Launch of Hotel.Africa & releases its international hotel booking and its flight booking website. In 2013, there were only 300 Nigerian hotels listed online. Mark Essien, CEO of, saw an opportunity in building an African focused OTA to give hotels in most obscure areas visibility and to help consumers find a place to stay in all the […]

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Cape Town 2017

Founded by businesswoman and philanthropist Wendy Diamond, WED was launched in 2014 in New York City at the United Nations. The movement has since grown year on year and is currently celebrated in 144 countries. For further information on WED, please visit Through a network of distinguished ambassadors, WED is committed to: Raising awareness about the […]

To create next Elon Musk continent needs more seed funding says AfricArena head

If Africa is to produce the next Elon Musk and get more such entrepreneurs to stay on the continent, far more money needs to be pumped into the continent’s tech ecosystem, the head of AfricArena Tech Conference Christophe Viarnaud said yesterday. Speaking at a panel discussion held at the Cape Town office of Invest SA, South Africa’s investment […]

IITPSA Awards. Nominate Now!

The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa ’s (IITPSA) Annual President’s Awards event is a major highlight of the year for many in the industry, combining prestigious long standing awards (since 1979) with unparalleled networking opportunities. It is an event that highlights the talent and commitment of individuals within the ICT industry. Nominees include […]

Swiss-SA innovation challenge records 110 submissions from SA applicants

A Swiss-South African open social innovation challenge aiming to address health issues facing low-income South African urban settlements has received more than 120 proposals, with 110 of them coming from South Africa. The submissions are currently being evaluated and the 10 finalists will be announced at the Innovation Summit next month. Five Swiss applicants will be invited to join […]

uYilo launches third round of seed fund to support electric car developers

South African innovators looking to develop electric vehicle components, energy storage or charging solutions have until 31 August to apply to the Yilo Kick Start Fund to get up to R1-million to help fund research and development (R&D) costs. Hiten Parmar, director of the uYilo eMobility Technology Innovation Programme’s (EMTIP) which administers the fund, said the […]

Over 500 girls trained in SA through Technovation programme

Technovation, a global technology programme, has helped train over 10 000 girls in 78 countries, including over 500 from South Africa, since its launch seven years ago. The Technovation programme, which is run globally by non-profit organisation Iridescent was launched in South Africa in 2013, aims to teach young women to create mobile apps that solve challenges facing their communities through […]

Introducing the Silicon Cape Podcast

In an effort promote startups, Silicon Cape has added a podcast that focuses on showcasing the startup talent that exhibits or pitches at Silicon Cape events. The monthly #SCTalks that we run have not only proven to be a great platform for networking but have brought startups close to their goals – whether this be […]