All Blog Posts Tagged 'Africa' (107)

Western Cape entrepreneurs invited to pitch for investment at funding fair

The second annual Western Cape Funding Fair will take place in Cape Town in May of next year, with the province’s entrepreneurs invited to pitch for multi-million rand investment.

The first Western Cape Funding Fair – a partnership between the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism and advisory firm Deloitte – took place in March of last year, and …


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on November 27, 2015 at 12:43 — No Comments

Inaugural Ericsson AHUB begins today in Cape Town

The Ericsson AHUB, a first of its kind three-day startup-focused event at the AfricaCom conference in Cape Town, begins today, hosting startups, incubators, entrepreneurs, investors, operators and developers to showcase talent, facilitate partnerships and encourage investment and innovation.

The AHUB, presented by Ericsson in partnership with Informa and Disrupt Africa, aims to offer attendees insights on how to be a…


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on November 18, 2015 at 9:59 — No Comments

Code for Africa gets $4.7m boost from Bill and Melinda Gates foundation

Data journalism and civic technology organisation Code for Africa has received a US$4.7-million investment from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. 

According to a blog post written by Code for Africa head Justin Arenstein, the funding will be used to help the organisation’s civic technologists work with newsrooms around the continent. 



Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on November 9, 2015 at 10:17 — No Comments

IBM Research—Africa: Enhancing the way we farm.

IBM has operated in Africa for almost 100 years. Today, its operations span 24 countries, including South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Kenya and Tanzania. Nairobi is also home to IBM Research – Africa: IBM’s 12th global research lab and the first industrial…


Added by Michael Marinier on November 6, 2015 at 10:36 — No Comments

What does IBM Bluemix mean for Africa?

Bluemix is an implementation of IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture, leveraging Cloud Foundry to enable developers to rapidly build, deploy, and manage their cloud applications, while tapping a growing ecosystem of available services and runtime frameworks. IBM will provide services and runtimes into the ecosystem based on our extensive software…


Added by Michael Marinier on November 3, 2015 at 11:15 — No Comments

I Code JAVA Conference coming to Cape Town, South Africa

On 5-6 November, JAVA developers from around the country will gather at the Clock Tower at V&A Waterfront…


Added by Michael Marinier on October 28, 2015 at 8:45 — No Comments

Emerge Partnership formed to inform policy for startups

The Emerge Partnership was formed last week at the ITU Telecom World event in Budapest, Hungary, bringing together a group of stakeholders to provide thought leadership and best practice advice to help inform government policy-making for startups and innovators.

The Emerge Partnership will engage in supporting innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems, and includes representatives from the United Nations (UN)…


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on October 23, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

SeeBox, Vula Mobile, LetiArts among African Entrepreneurship Award winners

Engineering console SeeBox, e-health startup Vula Mobile and mobile gaming company LetiArts were named among the winners of the first African Entrepreneurship Award at a ceremony held in Marrakech, Morocco, walking away with US$150,000 each.

The awards saw 34 finalists pitch at the final after a number of previous rounds that saw more than 5,000 entries from more than 50…


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on October 21, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

2 Ways for Africa to Grow Exponentially – Part 1 One way to define

One way to define Africa’s challenge is a lot of us do not know how to embed ourselves in the world economy, provide innovatively and freely without trying to rope in perceived gatekeepers. 

Online Shipping System that Quotes Buyers Instantly to Anywhere in the World

At the backdrop of the South African Post Office having ‘going concern’ challenges, there are a number of local courier companies mushrooming. Interesting!

I am still not over the pain SAPO cost my…


Added by Tiisetso Maloma on October 7, 2015 at 13:45 — No Comments

Demo Africa 2015

DEMO Africa took place in Lagos last week. The multi day event brought together investors, startups, governments and a large number of industry leaders. For those like me who couldn't be there, you can read a roundup of the investor focused event, …


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on September 28, 2015 at 9:38 — No Comments

Simdul Shagaya, CEO of on "How to sell into Africa"

In this video, Simdul Shagaya, Founder and CEO of  shares his insight on "How to sell into Africa" with the eCommerce Africa Confex Audience.

Increasing internet usage and the relative lack of modern retail industry make the emerging markets a ripe growth area for global online retailers. This session expands on what to consider when growing your business beyond SA's borders and the factors that are making certain markets…


Added by Kinetic on September 10, 2015 at 9:13 — No Comments

Emerging Companies and Ecosystem Report

Cape Town – Myths that funding and red tape are the two biggest challenges faced by emerging companies and entrepreneurs have been debunked by a report released on Tuesday.

PwC’s report, Emerging Companies and the Ecosystem, said market access was cited as the largest commercial challenge by most respondents who took part in its survey.

“Although red tape was cited as a growth inhibitor by entrepreneurs, it only ranked fourth out of 10 as a growth stopper, with only 9% of…


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on August 26, 2015 at 7:50 — No Comments

India to follow Israel's Yozma VC fund, so where is South Africa?

The Indian government this week launched a much awaited venture capital (VC) fund. Dubbed the India Aspiration Fund, the 20 billion rupee fund ($306 million) will operate as a fund-of-funds administered by the Small Industries Development Bank of India (Sidbi). 

South Africa - and a few other emerging economies - are being left behind in the…


Added by Stephen Timm on August 24, 2015 at 13:47 — No Comments

Applications open for BoP startup accelerator in SA

Written by: Tom Jackson

Source: Disrupt Africa

Applications have opened for the New Economy Accelerator (NEA) programme, aimed at assisting businesses in South Africa servicing the low income sector, or base of pyramid (BoP).

Startups serving the low income sector with high social or environmental impact can apply to the New Economy…


Added by Vuyisa Qabaka on August 20, 2015 at 13:30 — No Comments

COO, Johan Dekker shares the vision of PayU MEA

"... to become and be the most secure, the most stable, with the best customer service experience for our clients.  Those are our three pillars - security, customer service and being number one in terms of payments online space."

Johan Dekker, COO, PayU MEA

Producer of the …

Added by Kinetic on August 20, 2015 at 11:52 — No Comments

Appsafrica Innovation Awards 2015 - Call For Entries

The Innovation Awards 2015 celebrate the enormous growth in mobile, technology and entrepreneurship in Africa.…


Added by Andrew Fassnidge on August 17, 2015 at 15:40 — No Comments

#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…


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…


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

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