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Top Startup Web Events In South Africa This Week

This week’s line up of webinar events will touch base on new methods and approaches to entrepreneurship and startup, from covering how to improve sales to the lean startup method for entrepreneurs.  If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or next week’s, please let us know in the comments below or send us an email. Please notify us by Friday of the week before the event. Not all the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out more information. All times below are set in South African time unless indicated....

Bitcoin’s ‘Quiet Boom’ In Africa

LAGOS: Four months ago, Abolaji Odunjo made a fundamental change to his business selling mobile phones in a bustling street market in Lagos: He started paying his suppliers in bitcoin. Odunjo sources handsets and accessories from China and the UAE. His Chinese suppliers asked to be paid in the cryptocurrency, he said, for speed and convenience. The shift has boosted his profits, as he no longer has to buy dollars using the Nigerian naira or shell out fees to money-transfer firms. It is also one example of how, in Africa, bitcoin — the original and biggest cryptocurrency — is finding the practical use that it has largely failed...

LabEight* Ventures Launches “LabEight* Africa”

LabEight* Ventures, a Canadian Venture Initiative, launched LabEight* Africa to operate out of Lagos, Nigeria in July 2020 as an innovative financial product designed to capture value missed by existing financial products, and bring together an ethos of operationally focused venture capital investing. We focus on tech and tech-enabled startups with a social impact approach.  Managing Partner Jason D. Salvagni strongly believes there couldn’t have been a better time to Launch LabEight* Africa. In his words “With all the turmoil in the world at present, LabEight* Africa’s mission is now more important than ever. Our commitment to raising up African entrepreneurs – in Africa – to benefit Africa; Our commitment...

Afrolynk 2020 Conference Is Going Virtual

Conferences, events and seminars have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This, however, hasn’t meant that event planners have been deterred. The show must go on as they say, and we have witnessed a number of events going virtual. This is no different for Afrolynk 2020. What is Afrolynk? There may be some of you who have already heard of Afrolynk but for those who haven’t. Afrolynk is an impact venture capital that supports and brings together entrepreneurs, startups, investors organisations in the Africa EU tech and entrepreneurship ecosystem. The conference is going to be virtually this year starting from the 25th of September in Berlin, Germany. To understand...

Ericsson Innovation Awards 2020 looking for innovators supporting climate change

Ericsson has officially launched its annual Ericsson Innovation Awards (EIA) 2020, to offer university students around the world the chance to develop new, innovative ideas with support from Ericsson experts.  Ericsson Innovation Awards 2020 are themed “Reclaim the future,” which centers on addressing current and future climate challenges and focuses primarily on how information and communications technology (ICT) can provide radical climate change mitigation for consumers and industries alike. Based on Ericsson research, ICT solutions have the potential to improve energy use in industrial operations, minimize negative environmental impacts, and enable a reduction of global carbon emissions by up to 15 percent by 2030.  Heather Johnson, Head of...

Goodtalent Launches Accelerator Program for Fresh Graduates

The Goodtalent graduate accelerator program is designed to help introduce beginners into the world of technology to enable them to launch a career in tech and upgrade their earning potential. Termed Goodtalent Labs, it is a free on-going 3-month program to teach Nigerian youths certain areas of software development and employability skills from scratch. It is aimed at total beginners who don’t need to know anything about programming / tech enabled tools to participate The program curriculum is structured for beginners to equip recent or soon-to-be graduates with relevant tech skills to begin a career in the tech industry. No prior experience is required to join the...

APPLY: New Economy Booster Programme In Nigeria And Ghana

Impact Hub Lagos and Accra are accepting applications for the New Economy Booster programme, which seeks to find actionable solutions to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic across various industries including the creative sector.  It will be conducted in a non-linear schedule between September 2020 and February 2021. Early-stage creative ventures, startups, NPOs or initiatives contributing to the post-pandemic economic recovery in Nigeria and Ghana are encouraged to apply. The programme will be conducted virtually for seven months after which the successful candidates will receive a range of customised content and resources to develop and grow their business and network. They will be guided by a team of local...

The U.S. Embassy And AWEIF Announce The Academy For Women Entrepreneurs Program

The Embassy of the United States of America in South Africa has partnered with the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org) to implement the 2020-2021 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) South Africa program. Now in its second year, another 125 female entrepreneurs will be selected nationwide for an opportunity to receive virtual and in-person training and mentorship sessions for eight months.“AWE is a great opportunity for women entrepreneurs across South Africa to gain university-level business and management training, strengthen their networks, and grow as entrepreneurs.” said Embassy Public Affairs Officer Maureen Mimnaugh. She noted that “particularly in a post-COVID world, the tools for successful entrepreneurship will be more important than ever, and this program aims to support women in a recovering...

Webinar :Kalon Venture Partners, a registered Section 12J Venture Capital Company

Ventureburn will be hosting our first-ever free webinar series with the first session taking place on 1 September 2020.  Hosted in partnership with Kalon Venture Partners, a registered Section 12J Venture Capital Company, these informative webinars will offer insight into everything you need to know about Section 12J.  The webinar will take place on 1 September 2020 at 11am  Hosted by Ventureburn editor, Ishani Chetty, and venture capitalist Clive Butkow of Kalon Venture Partners, the webinar series will unpack the key elements of Section 12J.  Our first webinar topic will be covering a foundational understanding and the possible impending legislation changes of Section 12J.  Our first webinar will feature special guest, Tanya...

“Building in Africa”- Webinar

 This Friday, August 28th, for the 8th episode of "Building in Africa" we are interviewing, Carina Rumberger, CEO, Beyonic. It’s the second in our series of interviews about exits and acquisitions in African tech titled How big deals get done.The Ugandan-based digital payment company, Beyonic was acquired 100% by MFS Africa in a deal that was paid for in cash and shares. MFS Africa is a mobile money gateway in Africa, which connects mobile network operators in 34 countries across the continent through a single API.The deal which was announced in June 2020 is considered a major win and milestone for the African tech industry...

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