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Today's Top Entrepreneurship and Business Stories (20 March)

Cape Town one of the world's top 'tech cities' - report, South African entrepreneur wins Future Agro Challenge, and more


The city of Cape Town

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Cape Town one of the world's top 'tech cities' - report
Cape Town, along with Santiago and Buenos Aires, is one of the world's rising global players. This is according to Savills' recent Tech Cities 2017 report

The report explains the many, diverse factors that make places a good location for the tech sector, and identifies the 22 global centres at the forefront of tech, all of which have thriving and growing tech industries, home-grown startups and incubators, and which are at the top of global shopping lists for tech companies looking for space in which to locate.

Says Dr Andrew Golding, CE of the Pam Golding Property group, which is in association with Savills: "Cape Town is internationally acclaimed for a host of factors, not only its natural beauty and lifestyle, but also its world-class services and as a vibrant urban environment. According to the City of Cape Town’s Economic Performance Indicators Report, Cape Town is widely considered as a tech and e-commerce hub within South Africa and therefore an appealing destination from which to run an e-commerce business.

"There is also an ongoing focus on hi-tech advancements with a high-speed internet programme currently being rolled out in the Western Province. Add to this Cape Town’s numerous accolades as a top global city and it’s easy to see why it is popular as a prime tourist and conference destination as well as an increasingly sought after location for corporate headquarters."

Top-rated in the Savills report was the USA’s Austin as the world’s foremost 'tech city', offering the infrastructure, business environment, talent pool and lifestyle to make it a strong base for tech companies.

South African entrepreneur wins Future Agro Challenge 
The top eight finalists of the global agripreneur competition, the Future Agro Challenge, faced off on a global stage held at the Sandton City Convention Centre last week.

A South African agripreneur Claire Reid the founder of Reel Gardening eventually walked away with the prestigous Agripreneur of the Year Award. 

As the winner, Claire Reid will receive ongoing mentorship, partnership possibilities, and an opportunity to expand her business to different markets.

50 selected agripreneur innovators from five continents competed and demonstrated their immediate actions to creating solutions to national, regional and global challenges. They battled it out in front of a live audience and jury. Claire enjoyed home grown support, when she was competing in the final rounds of the competition earlier this week. 

Reel Gardening produces Biodegradable Seed Tape, which is a unique seed system that can be grown into a vegetable or herb garden in nearly any climate. It takes just 5 minutes to plant, uses 80% less water and provides hours of joy and months of food. She developed the concept way back in 2002, to address the problems she was encountering in starting and nurturing her own first vegetable garden at the young age of 16. She has won various accolades for her development from various scientific organisations in South Africa.

Reel Gardening has since then also developed an app that you can download to help through the planting and growing of your garden.

Carla Tanas, co-founder of FAC says, "A warm congratulations to Claire Reid, we are excited that our championships was held for the first time in its third leg in South Africa and crowning a South African as the most innovative agripreneur."

Last year’s winner, Nicolás Morelli, 25 is one of the heads behind VACuCh an R&D company and was awarded as the best industrial innovation of Chile in 2016. "Winning the championship opened many doors for me and I look forward to seeing what Reid will achieve being propelled from this platform."

"We are experiencing a bottom up approach in order to address the revolution in agriculture. It is interesting and scary to note that while agriculture is 40% of the world’s workforce, but only contributes 3,8% to global GDP. This means we need to take action otherwise more people will go hungry," adds Tanas.  

Garmin and MTN Nigeria partner to introduce a range of world class health and fitness devices
Garmin in collaboration with MTN Nigeria partner to introduce a range of world class health and fitness devices to help boost fitness standards while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

There is an increased focus around the world to be healthy and more active, and through innovation and technology Garmin created a range of wellness devices that enrich the lives of our customers through wearable location and communications technology.

The range of watches track, monitor and record daily health activities to motivate users towards a healthier lifestyle. Some are also smart devices that pair via Bluetooth with your smartphone to receive current weather conditions, forecasts, voice call/text message notifications, emails and more – right on your Garmin fitness device.

"Our Garmin watches support various mobile devices operating on the Android, iOS or Microsoft platforms giving all Nigerian customers the chance to get fit and healthy while staying connected," said the Business Development Manager for Garmin Sub-Saharan Africa, Mike Clarke.

Through Garmin’s mobile app, Garmin Connect Mobile, members are able to review, analyse and share their activities right from their smart phone device. Now you can focus on your fitness and healthy living goals as all the data you rely on is easy to retrieve and view on the app.

"Building off of our partnership and recent launch with MTN Ghana, we are excited to extend our footprint in Africa and partner with the leading telecommunications provider to bring these innovative solutions into Nigeria where we have seen an increasing interest and adoption of healthy lifestyles by many people," said Jenna Chisnall, Marcomms Manager of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Products include: the vivoFit 3, vivoSmart HR receives smart notifications with Wrist-based Heart Rate plus GPS, vivoActive HR a lightweight smartwatch with built-in Garmin sports apps that you can wear every day, Forerunner 35 running watch with inbuilt activity tracker and Fenix 3 sapphire HR the ultimate outdoor adventure watch with advanced training metrics. 

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