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All posts by Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter

Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter
Nur is an enigma with a passion for creating words. He recently entered a love affair with technology and chorizo sausages. He travels a lot -- you catch him, if you can, at a Silicon Cape event every now and again.
  • wiGroup takes top honours in PWC’s ‘Local to Global’ expo

    Cape Town headquartered mobile transaction company wiGroup has taken top honours at the PwC Accelerator ‘Local to Global’ expo, beating out nine other tech companies from around the world. The award was announced in Luxembourg after the ten participating companies presented their solutions to a panel of independent international judges. “The programme has brought together extraordinary people from around the world, and the strategic advice, knowledge sharing and general belief in building global businesses has been inspiring," says wiGroup CEO Bevan Ducasse. "It is the perfect way to end a near perfect year for us.” Ducasse, who co-founded the...

  • Safaricom Appwiz Challenge dubs Kenyan student news app winner

    Kenyan campus news startup Magazine Reel has won the Safaricom Appwiz Challenge -- an initiative by the major telecom to promote mobile developers in Kenya. Magazine Reel is described as a campus news site for students by students. The site has received over 250 000 visits per month, covering news, events, campus life, academics and sports, reports Techmoran. The app is currently available on Safaricom's app store. “While there are many people who still wait to watch the news every evening and read newspapers every morning, studies have shown that there are many tech-savvy youth who would rather access the news...

  • These 3 SA startups are among the world’s most inspiring

    Three South African tech startups have been listed as being among the world's most inspiring by Nominet Trust, a leading social venture funder. The 100-strong list, chosen by a steering committee which includes angel investor Sherry Coutu, Google Ventures Tom Hulme and Director of Wayra Europe, Simon Devonshire, aims to showcase how technology's transformative power is driving change around the world. The South African startups featured in the list are: MAMA: A service which texts antenatal and health information to mobile devices. Although the project is based in South Africa, it was its success in Bangladesh which allowed...

  • About 40% of global SMEs don’t believe Africa has growth opportunity

    A new study has shown that approximately 40% of global SMEs don't see the growth opportunity Africa offers, despite positive economic growth. This doesn't bode all too well for flexibility to the region's unique ecosystems. The study -- conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on behalf of logistics giant DHL Express -- surveyed 480 SME executives and experts from business lobbying groups, and further found that many multinationals and state-owned companies do however take advantage of the opportunities the African continent presents. Charles Brewer, Managing Director of DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa, says that despite current challenges to attract global...

  • US VC firm Founder Collective among Hellopeter’s new owners

    Yesterday, Ventureburn sister site Memeburn reported that Hellopeter founder Peter Cheales had stepped down from his position at the head of the company following a 100% acquisition by a group of entrepreneurs. At the time, the parties involved couldn't give any details around who that group of entrepreneurs was, but it was today revealed that the group buying out the customer service site includes a number of local and internationally-based entrepreneurs. The new shareholders include Founder Collective, a venture capital firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and co-founded by David Frankel, one of South Africa’s tech leaders. As a firm,...

  • 50 young Africans who could totally transform the continent

    The fact that more than half of Africa's population is under the age of 25 is often cited as one of the things in its favour going forward. With seven of the world's top ten fastest growing economies on the continent, it does however mean that there's some serious pressure on Africa's young people. It is they who are expected to change the world's perception of the continent and to turn that growth into real prosperity. If the nominees for the Future Africa Awards are anything to go by though, then it looks like Africa's future is in good...

  • SA-born devs launch photo-sharing app to help country’s healthcare sector

    Following the launch of medical photo-sharing app Figure 1 in North America, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, former South Africans are bringing their answer to the country's ailing healthcare sector. The free photo-sharing platform enables its 150 000 users in the world to connect, discuss and share content. The company notes that its images are viewed more than 1 million times a day. The team notes that they are happy to finally launch the app in its seventh market as most of them have strong roots in South Africa. CEO and co-founder Gregory Levey and Director of Communications and...

  • Tunisian energy startup Saphon Energy lands strategic alliance with Microsoft

    Tunisian energy renewable energy startup Saphon Energy today signed a strategic alliance with Microsoft, which will see it receive financial resources, technology support and large scale visibility from the Redmond-based technology giant. Saphon specialises in the research and development of wind energy and is responsible for creating a breakthrough and patented wind convertor, known as the Saphonian. This bladeless convertor is the first of its kind in Africa, and converts wind energy into green electricity, pumps water and helps spread connectivity. Known as the ‘Saphonian’ or ‘Zero-blade Wind Converter’, the bladeless and rotation-less technology has won a number of international...

  • South Africans are positive about entrepreneurship, believe it can be taught

    It's not often that you hear news stories about South Africa being a good place to do business. After all, research released earlier this year by the Savannah Fund rated the country as the most expensive on the continent to start a tech company in. There is however one group that thinks South Africa is a good place to start a business in: ordinary South Africans. That's according to the results the 2014 Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report (AGER), an annual survey that takes the public pulse on the state of self-employment around the world. With South Africa included...

  • Here are the 3 winners of the Orange African Social Venture Prize

    The winners of the Orange African Social Venture Prize have been announced at AfricaCom 2014, with Modisar and its agriculture app coming out top. Part of major telecom operator Orange's development programme, the competition featured initiatives ranging from healthcare to agriculture and education, and has received more than 450 candidates responses to the call for projects, which ran from May to September 2014. Marc Rennard, Orange’s Senior Executive Vice President for Africa, the Middle East and Asia, touched on the importance of promoting technology in  Africa in order to help drive development: Orange is proud to be able to contribute to this dynamic, particularly by providing...