RLabs in Bridgetown is the place where 5 promising startups were incubated over the last 9 months. Below is a brief description of the newly launched startups.
Cinemo – As the Co-founder of Cinemo, Shane Vermooten was about to end off his pitch, the crowd was delighted to hear that Wabano, a leading provider of African content, have offered to purchase equity in Cinemo. Shane Vermooten says that the partnership with Wabona will allow them to offer their users quality Pan-African content, and develop a strong presence across the continent. You can read more about the exciting developments for this startup on Ventureburn.
DevTraders is a startup that focuses on the empowerment of informal traders. The founders Suzanne Smith and Wendy Jeffries are both from local communities in Cape Town, who have experienced the challenges as well as brilliance of informal traders. On 24 October they demonstrated the use of their mobile application that allows traders to profile themselves, and will enable them to grow their businesses. The founders said that the informal economy makes up a sizable percentage of South Africa’s GDP, and are thus very important to the country. The next phase will see the introduction of many features that will allow informal traders to administer their informal businesses and access much needed services and opportunities. Find DevTraders on Facebook.
HackValley– is a Cape Town start-up founded by Gary Saaiman from Atlantis. Gary’s mission with HackValley is to get society to become more cooperative in solving various complex problems that’s related to social, technology, business and government. He launched an android app that will allow representatives from the above spheres of society (eg.government) to post a problem, and crowdsource solutions in return for a variety of rewards. Coming from a community that faces challenges such as high unemployment and drug abuse, Gary is determined, through HackValley, to connect people from all walks of life to start “hacking” working together to make a lasting impact.
TalentSpark was founded by Jason Martin and Nathaniel Dicks, two young men from Athlone, Cape Town where the RLabs Incubator is located. In October 2013, when their start-up was launched, they moved a big step closer to realising their vision of empowering the youth. TalentSpark enables people to connect with others, find opportunities to develop their talents, and become economically empowered. To date they have reached more than 7 000 youth across South Africa, hosted a talent audition, and even presented a young talented rapper and singer the opportunity to perform on the night of their launch.
VListo- Nicole and Lisa met at an ideation event and recognised an opportunity in the marketplace. Their mutual insight told them that there were too many missed connections, between what consumers wanted as to what was being offered by retail & other service sectors. VListo is their solution and is a crowd source platform that allows consumers to share the prices of goods that they regularly buy, and helps them to find product/service solutions that are more affordable and convenient. Nicole Sands and her business partner Lisa Brand is aiming to make a positive impact on product pricing, and hope to partner with, and provide solutions to retail companies and brands. You can get in touch with the founders via Facebook.
RLabs is happy that the startups were successfully launched, and wish the founders great success as they will now continue to build their businesses.