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  • Who is Israeli angel investor company behind success of SA’s Zapper?

    In under four years South African mobile payments platform Zapper has grown to operate in 12 markets, employing over 300 people. It sounds like a SA startup success -- but who really owns the Durban-based company? The company, which earlier this month introduced mobile payment starter packs to the market, does not provide information on its website on who its owners are. While a number of media stories have in the past have referred to Zapper Group CEO David de Villiers (pictured above), as the founder of Zapper, the former IT head at Investec bank told Ventureburn that he started the firm in November 2013 with...

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    Career Opportunities at Creative Spark

    If you’re keen to take on exciting new challenges and gain a taste of agency life, take a look at the career opportunities we have available. We’re expanding our team and are in search of go-getters and committed team-players to be part of our journey in this fast-growing industry. With us, you’ll get to work on stimulating, high-profile local and international media projects, alongside a group of talented and highly-skilled individuals. Best of all, we have the yummiest bottomless coffee and the most amazing views of the city. Tempted yet? Take a look at our vacancies below and share with your...

  • Here are the 40 entrepreneurs that will take part in Vusi Thembekwayo initiative

    Venture capitalist Vusi Thembekwayo has selected South Africa’s #Top40 entrepreneurs who will undergo an 18-month mentorship programme. The programme is hosted by Thembekwayo's MyGrowthFund, which aims to nurture high-growth entrepreneurs through funding, incubation and enterprise development. The #Top40 entrepreneurs were selected from almost 3000 SMEs who applied for the programme earlier this year, Thembekwayo said in a press release today. “The volume and quality of applications is a reflection that entrepreneurship is alive and thriving in South Africa," he said. The 40 include those running businesses that turn over as little as R1-million a year, to those that have an annual turnover of R39-million annually. The SMEs...

  • SA startup ThisIsMe selected to take part in Gartner’s Innovation programme

    Fintech startup ThisIsMe has been selected to participate in this year’s Gartner’s Innovation Programme which takes place in Cape Town from tomorrow and runs until Thursday (19 to 21 September). The programme forms part of the GartnerSymposium ITxpo, one of the world's most important gatherings of chief information officers (CIOs) and senior IT executives which showcases the latest solutions from key technology providers. The event takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. ThisIsMe will participate in Gartner's Innovation Programme, which forms part of the GartnerSymposium ITxpo ThisIsMe enables businesses to reduce fraud, automate FICA and KYC checks, improve onboarding and increase revenue while providing...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [18/09/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or catch up on some of your skills? Well, you've come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we've rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • Don’t assume you know more about tech than those you pitch to – Clicks head

    Startups that pitch their apps or web platform to corporates should not assume that they are more knowledgeable technologically than those that they are pitching to. So says Amanda Graham, Head of Business Development at Clicks Group. This is one of the six "obvious" mistakes that startups pitching to corporates make, says Graham. The others include (among others) failing to read up on the company's existing products, assuming that the corporate does not have access to world benchmarks and presenting to the corporate why everything they are doing is wrong. Startups must not assume that they are more knowledgeable technologically than individuals that they are...

  • Solar energy developer Phanes Group opens call for solar power incubator

    Phanes Group, a Dubai-based solar energy developer, has opened calls for applications to its solar power incubator programme aimed at early-stage solar energy startups working with photovoltaic (PV) technology in sub-Saharan Africa. The incubator is run in partnership with Solarplaza, Hogan Lovells, Proparco, Responsibility and RINA Consulting. It aims to assist early stage solar energy startups with access to funding, commercial and technical training as well as to equip them with insights on how to succeed in their current and future projects. Applications are open to developers with solar projects in sub-Saharan Africa focusing on photovoltaic technology. Projects must have the capacity to...

  • German accelerator F-LANE releases names of African startups for 2nd cohort

    Two startups from Africa are among five teams selected by Berlin-based accelerator F-LANE to attend the next cohort of its acceleration programme which starts next month. The six-week accelerator programme for social ventures, which is backed by the Vodafone Institute, will kick off on 9 October in Berlin. In an emailed announcement to Ventureburn, F-LANE's Gabriele Scheibert told Ventureburn that Ugandan telemedicine hub Kaaro Health and Mozambique's Mowoza, which aims to use the Blockchain to create digital retail communities for women-owned micro enterprises, are among the five teams selected for the accelerator's latest cohort. Ugandan telemedicine hub Kaaro Health and Mozambique's Mowoza will participate in F-LANE's next cohort She said the five were...

  • Israeli tech deal flow ‘mind boggling’ says StartUp Tel Aviv SA Challenge winner

    Tel Aviv's startup ecosystem has blown away local entrepreneur Nish Singh who earlier this month attended DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival. "The ecosystem there is warm and open, the tempo is fast and the deal flow is mind boggling," says Singh, who is the co-founder and COO of Multifractal Semiconductors, a Pretoria-based startup that develops computer chips. Singh and fellow co-founder Piotr Osuch traveled to Israel from 3 to 7 September to attend the festival after the startup was earlier this year selected as one of the winners of the StartUp Tel Aviv SA Challenge. The startup was one of 15 startups from Africa, Europe and Asia -- chosen from...

  • TIA seed fund lending to innovators, entrepreneurs grows 12% to R74m

    The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) channeled R74.3-million in the last financial year to 133 innovative projects -- up from R66.5-million in the 2015/16 year -- through its seed fund, the agency revealed in its latest annual report. The seed fund, which the agency launched in 2013, provides entrepreneurs and innovators that develop innovative solutions with grant funding of up to R500 000 to R650 000 per project. The fund has two streams – one that channels seed funding through technology transfer centres at universities and science centres to innovative projects and another that works with a number of small business support organisations in provinces...

  • SA fintech company Electrum selected for Gartner Aspiring Innovators Programme

    South African fintech company Electrum, which specialises in payments technology, has been selected to participate in the Gartner Aspiring Innovators Programme. The programme aims is to highlight innovative providers of enterprise technology to attendees of the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2017, which is being held in Cape Town from Monday to Thursday next week (18 to 21 September 2017). Over 1000 chief information officers and senior IT executives from around the world are expected to attend. In a press release today Dave Glass (pictured above), managing director of Electrum, said he is "thrilled" to be participating in the programme. "The selection by Gartner demonstrates the interest and demand...