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6 tips from SA startup pros on raising funding

By Graham van der Made: Editor on 27 January, 2017 Funding your startup is one of, if not the most crucial part of creating the company. While bootstrapping may be ideal for a number of entrepreneurs, it isn’t always possible, meaning they will need to raise money from VCs or Angels in order to get things off […]

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South African Business Angel Network to fill key gap?

By Sarah Rice on 25 August, 2016 Right now in the South African funding landscape, there is a gap between the ‘friends, fools and family’ money at the base of the funding pyramid and the post revenue, typical venture capital (VC) stage of funding. This week’s launch of SABAN (South African Business Angel Network), the professional association for the South African early stage investor […]

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Welcome to entrepreneurs heaven: Cape Town

Business Report | 24 March 2017, 4:44pm Vivian Warby Cape Town – A growing number of local and international entrepreneurs as well as numerous corporates, for example Barclays Africa and Thompson Reuters, have chosen to call Cape Town home. This has seen the city grow tremendously as a tech hub over the past few years, says Alex Fraser, director […]

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Decrease in SA’s entrepreneurial activity

By Joanne Carew, ITWeb Cape-based contributor. Cape Town, 27 Aug 2015 A general business environment plagued by negativity makes things tough for local entrepreneurs. There has been a marked decrease in entrepreneurial activity in SA in recent years, especially in comparison to other emerging economies. This is, in part, due to a lack of an entrepreneurial […]

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Geeks on a Plane: A night out in Cape Town

By Matthew Alexander on 31 March, 2017 Wesgro in partnership with Silicon Cape hosted The Geeks on a Plane dinner in Cape Town last night in honour of the participants of the initiative. The planned speakers for the evening consisted of the CEO of Wesgro, Tim Harris; director of Silicon Cape, Alexandra Fraser; MD of 4di Justin […]

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SA procurement rule change will be a boost for startups

By Stephen Timm: Editor on 4 April, 2017 Startups that do work for the government are in for a major boon with a new procurement rules coming into effect this week that will see 30% of state procurement directed to small enterprises, says Silicon Cape director Alexandra Fraser. Fraser says the revised Preferential Procurement Regulations, which were gazetted […]

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Cape Town aims to be Africa’s technology hub

Cape Town is looking to add another string to its burgeoning business-friendly bow by positioning itself as a launch pad for technology companies expanding into Africa. The Mother City already attracts foreign filmmakers and business process outsourcing companies. But now it has its sights set on technology start-ups and venture capitalists. This week tech experts […]

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Start-up Visas: Countries Draw Top Talent

Published Financial Mail, by HANNA ZIADY, SEPTEMBER 01 2016 A growing number of countries determined to attract entrepreneurs to their soil are handing “start-up visas” to the best and brightest of them. A start-up visa enables entrepreneurs to live and start businesses in countries where they are not citizens or permanent residents, for a defined […]

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