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Where exactly is Silicon Cape?

This past week has been interesting, the Western Cape government dished out R6.5 million (six point five million randelas) to 12 Cape-based tech companies. 

A few things are interesting about the funding, firstly the fund is called the "Design Innovation Seed Fund" and the prize money comes courtesy of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the "implementing" partner is The Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI). Look money is money regardless of who's dishing it out, so read… Continue

Added by Vuyisa Qabaka on February 21, 2015 at 14:43 — 2 Comments

Announcing Soweto Innovation Week 2015 Startup Showcase Competition and Featured Speakers

Announcing the Startup Showcase Competition and Featured Speakers

Today, Soweto Innovation Week 2015 announces featured speakers and the Startup Showcase Competition. The four featured speakers are only four of over twenty speakers to be announced over the next couple of weeks for this inaugural three day technology conference that will take place at the Soweto Theatre…


Added by iAFRIKAN on February 19, 2015 at 20:26 — No Comments

GSMA case study: Nomanini enables rapid, reliable prepaid retail in informal markets

South African-based company Nomanini has created a mobile point of sale terminal and cloud-based distribution platform that is fundamentally changing the nature of the prepaid voucher industry in informal markets.

This is according to the latest case study from…


Added by Kim Humby on February 19, 2015 at 11:20 — No Comments

I, Business

  • If you s*** at sales don’t build a startup. Go lean. Get someone to do sales.
  • You won’t go viral. Stay determined.
  • Be human. You are dealing with humans.
  • Entrepreneurs become better everyday. No-one knows it all.
  • People have to trust you. Only then will you be successful.
  • Have a blog. And be you.
  • Have a purpose. In life.
  • Remember why you started.

Added by Alan Williams on February 19, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

R6.5million for TOP Cape Innovators

Seed funding totaling R6.5million has been allocated to develop 12 innovative Western Cape ideas – the 12 innovators were all recipients of Design Innovation Seed Fund (DISF) grants at an event at the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) today.

The DISF is a joint fund between the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the Technology Innovation Agency. It is project managed by the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI). A total of 151 applications were…


Added by Lianne du Toit on February 18, 2015 at 17:47 — No Comments

UCD stands for User Centered Design

So often UX (user experience) teams are asked to VET systems or applications AFTER BRS's & FRS's (Business Requirement Specification, Functional Requirement Specification) have been completed.

The UX guys must just check the new system (or application) to make sure it's user friendly.

Yeah, right.

I focus on the experience a user has when using a new system (or application) and i use a User Centered Design (UCD) methodology to do…


Added by Alan Williams on February 18, 2015 at 13:30 — No Comments

The CIO Challenge Cape Town!

The Challenge takes place on the 5th & 6th of May in Cape Town.

The conference will provide an exclusive opportunity to discover effective enterprise solutions, as well as sharing experiences with various industry sector peers from industries including finance, telecoms and IT, Government, transport, manufacturing,retail and healthcare to name a few.

The format of the CIO Challenge is based on interaction and over 2 days, the audience will hear from industry…


Added by Juliano Velacci on February 18, 2015 at 9:55 — No Comments

GoMetro launches an “Email-Your-Boss” button today to bring relief to late workers in Western Cape

In another move to help South African commuters by using mobile technology, GoMetro has launched a service for commuters to initiate an email to their employers from a delayed train - no matter their device type. This button has been designed for the South African developing environment for users who do not have email addresses and are accessing train times and delays on older phones - they don’t even need an internet connection.

Employees on their way to…


Added by Justin Coetzee on February 17, 2015 at 13:31 — No Comments

What is the Value proposition of Innotribe for startups? (Part 2 of 3)

In my previous blog post on silicon cape, I explained that as the Innotribe Startup Challenge 2015 application stage draws to a close on 22 February, I am explaining to a lot of startups from round the world, who Innotribe is, and why I feel they should get involved, essentially pitching our value…


Added by Kevin johnson on February 17, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

What is the Value proposition of Innotribe for startups? (Part 1 of 3)

In my previous post, I talked about what the innotribe startup challenge is, and why I think people should apply. For the first time we have added a regional showcase in Africa, taking place in May in CapeTown. If you are on the fence as to whether to apply or not, I have written a series of posts explaining what I see are the benefits of being part of the…


Added by Kevin johnson on February 15, 2015 at 11:12 — No Comments

New programme for entrepreneurs in San Fransisco !

CALSO (, a US-based social enterprise, is launching a new program for foreign entrepreneurs looking to explore opportunities in the Silicon Valley:…


Added by Laura Beaulier on February 13, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

Possible Cost Of Starting On a New Job From Tertiary


Added by Siboniso Shangase on February 12, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

Silicon Cape Initiative Startup Profile: ForGood

Silicon Cape will be featuring a business from our Startup community. If you would like your company profiled please fill out the form here.

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Added by Deidre Luzmore on February 12, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

#SIW15 Introducing the inaugural Soweto Innovation Week

From 8 April 2015 to 10 April 2015 Johannesburg’s south western township, Soweto, will host its first ever technology and digital conference, Soweto Innovation Week 2015.

Johannesburg, South Africa – February 11, 2015



Added by iAFRIKAN on February 11, 2015 at 21:02 — No Comments

Becoming a Coder: From One Digital Newbie to Another

This time last year, almost to the day, I started my career in the digital marketing industry. I joined Techsys Digital straight out of University, with little to no coding experience under my belt. I was taken on as a Quality Assurer and through this role I have learnt a lot about what goes into building the web platforms that most people take for granted. So this post is for you if you are interested in learning about how the pieces…


Added by Michael Moodie on February 11, 2015 at 15:08 — No Comments

#RAK15 - It's Random Acts of Kindness Week 2015 - #Tech4Good

Today I emailed Elizabeth Gould and Cara Turner from Project CodeX and told them that I love the work that both of them are doing, that they are the guardians of our country's tech future by teaching 14 year old girls from Khayelitsha to code. And that I am donating my speakers fee for presenting at the Women in Business programme , the Bandwidth Barn's newest enterprise development programme, to their…


Added by Deidre Luzmore on February 11, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

Make SEARCH Usable

According to Jacob Nielsen the number one mistake in web design is bad search.

    "search engines reduce usability [when] they’re unable to handle typos, plurals, hyphens, and other variants of the query terms."

There's another reason: poorly presented search results.

Added by Alan Williams on February 10, 2015 at 15:03 — No Comments

SWIFT Brings the Innotribe Startup Challenge to Africa - Entries Close 22 February!!!

Is the Innotribe Startup Challenge for me?

If you are reading this, thinking should I / shouldn’t I participate, then I want to challenge you, and flip it to say: why wouldn’t you?

The Innotribe Startup Challenge is free to enter, unlike other challenges. We don’t charge for companies to pitch, and it’s open to startups as well as more grown-up companies who are still under the radar. It’s dedicated to FinTech entrepreneurs, this means that the judges we recruit,…


Added by Kevin johnson on February 10, 2015 at 10:28 — 1 Comment

Participate in South Africa’s first startup survey

Startups are a critical part of South Africa’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. “Whilst more funding and opportunities are available for startups, we need to benchmark where we are and which areas need improvement – we have therefore developed South Africa’s first start up survey,” says Jeff Miller, non-executive chairman of Seed Academy.

“The survey aims to get a national picture of startup entrepreneurs, what challenges…


Added by Michelle K Blumenau on February 9, 2015 at 10:13 — No Comments

eCommerce, eCommerce and more eCommerce...

The eCommerce Africa Confex 2015, held at the CTICC on the 3rd and 4th of February 2015, delivered two action packed days filled with anything and everything eCommerce, eCommerce and more eCommerce!

This prestigious conference was hosted by KINETIC EVENTS Cape Town; an international business-to-business conferencing company that specializes in equipping senior management executives with knowledge, market…


Added by Esta Claassen on February 6, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

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