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  • Inside Nigeria’s bustling startup world — where the real ‘hustlers’ live

    Earlier this week, Ventureburn unveiled DEMO Africa’s top 30 startups for 2015. While attention is being given to Ivory Coast whose startup scene is making its debut this year on the DEMO Africa stage, the fact that no one was surprised to see Nigeria having more startups than any other country this year, just like last year, is giving credence to the notion that the startup ecosystem in Nigeria is booming. And it’s not just because of Nigeria’s large population. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • 6 tips for kickstarting your first ecommerce site

    Joining the world of electronic commerce may seem daunting if you’re running a small business, but it is easier than ever to get up-and-running with a digital storefront. And with consumers looking for online convenience, allowing them to browse, order and pay online can give your business an edge in a competitive market. Here are a few ideas on how to get started: 1. Begin with a business plan Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Meet NicheStreem: SA’s curated streaming service for music lovers

    Just two blocks up the road from where she pitched her latest startup at Seedstars World recently, sits the headquarters of NicheStreem -- entrepreneur Catherine Lückhoff's curious South African music streaming service Nichestreem. Launched in March this year, NicheStreem has developed a technology that enables it to cater for unique, curated music streams for specific markets around the globe and looks set to make waves in the global online music industry, one niche community at a time. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Machine learning startup DataProphet hones in on profitable call centre industry

    Machine learning is a complicated subject. First experimented with by computer scientist Arthur Samuel back in 1956, the American eventually managed to build a program that could beat him at a game of checkers. As badass as that was, it doesn’t really compare to the advancements we’ve witnessed over the past few years. Today, tech like Google’s self-driving cars and Microsoft’s near real-time voice translation are frequently making the headlines on tech sites. A rebranded form of artificial intelligence, these intelligent pattern recognition algorithms could revolutionise the way we work in practically every industry. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Got a small business? Here are 5 tips to help make it sustainable

    Almost 50 years ago, when Emma Meyer started Auto Number Plates with her now late husband Nico, the couple only had determination on their side. By focusing on the details, the company has flourished -- helping two of their five children open their own small businesses. To this day, 86-year-old Meyer still completes a full day’s work at the shop every day. Here, she shares her insights on how SMEs can attain sustainability: Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Silent Hill’s spiritual successor? Why ‘Allison Road’ could be the next indie masterpiece

    I have always been a sucker for the dramatic, suspenseful and mysterious and the upcoming horror game, Allison Road, seems to be hitting every one of these chords pitch perfect. Currently in development by the six-man UK-based indie developing studio, Lilith Ltd., the game is already seen as "the spiritual successor to Silent Hill". Unfortunately, I am not too familiar with the Silent Hill franchise but after seeing the PT demo I could easily understand the comparison. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Why communities work best for innovation in Africa

    With more and more South African entrepreneurs starting businesses in response to the country’s unique challenges, it’s no wonder that, out of the 30 entrepreneurs on Forbes’s recent Africa’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs list, seven come from South Africa. If innovation is the key to unlocking solutions for South Africa, what are we doing to nurture it? The business of small businesses in South Africa is booming. Startups are popping up everywhere with innovative, outside-of-the-box business ideas that answer the ever-growing need for practical, viable solutions in energy, tech, education, payments and more. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Cape Town rising: the natural ground for tech entrepreneurs?

    A decade ago, no one in South Africa knew what the terms angel and tech startups meant. People were progressively adjusting to a new democracy led by the awe-inspiring Nelson Mandela. The government’s focus was on breaking down the barriers of racism and apartheid, not investing in risky ventures. But some individuals, like Justin Stanford and Vinny Lingham, anticipated the tech wave. We spoke to Stanford, 31, who explained to us how this dynamic duo set up the entrepreneurial ecosystem in South Africa. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Does iGrow Academy have what it takes to help educate the masses on a budget?

    The youth bears the brunt of of South Africa's unemployment crises. Ranked third highest in the world, a 2014 report by the World Economic Forum reckons that more than 50% of young South Africans between 15 and 24 are unemployed. Founder of iGrow Academy Jared Koning estimates that one of the main reasons for this discrepancy is due to a disconnect between the primary and tertiary education sectors. The entrepreneur estimates that there are over 400 000 matrics each year of which 67% do not have the access to higher education. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • How to make the most of startup life (even if your manager sucks)

    Managers. We all have to deal with some version of them. Even the companies claiming they have a flat organisation structure. There’s always someone you report to. There’s always someone who, if you’re lucky, you look up to. And if you’re not, well, that’s an entirely different story altogether. I didn’t always work at a startup. My first job was at a big corporation and the development team at my location consisted of 100 odd people, divided into teams that reported to a team lead (TL) and TL's that reported to a project lead (PL) and PLs that reported to...

  • AgriProtein: the company using flies, our waste to keep the planet from eating itself

    The fly makes the world go round. While many find these critters repulsive, they actually play a very important role in how we get our food we eat. For starters, by eating decaying materials, the fly helps speed up the nutrient cycling which helps generate richer soil for plants and vegetables. It's also a protein food for some animals -- a lot of which, people eat. As much as we might hate it, it's actually nature's filthy little farmer. The problem with nature is that it is slow. Way too slow for our overpopulated, capital-driven world of today. But if AgriProtein...

  • 4 reasons investors should seriously look to Africa for tech

    In recent years, Africa has become a hotbed of technological innovation. The spread of mobile technology has spurred new companies, such as delivery service MamaMikes, which allows dispersed family members to send gifts, and energy provider M-Kopa Solar, which now provides energy to a reported 150 000 homes across East Africa. This shift has transformed Africa’s investment landscape. African developers will continue generating cutting-edge technology in the coming years, and investors who jump on these new opportunities will reap the rewards. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • On the hunt for Holy Grails, Unicorns, VC funding and other fabled creatures

    This article may be a little controversial but it is part of my mission to guide our entrepreneurs to success -- and if we can stop our founders from wasting time doing things that will never bear fruit, then we are doing our job. New venture founders are massively overly focused on VC-sourced funding – which may initially seem appropriate as lack of money is a problem that most startups face at sometime. However, there is undoubtedly a disproportionate amount of time and resource dedicated to seeking VC funding which will remain for most, a holy grail. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • ‘OpenCart’ review for startups: Is OpenCart right for you?

    OpenCart is one of the more light-weight ecommerce platforms. The system is built for ease of use, easy installation of modules and created around the Model-View-Controller (MVC) framework. The software is currently available in two different versions, legacy ( and the newer Both of these carry the same core features, but OpenCart 2 has a retooled admin interface, built-in responsive theme and added core functionality. This article will cover the newer version of OpenCart as it’s the one currently being supported and developed for. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • 10 student startup myths busted

    There are many myths floating around the student startup ecosystem which can hinder the progress of some great ideas. Here we destroy some of them .... Startup myth 1: Someone is going to steal your idea if you tell people about it You probably could not even pay your top competitor to execute your idea - they have plenty of their own. So get out there and talk and test and validate. Execution is the key, not idea generation. Read more on Ventureburn.