The biggest difference between traditional businesses and startups is the idea of rapid growth. As BPlans notes:
“Startups are different from traditional businesses primarily because they are designed to grow fast. By design, this means that they have something they can sell to a very large market. For most businesses,…
Added by Terrence Stoker on August 16, 2016 at 10:48 — No Comments
Recently, President Jacob Zuma spoke about what the government would be doing in terms of increasing attention on African business. There is a big push to get rid of unnecessary bureaucratic paperwork, preventing foreign investment. As AllAfrica reports:
“President Jacob Zuma says government is committed to ensuring ease of investment in the country…
In 2016, global eCommerce sales are expected to reach just shy of $2 trillion; Africa represents only about 2% of this. What is driving the eCommerce environment in Africa however, is the continuing rise of mobile connectivity and the rapid development of FinTech products. Just over 80% of African adults do not have access to traditional banking, yet the continent boasts more than 220 million registered…Continue
Added by Kinetic on July 14, 2016 at 12:50 — No Comments
Customer service is essential to any business. This is because the primary relationship in a business is between what we can offer and how happy the client is upon delivery. Businesses can fail in spectacular ways if they do not have proper customer service setup. Indeed, in this age of instant messaging, customers are more primed than ever to make their voices heard if they’re unsatisfied with a company.
This applies to startups and small…Continue
Added by Terrence Stoker on June 23, 2016 at 12:55 — No Comments
Businesses, like all entities, must find ways to survive. Given how chaotic the current financial markets are, being able to make it to the end of the month is an accomplishment. Many businesses settle for survival rather than outright success, even if everyone wants profits. Yet, that should not stop us trying.
We all want the combination of our skills and resources to lead to a beneficial outcome. The question is, how do we achieve…Continue
Added by Terrence Stoker on June 7, 2016 at 12:34 — No Comments
The Standard Bank Incubator has announced a partnership with Startup Grind, a global start-up community powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.
Startup Grind is designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. The initiative hosts monthly events in 200 cities and 85 countries, featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Globally, they have…Continue
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We can’t predict what will shape the future of our business. There is risk in all our endeavours and projects. What is relevant and marketable today might be irrelevant tomorrow. Startups especially need to examine what it means to focus on projects, since they often don’t have anything to fall back on. So much of what matters exists in the future, meaning each project must be recognised for the risk it is.
To that end, startups must examine how…Continue
The App Fund is a partnership between mLab Southern Africa and TIA (Technology Innovation Agency). It provides a platform for local app start-ups to refine their concepts, app plans and pitches in order to qualify for funding of up to R500,000.00 (Five-Hundred Thousand Rand) to further develop their apps.…
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Vietnam-based fintech startup Momo today announced it obtained US$28 million in series B funding from Standard Chartered Private Equity and global investment bank Goldman Sachs, which is an existing backer.
Launched in 2014, Momo is an ewallet and payments app that allows users to pay online and transfer money to each other digitally. At selected stores, the app can be used for cashless payments.
Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on March 24, 2016 at 15:25 — No Comments
We want to help startups grow.
We're a young Cape Town based digital agency. We offer a wide variety of services from web design and application development to graphic design and online marketing.
We've found a nice niche in helping to get startups off the ground by offering affordable website development and minimum viable product webapps, apps that serve as proof of concepts.
We can help startups get off the ground by creating a digital presence with…Continue
Added by Felix Norton on March 11, 2016 at 12:06 — No Comments
We are hunting for up to 12 startups to join this year's Sparkup Weekend programme. Applications are open to tech-based, or tech-enabled startups until 18th March 2016.
Since 2011, the Sparkup! Weekend Programme has run alongside the annual Net Prophet Conference in Cape Town. This fully-funded 3 day programme allows startups to boost their business thinking and groom their business models. In association with Net Prophet, it is facilitated by a range of seasoned experts, coaches and…Continue
Added by Jo Chevalier on March 8, 2016 at 12:20 — No Comments
If you are a Western Cape based business / enterprise / entrepreneur / startup seeking more than R2 million in funding, please apply for funding via our website www.westerncapefundingfair.co.za…Continue
Added by Lynn Boffa on March 1, 2016 at 12:31 — No Comments
The 2016 eCommerce Africa Confex took place on the 17th and 18th at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
The conference and exhibition, which doubled in size from the inaugural edition in 2015 kicked off in the auditorium where advisory panellist; Emilian Popa discussed where the top smart money VCs are investing in eCommerce. “The total amount of growth funding globally is $12 billion, but only $200 million is invested in tech start-ups in Africa, so the continent is…Continue
Added by Kinetic on February 29, 2016 at 10:56 — No Comments
The 20th of August 2015 birthed a vision to improve the recruitment pipeline for freelance developers, designers, and online marketers; three (3) verticals I collectively refer to as digital creatives (the commonality of these verticals is the creative nature of each profession). 21 days later we found ourselves with over 200 freelancers signed up on or home page;…Continue
Added by Emmanuel Sibanda on February 21, 2016 at 14:59 — No Comments
Do we as Africans embrace failure in our culture?
I don’t know, but what I do know is that if you have not…Continue
Added by Benjamin Mmari on February 2, 2016 at 17:40 — No Comments
South African serial entrepreneur Vinny Lingham has just revealed that his latest startup, calledCivic, has raised US$2.75-million in seed funding. Based in Palto Alto, Civic is described as an identity protection service that relies on bitcoin blockchain technology to secure consumer data.
“The key thing is that we are offering prevention of identity theft and fraud. The current solutions in the market only clean it up after the…Continue
Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on January 29, 2016 at 12:15 — No Comments
Tasking themselves with paving the way for eCommerce growth in Africa; Global eCommerce solution providers and the industry’s most visionary individuals are gearing up to exchange inspired and innovative ideas, discuss emerging trends and make lasting connections at the eCommerce Africa Confex in February 2016.
The event has become a ‘must attend’ on the conference/expo calendar and will once again connect the regions’…Continue
Added by Kinetic on January 29, 2016 at 10:54 — No Comments
Start-ups in India can expect a significant boost following the announcement by the country's prime minister Narendra…Continue
Added by Stephen Timm on January 21, 2016 at 9:36 — No Comments
Imagine buying a high end mattress that offers free delivery to your door in a box at a third of the price within 3 - 5 days anywhere in South Africa plus a 60 night free return policy with all your money back if you don’t like the mattress for any reason.
Frustrated with the shopping…Continue
Added by Robin Jones on December 26, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments
Any business will be difficult to begin and make successful. The competition is always tough regardless of which area you’re focused on. Everyone is trying to stay ahead which means no one can afford to be beaten by anyone else. Competition, while healthy for customers and consumers, is difficult to recognise as part of life for the average business. Yet, it is reality and facing up to it is part of what ensures as business’ survival.
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