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  • Digital Health Cape Town Announces Finalists for Accelerator Programme

    South Africa’s first dedicated digital health accelerator, Digital Health Cape Town (DHCT), has announced the top finalists for their inaugural Accelerator Programme designed to foster local eHealth innovation. In a press release today, the accelerator said the selected finalists have each developed innovative ehealth solutions that address real-world problems. The successful participants are: Udok: The startup headed by Petrus Van Niekerk, provides digital solutions that allow doctors to interact remotely with patients, facilitate treatment and monitor care. Vula Mobile: Vula is a referral platform developed by Dr William Mapham, which links health workers to specialists in tertiary hospitals. HealthAtHome: Developed by Dr Anuschka Coovadia, the solution aims to provide...

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    Welcome to the Matrix: Mastering the art of Scenario Planning

    For entrepreneurs, one of the most frequently cited challenges is the task of having to juggle multiple demands on your time at any given moment. In my view, however, there is a task that is perhaps more taxing – and yet absolutely critical – that entrepreneurs have to tackle every day. It is the task of identifying and planning for multiple possible business scenarios in the midst of an ever-changing market environment. Smart scenario planning, in effect, is something that undoubtedly needs to be built into the fabric of your daily communications with the board, management and your team...

  • Startups can now register to join SpliceWorks match-making platform

    Local networking platform SpliceWorks is now accepting registrations from tech startups looking to do business with corporates. This, after the platform concluded beta testing with 70 entrepreneurs in November last year. During the test phase, startups were able to request an invitation to join the site. The platform launched in September last year. SpliceWorks currently has around 150 tech entrepreneurs registered on its platform "There are around 150 entrepreneurs on the platform now," SpliceWorks CEO and founder Floris Buys told Ventureburn on Thursday (18 January) in an email. Read more: SpliceWorks platform goes live, aims to match tech startups with corporates In November last year, the first deal on the...

  • This is how this medtech startup founder raised $200 000 from competitions

    While many entrepreneurs are focused on raising funding from traditional sources such as banks, angel investors or from friends and family, Cameroonian entrepreneur Alain Nteff was able to raise up to $200 000 in equity-free funding in 18-months, simply by entering competitions. For Nteff it all started in 2014, a year after he and Conrad Dangu founded GiftedMom, a platform that tackles infant and maternal mortality through information sent to users via SMS or a smartphone app. After running a six-month pilot a friend of his told him about the Mastercard Foundation's Anzisha Price competition. He applied, together with over 300 other candidates from across Africa. "We were chosen...

  • WhereIsMyTransport, Facebook to run hackathon series in five African cities

    SA mobility startup WhereIsMyTransport has partnered with Facebook for Developers to tomorrow host the the Connect Hackathon Series in five cities across the continent. In a press release today, WhereIsMyTransport said the first event is set to take place at the Global Entepreneurship Network's 22 on Sloane campus in Johannesburg from tomorrow (19 January) until Sunday. Hosted across four additional cities including Kampala, Dar es Salaam, Kigali and Nairobi, the Connect series will bring together diverse developers and startups looking to build innovative location-aware applications to address the challenges and opportunities of moving people and goods in the region's cities. The first Connect...

  • SA startup GoMetro to be part of ICO run by UK internet of mobility company

    Smart mobility startup GoMetro will be part of a UK initial coin offering (ICO) run by internet of mobility company Tsio Protocol, says the Cape Town based startup's founder Justin Coetzee. Coetzee told Ventureburn on Tuesday that GoMetro's new flex platform will form part of Tsio Protocol's minimum viable ecosystem and that the ICO will take place "towards the end of March". "They're raising it and we're part of their consortium," said Coetzee. "If they are successful in their fund raise, they will be integrating their token into our system," he said. It follows the announcement by Coetzee in November last year of plans to trial GoMetro's new...

  • Tsiba college makes 30 more scholarships available for business degree students

    Cape Town based Tsiba Education college has made 30 additional scholarships available to help what it says is the "critical" national shortage for funded spaces at South African universities. In a press release Tsiba Education said in the 14 years the college has offered its accredited BBA business degree, its graduate success rate has consistently remained double the national average with a 93% employment rate. The course is valued at R55 000 a year. Tsiba will open its doors in Pinelands, Cape Town from 23 to 26 January to offer 30 additional scholarships to students for its BBA business degree Tsiba Education said in the 14 years the college has...

  • Partech Ventures announces launch of Africa fund, having secured €57m so far

    Silicon Valley fund Partech Ventures has announced the launch of its Partech Africa fund, which has secured over €57-million commitments so far. In a press release today Partech Ventures said it aims to raise €100-million to invest in early-stage African startups, with the average deal sized expected to range between €500 000 and €5-million. The fund will operate out of Partech Ventures's new offices in Dakar. Partech Ventures, founded in 1982 in Silicon Valley, claims the fund is the first technology fund of such size from a top tier international venture capital (VC) fund to be exclusively dedicated to the tech ecosystem in Africa. The fund will invest in...

  • Q&A: No plans for Bank Zero to use blockchain, bitcoin says Michael Jordaan

    Venture capitalist and former FNB CEO Michael Jordaan says his new app-based Bank Zero won't be accepting bitcoin or Ethereum when the bank launches later this year. It follows Jordaan's announcement yesterday that Bank Zero is expected to launch in the final quarter of this year. Read more: Michael Jordaan blown away by all the good wishes on app-based Bank Zero "Not at (the) launch but this could happen if there is customer demand," Jordaan told Ventureburn in an email today. When asked if the bank will make use of the blockhain, he said he and his six fellow founders were not considering this at this...

  • Unicef looking to invest in blockchain startups, announces call for funding

    Have you developed a functional, open-source blockchain prototype or do have one that you are willing to make open-source? The UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) on Monday (15 January) opened a call for applications from blockchain startups to the Unicef Innovation Fund. Applicants have until 28 February to apply for the funding. Unicef is looking to invest between $50 000 and $90 000 in blockchain startups that develop software solutions on open blockchains, including smart contracts, tokens, mining, data analytics and other distributed ledger tech. The UNICEF Innovation Fund will provide selected startups with between $50 000 and $90 000 in equity-free funding In order to be considered for...

  • NYDA top official denies plan to bankroll app for local entrepreneur’s new company

    Mystery surrounds whether the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is involved in bankrolling the development of mobile apps for a local serial entrepreneur who recently acquired a local leg of a US company. Pretune Technologies Hloni Theko (pictured above) told Ventureburn last week that the agency was set to make an announcement that it would provide grant funding to 100 developers to develop apps for Verykool Africa, after he acquired 51% of the firm in September last year (IT wens. Theko claims the aim is to help support local app developers, with the idea of using the best apps as pre-built in apps on the handsets that Verykool Africa...