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Mercedes-Benz SA courts students, professionals in new innovation challenge

Automotive giant Mercedes-Benz South Africa in partnership with business incubator LaunchLab has launched the Mercedes-Benz South Africa Ideas Challenge, an innovation initiative aimed at students and young professionals.Launchlab and Mercede-Benz SA aims to invite interested innovators to pitch their ideas around a set of challenges which are tailor-made to advance manufacturing as well as relevant industry topics, as identified...

Four fintech companies selected for R2.5m AlphaCode Accelerate programme

Fintech accelerator AlphaCode has announced the names of four companies selected to join its recently launched R2.5-million accelerator programme AlphaCode Accelerate.The four companies are Entersekt, Livestock Wealth, Click2Sure and Invoice Worx.The two-year long AlphaCode Accelerate programme, which AlphaCode has partnered on with scale-up accelerator 10X-e, will offer the four companies with mentorship, expert guidance and support services.Read moreSource: Ventureburn ')}...

Apply for the CiTi’s Women in Business Programme

Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) is searching for ambitious entrepreneurs to join the fully-funded 10-week Top Tech Tools for Women in Business programme, starting this September at the Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn.In partnership with the City of Cape Town, CiTi has run 6 cohorts of this programme to date at both the Woodstock and Khayelitsha Bandwidth...

Proudly South African Launches 100% Local Online Shopping Store, SMEs Invited to Come Onboard

Proudly South African in an effort to give South African manufacturers and designers a new way of taking their product to market has launched an e-shopping site.The RSAMade site features 100% locally made items ranging from electronics and furniture, to beauty product and games.Proudly South African will vet and verify local content and quality and...

First Tech Hub in West Africa run by women

When Binta Coudy De first voyaged out of Senegal, it was sometime in 2011. She was 22 years old and a computer engineer who was invited to take part in a tech competition that was put together by Microsoft in New York. In the worldwide sea of groups that competed at the event, Binta's...

Download SA SMME Access to Finance Report

The report analyses a unique data set, provided by Finfind, of SMME funders and SMMEs seeking finance. It was sponsored by the SA SME Fund and identifies access to finances challenges, gaps and potential solutions. The Finfind 2017 cleaned data sample of 11 033 SMME funding requests is larger than the South African GEM...

Forbes Africa announces Under 30 | 2018 List

The 2018 FORBES AFRICA Under 30 is an authentic and most definitive list of Africa’s most promising young change-makers. This year is the fourth edition of the list and for the first time, inspired by the growing number of young men and women entrepreneurs, Forbes has expanded the list to bring you 30 game-changers,...

Minister Davies launches Black-owned ICT Factory in East London

South Africa has not been able to manufacture enough electronics products but has relied on imported tablets, cell phones and all kinds of electronic equipment, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Tuesday.“What we are witnessing today [Tuesday], is a company that is getting into this space which is very important as...

5 Black Female Tech Founders selected for Absa’s inaugural Rise Scalerator Programme

Absa’s Rise innovation hub in Cape Town has selected five black female tech founders that will participate in its entrepreneurship assistance programme.Camilla Swart, Ecosystem Manager at Rise Cape Town – Absa’s Cape Town based innovation hub – highlights the technology sector as one such area that requires additional support in terms of driving diversity and...

Standard Bank Launches ‘My Fearless Next’ Campaign

Standard Bank has launched a new campaign to help South Africa’s budding entrepreneurs turn their side hustles into their main hustles by providing them with funding equivalent to as much as one year’s salary in order to encourage them to take the plunge and start their own business without the fear of losing their...

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