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Bitcoin Prosper attends All things Blockchain at Googles Startup Grind Event

Bitocin Prosper was excited to attend this event hosted by top members in the blockchain space

Throughout the month of August in cities across the world, Startup Grind is featuring leading experts in all things cryptocurrency and blockchain.

This month we’ll host Tanya Knowles, Mpho Dagada, and Tumelo Ramaphosa.

Topics that were covered were -:

  • The difference between Blockchain and cryptocurrencies
  • A breakdown of Blockchain
  • Why do we need decentralized systems?
  • Benefits of Blockchain Technology?
  • Why we need Blockchain
  • Current Blockchains
  • Current and futuristic use cases
  • The power of decentralization
  • Examples of use cases within corporate South Africa


Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 400 cities and 200 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators, and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Our monthly fireside chat provides ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead.


Tanya Knowles

Tanya Knowles


Managing Executive

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Mpho Dagada

Mpho Dagada



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Tumelo Ramaphosa

Tumelo Ramaphosa



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Beth Malatji

Beth Malatji


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Bitcoin Prosper competes in the Blockchain and fintech hackathon | Johannesburg | 18/10/2018

Blockchain and fintech hackathon | Johannesburg | 18/10/2018

24 hours | 15 pitches | 4 winners

This past weekend marks one of the biggest blockchain and fintech hackathons attended in South Africa to date. Developers, entrepreneurs and designers flocked to BCX’s head office in Centurion on Saturday morning to show what the local talent has to offer. We’d like to congratulate and commend every participant for sticking out a gruelling race against time whilst having to overcome the obstacles of bugs, API integrations and sleep depravation.

I was very impressed with the amount of energy and effort that all the participants put into the solutions that were presented at the end of the Hackathon. We saw a number of commercially viable solutions that we would like to explore with the innovators/entrepreneurs. The teams achieved so much in such a short space of time! — Frank Rizzo, Managing Executive, BCX

What made this particular fintech hackathon unique was the focus on solving problems in Africa by leveraging blockchain technology. Rehive was used by several teams as an application layer on Stellar for issuing assets, hot wallet management, account creation etc. Read more about Rehive’s Stellar Service here.

There was also a focus on education and rapid learning. Participants were awed by Blockchain Academy’s 2-hour deep dive session in which a broad spectrum of knowledge was shared and consumed in a short space of time. Rehive then presented both a fintech and crypto workshop which equipped participants with a platform and toolkit for making development on a complex underlying technology both simple and possible. (Not to mention fun!)

Featured Guests

In order to keep things local and encourage aspiring developers and entrepreneurs, we had Ndabenhle Ngulube and Matthew Smith, co-founders of Pineapple as featured judges to share their story, learnings and knowledge of growing a startup.

Pineapple is a technology company that has created the first decentralised peer-to-peer insurance platform in South Africa.

Mandla Magagula from RMB’s Foundery as well as Jacques Booyens and Keru Naidoo from BCX completed the judge panel, making for a serious pool of knowledge and expertise.


Of the ±80 participants, 15 teams pitched their products on Sunday morning. The criteria was split between 33% product, 33% tech and 33% pitch — requiring a well rounded delivery of all 3 in a mere 5 minutes. The following teams featured in the top spots.

(1) Usizo | First place | R20k

Usizo meaning help in Zulu is a donations marketplace for connecting patients who are suffering from a range of conditions, with donors wishing to make a difference in the lives of others in a transparent and auditable way.

Team Usizo walks away with first prize.
Usizo’s mobile application

Usizo presented both a web and mobile application. Check out their product here.

(2) Skoloto | Second place | R15k

Skoloto is a P2P lending platform targeting informal markets where it’s super hard obtaining a loan from FSPs without a credit record. Millions of South Africans remain unbanked and as such, P2P lending happens in cash between individuals whose credit score is based on relationship or a word-of-mouth synopsis.

Team Skoloto taking second prize.
Skoloto’s web app

Skoloto presented a mobile application where some of the key features of their solution includes a rating system for users wishing to lend or borrow from individuals outside their existing ecosystem as well as transaction record keeping. Over time, their profile on Skoloto may serve as valid transactional data for an informal but factual credit score for these unbanked individuals to obtain loans.

Third place was shared between two teams, as the competition was simply too rife for the judges to make a call on only one team to take the podium stand.

(3) Sequoia | Third place (1/2) | R5k

Sequoia is financial management application that teaches users to budget and rewards them for reaching their goals. Sequoia embodies Warren Buffet’s quote, “If you can’t buy it cash you probably shouldn’t” by encouraging users to save and not spend and reward them by doing so based on milestones reached.

Team Sequoia claiming 3rd prize.

(3) Sigma | Third place (2/2) | R5k

Sigma built a marketplace for crowd-purchasing goods in bulk. Their model encourages the public to collectively purchase products that are offered by merchants or retailers in bulk volumeThis helps the retailers sell large amounts of product at a price that’s cheaper for the group who collectivelypurchased the stock than if they had to purchase their desired units of that stock individually.

Buy bulk and save .. as a group
Team Sigma claiming 3rd place with Team Sequoia

Two additional teams featured as top teams although they just missed the podium. These are;

(1) Grapevine | USSD service for sending money via a blockchain.

(2) AssetWise | Upload, track and manage assets on a blockchain.

Well done to all teams who participated, the competition was tough but everyone who pitched showed tenacity and perseverance and we are sure that everyone learned a bit more about solving problems in Africa using fintech.


We’d like to thank BCX who sponsored this event as well as the warm up hackathon earlier this year. BCX continue to play an instrumental role in incubating talent and new technology innovation as the largest IT company in South Africa.

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Bitcoin Prosper launches first Bitcoin trading campus in South Africa

Would you like to learn the best and easiest way to get into Cryptocurrency Trading? If so, you may love this the fact that Bitcoin Prosper has just launched a new trading Course at its Bryanston Head Office branch!

This course will teach you to trade Cryptocurrency for the short term and making profits doing so!

In 2017 the Cryptocurrency market BOOMED! Millions of people are enjoying the thrill of trading Cryptocurrencies and gaining profits from volatile price movements! Now in 2018, Cryptocurrency is set to have its best year ever!

We have a highly skilled team of experienced traders some with over (5 years of just trading) Cryptocurrencies that had no financial or trading background when they started in Cryptocurrency. We have made the mistakes and experienced heavy losses, and our team feels knows this and has put them in the best place to teach you how to avoid doing the same.

In this course, you will go from beginner to advanced in Cryptocurrency! Whether or not you are a beginner or a master, you will learn something from this course.

You will see the exact ways to identify cryptocurrencies that can rise in price and capitalise on the profits. You will also learn how to be in the driving seat to directly influence it’s price!

Don’t delay, this is a party that is happening right now!

Every minute you delay could be costing you your retirement fund

What are the requirements?

  • Nothing as all facilities are provided at our company from our tech labs with mining equipment to our

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You’ll have the tools to make a full-time or part-time living with Cryptocurrency Trading!
  • You will know when to buy and when to sell Cryptocurrency for a profit
  • You’ll be able to maximise profits and minimise losses
  • You’ll be able to read charts and indicators and use them for trading
  • You’ll know how to use and implement stop losses to minimise loss
  • You’ll know the best circumstances to trade for profits in the market

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to learn Cryptocurrency trading
  • Anyone who wants to know what Cryptocurrency is and how it works
  • Anyone who wants to learn Technical analysis
  • Anyone who wants to buy and profit from Cryptocurrency ICOs
  • Anyone wanting the best tactics for trading Cryptocurrency
  • Anyone wanting to understand Bitcoin, Ethereum or Alt coins

Have a look at our Trading courses here: Trading course curriculum

Have a look at our Corporate training offering here: Corporate Training

BlockChain and Cryptocurrency development: Training Curriculum

Campus Facilities

  • 10,000 square metres
  • WIFI
  • 3 Tech Labs
  • A large state of the art boardroom for over 20 pax
  • 4 kitchen facilities
  • 5 lounges
  • 180 parking bays
  • Gym
  • 6 shower facilities
  • A siesta room
  • A prayer room
  • Pop-up shops and product displays for residents
  • 5 boardrooms for meetings
  • Think Tank room
  • Phone rooms
  • Kids and Adults playrooms
  • Locker facilities
  • Over 20 partners under one roof
  • And finally the heart of the campus – The Atrium – an indoor open space for networking and events