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  • 7 ways your startup can protect employees in the workspace

    No one used to think twice about heading into work. However, the reality of our world today is that anywhere can be dangerous, including the place where we spend most of our days. Recently, a gunman ran rampant at the Navy Shipyards. There were gunshots near the White House. These acts are horrible demonstrations of violence, and they are happening too frequently. Along with worrying about the mentally ill, your employees could also be harmed as a result of natural disasters or other similar situations. Many people, however, do not believe these types of situations will affect them. As the...

  • Onyeka Akumah on Travelbeta, ecommerce and Nigeria’s tech space [Q&A]

    The first time I heard about Travelbeta by Onyeka Akumah was in July 2015 at the official launch of HouseMax in Lagos. Akumah described the platform as one that would totally transform the travel space in Africa. Few months later, the platform was officially launched and a few week later, it raised US$2-million. I recently caught up with Akumah to speak about the exciting travel company, startups and a range of issues they face in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • How your startup can make a fresh start in 2016

    The start of a New Year is always a great time to re-evaluate your business plans and operations, and ask yourself if there’s anything you could do better. Here are a few ideas for getting a good start to 2016: 1. Set your goals for the year ahead During the first few days of the New Year, take a bit of time to think about your goals for the calendar year ahead. Focus especially on the aspects of your business that you neglect in the busyness of day-to-day survival. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • OfferZen wants to be the curated marketplace for SA’s top devs, top companies

    It’s not easy finding the job you deserve in South Africa, especially if you’re a talented developer exposed to what’s on offer in, say, Silicon Valley. This might change as curated jobs marketplace OfferZen sets out to help top developers find the best jobs the South African tech industry has to offer. In 2014, two South African brothers Malan and Philip Joubert traveled to Silicon Valley where they pitched their startup Journey Apps to various venture capitalists. The entrepreneurs, who are also behind startup incubator FireID, wanted to know how difficult it was for a South African tech company to...

  • From banks to microlenders, Fincheck wants to help you find the best loans

    Financial service comparison websites have been around for a while in South Africa with the likes of Hippo, Click n Compare and many more, assisting people with probably one of the most stressful undertakings out there. Now, two young entrepreneurs are trying to help South Africans with a more in-depth finance comparison website, called Fincheck, which helps people find loan options. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Deep VR is the startup bridging videography and virtual reality

    Virtual reality (VR) startups are rare companies, even with the technology gaining more traction. Deep VR is one such company -- specialising in 3D and 2D 360 degree video production -- that came together while in a pinch. Founded and self-funded by Ulrico Grech-Cumbo and Telmo dos Reis, in October 2015, the South African-based company started off as something of a necessity. Its sister company, Ambrosia Brand Experience Agency over-sold itself to on a project. The client required a jazz club to be filmed in 360 degrees, but the agency didn't know how to achieve this. Fortunately, the pair stepped up to...

  • Primecart’s bold attempt to dominate ecommerce in Nigeria through Shoprite

    During the festive period, public holidays, and those notable days that are not recognised in Nigeria's calendar, people often troop en masse to quite a number of places, with one of these being Shoprite. But not every Nigerian waits until the holidays to visit Shoprite – as a matter of fact, a sizeable proportion of the corporate demographic in Nigeria relies on Shoprite for their daily living. "I spend more than 60% of my monthly earnings on Shoprite," said Dayo, an Abuja-based Nigerian high-earning medical professional. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • 4 easy ways to use LinkedIn to grow your startup

    Most business people know startups have to overcome many challenges and defy the odds to succeed in the marketplace. One of the ways you can get a leg up on competitors is to make your business as visible as possible. Being involved with a startup business may mean you’re trying to get by on a shoestring budget, which could give you the impression becoming more visible is a nearly impossible task. Fortunately, growing your business and making it clear what you have to offer are both much simpler when using LinkedIn. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Nigerian-founded social networking startup Tutlub is creating an online Muslim family

    These days, it’s really hard being a Muslim in Nigeria and elsewhere since no matter what you do, you have to answer questions on terrorism and your religion. This could be the reason why some Muslims are quiet on social media on this subject and other critical topics. The silence is so strong that many are beginning to assume that social media is haram (sin) in Islam. But Yusuf Hassan, founder and CEO of Tutlub disagrees. Hassan might just have found a way to create fruitful and open online dialogue. “Islamic scholars and Imams’ position on social media is that...

  • Leadhome is the latest startup keen to change real estate in South Africa

    Real estate startup Leadhome thinks South African real estate is stagnant and believes it has what it takes to shake it up with a melange of traditional and innovative services. Launched late November, the company was founded by long-time friends Marcél du Toit (pictured left) and Harry Hattingh (pictured right). The pair met in 2001 when they were studying undergraduate degrees at the University of Stellenbosch and have been friends ever since. Du Toit was previously the vice president in Corporate Finance and M&A at Deutsche Bank, and Harry Hattingh was a founding member of In2Assets Gauteng. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • The year of mobile? 9 of Africa’s most exciting startup investments of 2015

    If you ever doubted the significance of mobile innovations in Africa, then this year's developments are likely change your mind once and for all. Not only has 2015 been a good year for investments in startups across the continent (the most we've seen in South Africa thus far), millions of dollars are flowing towards mobile innovations. From micro-jobbing platforms to peer-to-peer payment solutions, more and more investors are growing confident in the potential of the many interesting mobile solutions Africa has to offer. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • This inspiring entrepreneur proves startups can be born from anywhere

    Kanayo Okwuraiwe is an entrepreneur that has been through an incredible amount of hardship over the last few years. Even with these problems, he sees disaster as a blessing rather than a curse and shows us that entrepreneurs can come from anywhere, regardless of circumstance, or personal loss. A taxi lies overturned on a Lagos highway. Moments ago, its tire burst, sending the vehicle skidding along the road and eventually to its final resting place. A young man pulls himself out of the wreckage and walks for help without realising how much damage has been done to his body. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Banking on ecommerce growth in SA — Q&A with The Foschini Group’s Brent Curry

    Even though South Africa's ecommerce sector is estimated to estimated to make up only one percent of the total market for consumer goods, we've over the last few years seen many players bank on this figure to grow. Investors are confident to say the least. To give you an idea of how determined stakeholders are hundreds of millions of dollars have been pumped into online-only stores like Takealot, while traditional retailers are forced to restructure their entire business models in order to stay relevant. At the same time the latter group is constantly trying to perfect the omni-channel experience, where...

  • The rise of African startups is a business opportunity, not a threat

    We are in the middle of a tech startup frenzy, with research suggesting that South Africa alone is home to more than 5 000 tech startups. Rather than just seeing this rise of new potential competitors as a threat, enterprises should take the opportunity to transform themselves, work and learn together — and bottle some of that entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Changing climates, changing fortunes: what African elections mean for investors

    Electoral cycles have long been a sticky issue for Africa’s business communities. Elections often evoke fears that a regime change will bring uncertainty and instability, two characteristics investors try to avoid in their portfolios. These reservations aren’t unfounded: Kenya’s bungled 2007 election crippled the East African region and forced landlocked economies such as Uganda and Rwanda to bear the brunt of post-election chaos. Investors expect some inherent risk in emerging economies, but at some point, they draw a line.