Seedstars Cape Town* – 08 Jun 2017

Seedstars World is coming to Cape Town! Out of all the applicants,  10 startups will be invited to pitch in for the pre-selection, the best of which will advance to the grand finale in Johannesburg on the 29th of June. The winning startup will join the global Seedstars Family and take part in the regional and […]

Calling all Silicon Cape fintech companies – we need your info!

Silicon Cape has received a lot of interest both locally and internationally around our emerging fintech sector. This interest ranges from global conferences wanting African fintech speakers and participants e.g. the Singapore Fintech Festival, corporates looking to enter into partnerships to funders looking for investment opportunities. We are starting a series of calls to gather […]


Call for nominations Inspiring Fifty – South Africa 2017 Inspiring Fifty, in cooperation with the Kingdom of the Netherlands and #cocreateSA, has started its search to find the most “Inspiring South African Women” working in the different spheres of technology and innovation. Do you know an inspiring woman in technology who should be nominated? Can […]

XL Africa Information Sessions – 10 & 23 May

The World Bank Group launched XL Africa, a five-month business acceleration program designed to support the 20 most promising digital start-ups from Sub-Saharan Africa. Start-ups will receive mentoring from global and local experts, learn through a tailor-made curriculum, increase their regional visibility, and get access to potential corporate partners and investors. With support from prominent […]

Cape Town start-up GetSmarter sold for R1,4bn

Nasdaq-listed technology education company 2U has announced it is acquiring Cape Town-based start-up GetSmarter for $103m, or about R1,4bn. Added by Staff Reporter on 3 May 2017. Nasdaq-listed technology education company 2U has announced it is acquiring Cape Town-based start-up GetSmarter for US$103m (about R1,4bn). GetSmarter, founded by brothers Sam and Rob Paddock, develops online […]

SAB Foundation Awards 2017 – now open!

The SAB Foundation was launched in 2011 as part of the SAB Foundation’s primary focus to ignite a culture of entrepreneurship in South Africa. To date, the programme has invested in 88 entrepreneurs and their innovations at a total investment of over R30-million. Previous award winning innovations have improved efficiency and/or affordability in housing, health […]

Silicon Cape appoints its first MD – Ellen Fischat

After eight years of operation, Silicon Cape has its first permanent Managing Director, Ellen Fischat. Until the appointment of Nozuko Poni as the marketing and project coordinator in March, Silicon Cape had been a predominantly volunteer-driven organisation. The appointment of Fischat is another critical step in bringing structure and focus to the Initiative which has […]

Entrepreneur of the year awards – entries now open!

The Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS aims to celebrate entrepreneurial excellence and honour those who are truly successful as heroes of our society. South Africa reportedly has low levels of total entrepreneurial activity and as such desperately needs more entrepreneurs. This competition helps to shine the spotlight on successful entrepreneurs […]

SingularityU’s Southern Africa Global Impact Challenge entries close 18 April

Singularity University, better known as SingularityU, has announced that entries to its Global Impact Challenge (GIC) competition for Southern Africa will close on Tuesday 18 April. The GIC, now in its second year, is open to “innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists and technologists,” and aims to develop technologies and solutions to problems that will impact the lives […]