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  • ‘Real projects will get African regulators to shift stance on crypto, blockchain’

    Entrepreneurs who help develop real projects on the blockchain is what is likely to drive African regulators to begin regulating cryptocurrency and blockchain. So, believes Nigerian Yele Bademosi, the director of Binance Labs, the venture arm of Taiwan based cryptocurrency exchange Binance.

    Bademosi is also the founder of Nigerian seed funding platform Microtraction, which has recently made several investments in startups in the West African countries (the most recent was in a healthtech startup — see here). It’s not clear why Bademosi took a job with Binance.

    In a phone call with Ventureburn last week, Bademosi (pictured above) said most African […]

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  • #Budget2019: Time for us to jumpstart SA

    Let’s get together to jumpstart our country back where it belongs on world markets … writes Deal Leaders Africa managing director Andrew Bahlmann.

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  • Amazon reportedly paid no tax in 2018

    Published Wednesday by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the report listed the effective tax rate of Amazon at negative 1.2 percent.

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  • Applications for Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize to open in March

    Applications for the inaugural $10-million Africa Netpreneur Prize will open on 27 March and close on 30 June, the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) announced today. This, after the earlier application date was moved from 15 January. It’s not clear why the date was moved forward. 

    The prize is an initiative of the Jack Ma Foundation. Over the next 10 years, the ANPI will host a pitch competition where 10 finalists from across the continent will compete for $1-million in total prize money.

    In addition, all 10 finalists will receive grant funding from the Jack Ma Foundation, as well […]

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  • Bosasa goes under, so what happens next?

    Adams & Adams explains what the board should do, the estimated duration of the process and how this affects Bosasa employees and suppliers.

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  • Cairo-based GoodsMart announces second investment from Algebra Ventures

    Cairo-based household shopping app GoodsMart today announced that it has secured its second investment from Egyptian venture capital (VC) firm Algebra Ventures. The deal was signed late last year.

    The shopping app also provides its users with a payments and delivery service. GoodsMart was founded in 2014 by CEO Amr Fawzi (pictured above) and Ahmed Sudan.

    In a statement today (18 February), the startup said the investment was made ahead of preparation for a Series-B round raise.

    In an email today (18 February), GoodsMart strategic project and partnership lead Nayra Elberry declined to disclose how much Algebra Ventures invested in the startup, […]

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  • Ctrl CEO says Santam investment will give the insurtech two to three years runway

    SA short term insurer Santam’s investment in Cape Town based digital insurance broker Ctrl — announced late last month — will give the insurtech enough runway for the next two to three years says Ctrl CEO Pieter Venter.

    The announcement of the deal was first reported in a story on SA tech news site TechFinancials on 31 January.

    In a phone call with Ventureburn today (14 February), Venter (pictured above, far left) declined to disclose how much the financial services giant had invested in the startup. He however said the multi-year funding deal will see Santam acquire a “minority stake” in the startup.

    Venter […]

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  • Four Sars Section 12J venture capital funds that invest in SA tech startups

    South Africa’s venture capital (VC) tax incentive allows investors that invest in accredited VC companies that then invest in small businesses, to make a tax deduction of 100% in the year that the investment was made.

    To date the SA Revenue Service (Sars) has approved over 120 such funds (find the list here). But very few invest in tech startups.

    While Sanari Capital and its Section 12J fund last year invested in two tech startups — Internet of Things (IoT) platform Sensor Networks and Snapt, which provides applications delivery controller solutions (see here and here) — there are really just four funds that […]

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  • Got what it takes to make that sale, love startups? Burn Media is hiring!

    The Burn Media Group is looking for a direct sales professional with an appetite for building new business in the booming startup, investor and entrepreneur space. We offer a competitive base salary with monthly uncapped commissions.

    The Burn Media Group consists of five quality sites: Memeburn.com, Ventureburn.com, Gearburn.com, Motorburn.com and Jobsburn.com.

    Our advertising product suite allows businesses to achieve their marketing objectives by designing custom campaigns that deliver the highest value and return on their investment.

    We are looking for people with diverse backgrounds of media, experience selling both traditional and digital advertising and who understand how to review market research […]

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  • Here’s why African edtech startups are struggling to find a viable business model

    At its peak Nigerian Elvis Chidera’s edtech startup reached over 120 000 users across West Africa. Over 100 students subscribed to use his startup’s Android app’s premium functionalities every month.

    But after three years and having invested $10 000 of his own money into the business Chidera (pictured above) last year shut down his Lagos-based business, Prepup.

    At the time it closed the business employed a team of five engineers and content creators that provided high school students with a “high quality, personalised way” to study and prepare for exams.

    “Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a sustainable business model for Prepup and […]

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  • How Nigerian business partner tried to bribe, take over my startup – Polish man

    It reads like “a shitty Hollywood B” film. A Polish entrepreneur has caused a storm by claiming that his Nigerian business partners tried to take over his startup and that they used the police to try to arrest and extradite him to Nigeria, while trying to blackmail him of $300 000.

    Marek Zmyslowski’s post last Thursday (14 February) on Medium has rocked Nigeria’s tech scene. Days later, the hashtag Malek was trending as eighth highest for Nigeria on Twitter on Saturday (16 February).

    Zmyslowski (pictured above) co-founded Jumia Travel, that quickly became one of the biggest hotel booking sites in Africa, in […]

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  • Inclusive Fintech 50 initiative launched to identify top financial inclusion startups

    The MetLife Foundation and digital payments giant Visa have partnered to launch the Inclusive Fintech 50 competition which aims to recognise the world’s top 50 early-stage fintech startups that contribute to financial inclusion around the globe.

    The competition — which is held in partnership with global non-profit Accion and World Bank global development institution IFC — will be implemented by MIX, the global data resource for socially responsible investors and businesses focused on inclusive finance.

    Applications will close on 8 March, while winners will be selected in May and announced in June.

    The Inclusive Fintech 50 competition aims to recognise the top […]

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  • Motsepe denies benefiting from IPPs

    The appointment of his brother-in-law and Energy Minister Jeff Radebe had been for his energy businesses

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  • Researcher develops way to track pollen

    Dr Corneile Minnaar is breaking new ground in a field of research, hampered by a lack of a universal method to track pollen for more than a century.

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  • SA startup RapidDeploy raises $12m from Samsung Next, GreatPoint Ventures

    SA tech startup RapidDeploy announced yesterday that it has raised $12-million in a Series-A round from US venture capital fund GreatPoint Ventures and innovation fund Samsung Next. The startup did not reveal the stake that the two have taken in the company.

    The funding will help the startup — which just relocated its head office to the US — to accelerate the development and deployment of its cloud aided platform.

    The startup’s cloud-based software enables public safety officials to reduce emergency response times and improve situational awareness. The platform is already deployed in over 35 agencies around the world and has to date […]

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  • SA’s Xineoh in $500k funding round, as it eyes opening second Canada office

    SA tech company Xineoh has closed a $500 000 equity funding round and is now exploring opening a second office in Canada — in Toronto — the startup’s CEO and founder Vian Chinner revealed today.

    The company, which Chinner (pictured above) founded in 2010 and uses artificial intelligence (AI) to predict customer behaviour, already has offices in Canada’s Vancouver — as well as in Johannesburg (it was formerly based in Bloemfontein).

    This follows the firm’s announcement last December that it had closed a $1-million equity funding round, bringing the total funding the startup has secured in the last two months to $1.518-million.

    In […]

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  • SBC AfriTech, RCS to host Future Cities Hackathon in Cape Town

    Do you have an innovative and disruptive tech-based solution for water pollution and sanitation, sustainable cities and communities, as well as smart mobility?

    Cape Town based tech accelerator Startupbootcamp AfriTech (SBC AfriTech) has partnered with financial services provider RCS to host the Future Cities Hackathon in Cape Town on 1 and 2 March.

    The impact-oriented hackathon aims to solve three UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — namely SDG 6 Clean water and sanitation, SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities and SDG 14 Life below water.

    The Future Cities Hackathon aims to solve for three UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In a statement last Wednesday (13 […]

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  • Section 12J funds that invest in property are a tax dodge says Vinny Lingham

    Silicon Valley based SA entrepreneur Vinny Lingham says too many funds approved under South Africa’s Section 12J venture capital (VC) tax incentive are using “financial re-engineering” such as investing in property, to allow the rich to “dodge” paying tax.

    The incentive, which came into effect in 2009, entitles investors that invest in accredited VC companies that then invest in small businesses, to make a tax deduction of 100% in the year that the investment was made. To date the SA Revenue Service (Sars) has approved over 120 such funds.

    Lingham, who it was revealed earlier this month is involved in a R500-million […]

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  • Smart meter firm Conlog, Tshimologong launch blockchain incubation programme

    Durban-based smart metering solutions provider Conlog has partnered with Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct to launch a blockchain incubation programme, Reapele.

    The programme — which has a strong focus on blockchain and smart city solutions — will be hosted and run by Braamfontein-based Tshimologong.

    In a statement yesterday (13 February), Tshimologong said the programme will be delivered in seven phases which will nurture tech businesses, digital products and ideas into viable businesses.

    Conlog and Tshimologong’s Reapele blockchain incubation programme is aimed at developers with experience in Java, Javascript, C++, Python or C#

    Tshimologong head of marketing Kendal Makgamathe (pictured above) said the […]

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  • UKZN breakthrough with sounding rocket

    The University of KwaZulu-Natal will launch its Phoenix-1B sounding rocket at the Denel Overberg Test Range (OTR) in the Western Cape this week.

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