Accelerating acceleration for South African startups

Knife Capital, a venture capital firm in South Africa, has announced that it is launching its 4th Grindstone Accelerator programme for startups. in partnership with African SME market access specialist Thinkroom. The aim of the Grindstone Accelerator programme is to help engineer growth for South African technology startups and shaping…

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South Africa's DataProphet receives investment from Knife Capital

DataProphet, a South African machine learning (ML) startup, has received an investment boost from Knife Capital, according to a statement released by the venture capital company. DataProphet specifically assists data-heavy businesses, especially in the manufacturing industry, to discover the insights and predictive capabilities hidden in their data. ![Knife Capital DataProphet]…

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10 highlights of the South African startup ecosystem in 2017

2017 in South Africa is a very hard year to define. Most people are limping into 2018 battle-scar ridden and trying to figure out what the hell just happened?! Bitcoin highs and Steinhoff lows, neighboring coup-non-coups, Rugby World Cup hosting woes and Western Cape dam levels scraping the bottom of…

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Save the Afrikan startup gazelle and forget the unicorn

With entrepreneurship conference season hitting South Africa, coffee-infused conversations about the lesser-spotted Afrikan Unicorn are unavoidable, and DNA traces of this mythical beast seem to be present in every startup that is pitching. While I am all for stretch goals and would love to see some Afrikan unicorns in the…

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