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Onesimus Programme: WHO and WHAT exactly are we looking for?

WHO and WHAT exactly are we looking for?! The employee, the college student or graduate (even the talented drop out), the startup entrepreneur or established businessman. However, we are also looking for something more: you're that guy - or girl- who feels slightly out of place where you are right now. You're discontented, you want more and you KNOW you can have more because you have this crazy idea for a business or an app!…


Added by Onesimus Programme on October 15, 2013 at 13:10 — No Comments

SC Coworking Profile: Growth Space

SC Coworking Profile: Growth Space

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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Growth Space

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Added by Ryno Lawson on October 15, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

How the HoneyBee has changed a big business’s fortune

South Africa’s biggest wine distributor, Namaqua Wines, has increased its sales calls by over 25% per month.  And it’s all because they have started using a very clever sales app called HoneyBee.  Not…


Added by Elize Delia Engle on October 14, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

AfricaCom Awards 2013 – Official Shortlist

We are delighted to announce the AfricaCom Awards 2013 shortlist following a really exciting campaign this year. With entries received from all across Africa – the…


Added by Elize Delia Engle on October 14, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

HumanIPO's week in startups

by Richard Cutcher

Every week HumanIPO touches base with Africa’s tech hubs – from Cape Town to Cairo, Nairobi to Lagos. This week’s whistle-stop roundup features startup and incubator news from, among other places, Tanzania, Cameroon and Rwanda.

East Africa

M-Farm, which already aids 8,000 Kenyan farmers by providing…


Added by HumanIPO on October 14, 2013 at 12:51 — No Comments

MySmartFarm to compete in IBM Global Entrepreneur SmartCamp

MySmartFarm grabs the opportunity to compete in IBM’s Global Entrepreneur SmartCamp Competition

Tech Startup steps up with a cloud based analytics solution


Johannesburg, South Africa. 11 October 2013.  IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced the winner of its second South Africa SmartCamp at …


Added by Ryno Lawson on October 14, 2013 at 7:19 — No Comments

KoiTip #18 - Think about your Ecosystem...

Ever wondered if you're focusing on the wrong thing?

In this week's KoiTip I look at shifting your focus from your product or services to the role you play in the overall…


Added by Neil Hinrichsen on October 12, 2013 at 18:39 — No Comments

Internship in the Entrepreneurship scene, Cape Town

Hi everyone,

'The next google or facebook will come from somewhere other than Silicon Valley'

-Niklas Zennstrom

For those of you who don't know Niklas Zennstrom, he is a software developer and co-founder of Skype.

For me Silicon Valley is equivalent to boundless creativity, technological progress and change.Changing the way you talk to people via Skype, changing the way you keep in touch via Facebook or changing the way you find information via…


Added by Per Braig on October 12, 2013 at 13:26 — 1 Comment

Small town, many startups: 6 ventures Stellenbosch should be very proud of

By Jacques Coetzee


Mountains, wine and more wine. These are the three things the small Western Cape student townStellenbosch is probably most well-known for. Those, and the university of course, are responsible for creating an environment that inspires and stimulates innovation. Needles to say, the town has seen its share of startups. Below is a list of some interesting…


Added by Ventureburn on October 11, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

MySmartFarm grabs the opportunity to compete in IBM’s Global Entrepreneur SmartCamp Competition

Johannesburg, South Africa. 11 October 2013.  IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced the winner of its second South Africa SmartCamp at Tech4Africa Conference yesterday. MySmartFarm, a Cape Town based company took the honours for their high tech innovative cloud based analytics solution to empower the agricultural…


Added by Tumi Mkhondo on October 11, 2013 at 10:37 — No Comments

BIG Data

Big Data is potentially worth millions of dollars in profit for companies that know how to use it. It takes someone with a special talent and knowledge to navigate these murky waters. Hence, the growing need for data scientists. They are able to formulate the right types of questions that will produce information from huge amounts of data. They are pros at data mining and analysis. What they learn from these data sets can be used to help businesses gain a competitive edge.

Added by Dion Retief on October 10, 2013 at 11:53 — No Comments

The Mechanics of the Internet

The internet is “a giant machine designed to give people what they want.” It’s not a utopia. It’s not magical. It’s simply an engine of convenience. Those who can tune that engine well — who solve basic human problems with greater speed and simplicity than those who came before — will profit immensely. Those who lose sight of basic human needs — who want to give people the next great idea — will have problems. The real trick is to find something that’s tried and true — and to do it…


Added by Dion Retief on October 10, 2013 at 11:52 — No Comments

Digital Alert - POPI Compliant Consumer eCRM Solution Launched

Brandtribe eCRM officially launched in South Africa last month and has appointed Techsys Digital as its Cape Town reseller.

Brandtribe is a cutting edge eCRM platform which allows brands to execute and measure digital marketing campaigns across multiple channels. It caters specifically for POPI and is fully compliant with South African legislation.

In the short time since its launch, it has already signed up a world class portfolio of clients which include…


Added by Megan Hollis on October 10, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

GoMetro is headed to Europe in October for International Mentorship and to pitch for $10k from InfoDev

GoMetro, a South African mobile startup in the transport space, has been selected as a Global Finalist in the VentureOut Challenge, an initiative of infoDev, a World Bank agency. This follows its selection in July in the Top 40 of DEMO Africa 2013, happening in Nairobi, Kenya this month.

As part of the VentureOut Challenge, the transit app tech startup will compete with 12 other mobile apps from around the globe before a live audience and a panel of mobile experts in Chisinau,… Continue

Added by Justin Coetzee on October 9, 2013 at 12:59 — No Comments

Public transport mobi site launches across SA

by Richard Cutcher

FindMyWay, a South African transport information portal, is rolling out to other major cities after a successful beta programme in Cape Town.

The service aims to make commuters’ lives easier by providing public transport information to their mobile phones and its beta mobi site has been active since October 2012.

Fifteen transport providers have been integrated to the…


Added by HumanIPO on October 9, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

October 2013: Complete the survey and win an iPad


Added by Ryno Lawson on October 9, 2013 at 12:14 — No Comments

Paperight wins at CONTEC Startup Showcase at Frankfurt Book Fair

Paperight is thrilled to announce that we have taken first place in the Contec FrankfurtStartup Showcase, held yesterday at the 56th Frankfurt Book Fair.

Contec Frankfurt is a precursor to the Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest book and media fair in the world, with keynote speeches and presentations that encourage…


Added by Nick Mulgrew on October 9, 2013 at 11:03 — 1 Comment

Meet Malcolm - A coworking story

Working from a coffee shop has never been my idea of fun and having had my fair share of unproductive coffee shop meetings, I am grateful to finally have a professional place to meet with my clients at Growth Space.

Unfortunately, many still soldier on battling the useless wifi connections and hovering waitresses in an attempt to escape their home office and find some much-needed human interaction. Coworking now provides an…


Added by Wayne on October 8, 2013 at 23:17 — No Comments

Let's talk about failure

Thomas Edison once said, "I have not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

We've come to recognise failure as an important part of creativity and innovation, yet we seldom talk about it. The people and companies we praise are those with the tenacity to learn from failure and keep trying. Failure is at the core of…


Added by Gareth Pearson on October 8, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

Africa is rising, but will we rise together? Africa Summit 2013 at a glance

By Ronan Steyn

Africa Summit 2013_04

The 2013 Africa Summit (#AfricaSummit), hosted by the Omidyar Network in Mauritius, took place last week on 2 October where delegates from around Africa assembled to discuss the …


Added by Ventureburn on October 8, 2013 at 16:43 — No Comments

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