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  • Startup Weekend Nairobi kicks-off today at Nairobi Garage

    While the rest of us scramble for weekend plans, people in Nairobi, Kenya are taken care of. The city's weekend promises to be exciting as the Startup Weekend Nairobi kicks-off today at the innovation hub, Nairobi Garage. An invite has been extended to all entrepreneurs, budding business owners, operators and innovators. The weekend will be made of a number of events in which the attendees can share ideas, discuss partnerships, and launch startups. There will also be mentors and coaches available to facilitate the events. Startup Weekend Nairobi will have local and international business mentors who have built their own...

  • Digital communications startup Everlytic finds impressive 600% growth

    Knighted Deloitte's third fastest growing company in Africa, digital communications company Everlytic recently announced it grew 606% in the last five years, claiming the spot as the fastest growing company in South Africa. What initially started out as communications agency Prefix Technologies in 2004, Everlytic launched as a general email marketing platform in 2010 and continuous improvements to the offering ensured steady progress, resulting in Everlytic’s ranking on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 2014, which was design to recognise tech innovation across the continent. “Making the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Africa ranking is a testament to a company’s commitment to technology,”...

  • 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...

  • Springleap goes big: expands into Middle Eastern, pan-African markets

    Springleap is on a mission to take over the world. Backed by a new group of experienced industry leaders and a community of 22 000 creatives, the crowdsourced design startup is expanding into the Middle Eastern and pan-African markets. Initially hailing from an office in Cape Town -- 2014's World Capital of Design -- the crowdsourcing design startup is today operating in New York City as well as Johannesburg. News of its expansion comes hot on the heels of it raising a R4.1-million funding round a few weeks ago from a group of international investors. Read more: SA crowdsource design startup...

  • Uber offers on-demand barber service to celebrate Movember’s end

    In the midst of Movember, a few misplaced hairs can mean the difference between a perfect mustache and a gorilla's chin Perhaps that's why on-demand car service Uber is offering a new service that aims to keep chins and upper lips in top shape. Sponsored by EDGE for Men -- a local male grooming service -- Uber users can now request a barber for an on-site, at home snip and shave. To transport your personal barber to your door for free, all you need do is open the app between 10am and 4pm on Thursday 27 November. The razor icon is...

  • Smart-water startup E-Maji, carpooling service Jambo Car win Ampion Venture Bus comp

    Ampion Venture Bus has announced the winners of the East African and Southern African startups. Carpooling service Jambo Car won the East African round, while water sanitation startup E-Maji was crowned the Southern African winner. By touring with entrepreneurs across regions in Africa, Ampion Bus seeks to develop innovative tech solutions on the continent, using both international and local skills and talent. At AfricaCom in Cape Town, South Africa, E-Maji had to match the business plans and ambitions of eight other starups from the region. These included the platform for entrepreneurs Mens et Manus; platform for schools Keetla; Road Rules --...

  • Zomato closes $60m round of funding for its appetite to take over the world

    Zomato's restaurant discovery train is showing no signs of slowing down. The startup, which hails from India, has just announced that it's raised a fresh round of funding worth USD$60-million, which puts its valuation at USD$660-million high. Even though the company's recent round of funding -- lead by India's Info Edge, Vy Capital and Sequoia Capital -- means more business in more countries, Zomato already operates in 18 countries including India, South Africa, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, UK, the Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka to only name a few. It's certainly keen on world domination. Read more: Restaurant finder app Zomato...

  • Snapplify’s innovative ebook distribution hub wins FutureBook Award

    South African ebook distributor Snapplify is really making a name for itself locally and abroad. The latest affirmation of its vision going forward is an award it recently won for its innovative ebook distribution tech -- the SnappBox. At the FutureBook Awards, Snapplify won the Tech Innovation category for its ebook hardware distribution solution SnappBox . SnappBox is a hardware distribution solution for ebooks which enables users to access digital reading material via their intranet as opposed to downloading individually via the internet. This method is said to be most effective for larger institutions such as schools and universities. Read more: SnappBox...

  • Methys labs offers up R100k prize for innovative startups

    International technology group Methys is offering Western Cape entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch an innovative project and receive a R100 000 subsidy in development value for a website or mobile app. According to the competition organisers, it's aimed at supporting the seeding of innovative startups in the Western Cape. A total development value of R100 000 -- to be used against development of either a digital store, a website or a mobile app -- will be awarded to the entrepreneurs coming out with the most innovative concepts. Those subsidies are to be used against the development of either a digital store,...

  • She Leads Africa is taking these 8 female entrepreneurs to pitch in the US

    Woman empowerment initiative She Leads Africa recently announced the eight startups that will be traveling to the US to pitch at Diaspora Demo Day. Diaspora Demo Day is said to be the largest gathering of African startups, entrepreneurs and angel investors outside of the continent. Taking place in Washington DC, US near the end of November, this event will showcase both innovative tech and social companies as well as keynotes and demonstrations. The initiative is hosted by Tiphub -- an accelerator and business consultancy that develops and supports seed stage technology and social impact ventures within Africa and the African Diaspora....