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Discover events around you with Pocketplan, South Africa’s first going out app

(Cape Town, June 2014) Pocketplan, South Africa’s first going out app, allows users to scroll through a handpicked list of events and purchase tickets directly through their mobile phone. It has successfully integrated itself into both Cape Town’s and Johannesburg’s social scenes and became the second most downloaded entertainment app in South Africa in April 2014.

“We started this company to make it…


Added by Lars Moire on June 2, 2014 at 16:31 — No Comments

The era of Innopreneurship in South Africa

In this 21st century, the survival of businesses in SA is becoming tougher as more business ventures are being established. The increase in businesses has subsequently led to increased competition from businesses in all sectors, industries and markets. For businesses to succeed above the competition as well as overcome economic uncertainties, being innovative is mandatory.

Entrepreneurial traits such as taking risks, investing capital, displaying self-confidence,…


Added by Lerato E. Mohalajeng on June 2, 2014 at 12:50 — No Comments

#LeanCapeTown2014 - Cape Town Launch

#LeanCapeTown2014 is absolutely rocking, and it's been a very intense 3 days thus far with some teams not sleeping last night... yes, we definitely need a coffee delivery service at 2am in Cape Town!

Well done to Arnaud (@ArnaudBlanchet) for winning the @PayFast competition on Friday due to reading his Startup Grind email on…


Added by Lianne du Toit on June 2, 2014 at 12:34 — No Comments

Cape Town set for $20m broadband budget

Cape Town executive mayor Patricia de Lille has announced a proposed budget of ZAR216 million (US$20.6 million) for the continued deployment of broadband services in the city.

De Lille was speaking at a Special Council Meeting for the tabling of the city’s draft budget. She said in total the proposed operating expenditure budget is approximately ZAR28 billion (US$2.7 billion) while the capital expenditure budget would be just over ZAR6 billion (US$571 million).

The proposed…


Added by Lianne du Toit on June 2, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

The World Bank – Open Data Research Project

We are interested in companies that use open data for the World Bank’s Open Data Africa Initiative. I am contacting you on behalf of Digital Divide Data (DDD).

DDD is conducting research for the World Bank’s Open Data Africa Initiative – in South Africa we are using HANGAR49 Pty LTD.

The World Bank is interested in private sector firms using big data and open data for commercial purposes, and they are possibly going to start an Open Data investment fund to support such…


Added by TheBarn on June 2, 2014 at 10:18 — No Comments

Tech Hub MEST is offering teaching fellowships in Ghana and Nigeria

MEST is hiring and wants to reach your network for a tremendous

opportunity to get hands on experience in Entrepreneurship/Teaching

and Working in Ghana/Africa.

MEST is looking for teaching fellows (Business and Technology fellows)

to spend a year training the next generation of Software Entrepreneurs

from Ghana and Nigeria.

MEST covers accommodation, food, return…


Added by TheBarn on June 2, 2014 at 10:14 — No Comments

SA Virtual School offers College Preparatory High School Diploma

Accredited virtual option is a first for African students

CAPE TOWN, May 26th, 2014 - The recently launched Southern African Virtual School (SAVS) today announced that they are offering local African students, via their Virtual Diploma Program, the unique opportunity to study online and graduate with an accredited American College Preparatory High School Diploma.

SAVS offers accredited American curriculum Grade 6 to Grade 12 online courses under…


Added by Keith Maree on May 29, 2014 at 9:19 — No Comments

Twitter unveils SME ad products

Twitter has targeted local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to boost their brands on its platform by launching its self-serve advertising products.

Local businesses can now have promoted tweets andaccounts to improve interaction with users and can opt to "pay per engagement such as a retweet, reply, favourite or click – and there is no minimum spend", according to a Twitter statement.

The social …


Added by Vanessa Clark on May 29, 2014 at 9:02 — 1 Comment

Silicon Cape Startup Profile: Myows

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


Website Name …


Added by Ryno Lawson on May 28, 2014 at 18:09 — No Comments

Get In The Ring Startup Competition

Will YOU Get in the Ring?

Budding Entrepreneurs in South Africa can now compete for up to R 15 000 000 in investment capital by taking part in the biggest global investment event ever: Get in the Ring – South Africa

Entrepreneurship is the cornerstone for sustainable economic growth and financial independence. With youth unemployment statistics skyrocketing – not only in South Africa but worldwide, entrepreneurship is seen to offer a viable solution. The contribution of…


Added by Lianne du Toit on May 28, 2014 at 16:59 — No Comments

Working Mobile: 16 must-have mobile apps for the working individual.

Mobile Apps has become a very normal part of our day-to-day life. However, there are some many new apps being developed constantly, that it can become difficult to keep track. How do you sort through the mass to find those apps that really work for you? 

Here are 16 apps that we feel are a 'must-have' for any working…


Added by Grove Group on May 28, 2014 at 11:05 — 1 Comment

Cytrus develops BlackBerry 10 app for South African Airways

27/05/2014 - Cape Town: South African Airways (SAA) recently announced the availability of the new SAA application for BlackBerry® 10 smartphones on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront.

In a constant effort to make flying with SAA more convenient, South Africa’s Global airline collaborated with Cytrus, one of South Africa’s leading web and mobile application specialists, to produce an application that gives BlackBerry 10 smartphones users access to comprehensive travel and airline…


Added by Carole Rossetti on May 27, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

SendGrid Global Mentor visit to TheBarn (Tuesday 27 May 2014 - 2pm - 5pm)

* A networking session with Silicon Cape members has been organised for Tuesday 27 May 6pm - 8pm at Twenty Fifty (Above Truth Coffee, Buitenkant Street) - see events page for details
Here's a short overview of SendGrid Global Mentor's trip:
Who is SendGrid:
SendGrid is the most reliable and robust email infrastructure service in the world. We…

Added by TheBarn on May 26, 2014 at 16:20 — No Comments

PwC: Next Generation Family Business Survey 2014

#TheBarn tenant, PwC have launched the Family Business 'Bridging the gap - handing over the Family business to the next generation.

They interviewed 207 next generations in 21 countries world-wide. On the one hand, the next generation are both confident and ambitious, with 86% wanting to do something…


Added by TheBarn on May 26, 2014 at 15:12 — No Comments

Coders, Techies and Geeks working with City of Cape Town Government Datasets to create novel community solutions

The #GovHackSA ran as part of an official World Design Capital Event in May 2014 at the offices of 22seven in Cape Town. It was a free, day-long coding marathon for novice and experienced developers and coders to create new and novel solutions to problems posed to #GovHackSA by the City of Cape Town.

The event took months of planning with City Ministers and Councilmen to open data and create usable data sets that the teams could intergrate and use in their applications. This is a…


Added by Lianne du Toit on May 26, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

How Startups Should Pitch Media if They Want to Get Covered

Posted by Trish Crompton yesterday

Media coverage can make a huge difference in taking a startup to the next level.

It brings credibility that can’t be bought by an early-stage company. And nothing sells your company or…


Added by Lianne du Toit on May 22, 2014 at 10:21 — 1 Comment

Content Conversion enabled Real Meal Revolution eBook to sell digitally

Tim Noakes' Real Meal Revolution has had phenomenal success amongst South African readers, and it hasn't stopped there - this book is set to change the way the world eats, not just South Africa, so it is not surprising that it has crept into international bookshelves and made itself quite the talk-of-the-town.

Real Meal Revolution…


Added by Linda Jooste on May 22, 2014 at 9:27 — No Comments

Silicon Cape Startup Profile:Mustard Seed

Silicon Cape Startup Profile: Mustard Seed

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

Mustard Seed

Website Name …


Added by Ryno Lawson on May 21, 2014 at 22:19 — 2 Comments

Exit Conference 2014 Storify Recap

See my @Storify recap of the event.

The Knife Capital Exit Conference focused on exit-centric business building – engineering growth of African private companies to position them for premium-priced exits.

The 2014 event in Stellenbosch had around 120 delegates - a great mix of VCs, Corporates, Angel Investors and Startups. The speaker profile included M&A experts with experience in…


Added by Keet van Zyl on May 21, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Meet the 7 startups that pitched at Net Prophet’s Sparkup!Live

By Marguerite Heyns


Last night the big names in technology and investment met up in downtown Cape Town with some of the most promising startup offerings in the city. Net Prophet’s Sparkup!Live is a self-professed business gauntlet connecting founders to secure investment and (for some) a very prosperous future. The…


Added by Ventureburn on May 21, 2014 at 11:36 — No Comments

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