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  • Seedstars World seeks out Lagos startup candidates

    Internation pitching competition, Seedstars World, continues their tour around the world in search of the world's most innovative startups. This time, the event is headed to Lagos, Nigeria on 11 August. "Lagos has proved itself, time and again to be the leading innovation hub of the continent. The startups who participated on our event last year were phenomenal and we are very excited to come back this year, as we know for sure the bars have been raised and there will be even more amazing startups coming our way" said Associate for Africa, Selam Kebede, in a press release to...

  • Millenials lazy, uninspired? New studies find the opposite

    Being a millenial often means being associated with some negative terms: lazy, uninspired, reckless, and the most common of all, "lost".  Recent data suggests otherwise, especially when it comes to venturing into the risky world of startups. A survey, conducted by Buzz Marketing group, polled 1623 millenials and found that even though they have a great passion for starting their own businesses, there weren't many resources available. Even so, millenials continued to conquer their difficulties. According to the BNP Paribas Global entrepreneurs Report for 2016, millenials "stand out by creating an increased number of companies, both in the new economy and traditional sectors". The report added that they...

  • BlackBOX TV declared winner of Seedstars Maputo

    Seedstar World's Maputo event took place on Friday 15 July and saw ten startups battle it out for their space at the final in Switzerland. BlackBOX TV, a broadcasting service which allows you to stream content without an internet connection, emerged as the overall winner of the Mozambique leg of the tour.  They also received the acknowledgement of 'Most Promising Seed-stage Startup of Seedstars World Mozambique 2016'. The competition was by no means easy, as BlackBOX TV beat out other competitors such as Mola Play, a mobile app that uses peer-to-peer connectivity to send and receive payments, Vamobi Net, a startup which aimed...

  • Here are the pros and cons to starting your own startup

    Movies depict a grand view of an entrepreneur, a view of a life that's filled with bright ideas and enthusiastic men and women. The dedication to their dream unrelenting and somewhat childlike in a sense that they show the world anything is possible. The true grit and sacrifice of an entrepreneur cannot really be summed up in an hour and forty minutes. Pertinent observations arose in a 2015 Barclays study on the psychology of entrepreneurs, conducted in partnership with The Psychometrics Centre at the University of Cambridge. "Does a certain 'type' of person become an entrepreneur, no matter what – or does the political...

  • Common mistakes entrepreneurs make during a pitch

    Author and life coach Tony Gaskins once said, "If you don't build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs". This mantra undoubtedly echoes in the heads of all entrepreneurs. But is this motto all it takes to succeed? For the lucky few maybe, but for most, it's all about trial and error. Former Chief Executive of Public Trust and author Tim Sole addressed the issue of persistence in his book Make Success Your Friend, "Laziness is the habit of resting before you become tired and success is often found between tiredness and exhaustion. If you give up a...

  • Seedstars World selects 10 startups for Mozambique pitching event

    Global pitching event, Seedstars World, has finalised their top 10 startups for the Mozambique leg of the tour. The event will take place on 15 July at Rua dos Desportistas. The winner of this event will go on to represent Mozambique at the Seedstars World global competition in Switzerland next year. Startups from 65 countries will compete for the chance to win up to US$1-million, as well as international networking opportunities. In addition to the grand prize, Seedstars World partner, TRECC is awarding the Transformation Education Prize of US$50 000 to the best startup in education. "Part of Standard Bank’s pan-African strategy, is...