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Entrepreneurship

  • Funding your startup: Ventureburn lists the SA investors delivering [2018 update]

    For entrepreneurs wanting to find early-stage funding, this is the article for you. As there is generally a veil of secrecy surrounding funding and startups, there is often smoke and mirrors in the industry, with many claiming to be "investors".  Ventureburn has sifted through the South African landscape and brought you the investors that are putting the money where their mouths are, and investing in the startup industry. Make sure to keep checking back on this article. We will constantly be updating it with new funds as the startup space grows in South Africa. Also, with your comments and suggestions we hope...

  • Angel investor Patrick de Zeeuw on picking investors and keeping them happy

    Things are going great and some investors have expressed interest in your startup. But how do you as a founder know if an investor is the perfect fit for your business? The first thing to do is to carry out a due diligence exercise on any prospective investor, says Startupbootcamp co-founder, serial entrepreneur and angel investor Patrick de Zeeuw. Ventureburn caught up with De Zeeuw -- the former CEO of Dutch media giant Endemol -- at the Startupbootcamp Cape Town demo day which was held last week at on Thursday (30 November) in the city. He's founded online media and gaming company 3Circles Media and...

  • Everything you need to know about SA’s tech startup ecosystem [updated 2017]

    Update: Are you a venture capitalist or an angel investor looking to invest in a company? Are you an entrepreneur looking for capital or other opportunities? Are you an aspiring startup owner looking for assistance? Well, you have come to the right place. Ventureburn presents the 2017 updated guide* to South Africa’s startup scene. This article is the most comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to get involved with, or have a better understanding of, the country’s fast-growing startup space. It is a part of a series of articles we will pilot, which will also include the West African and East...

  • Alan Knott-Craig Junior’s book – Seven attributes of a hero [Extract]

    Entrepreneurs are society's new heroes. In this third extract from his new book, tech entrepreneur Alan Knott-Craig Junior unpacks some of the attributes that make an entrepreneurs a hero. With permission from Knott-Craig — the founder of Project Isizwe and former Mxit head — Ventureburn is serialising parts of the entrepreneur’s new self-published book 13 Rules for Being an Entrepreneur which is now available via his website http://bigalmanack.com. Ventureburn is also giving away five copies of the new book. See below for details. Here’s the third extract — taken from the third chapter titled “Seven attributes of a hero”. See the first extract here and the second one here. 1. Be Hungry Are...

  • Vodacom partners with Innovator Trust for Youth Entrepreneurship Programme

    Mobile communications company Vodacom has partnered with ICT accelerator Innovator Trust to launch a six-month long Youth Entrepreneurship Programme. In a press release yesterday, Vodacom stated that the Gauteng-based programme, which was unveiled earlier this week on Wednesday (8 November), is targeted at unemployed youth. The programme aims to drive innovation and create employment opportunities. The first cohort of the Youth Entrepreneurship Programme is made up of 10 graduates of Vodacom's Academy Programme The programme's first cohort is made up of 10 graduates of the Vodacom Academy Programme (pictured above). The participants will get support around business idea development, business plans and assistance with their business models. In addition,...

  • Alan Knott-Craig Junior’s new book out now – The values that are essential [Extract]

    Developing values such as loyalty, respect, humility and perseverance will stand you in good stead as an entrepreneur In this second extract from his new book,tech entrepreneur Alan Knott-Craig Junior unpacks some of these values in more detail. With permission from Knott-Craig -- the founder of Project Isizwe and former Mxit head -- Ventureburn is serialising parts of the entrepreneur’s new self-published book 13 Rules for Being an Entrepreneur which is now available via his website http://bigalmanack.com. Ventureburn is also giving away five copies of the new book. See below for details. Here’s the second extract — taken from the second chapter titled “Values”. See the first extract...

  • 13 Rules for being an Entrepreneur – Follow your dreams [Extract]

    Being an entrepreneur is tough. It takes the honing of a multiple of skills and "never say die" attitude to succeed. But anyone can be an entrepreneur, says Alan Knott-Craig, the founder of Project Isizwe and former Mxit head. With permission from Knott-Craig, Ventureburn is serialising parts of the entrepreneur's new self-published book 13 Rules for Being an Entrepreneur which is now available via his website http://bigalmanack.com. Ventureburn is also giving away five copies of the new book. See below for details. Here's the first extract -- taken from the first chapter titled "The Beginning". Follow your dreams Dreams are like visions. Sometimes they happen while you’re sleeping....

  • Small Business Corporation regime takes sting out of tax on those early profits

    Tax season is open - and the SA Revenue Service (Sars) is on a mission this year. Fiscal budgets are under immense pressure. South Africa's political and economic circumstances has seen an exodus of both tax payers and taxable assets. Many wealth management firms make a living purely from helping high net worth individuals move their income-generating assets abroad. It means that tax paying entities operating in South Africa will be under more scrutiny this year than ever before. The 2017 tax season for individuals opened at the beginning of this month. The company provisional tax deadline follows close behind it. As business owner,...

  • Innovation, tech transfer can help South Africa to address triple challenges

    The news in South Africa, and in many other countries, is currently filled with stories of power battles, conflict and corruption -- when we should rather be debating the triple challenge of alleviating poverty, reducing inequality and creating jobs. The future of South Africa, and much of the developing world, depends on the extent to which political and economic leaders are able to find ways of solving these three critical challenges. At the heart of any solution is finding ways to encourage economic growth. The growth rate of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) has, over recent years, hovered stubbornly around one...

  • Do your commercial drone insurance policies have adequate cover?

    Incidents involving drones can be minor, slightly humorous, or have extremely dire consequences.  From a kiss-cam drone cutting off a piece of a person's nose or a drone spying through the president's bedroom window, to extreme cases such as an engineering drone flying into a crane operator who knocks down a portion of an under-construction building, or a drone dropping weapons or bombs into a prison or flying into the propeller of a 500-passenger airliner. The new drone regulations, which came into effect on 1 July 2015 and form part of the Civil Aviation Regulations, place an obligation on those with commercial drone...

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