureburn: Triumph for WooCommerce as it becomes world’s most popular online shopping tool

Research company BuiltWith uses data captured from more than a quarter of a billion websites to show us how active the global ecommerce scene is, as well as which online shopping cart tools are being used the most. Most notably, the stats indicate that the online shopping website plugin, WooCommerce, has being the…


Added by Ryno Lawson on March 26, 2014 at 19:28 — 1 Comment

Built in Africa: Patrick Ngowi and his solar crusade to light up the continent

By Michelle Atagana

Patrick Ngowi

Built in Africa focuses on entrepreneurs, startups and technologies that are affecting the continent and empowering the African people.

When you look at the supposed “dark” continent, its social and economic problems are abundantly clear. But it seems that Africa’s entrepreneurs are stepping up and trying to find ways to solve some of these challenges.

There is a global energy crisis, and Africa in particular…


Added by Ventureburn on March 26, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

Realmdigital set to sponsor Africa's largest Digital Publishing conference again this year, look out for Footnote Summit 2014

footnote-sponsors Realmdigital will be sponsoring the most sought after Digital Publishing conference in Africa this year. It all happens on the 13th of June at the CTICC in Cape Town at the Footnote Summit - publishers and content providers alike will be convening to discuss the topic of…


Added by Linda Jooste on March 24, 2014 at 10:34 — No Comments

Learn how to hire (or fire) your clients

Last month Startup Grind Cape Town hosted Jonathan Smit. Here is the wrap-up:

Jonathan Smit, a techie from birth, took a leap of faith on starting Payfast back in 2007 when the idea of secure online payments was still a pipe dream. As such, he tackled Payfast with his famous “screw it, let’s do it!”…


Added by Adele Bezuidenhout on March 20, 2014 at 16:39 — No Comments

Call for Entries to The Maverick Awards 2014 - SA's First Youth Entrepreneurship Excellence Awards

Nominations are Open for


Youth entrepreneurial excellence will be celebrated for the first-time in South Africa at the inaugural Maverick Awards; SA Young Entrepreneur…


Added by Bokang Seritsane on March 20, 2014 at 9:32 — No Comments

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