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South African representation at Web Summit 2013 - Dublin

A week ago, Europe held it's largest tech conference, the 2013 edition of Web Summit. Held in Dublin it brought together almost 1000 start-ups from more than 100 countries to raise their profile, to pitch for investment, to learn from others and to find out what's trending in the world of venture capital and technology. South Africans were there in force, and punched above their weight.…


Added by Greg Becker on November 6, 2013 at 14:53 — 2 Comments

Silicon Cape Startup Profile: Dionysus Cellular cc

Silicon Cape Startup Profile: Dionysus Cellular cc

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

Company Name: Dionysus Cellular cc

Website Name:…


Added by Ryno Lawson on November 6, 2013 at 9:58 — No Comments

Canadian Startup Visa South Africa Tour- Bandwidth Barn, November 18 2013

Canada is officially open for business.

Accessing North American markets is extremely difficult for South African businesses. This is about to change with the introduction of the Startup Visa Canada program, an initiative of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

This innovative program offers tech entrepreneurs accelerator assistance to access markets and Canadian Permanent Residence that enables the establishment of the international leg of their business which removes the…


Added by TheBarn on November 6, 2013 at 9:58 — No Comments

This weeks PwC Tip of the Week

"Based on a notice in Government Gazette, No 35090, certain institutions (mostly banks) must now furnish SARS with financial information about taxpayers. SARS will use the information (interest accrued, monthly debits and credits) to verify information submitted by the tax payers in their 2013 tax returns. One should therefore ensure that interest and other ad hoc income is declared accurately,"

Added by TheBarn on November 6, 2013 at 9:50 — No Comments

WooThemes, WordCamp and running an international company from Cape Town

Startup Grind will chat to the organisers of this years’ WordCamp 2013.

Startup Grind is in more than 50 cities and 15 countries. Startup Grind’s goal is to Educate, Inspire and Connect entrepreneurs from all sectors.

Come and hear how WooThemes handles the international attention regarding changing their policies, how to handle staff across several timelines, and what holding a successful WordCamp 2013 event entails.…


Added by Guillaume De Smedt on November 6, 2013 at 1:00 — No Comments

CCTV in schools?

The benefits of CCTV in schools

Schools and students are becoming more tech-savvy, and not only with on-site computer labs and interactive smart boards - learners are carrying iPads, iPods and smart phones to school in their book bags. CCTV, or closed-circuit television, has also become part and parcel of the new, more connected school environment – not only to protect the students and the school’s high-tech assets, but also to allow for a more interactive experience for…


Added by Niven Perumal on November 4, 2013 at 11:31 — No Comments

Looking for a gaming solution? First consider this…

Gaming has proven to be an extremely successful way to attract and retain users online. And recent industry activity indicates that its popularity will continue among online and mobile communities.

Earning money off gaming used to be simply a matter of publishing banner adverts across your gaming site or within the games. These tended to convert well and ensured pretty good revenues. Unfortunately, this no longer works as well as it used to. Site owners now need to look at more…


Added by Mark van Diggelen on November 4, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Micro-finance: the fuel or fall of entrepreneurship in emerging markets?

By Lenoy Barkai

Money Jar

It’s no easy feat becoming an entrepreneur in emerging markets, especially since one’s entrepreneurial potential is so often stunted by the onerous bureaucratic processes involved in setting up a business and raising capital. For this reason, the advent of micro-finance has ignited hopes that micro-entrepreneurs would now have one less obstacle in their way.

But has micro-finance really lived up to these expectations?

A …


Added by Ventureburn on November 1, 2013 at 14:23 — No Comments

The CIO Challenge 2014

The CIO Challenge hosts top speakers representing Engen,Paarl Media, Pernod Ricard, Francis Cronje -ICT POPI Specialist.

Find out more on BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Big Data & POPI implications for 2014.

For more info email

Added by Juliano Velacci on November 1, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Prezence partners with Leisure Books in Media24 Books' first foray into mCommerce

Leisure Books, South Africa's largest book club which is owned by Media24 Books, has partnered with Prezence, one of South Africa’s leading mobile, apps and digital agencies, in what marks Media24  Books’ first retail app.

This partnership marks the first step in the phased digitisation and…


Added by Mvelase on October 31, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

Dream offices at a dream price for developers, designers, entrepreneurs!

I've got word from SantiLabs that they have the perfect location: close to the CDB, close to the N2, N1, M5 and in a quiet area.

Two options available:

  • Hotdesking at a single desk in the common area
  • Office with 2 desks (can add third desk)


- Desk/s + Chair/s + Internet + Kitchen access

- 12-seater boardroom

- Air­-conditioned

- Mountain /…


Added by Jess Green on October 31, 2013 at 11:37 — 1 Comment

Changing IT Curriculum from Java to Delphi

I'm sure many of you have read about this. Basically there is a proposed move to change the IT curriculum from Java to Delphi programming language. Attached below is a letter to the Minister of Education for the Western Cape, compiled by a group of Western Cape IT teachers highlighting their concern.  …


Added by Graeme Barnes on October 31, 2013 at 10:07 — 3 Comments

Global Youth, Global Entrepreneurs, Global Startups = Global Neighbourhood

In October 2013, Malaysia played host to Global Startup Youth (GSY), which was aimed to catalyze the next generation of high-growth ventures and young entrepreneurs.

500 youths 18-25 year olds from over 105 made 54 teams that were joined at the hip for 3 days.

Their task: create an application with the 3 main judging criteria in…


Added by Lianne du Toit on October 31, 2013 at 7:03 — 1 Comment

Feedback on the Draft National Intellectual Property Policy

Silicon Cape is working on a number of projects aimed at influencing and improving the regulatory environment in South Africa. A few weeks ago we asked the Silicon Cape community to provide comments on the draft national intellectual property (IP) policy. Thank you to all of you who took the time to read the draft policy and provide feedback.

Silicon Cape in partnership with a number of IP lawyers, SAVCA (the South African Venture Capital Association), CITI (Cape IT Initiative) and as…


Added by Alexandra Fraser on October 30, 2013 at 21:35 — No Comments

Apple’s legacy is worth emulating

Apple recently wowed the world with their reveal of their new tech, at their San Francisco event recently. They revealed plenty of incredible progress on their current, famous products: iPads, MacBooks, and OSX.…


Added by Terrence Stoker on October 30, 2013 at 15:55 — No Comments

Silicon Cape Startup Profile: TenderPoint

Silicon Cape Startup Profile: TenderPoint

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

Company Name

TenderPoint - The Most Innovative Construction Procurement Platform In South Africa.

Website Name …


Added by Ryno Lawson on October 30, 2013 at 10:45 — 1 Comment

Seed Engine’s second start-up accelerator kicks off with a strong line-up creating substantial value

Seed Engine, South Africa’s first start-up business accelerator has begun its second programme with a strong line up of six ventures. Selected participants have been offered an enhanced array of benefits. These include R100 000 start up capital plus over R300 000 in additional benefits each so ideas can be converted into investable and commercial realities.  

Says Marc Elias, CEO of Seed Engine, “We take a 20% stake in each business so we are invested in the outcome. Interestingly the…


Added by SEED ENGINE on October 29, 2013 at 14:34 — No Comments

Taylor Wimpey Lands Success with QlikView Business Discovery Platform

Construction giant gains holistic view of the company’s performance and achieves competitive edge

QlikView a leader in user-driven Business Intelligence (BI), today announced that one of the largest homebuilders in the UK, Taylor Wimpey, has selected the QlikView Business Discovery platform over Tableau and MicroStrategy for sales, land, commercial, and financial performance analysis. 

Formed by the merger of George Wimpey and Taylor Woodrow, Taylor Wimpey is one of the…


Added by Davide Hanan on October 29, 2013 at 13:36 — No Comments

FraudCracker seeks to ease fraud whistleblowing

by Kamau Mbote

South African startup FraudCracker is aiming to combat fraud with its online technology solution to tackle the large amount of money lost every year through internal fraud and international fraud rings.

Statistics show that on average companies lose seven per cent of their annual turnover to fraud.



Added by Tom Jackson on October 29, 2013 at 12:21 — No Comments

HumanIPO's week in startups

by Brandon Gregory

Every week HumanIPO talks to technology startups and hubs across the African continent to keep up with how technology is improving Africa and creating jobs. This week’s roundup features startup news from South Africa, Togo, and Kenya.

South Africa

Startup Weekend, an…


Added by Tom Jackson on October 28, 2013 at 14:58 — No Comments

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