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Knife Capital announces R100m fund to amplify more SA startups

Renowned South African venture capital (VC) firm Knife Capital has launched a new investment fund called KNF Ventures. With a rather generous target of R100-million, the fund will invest in…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on April 5, 2016 at 17:38 — No Comments

French insurance giant buys into African ecommerce in $83m deal

French insurance giant AXA has bought an eight percent stake in Africa Internet Group (AIG), one of the continent’s largest ecommerce players. The deal is valued at…

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Startups, here’s a hacker’s guide to snagging that investor [infographic]

In a world where ideas are a dime a dozen, it’s not easy snagging yourself some investment money. Some startups go to pitching events, make a huge public splash, or even take road trips to find funding for their …

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Special Podcast #17: Shafin Anwarsha, Head of Product at Giraffe, talks US$500 000 equity prize

In this latest Special Podcast episode, Graham van der Made, talks to Shafin Anwarsha, Head of Product at Giraffe, the South African startup that …

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TaxTim gets the funding nod from MMI

Tax Tim, the online income tax calculator, has reportedly received investment from Exponential, the new …

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TED makes first ever investment in SA startup

This is cool. South African media content startup Eduze has become the first around the globe to receive an investment from TED, the organisation behind the renowned global conference series.

Started with the aim of democratising…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on April 5, 2016 at 17:18 — No Comments

Solar startup The Sun Exchange uses Bitcoin to fund green energy

Crowd-lending solar energy project startup The Sun Exchange will be using Bitcoin for solar energy investment. This is a first for the Bitcoin industry.

Achieved last week, the…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on April 5, 2016 at 17:14 — No Comments

GroTech raises R62m for disruptive tech entrepreneur investments

Section 12J Venture Capital company GroTech has raised an attractive R62-million in its first round of capital raising for disruptive tech investments.

GroTech is looking to invest in entrepreneurs with disruptive businesses.…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on April 5, 2016 at 17:10 — 1 Comment

Stores use music to boost sales, this startup applies the concept to online retailers

There’s a clear, demonstrated effect of music on sales …

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This app wants to completely change the way South Africans pay for parking

We’ve all been there. You go to the mall, get your shopping done, and head towards your car, only to find that you have no cash for the parking machine. And so you find an ATM, draw some cash, break that cash, and finally pay for your parking, muttering “there must be a simpler way” all the while.

It was just such an experience which led KaChing founders Jaco Marais and Rudolph de Wet to decide enough was enough and build such that simpler way themselves. That …

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5 companies that will help you automate SEO-related processes in 2016

Although factors such as keyword distribution, domain age and URL structure still play a critical role in SEO, they are not really enough to get your website to the first positions in Google search. Instead, with the world of SEO shifting towards content and context, intelligent tools that help in gathering information on user behavior, media mentions, industry contacts and competitors have become essential for a successful SEO strategy.

Having in mind all these processes, there are…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on April 1, 2016 at 13:44 — No Comments

5 things you need to know about building a great self-help app

Mobile technology has changed the landscape of the self-help world. Whereas once people had to read long books, carry around notepads, and try to remember all the life lessons offered by gurus, today they can get everything they need through their smartphones.

Each user has his own tailored program in his pocket that will remind him throughout the day of the various tasks he should be doing, and he doesn’t have to pay …

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on April 1, 2016 at 13:37 — 1 Comment

Looking beyond the fear factor when selling cloud software to startups

A common misperception is that SMEs using old software could put their companies at risk and that such solutions are based on databases considered to be “antiquated”.

Most big service providers maintain a range of platforms – cloud, server and desktop – based on technologies ranging from legacy to cutting-edge.

It’s good practice to support customers using your older software as best you can. Even with vendors trying to frighten them into buying new software, many businesses…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on April 1, 2016 at 13:29 — No Comments

Five ways Group Connect is just as useful at home as it is on holiday.

Group Connect, the free group travel app. Stay connect, engaged and safe whilst traveling in groups. Download your free app today! Available on iPhone & Android.…

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Added by Travis Bester on April 1, 2016 at 12:57 — No Comments

Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme selects 1000 entrepreneurs from across Africa

From the 45 000 odd entrepreneurs that applied for the second round of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP), a list of the selected 1000 entrepreneurs has been released by the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF).

The highest numbers of applicants came from Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, and Cameroon, with representation from all five of Africa’s regions.

Organisers said applications were received from…

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Call for 2016 Applications

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) are proud to invite applications for the 2016 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in South Africa (GCIP-SA).

 

The Call for Applications is open from 14March 2016 until 29 April 2016. 

 

We are inviting innovative start-ups and small- and medium-sized enterprises focused on commercialisation of local cutting-edge and…

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Why prepaid SIM cards are critical for businesses

Data traffic is expected to see an almost ten-fold increase by 2019, due to the growing range of new services and applications. However, while the GSMA Sub-Saharan Africa Mobile Economy 2015 report projects that …

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on April 1, 2016 at 12:47 — 1 Comment

YouTube: brands and South African YouTubers should cozy up

Last night, YouTube hosted an event in Cape Town in which it played matchmaker between South African YouTubers and brands.

The event saw some of South Africa’s most popular YouTubers including the likes of Grant Hinds, Anne Hirsch, Quentin Watt, Theodora Lee, Maya & Kahlil, Simply Refilwe, Lindi, Mark Fitzgibbons, DJ Arch Jr. (the youngest ever winner of SA’s Got Talent) and social commentator Sibu Mpanza, were present to talk about their channels.…

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10 must-have cloud software programs for your startup

There are many great programs that can work for your business right now but some of the best are cloud-based ones. These are programs that you can access through any device at any time, thus giving you more control over a variety of business functions.

Here’s a look at a few of the top choices that you can use right now.

1. Adobe FormsCentral

Adobe…

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