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  • How Ghanian startups are making an impact on the global stage

    The article is written by Ross Baird -- the executive director of Village Capital who joins digital pioneers Jean and Steve Case along with the Case Foundation from the US in exploring the entrepreneurial ecosystems in Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria. "Startups are the seed corn of the future economy," our partner Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and chairman of Case Foundation, often says. Today, Silicon Valley is envy of the entrepreneurial world, but 50 years ago, Silicon Valley was apple orchards. Detroit, then the wealthiest city in the US in terms of median income because it was the centre of the...

  • 10 finalists emerge for Seedstars World Lagos challenge

    Global startup competition Seedstars World has revealed 10 Nigerian startups that will pitch their hearts out later in Lagos this week. The winner of the Nigerian event will be invited to Switzerland where it will represent the country in the final round February 2016. The ultimate wining startup will win up to US$500 000 in equity investment. With a focus on emerging markets, the Seedstars World challenge is taking place in 50 countries this year. Past participants have raised and estimated total of US$20-million and created more than 360 jobs. Marcello Schermer, the regional manager for Africa at Seedstars World, adds that...

  • Have you got the brains to be an entrepreneur?

    I would like you to do a small quiz built by a person I admire a lot: Dan Ariely, the behavioural scientist. The quiz was designed to assess one's ability to make government policy and take corporate decisions. But I believe it is at least as appropriate to assess your ability to be an entrepreneur. Here's the deal: Take this Dan Ariely quiz. When you finish, read Dan's feedback. Return to this page and get some insight on its relevance to entrepreneurs and startups. How did you do? Did you get the right answer (ie an increasing sequence of numbers) or did...

  • Raru, Pargo deal lets you collect your online shopping from a store near you

    Launching only a year ago, South African ecommerce store Raru continues to add more functionality and offerings to its platform, in order to find its competitive edge. By integrating with Pargo's pick up points service, Raru clientele can now collect orders from one of over 200 stores in the country. This option, according to Raru, "is also a more cost-effective option for many regional areas, and in many cases offer convenient after hours collections." Interestingly, Pargo found that 33% of the parcels are picked up after hours. The pick up system is simple: an ecommerce store gives the parcel to Pargo,...

  • Ampion, Merck accelerator to foster health-tech startups in Africa

    Pan-African entrepreneurial initiative Ampion has teamed up with German pharmaceutical Merck to launch a health-tech accelerator in Nairobi, Kenya. The new health-tech accelerator is designed to offer startups customised support from Merck’s Innovation Center in Germany, along with operational and scaling mentorship and the potential to secure pilots with "key global players". Read more: Ampion Venture Bus: an NGO’s mission to drive impactful innovation in Africa In a press statement, Merck project manager Alexander Hoffmann explained the value of technology in these fast-growing markets: "For us at Merck, the support of healthcare technology on the continent is important not just in terms of...

  • Magento, Shopify, WooCommerce: which ecommerce platform works for you?

    Online portals are a must for every business model now. Being online can bring great benefits to new business owners who want to get their hands dirty, so to speak, and offer their products to a wider audience. The decision build an online store is therefore a natural one. The really difficult part is choosing the best ecommerce platform? And if you're a non technical person, well that only makes the task more daunting. There are hundreds of solutions available for developing ecommerce sites using various platforms. However, each solution has its own distinctive features that can meet the needs of...

  • Cisco Capital introduces low rate financing programme for SA SMEs

    Financing solutions provider Cisco Capital recently launched its Easylease Low Rate Financing programme in South Africa, which it says is in line with the multinational IT giant's commitment to help SMEs access new-generation technologies. Through a series of monthly repayments, the Easylease programme seeks to help small businesses finance their networking solutions, manage cash flows and take advantage of new Cisco technologies. It also offers a 12-month interest-free repayment option. Read more: 5 important trends that show Africa’s venture scene is on the rise "Through Easylease, we enable customers to acquire their desired Cisco solution so that they may enjoy the benefits...

  • 702, CapeTalk Small Business Awards offer over R1m in prizes

    South Africa's 702 and CapeTalk Small Business Awards have kicked-off. Nominated small businesses from across the Western Cape and Gauteng will stand a chance to win their share of over R1-million in prizes. The annual initiative is part of a collaboration between radio broadcasters 702 and CapeTalk and online accounting and payroll provider Sage One. With its mission to recognise local small businesses' achievements and provide them with the support they need to grow, Small Business Awards encourages listeners to nominate the most impressive companies recognised over the last year. Last year, 702 awarded Book Express the regional winner. Founded in...

  • This incubator is on the look-out for talented black entrepreneurs

    The Riversands Incubation Hub is on the lookout for talented black entrepreneurs to join its accelerator programme. The hub, which has been built specifically to encourage black entrepreneurship and is funded by Century Property Developments and The Jobs Fund, officially opened in March 2015. To be eligible for the full incubation programme, businesses need to: Be 51% black-owned Be viable and operating with a potential for growth Be entrepreneurial and ability to execute on ideas Suit the Hub model and markets Satisfy the Hub’s ratio of cost and risk to benefit Create economic opportunity for the surrounding area. Read more:...

  • These companies will make any business feel like a startup

    So your business has been around for a few years now. Things aren't as much of a panic as they once were and the general chaos of startup life seems to have settled into something more generally manageable. Thing is, with the average lifespan of businesses dropping all the time, it takes a hell of a lot of hard work to build something with a lasting legacy. But even if you find yourself comparing your business to companies that have been around for decades, you can rest easy in the knowledge that there are companies that make them look...