Joburg-based business accelerator SEED Engine has started its second twelve-week program designed to get tech start-ups to a level attractive to investors, with six new companies entering its doors ahead of a pitching day on 27th November.

Last year’s successful start-ups included online food ordering system ChowHub and peer-to-peer shopping site Cirqls.

This year’s crop, which all get R100 00o to get them going and R300 000-worth of training and office space over the course of the program, are a diverse and suitably ambitious line-up. From the press release: is an online portal that bridges the gap between stock market product and service providers and those that want to invest. Users can access an extensive range of educational and research tools for the South African stock market, in an easy-to-use format.

Puntr aims to change the way that live sport is watched on TV. Puntr has embraced the phenomenon of second screening and has produced a real time, social, sports prediction game, in the form of an app for mobile devices that sports fans can play against their mates, while they watch live sport on TV. streamlines communication in emergency situations and allows people to help save the lives of others. is a web based online marketing and management system serving the auto retail sector. It offers an array of turnkey solutions to extensively streamline data management and reporting as well as providing innovative marketing solutions for vastly increased efficiency and sales performance. creates educational apps for kids. is an academic organising platform for students and lecturers.

Mentors this time round include Eric MK Osiakwan, director of Ghana Cyber City, Yossi Hasson of SYNAQ and Justin Spratt of Quirk.

If you’re interested in taking part, the third SEED Engine program kicks off in February, and applications are being taken now.

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.