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Acceleration Programme Final

On Wednesday the 12th of November the LaunchLab's 14 week Acceleration Programme drew to a close, when one entrepreneur was crowned champion and walked away with a grant of R15 000 in seed funding.

In the Final five entrepreneurs battled it out for the 15k, but ultimately it was Sandile Mamela from Magic Flow who won the very first ever LaunchLab Acceleration Programme.

The LaunchLab wishes to thank all the participants…


Added by Avelino Rodrigues on November 17, 2014 at 11:14 — No Comments

I Got 99 Problems But My Pitch Ain't One

Startup L. Jackson on Startups


If you’re having funding problems

I feel bad for you son

I got 99 problems but my pitch ain’t one…


Added by iAFRIKAN on November 15, 2014 at 13:14 — No Comments

5 great ways to save your startup's money (via OfficeBox)

As a startup you are most likely strapped for cash. You need to make every cent count or you won't make it through the crucial first years. At OfficeBox we understand that you need to get the best bang for your buck. To help you, we have compiled a list of the 5 best ways your startup can save money.

1. Kill your overheads



Added by Adele Bezuidenhout on November 12, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

Additional Statutory Registrations

Just when you thought it was OK, to breathe a sigh of relief and pat yourself on the back for a job well done, you realise that you are only part of the way down regulatory road.

While the procedures listed below are not all strictly Statutory Registrations they do form a very important part of running your business, below is a list of registrations that need to be completed at various stages of your business cycle.  

  • Annual Return -…

Added by Tyronne Nel on November 12, 2014 at 17:19 — No Comments

Returning sponsors Airwatch, Kofax and Meso Group sign up for the 2015 IT Leaders Africa Summit

South Africa's premier IT summit is back for a 6th year and returning attendees have signed up again for another chance to meet with some of the region's leading IT and business professionals.

After a successful summit in 2014, Airwatch and Kofax are returning to IT Leaders Africa 2015 as Silver Providers for the second consecutive year. Airwatch and Kofax among other providers, are sending a team of experts to present 60 minute workshops to attendees over the 2 day…


Added by Kirsten Pow Chong on November 12, 2014 at 16:22 — No Comments

The open source community helps defend GNOME trademark against Groupon

The GNOME Foundation sent out an urgent call for help to defend its trademark against Groupon. It would cost $80,000 to oppose the registration of the first set of 10 applications:

"The GNOME project is a well-known free and open-source desktop environment for Linux distros. Gnome is also the name of Groupon's new proprietary point-of-sale operating system. The two couldn't be more opposed in ethos, and given the fact that the former has held a registered…


Added by Jacques Rentzke on November 12, 2014 at 16:01 — No Comments

Dashboard Design Workshop presented by Synergy

Following her talk on Interconnected BI - A systems thinking approach at Mammoth BI, Synergy presents a Dashboard Design workshop by Gillian…


Added by Leon Jamarie on November 12, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Why should I be fluent in code?

"When you become fluent with reading and writing, it's not something that you're doing just to become a professional writer. Very few people become professional writers. But it's useful for everybody to learn how to read and write.

Again, the same thing with coding. Most people won't grow up to become professional computer scientists or programmers, but those skills of thinking creatively, reasoning systematically, working collaboratively, are…


Added by Emma Dicks on November 12, 2014 at 9:14 — 1 Comment

5 reasons why you should start your own business

You’re at that point in your life when you want to get your career going. You have qualification(s). You have some experience and you’re trying to enter a recession hit job market. It’s tough. There are hardly any positions, and those that are there will leave you feeling underemployed and underpaid, BUT what choice do you have, right?


You need to take a risk and back yourself to succeed. Take that part of your career path that you have loved the…


Added by Alex Isaacs on November 11, 2014 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Social networks vs social networking by Marc Smith

Marc SmithChief Social Scientist, Connected Action Consulting Group (USA), focuses on social media, the conversations themselves, but not the commercial messages displayed (but perhaps often not seen) along side these discussions on advertising and interactions. He will speaking at the Mammoth BI conference on 17 November and conducting…


Added by Leon Jamarie on November 10, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments

Mammoth BI and Internet Solutions making Big Data accessible to all

Mammoth BI is proud to have Internet Solutions (IS) as a sponsor for its first Big Data and Business Intelligence Conference taking place on 17 and 18 November 2014 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Internet Solutions, a division of Dimension Data was founded in 1993 and has since continued to be the leading ISP provider for business focusing on how the Internet can…


Added by Leon Jamarie on November 10, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments

Countdown to Cape Town; SAP Startup Focus forum is coming!!

With summer just around the corner for the Southern Hemisphere, November is a beautiful time to visit Cape Town. 

SAP Startup Focus program aims to help startups in the Big Data, predictive and realtime analytics space develop new applications on SAP HANA and accelerate market traction. SAP…


Added by Rachel Kingston on November 10, 2014 at 16:20 — No Comments

Effective Omni Channel marketing: right data, insights and context

Jason Haddock, Head of Business Intelligence at Saratoga Software and Founder of Mammoth BI explains that for effective omni channel marketing that speaks to the individual consumer, you don’t just need data, you need the right kind of data, the insights and the context… 

Almost everyone you see is digitally connected in some way – whether it is via a computer, tablet or mobile phone. Any information that you need is…


Added by Mieneke van der Merwe on November 10, 2014 at 15:54 — No Comments

Innovate SA Final Showcase

Innovate SA is proud to announce the overall winner for 2014, Paragon Protein. The team, previously known as Spiruteens, from the Cape Academy of Maths, Science and Technology in Cape Town, has ambitious plans to combat child malnutrition with the high protein superfood, spirulina.

Using their seed…


Added by Stefan Louw on November 10, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

Life Changing Experience At Lean Jo'burg

By Gaoretelelwe Molebalwa (@Gaoretelelwe) on Startups

The Lean Startup Machine Johannesburg Workshop on 31 October to 02 November 2014 was an experience and a half for me, it was life changing.

I had previously read Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup and had also listened to the audio version of the book. My impression of the concept and methodology was straight-forward, that it is an academic concept. Fortunately I had also come across Alberto Savioa’s Prototype It and my love… Continue

Added by iAFRIKAN on November 7, 2014 at 14:40 — No Comments

Lessons Learned At Lean Jozi

Balungile Mbenyane (@hellolungi) on Startups

This weekend I did something absolutely unfathomable: I learned to start a business in three days. It all started a few months ago, when a campaign to bring Lean Startup Machine to Johannesburg caught my eye. I have been curious for a while now about how to go about starting a business, and succeeding. So I signed up.

A few months later, I saw that LSM was indeed coming to Johannesburg, and one of the sponsors, iAfrikan, was… Continue

Added by iAFRIKAN on November 7, 2014 at 14:38 — No Comments

We're close to launch, and we're excited!

Artists.Clothing was the brainchild of two entrepreneurs based at the tip of Africa.

This concept originally started as another POD (print on demand) site, and this site was almost finished and about to launch.

However – a forum post where an owner of new POD site asked the question: “Does anyone know where I can buy fully made…


Added by Paul M on November 6, 2014 at 12:13 — No Comments

How to Fund Your Startup -- With VCs, Angels and Crowdinvesting

"Every one of my books had killed me a little more," - this profound and highly personal quote by American author Norman Mailer has become one of my favorites since I started writing about startups funding. For with each new article, the more I would dig deep into research, the more I would realize how imbalanced the existing funding system is. 

On the bright side, whether working with clients via my company Metropole Capital…


Added by Lianne du Toit on November 5, 2014 at 10:43 — No Comments

Statutory Registrations and your Small Business

Ok inspired entrepreneurs, so you’ve registered your business entity and opened your bank account and now you’re probably thinking “I don’t want to get in to trouble with SARS, so what do I do now?”

Well that’s exactly what we will be covering with today’s article. Statutory Registrations are a very important part of running your business legally, below is a list of registrations that need to be completed at each stage of your business cycle.  

  • Income Tax – All…


Added by Tyronne Nel on November 4, 2014 at 15:12 — No Comments

2015 Spark* South Africa Changemaker Program - Entrepreneur Opportunity

Less than 48 hours left to apply!

We are looking for South Africa’s best early stage social entrepreneurs.

Are you the founder of a social business or organisation that exists to help South Africans living in poverty? Is your social business or organisation in its early years and already making a difference for people?

Get information at:…


Added by Will Lutwyche on November 4, 2014 at 13:51 — No Comments

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