Uprise Africa, the in-demand and innovative crowdfunding platform, is ending the year on a high after scooping yet another prestigious accolade.
The prestigious ICT Startup Award (SME Category) was received at the GovTech 2019 SITA Digital Service Awards that ran from 28 to 30 October at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Complex, Durban (KZN). This rounds-off an amazing year for the trailblazing South African company with a growing reputation across the African continent.
Conference and Awards:
Short for “government technology”, GovTech is a conference and awards event that began in 2006. The conference theme was “Digital Transformation – Gearing towards 4IR And Beyond”.
“To date, it has turned into an important feature in the government planning cycle. Fast forward into 2019, the conference continues to rally the public sector towards the need for government to adapt to, and adopt new and innovative ways of serving citizens and delivering services including the use of ICT technologies”, said Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams (Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies)
“GovTech is now a strategic platform for thought leadership in the quest by the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) in line with its legislative objective to improve service delivery by the government through the provision of ICT technologies and other systems in a secure environment.
“This year’s event takes place against the backdrop of a heightened focus on digital transformation and fourth industrial revolution hence the theme: Digital Transformation – Gearing towards 4IR And Beyond, which is a calling on all the attendants to leave no stone unturned in their quest to position the public service as the pioneers in the realization of the ideals enshrined in the National Development Plan Vision 2030 and the National ICT Policy White Paper.”
She said that both digital access, transformation, and inclusivity have been identified as three critical pillars and in consideration, the government wanted to applaud the work that men and women do under the banner of GovTech – to change mindsets, develop skills, promote innovation and transform the industry.
“Ensuring that the SMMEs and co-operatives are drawn into the digital economy remains the preoccupation of this government to realize digital inclusivity, therefore, the role extended to the small businesses to partake, benefit and grow from their association with the event has been a regular sub-theme of the conference and that is laudable,” explained the Minister.
Since Uprise Africa was formed, the Sandton City, Johannesburg based company has been the go-to platform for savvy start-ups in need of finance through crowdfunding. As well, the platform continues to provide investors on the look-out for opportunities to partake in early-stage entrepreneurial businesses.
Winning successive awards has afforded Uprise Africa the much-needed opportunity to keep trending in the South African crowdfunding space, with companies like Integreatme raising almost one and a half times than its target. Several awards were won along the way and underlining the brand’s impact on the market.
Awards are an indication of a company’s performance in its industry and its potential to build a brand’s image in the market is huge. They also are important in directing investors where to find the best start-ups to place their hard-earned cash and see it grow. In this case, the awards show that Uprise Africa is the best crowdfunding platform for entrepreneurs and therefore the best to provide investment opportunities.
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When you look into some of the richest people on the internet, whether in another country or here in South Africa, you’ll find that they either made their money from property or investing in it. That’s a fact and you can take it to the bank!
Now would that not be enough reason for you too start investing in something that is going to make you the richest person in the world?
You’re probably asking yourself why property and not other investment interests? The wealthy would tell you that property is the best place to invest money and it’s a notable fact that property does not depreciate in value it always goes up.
There’s a saying that goes ‘you don’t wait to invest in property, you invest in property and wait’.
Now Uprise Africa brings you a good property development deal you would not want to wait on. This is a chance to own shares in a multi-million rand development project that is South Africa’s first eco-smart city.
Blythedale Coastal Estate is located on the Northern Coast of KwaZulu Natal, 3 km from the stunning beach, forest and a spectacular views. It is ideally situated in the hub of the city near the King Shaka International airport and close enough to Durban CBD for easy travel and access.
The Estate is approved to be a 1000ha mixed-use development. It will include a beach resort hotel, schools, regional retail, apartments, sporting facilities and much more.
From as little as R3000 you can own shares in the estate and benefit from the returns!
The development is moving into full swing and you don’t want to miss out on this amazing opportunity of a lifetime.
Interesting details about the project:
• Job creation is the heart of this development
The community of the area are set to benefit largely from the project through employment.
• Generation and storage of renewable energy
A power and water-saving method will be introduced as part of their eco- friendly, smart estate status. Combining solar power, gas reticulation and desalination provides the estate with 80% off-grid. Which automatically means residents will rely less on electricity and other municipal services.
• Smart internet infrastructure
An innovative cloud-based application will be implemented to connect pristine communities surrounding the area to interact with each other. Smart technological features such as face recognition, card less services that will make your life simpler.
Blythedale Coastal Estate is hoping to raise 45 million for 15% equity in the business.
Who would not want to be part of something this big?
A development that will not only benefit you as an investor but also the community at large.
The train is moving, jump in!
Uprise.Africa is committed to helping businesses reach their full potential by offering them a platform to raise funds.
Visit our website: https://uprise.africa/view_pitch/blythedale and invest.
By now we probably know the basics of Equity Crowdfunding….
That it is the process by which people invest in a business that is not listed on a stock exchange, in exchange for ownership of equity shares in that company. Of course, just like any other investment, listed or not, there are risks of capital loss associated with investing for equity.
These risks can be reduced or avoided with a proper and professional analysis of the investment case, care taken before buying the shares and transparency. This can be achieved by using an equity crowdfunding platform that is well regulated by financial regulatory bodies such as the FSB (Financial Services Board).
We at Uprise. Africa, are one such platform. Our company is the first and only regulated equity crowdfunding platform in South Africa and the rest of the African continent.
Now we are proud to be have been selected as the platform that will power Agri2Rise, an equity crowdfunding initiative for innovative Agri-food businesses from farm to fork.
Agri2Rise is disrupting the traditional funding landscape with an alternative method for agribusinesses to raise capital, thus making the funding landscape more accessible to both entrepreneurs and investors. This is the future of South Africa’s food security industry and the continent as a whole.
The forecasts in terms of numbers in the agriculture industries in Africa is impressive. The continent’s agribusiness industry is estimated to be worth $1 trillion by 2030; its population growth projected to be about 2.4 billion by 2050 and 4.1 billion by 2100.
Furthermore, Africa is set to have about 48% of the globe’s population aged 14 and under by 2100 while possessing the world’s unused arable land at 60%.
Agriculture in Africa
It is widely agreed that the African continent has enormous potential to feed itself, eliminate food insecurity, and more importantly be a major player in the global food system. This potential lies in the vast tracks of arable land that are found here, in the huge market potential presented by the fast-growing population and perhaps in our most important resource in the form of the growing population of young men and women who enter the labour market.
A special feature of African agriculture in comparison to the rest of the world is that the sector has continued to absorb a large proportion of the working population. “Half of all new entrants to Africa’s working population have turned to agriculture, whereas in Asia, this statistic is only 30%. In the developed world, the number of farmers is declining,” according to New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
The agricultural sector remains a major sector in most African economies with NEPAD’s agricultural outlook report, stating that “agricultural production in Africa has increased steadily over the last 30 years: its value has almost tripled (+160%), showing an increase that clearly exceeds the growth rate for global agricultural production over the same period (+100%), almost identical to that of South America (+174%), and below but comparable to growth in Asia (+212%)”.
The challenge of funding
As expected, the above-mentioned success in African agriculture presents its challenges. Even with the reported increased production, there has been little improvement in production factors including labour productivity and mechanization, both of which are capital intensive. Research shows that the major African investors in agriculture are farmers themselves. They invest around $100 billion every year in their farms, despite the almost total lack of credit facilities for the vast majority of them.
Equity Crowdfunding, therefore comes in to remove some of the challenges faced in accessing finances for the African agribusiness sector. The fundraising method is rapidly changing the way innovation is driven, including bringing inclusion, transformation, and growth in agriculture.
This soon to come Agri2Rise equity crowdfunding initiative bears testament to one of Uprise Africa’s main objectives, to empower Africans to raise each other up, one business at a time.
To view our investment page visit https://uprise.africa/discover/ and register to become and investor or start raise your own business capital today.
“For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today” African proverb.
This proverb has been around for ages and it still applies in this technologically driven and crazy world. An age dominated by millennials venturing into multi-million dollar start-up business ventures and whose obsession is nothing other than to be uber rich.
No matter what your circumstances are, one of the best ways to become “somebody” in life is to go by the above saying that has existed since time immemorial. Not only has it existed for ages, but it has also proven to work for those who take heed of it.
So from a practical POV, what does this really mean for the ordinary layman on the street?
Well, let’s break things down a bit.
November, the famed bonus month, is almost upon us, a time most people, among the working class, get to be paid “extra” in the form of bonuses by their bosses. Hence, a lot of us tend to get a tad ‘excited’ at the prospect of finally experiencing the once-off and end of year hefty pay check.
Before the fever hits, however, it is important to remind ourselves to take a big chill pill and reflect a little on the well-known aftermath of this fever pitch period.
They say the best defense is offence, and this is most true at this time of the year, but what kind of preparations can one make in the face of pure financial recklessness?
Well, this is the time to start buttressing your finances, start looking at opportunities that come our way or we have heard of, so that we buffer our pockets and by the time holiday time comes, you actually spend what you can AFFORD!
Look at it this way, while the bonus amounts will obviously have an already existing financial gap to fill, there is also at the same time the chance that you might have some pennies to spare. In the latter case, do not be tempted to spend that extra penny, rather seek opportunities to direct the pennies to other profitable channels like investments.
Uprise Africa, being a great investment platform that has been scooping awards – at home and internationally – for what it knows best, always avails smart and viable business opportunities for anyone who cares to uplift their lives financially. It’s even quite affordable to invest with us, looking at that the minimum amount required from any person and for any crowdfunding venture on our platforms is just a mere R1000 (Yes, one thousand only).
But as the wise old African proverb suggests, the planning should be done right now, rather than later. So get to plan how to spread your finances, while the time still allows. For tomorrow you will be one of the people who will have a great and enviable future through your wise investments with Uprise Africa.
Do not say we have not warned you! A brighter and better future begins with choosing the right start-up platform on Uprise Africa now.
For the latest investment opportunities now go to http://bit.ly/HowitWorksUpriseAfrica
The sun provides us with more energy than we could ever use, and what better advantage is there than investing in solar cells?
The Sun Exchange, is a business that is offering ordinary South Africans like you and I an opportunity to invest and get an income from the sun. Clean energy from solar cells is likely to grow at an even faster rate, considering the coming population whereby there will also be a vast demand for energy supply without negatively affecting the environment.
Solar energy is derived from the sun’s radiation and it is extremely beneficial not only for the environment but also financially, and this time you can have it both ways by using nature as your source of energy and investing in Sun Exchange.
By investing in solar cells, you build on the progress of current technology which can replace fossil fuels that cause harmful emissions to the environment. This is an incredible investment that will take a step to prevent the worst impacts of global warming. Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Mark Zuckerberg are some of the big names have been known to invest in solar cells.
Renewable energy is perhaps the most important industry of our time hence the challenges of climate change. The future is in renewable energy, and your investment can make you a part of this.
Apart from the obvious benefits of solar cells, here are a few more reasons why you should invest in solar cells:
Renewable energy source:
It can be harnessed in all areas of the world and available almost every day especially now during spring hence we have the sun most days.
Free source of energy:
Solar cells will start saving money from the moment they are turned on. It is a long-term source of energy and people who use them will never complain about load shedding or such.
No harmful gases:
Solar cells are a safe alternative capable of replacing fuels such as coal and other gases that cause air, water, and land pollution. No harmful emissions are released when electricity is produced by solar cells.
Reduces electricity bills:
Since you will be using solar cells or at least meeting your electricity needs “half-way” your electricity bills will eventually drop.
“The sun is the most plentiful, accessible and least expensive power source in the world.” – Danny Kennedy.
This is a lifetime investment considering that solar energy will never run out of relevance or demand, and a better way to connect the world to the sun.
With over R 1 million already been raised from the R 7million target, you can still secure your spot by investing in Sun-Exchange for the remaining equity share of 9.42%.
Has this sparked your interest? Click here https://uprise.africa/view_pitch/sunexchange to find out more.
When it comes to uplifting the country’s “PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN” brand, Uprise Africa stands high on the list of notable businesses that are working tirelessly to uphold this legacy.
So as we celebrate this year’s Heritage Month, let us take some time to understand the history of one of the first companies that has brought one of the most globally acclaimed, pre-eminent ways of promoting empowerment, equity crowd funding to Africa.
Since we are talking history, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and remember why Heritage Day is even celebrated. Traditionally, the 24th of September was known as Shaka Day, a date set to commemorate Shaka, the Zulu King, who has become somewhat of a folk legend in Mzansi.
So, he was celebrated on this day for his arguable contribution towards keeping peace between feuding Zulu clans.
Then, of course, in 1994, upon South Africa’s independence, the Public Holidays Bill was presented in parliament, although the 24th of September was not yet a proposed holiday. After a bit of back and forth on the political arena, which we won’t go into detail, a compromise was reached and this day was made official and re-named Heritage day.
The new identity of Heritage Day was to celebrate the people of diverse cultural backgrounds that form part of South Africa’s rainbow nation status. It also played an important role in nation-building and empowerment of South Africans, which is the core founding principle behind Uprise Africa.
As Africa’s first authorised equity crowd funding enabler, the innovative platform facilitates access to alternative funding solutions for South African entrepreneurs and links everyday South Africans to early stage investment opportunities.
In the last year, Uprise Africa has run successful equity crowd funding campaigns for businesses that are now well on their way to becoming house hold names. Case in point is Drifter Brewing Company, one of South Africa’s top craft beer manufacturers and a favourite among the locals.
Located in Woodstock Cape Town, Drifter Brewing Company holds a full force manufacturing facility as well as a tasting room and event space with stunning Table Mountain views.
Drifter now distributes to over 360 stores in South Africa and exports to Zimbabwe and Namibia. They have also obtained partnerships in the US to begin exporting to Texas, Florida and Washington DC and have formed relationships for future exports into Europe and Asia.
Without a doubt our most successful venture has been one of the nominees for startup business of the year, Intergreatme.
Intergreatme is a global digital identity platform that can be integrated into your business in less than one day to bring identity verification and secure multi-factor authentication in seconds.
One can also start verifying customer information without doing any technical development by simply setting up an Intergreatme Account.
Earlier this year, via Uprise Africa, the regtech identity platform shook the investment industry in South Africa, breaking all industry records by raising 24 million rand in just 7 days!
This is the sort of empowerment equity crowdfunding affords small businesses in a way traditional financial capital raising platforms could not.
Remember, the key difference between traditional crowdfunding – that is the act of sourcing venture capital from a pool of people across the web – and its equity variation, is that the latter gives backers equity in the business.
Which means ordinary citizens in South Africa are also equally empowered by getting the chance to invest in cash cow businesses, where they previously could not.
Since its establishment, Uprise Africa has continued to help bridge the gap between upcoming, homegrown startup businesses and the investing South African public.
Surely, there is no greater heritage one can give the future South Africa than this! Celebrate Heritage Month by empowering a fellow South African and also empower yourself with Uprise Africa.