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  • Crowdsource location app Traffic Lite hits Nigeria’s streets

    New community-based app Traffic Lite by Nigerian software developer Panthelope Technologies has been launched in an attempt too curb Lagos' notorious traffic. Traffic Lite is said to crowdsource real-time information from its users. This means that the more people using it, the more accurate the information will be. Panthelope is responsible for Point of Sale apps Kollect and Uxie. Company founder Ikenna Iloeje hopes the app will enable people to help each other by just going about their usual business. He explains: By just driving or walking around with the app running passively on their phone they are immensely contributing to traffic...

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    First Two Apple Watches Sold on bidorbuy

    (4 May 2015) The Apple magic is as strong as ever. The proof is in the sale of two Apple Watches on www.bidorbuy.co.za at prices that can only be described as premium. Tech7, one of thousands of sellers who sell regularly on South Africa’s online marketplace, posted his wares on 28 April: two beautiful Apple Watches, one made of aluminium alloy, and the other of stainless steel. On 3 May, one buyer snatched both, presumably happy to pay the premium price for the bragging rights of being one of the first in South Africa to wear Apple’s newest wonder. The aluminium...

  • Dragons’ Den SA episode 12: going out with a bang

    The first season of Dragons' Den SA is over. Throughout its course, the dragons have given away millions, laughed some horrendous ideas out of the room and watched a couple of chancers sweat their way through their pitches. It's been a pretty varied season and the producers have controlled the pacing reasonably well. Thing is, you can't end a season on a damp squib, so what would they pull out of the hat for the final episode of the season? Were this a high-tension drama series, they probably would've gone with a cliff-hanger. But it's not: Dragons' Den...

  • DroneScan: the startup using flying ‘copters to manage your stock

    Data management can make or break a business. Especially when it comes to big companies, refining a simple process could save you millions. It's all about maximising efficiency. A few weeks ago we featured Big Inja -- the data management startup that explained how important it is to visualise your business processes in order to make the right decisions. Now, Durban-based software startup DroneScan is taking it to another level. Literally. The startup is using drones to scan barcoded items in warehouses shelved too high for pesky humans suffering from acrophobia, or just love new tech and uber efficiency. The problem The...

  • Tanzania’s pre-paid solar startup Off Grid Electric raises $16 million

    Things are looking bright for East Africa this season. At least that's the case for the solar as a service startup Off Grid Electric and its customers. Tanzanian-based solar company Off Grid Electric has raised a massive US$16-million (about R184-million) lead by the US alternative energy giant and NASDAQ-listed, SolarCity, the UK's Zouk Capital as well as Microsoft co-founder Pual Allen's Vulcan Capital. The investment comes after it raised US$7-million (roughly R80-million) in March this year. Similar to the mobile airtime model, the startup introduces a pre-paid solar power system that asks the home-owner to top-up whenever the user runs out...

  • 10 exciting startups from Israel you should watch out for 2015

    Of the thousands of Israeli startups vying to become global businesses, only a small percentage of them will make it to the big leagues. Everyone wants to bet big on the next Waze, Wix, or Outbrain. So which ones are on the verge of greatness? Here are some up-and-coming Israeli startups that I believe you should watch closely in 2015. StoreDot Storedot is developing quantum dot-utilizing fast-charging smartphone battery technology, among other things. A few months ago they revealed a prototype device that fully charged the phone within 30 seconds. The startup recently raised a monster US$42 million series B funding round. PlayBuzz Playbuzz...

  • Guns and Rain: an art gallery that inhabits the contours of online space

    Ann Gollifer, Ntlo, Pelo, Mosadi Guns and Rain founder Julie Taylor's oldest art memory is of drawing dinosaur stencils. That memory, wrapped up as it is in the imagination of a child, re-imagining creatures that are extinct and inking them back to life, is in part what inspired her to establish the contemporary online art gallery. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Guns and Rain sells artwork by artists from across Southern Africa, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana, online . The gallery's curatorship is slanted towards young and emerging artists, but it does not shun work by established artists. Taylor tells...

  • Ampion Venture Bus to wrap-up tech startup travels in Tunisia

    From the inception of health app in West Africa to an innovative water sanitation solution in Southern Africa and a carpooling service in the East, Ampion Venture Bus is to wrap-up its travels in Tunisia this December. Everywhere in Africa, the convenience of technology has given citizens the opportunity to speak of their political experiences to a wider audience. This has been evident in Egypt, Kenya, and Tunisia and to acknowledge this the Ampion Venture Bus will slant its focus on tech solutions improving democratic participation. Filled with local and international entrepreneurs, Ampion's bus trip encourages participants to work...

  • U-Start launches investment vehicle, will be worth €30-million in 2015

    Global Venture Capital initiative U-Start has recently rounded-off its 2014 conference series in Cape Town, South Africa, and announced further penetration to the Central and Eastern European region as well as the launch of U-Start Ventures -- its new investment vehicle to carry €30-million (over R418-million) by mid-2015. Apart from the conferences, the global boutique advisory firm is also responsible for the U-Start Club which is an international group of private investors which is aimed at sourcing investors’ money into the most perspective and carefully pre-selected and pre-qualified startups. U-Start believes that apart from the strong growth opportunities, emerging markets such as...

  • 10 tips for keeping your ecommerce startup safe this festive season

    It’s the end of the year and it’s time to shop. If you own an e-commerce platform or sell stuff online you are probably hoping that common sense prevails and the mouse click wins over the cheery festive music in the mall. It’s also a time when you need to watch out for fraudulent behaviour. Here are 10 essential tips to stay ahead of cyber criminals this festive season. 1. Obtaining an authorisation code does not guarantee settlement by the bank An authorisation merely means, at the time of request, that the card had adequate funds in it and had...

  • 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...