All Blog Posts Tagged 'Africa' (89)

#FollowTheEntrepreneur: Nazareen Ebrahim

Currently the CEO at Socially Acceptable – KZN’s most genuine digital media and communications company – Nazareen pushes for digital excellence in the province of KZN. She is the resident social media commentator and analyst at Lotus FM and host of the business show: How to Make it in South Africa on Radio Al-Ansaar. Nazareen’s broadcast portfolio has just grown with the incredibly exciting new opportunity to host South Africa’s newest business show – BizToday – on Deen TV – channel 152…

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Added by Leandre de Bruyn on July 13, 2015 at 14:37 — No Comments

Meet the Investor: Daniel Guasco

Entrepreneur-turned-angel investor Daniel Guasco knows a thing or two about building and exiting a business, having founded Twangoo with Wayne Gosling in 2011 and subsequently sold it on to Groupon. Now the pair, through their investment fund, are looking to offer South African startups the same opportunities.

“We were obviously just very fortunate for Groupon to have been in the position that it was. And we managed to sell the company and made good money out of it,” Guasco…

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Added by Disrupt Africa on July 3, 2015 at 11:03 — No Comments

Alan Knott Craig Jnr presents the Business Tech Show Codefest challenge.

Alan Knott Craig Jnr., MD and Founder of Project Isizwe and Vuyisa Qabaka from Entrepreneur Traction have confirmed their…

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Added by Kinetic on June 30, 2015 at 11:18 — No Comments

Ventureburn survey sheds light on SA's tough, but pioneering startup industry

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Added by Ventureburn on June 24, 2015 at 13:30 — No Comments

Leveraging Customer Engagement

Customers expect real-time answers to questions such as: Why is my connection down? Did you receive my change request? When will I get a confirmation? Can I sign electronically? Meanwhile organisations are looking for ways to provide better and faster services in the face of rising customer expectations and lower revenue. Forward-thinking…

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Added by Kinetic on June 24, 2015 at 9:37 — No Comments

The mobility storm in Africa

Business technology's biggest thinkers plan to take a unique look into how technology has assisted start-ups and SME's launch and achieve success during a panel discussion at…

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Added by Kinetic on June 24, 2015 at 9:27 — No Comments

Lesley Erica Scott, a South African female scientist, wins US$25 000 at Innovation Prize For Africa 2015 awards

On 14 May 2015, in the midst of various stakeholders, government officials and media, South African scientist professor Lesley Erica Scott received her award in Morocco, the Special Prize for Social Impact, receiving US$25 000 and value-added services for developing the SmartSpot TBCheck.  This…

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Added by Dawn Gondo on June 10, 2015 at 12:24 — No Comments

Drivers of Change Awards Southern Africa 2015

Have you heard about the Drivers of Change Southern Africa Awards?  This is a partnership between Mail & Guardian and the Southern Africa Trust to bring the 2015 investing in the Future and the Drivers of Change Awards.

It is great to see initiatives…

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Added by Dawn Gondo on June 9, 2015 at 20:19 — No Comments

South African startups draw millions in investment

New research shows that while South African startup companies attract the largest capital investment in Africa, Nigeria boasts the most startup investments on the continent.

The VC4Africa 2015 Venture Finance in Africa report, which tracks the progress across Africa’s startup funding scenes, found that South Africa has fallen behind the likes of Nigera, Kenya and even Tanzania in the…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on June 3, 2015 at 10:48 — 1 Comment

Alan Knott-Craig Jr talks free WiFi for Africa

After Alan Knott-Craig Jr left Mxit in 2012, the Free WiFi initiative he started with the Stellenbosch Municipality became an orphan.  The Former MXit CEO decided to pick-up from where Mxit left off in 2013 and launched Project Isizwe, a non-profit company that would help municipalities deploy Free WiFi networks in low-income communities throughout Africa.

After meeting with the executive mayor of Tshwane, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Project Isizwe…

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Added by Kinetic on June 3, 2015 at 10:46 — No Comments

2015 BYM Summit #TIA

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—22 May, 2015— Nearly 15 years ago, Brightest Young Minds (BYM) started as a week-long summit for South Africa’s most innovative young leaders to come together, learn from the nation’s decision makers and craft solutions to relevant developmental…

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Added by Brightest Young Minds on June 3, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Bitcoin and the Blockchain: Worth Embracing?

There seems…

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Added by iAfrikan on May 26, 2015 at 19:57 — No Comments

Hello Pretty plots expansion into mobile shopping on back of revenue growth

South African startup Hello Pretty, which provides an online platform for designers to create and manage their own online stores, is looking to expand into mobile shopping having reported 80 per cent annual growth in revenues since its 2012 launch.

Hello Pretty, which showcases almost 1,300 design entrepreneurs, was founded in May 2012 by Sam Marx, Scott Hadfield and Adeline Levescot, though it was originally planned as far back as 2009.…

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Added by Disrupt Africa on May 8, 2015 at 11:28 — No Comments

Silicon Cape Initiative Startup Profile: Paperjet

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 Silicon Cape Initiative on May 2, 2015 at 1:06 — No Comments

Why investor updates matter, and how to do them right

“If your startup isn’t sending you monthly updates it’s going out of business.”

That’s the view of serial entrepreneur, angel investor, podcaster and writer Jason Calacanis, who used this blog postto stress the importance of regular investor updates.

“I know this because with two of my investments I found out that they were out of business because I emailed them over and over…

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Added by Disrupt Africa on April 30, 2015 at 10:37 — No Comments

Meet the Investor: Vinny Lingham

Take a look at the CV of Silicon Valley-based South African Vinny Lingham and you’d have thought you were looking at that of a serial entrepreneur rather than a serial angel investor.

Well, you’d be right. Though an investor in a number of South African startups, Lingham tells Disrupt Africa he has an “entrepreneur hat” on at all times, rather than an “investor hat”, which he says is “not always a good thing”.

“I get it. I’ve been there and done it and I understand the…

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Added by Disrupt Africa on April 29, 2015 at 11:15 — No Comments

Bring Andela to South Africa -- Training 100,000 world-class developers

Hey Silicon Cape Initiative,

Andela has a vision of 100,000 world-class developers from Africa over the next 10 years. In its first year we've received over 12,000 applications and brought on more than 60 developers in Nigeria.

Now, your expression of interest can help bring Andela to South Africa and provide an opportunity for a paid 4-year fellowship that gives the training and mentorship needed to…

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Added by Evan Green-Lowe on April 22, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Do You Have What It Takes To Start Up?

On 29 January 2015 we (iAfrikan) hosted Justin Spratt - Managing Director at Quirk Africa - where he talked about the Startup Manifesto.

Attendees present listened attentively as Justin held no punches back by "telling it like it is" on what it takes to start a tech startup using examples from the likes of Ronnie Apteker, Yossi Hasson…

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Added by iAfrikan on April 1, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

The Silicon Cape Initiative steering committee - 2015 Community nomination process begins

Nominate a change-maker to be on the Silicon Cape steering committee for 2015 - 2017



We are looking for driven, passionate, connected and collaborative thought leaders to be on the Silicon Cape Steering Committee for 2015 - 2015. Their mandate will be to carry the vision and work of the initiative and act as the duly appointed representatives of the…

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Added by Deidre Luzmore on March 12, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

The Cheapest Prepaid Mobile Internet Bundles Across South African Networks

This post was first published on, and, written for STARTUP PICNIC

South African mobile data internet providers have complex and tricky packages, thus making it difficult to determine which is the cheapest.

So here at Startup Picnic Magazine, we tried to break it down, tricky as it is (:-p), to help you select the cheapest. We know some folks who have SIM cards with all the different networks just to take advantage of…

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Added by Tiisetso Maloma on March 6, 2015 at 21:22 — No Comments

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