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Nomanini
Nomanini means ‘Anytime’ in Siswati. It is a South African-based enterprise payments platform provider that enables transactions in the cash-based informal retail sector. It provides affordable access to payments for everyone, everywhere and with Pan-African partnerships Nomanini’s platform enables thousands of merchants to supplement their income.
  • Welcome to the Matrix: Mastering the art of Scenario Planning

    For entrepreneurs, one of the most frequently cited challenges is the task of having to juggle multiple demands on your time at any given moment. In my view, however, there is a task that is perhaps more taxing – and yet absolutely critical – that entrepreneurs have to tackle every day. It is the task of identifying and planning for multiple possible business scenarios in the midst of an ever-changing market environment....

  • Don’t let expansion ruin a great company culture

    As a young company that primarily serves informal markets, we have quickly expanded into new regions on the African continent. While South Africa remains a key focus – and our base – we have invariably needed to establish a presence in other fast growing markets. In practice, this has meant that our management team spends a great deal of time away from the rest of the team – and working remotely. Without...

  • Securing the right investor for every stage of your business

    So you’ve nailed down the big idea, you’ve got the inspiration, and you’ve laid out a savvy business plan - now all you need is the right investor (or investors) to get your startup off the ground. For many new entrepreneurs, this is the hardest part (so far)…it usually requires pitching your idea (and essentially, pitching yourself), to family and friends, and as the business grows, to angel/seed investors and venture capitalists....

  • Beyond Innovation – it’s Innovation velocity that really matters…

    '5 Ways to Drive Innovation'…'The World's Most Innovative Leaders'….'The Latest Innovations in Fintech'…sound familiar? In mainstream media, and in the corporate lexicon, the word innovation has become ubiquitous – particularly when discussing entrepreneurship, technology, leadership, and how all three combine. As a result, it has all but lost its meaning. Among startups, for example, product differentiators are often peddled as 'innovations' – when in fact they are simply, product differentiators. Journalists often trumpet the...

  • How to find a strong mentor to guide you to business success

    Why every entrepreneur needs multiple mentors… While the challenges of being an entrepreneur have been well-documented, reports often fail to describe the feelings of self-doubt, loneliness and isolation that tend to plague aspiring entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey. No amount of angel funding, slick technology or strategic business consulting can really assuage the feelings of doubt that accompany starting a brave new enterprise. Yet this is where strong mentorship can play...

  • Be good at being wrong… and getting it right quickly

    Even the best entrepreneurs get things wrong from time to time. Launching a business is a learning process, and you are bound to go down dead ends and change direction here and there, says CEO of Nomanini, Vahid Monadjem.  One of our investors, Esther Dyson, has the words “Always make new mistakes!” in her email footer. Being wrong is pretty much unavoidable when you’re doing something new. You have to work with a...

  • 5 best practices to design, build and launch your product in just a few months

    You might have the most innovative idea in the world, the most committed management team, and more funding than you could ever need – but if you can’t deliver a quality product to your customers on time, you’re in serious trouble. Maintaining a competitive edge requires product design teams to be willing and able to turn a prototype into a minimum viable product in the shortest period of time possible, while still staying...

  • How Nomanini’s team stays agile and focused

    Recently, as part of a business media feature, we reflected on the online tools and apps we use as a team that allow us to be more efficient in our daily work flow. At Nomanini we strongly believe in innovation and continuous improvement. Core to how we do things is the ability to consistently be agile in our processes. Agile practices enable the ability to try out new ideas and explore opportunities quickly, without...

  • Merchant solutions could be the answer to mobile money’s last mile issue

    The mobile money agency system has made huge progress in increasing access to financial services and reducing the cost of transactions, though in terms of serving the “last mile” - those wishing to make single dollar transactions - there is still much to be done. But the answer may be staring us in the face. In disrupting the traditional financial system, with its reliance on formal tellers and ATMs, mobile money and its...

  • Case study: How Google Cloud Platform powers Nomanini’s payments platform

    Google has commended South African-based enterprise payments platform provider, Nomanini, for its role in modernising informal markets using Google products. Google’s Cloud Platform team visited Nomanini earlier this year to learn more about how the company uses Google Cloud Platform to build and support the Nomanini platform, which enables transactions services such as mobile phone airtime, electricity and insurance in the cash-based informal retail sector. Nomanini is driven by its mission to provide affordable...