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Entries for next 500 Startups class open - Deadline 1 December

Entries for the next batch of 500 Startups is open for application. Local SweepSouth, the first South African company on the program participated recently and benefitted enormously from their mentors, expertise, exposure and networks. Applications via ;…

Added by Alexandra Fraser on November 23, 2015 at 15:45 — No Comments

Groundbreaking SA Start-Up – BizLink – Is What LinkedIn Wants To Be - By 2 Oceans vibe

You’re at the age now where you’re looking for anything that gives you (or your business) a competitive edge. You’re not alone, of course, so maybe it’s time you nicked in ahead of the rest and set yourself apart.

Recently we’ve been hearing some real buzz around a new platform that individuals and businesses are pretty excited about. It’s kind of like that other platform, the one that links you in if you…


Added by Craig shelley on November 20, 2015 at 14:45 — No Comments

Should we forget cash money

One of the best ways we’ve progressed in terms of technology has been focused on how we’ve managed our finances. Increasingly, all over the world, we’re seeing a move away from hard, physical currency to digital.

As Forbes’ notes of American spending:

“Studies by Visa show…


Added by Terrence Stoker on November 20, 2015 at 13:30 — No Comments

Silicon Cape Startup Profile - Unparalleled Media

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



Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on November 20, 2015 at 12:02 — No Comments

Africa Should Accelerate Transitioning To High-Value Manufacturing Like 3D Printing

One of the most puzzling paradoxes of the much lauded recent African growth is its bizarre matrix of high growth and high unemployment.

The low impact on poverty reduction and unemployment of the otherwise impressive growth has in turn been attributed to the low contribution of the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing has stagnated and contracted while the service sector continues to grow at a strong rate, leaving economists with the task of pondering whether …


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on November 20, 2015 at 11:28 — No Comments

Reflections from a Silicon Cape Startup at Finland's 15,000 person Slush

In the last ten days, this American-turned-adopted-South African was honoured to participate in the Global Impact Accelerator…

Added by Elizabeth Gould on November 20, 2015 at 9:13 — No Comments

Why Cape Town has emerged as the biggest startup hub on the African continent

Cape Town is fast cementing itself as the biggest continental hub for tech startups. It’s a growing trend, confirmed by a number of research surveys and articles over the past decade. The Mother City is rightfully living up to monikers such as “The Silicon Cape” and the “…


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on November 19, 2015 at 16:06 — 1 Comment

What tech features should be standard by now

We’ve reached a point where pointing at a TV, saying our name out loud, and scanning our fingerprints are activities that are part of every day life. Technology has taken massive leaps over the last decade that most of us could not have predicted. It’s no wonder that, in South Africa, tech is one of the fastest growing industries in general, as we…


Added by Terrence Stoker on November 19, 2015 at 13:57 — No Comments

Facebook and the Praekelt Foundation launch Free Basics Incubator

Facebook has kicked off its AfricaCom 2015 activities with the launch of the Free Basics Incubator, an open source toolkit of technologies and strategies supported by digital agency Torchbox, which will allow organisations to adapt existing services for mobile, and to create new services for distribution on the Free Basics Platform.

The global social media powerhouse held a media briefing in Cape Town this week to announce its partnership with the Praekelt Foundation and the launch of…


Added by Bettina Moss on November 19, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

How to prepare for an IT career

It is great to know that we live at a place regarded as the leading hub of startups on the continent. As VentureBurn notes: “Cape Town is fast cementing itself as the biggest continental hub for tech startups. It’s a growing trend, confirmed by a number of research surveys and articles over the past decade.”

While it’s…


Added by Terrence Stoker on November 18, 2015 at 15:51 — No Comments

Inaugural Ericsson AHUB begins today in Cape Town

The Ericsson AHUB, a first of its kind three-day startup-focused event at the AfricaCom conference in Cape Town, begins today, hosting startups, incubators, entrepreneurs, investors, operators and developers to showcase talent, facilitate partnerships and encourage investment and innovation.

The AHUB, presented by Ericsson in partnership with Informa and Disrupt Africa, aims to offer attendees insights on how to be a…


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on November 18, 2015 at 9:59 — No Comments

#Change the world in A day

We have decided to offer the greatest Christmas present any one could receive - an open window to the the world - we will #changetheworldinadayand we would love for you to participate!

The goal is to set up an IT Lab for the…


Added by David Silva on November 18, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments Innovation Award Winners 2015 Announced

Ten winners of the Innovation Awards 2015supported by Uber, Mobile Monday South Africa, Appsworld and Picup were announced and…


Added by Andrew Fassnidge on November 17, 2015 at 14:22 — No Comments

Professional, serviced office space in Techno Park, Stellenbosch

After two years of steady growth at our first branch in Somerset West, Growth Space is expanding to Stellenbosch.

After searching for viable premises in Stellenbosch for over a year while building a proven, sustainable business model and a loyal customer base, we're excited to have finally secured space in sought after Techno Park. Surrounded by leaders…


Added by Wayne from Growth Space on November 17, 2015 at 12:56 — No Comments

[Lucky entrepreneurs, 4 more days to apply to the Cap40 Gala Awards!]


On 4th December 2015, the Cap40 privatizes Kirstenbosch Gardens for an exclusive night. Through this challenge, the Cap40 awards intended to reward…


Added by Caroline Dunod on November 17, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

‘Imagine a new Africa’ at the UCT Upstarts Idea Auction


UCT Upstarts is igniting a ‘Student Start-up Nation’ by helping student-led startups launch their socially impactful ideas.


 The Idea Auction was the grand finale to the…


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on November 17, 2015 at 9:42 — No Comments

Silicon Cape Startup Profiler - Lexnove

1.) Describe what your company does in the simplest, most engaging way you can:


LexNove is an online platform which aims to revolutionise the legal services industry in South Africa by connecting users…


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on November 16, 2015 at 13:47 — No Comments

Does your business need HR?

Hiring an HR specialist often seems like an unnecessary added expense,  many business owners have the view that they can perform the various HR responsibilities themselves.

However, dealing with employee matters requires a lot of time, often to the detriment of other important revenue generating work.

Granted, depending on the size of your organisation you probably won’t require a full-time HR specialist. Still, HR needs to be a focus so the consideration of an HR…


Added by Gretchen Roberts on November 16, 2015 at 12:40 — No Comments


As national unemployment rates increase a further 0.25%, is entrepreneurship truly the gospel?

November is celebrated globally as the month of entrepreneurship with multiple activities putting the spotlight on inculcating a culture of entrepreneurship in local communities. No larger event does this better than Global Entrepreneurship Week, an event celebrated in…


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on November 16, 2015 at 11:04 — No Comments

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