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  • 10 defining moments that shaped the 2016 SA startup ecosystem

    2016 was the year where fake news was real and real news was fake. We endured motions of no confidence, the Saxonwold Shebeen, inverted Springbok rugby records, sticky Board members, rogue units, rogue presidents, Trump cards, prophets of doom, doomed profits and a cold and broken Hallelujah! But you gotta have faith… Through it all South African entrepreneurs held their heads up high, focused on execution and kept grinding out growth strategies. While access to risk capital is always a scarcity, local startup investors continued to back these entrepreneurs. With our politicians constantly negotiating with themselves, someone had to...

  • 5 traits that define entrepreneurial success

    Being your own boss can be an exciting prospect. But do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? Although there is no "one size fits all" theory for entrepreneurial success, there are certain characteristics that are essential in becoming a successful entrepreneur. All successful business magnets, from Enzo Anselmo Ferrari to William Henry 'Bill' Gates, share some common traits with one another. Here are five key characteristics that you must possess - or develop - to realise your entrepreneurship dream successfully. 1. Resilience & Adaptability The entrepreneurial journey is expected to dish out one challenge after another - not...

  • Start Here: a book for entrepreneurs by Roger Norton [Part 2]

    In part one of our coverage of the entrepreneurial book, Start Here: A Quick Guide to Building Startups, we spoke to author Roger Norton about his work. Norton was also kind enough to allow us to publish an extract from the book as well. As mentioned in the previous piece, it's not often that entrepreneurs write books based on their experiences. Norton has done just that with Start Here, which lists the steps that entrepreneurs need to follow in order to take their idea to a business. Over the years, Norton has founded two startups, worked with 10 others, and has been involved...

  • Start Here: a book for entrepreneurs by Roger Norton [Part 1]

    It's not often that entrepreneurs write books about their experiences; a strange thing considering the wealth of knowledge they accumulate over the years. South African entrepreneur Roger Norton has decided to do just that with his book Start Here: A Quick Guide to Building Startups. Over the years, Norton has founded two startups, worked with 10 others, and has been involved with the Silicon Cape Initiative. He currently heads up startup studio Playlogix. In Start Here, Norton writes about all of the steps that entrepreneurs need to follow in order to take their idea to a business. An interview with Roger Norton Ventureburn had a chance...

  • Do you have what it takes to raise your own venture capital?

    You've got an idea for a startup. You think it's brilliant, but you don't have any money to get it off the ground. What do you do? If you're like most entrepreneurs, you seek early-stage funding from a capitalist. These capitalists have a lot of money and they aren't afraid of risk – within reason. Though they may be willing to put money into your startup idea, they'll also seek ownership or management of your business in order to offset their financial risk. You can give up control in exchange for money, or you can find another way to reach...

  • 3 key startup lessons from Entersekt’s Dewald Nolte

    At a recent Stellenbosch Digital event, held at the Nedbank Stellenbosch LaunchLab, one of Entersekt's co-founders, Dewald Nolte, gave a talk on the company and its journey. What was interesting about his stories were all of the lessons that the founders had learned over the years. The company started back in 2008 in Stellenbosch. It has since grown to over 60 members of staff, with the majority being technical, as well as having offices in Johannesburg, Mauritius, Amsterdam, and Atlanta. It hasn't been an easy journey for Entersekt's team. Here are the three key takeaways we learned from his talk. 1. Make sure everyone is...

  • Engaging Africa’s next generation of business and technology leaders

    "Africa is on a path to greatness however we need talent to facilitate this growth. And I am not just talking about formal education, we need young leaders who can think on their feet and take bold decisions that will drive Africa forward." These are the words of Uche Ofodile, a senior business leader based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with extensive expertise in building businesses in emerging markets, from a recent interview on 'Forward Leadership' and her passion to see young African leaders at their very best. Her reference to “young leaders who can think on their...

  • 5 easy steps to a successful seed round

    Too often, entrepreneurs go into a meeting with a venture capital firm as if the result is already a fait accompli, assuming that the venture capitalist has all of the power. They could not be more wrong. While the investor may have already formed an initial opinion, their thoughts are by no means final. Your presentation will be the deciding factor. With this in mind, most entrepreneurs should be taking a much more proactive approach to raising their first successful seed round. If you are an entrepreneur and the most you know about seed round funding is from what you...

  • Seedstars World’s Marcello Schermer talks African Startup Revolution at TEDxVienna

    Marcello Schermer is the regional manager for Seedstars World in Africa, which has allowed him to witness the birth and growth of a number of startups. Recently, he gave a talk at TEDxVienna about the African Startup Revolution. In his talk, Schermer talks about iHub and it's influence on startup hubs, Rwanda the Switzerland of Africa, as well as a range of startups on the continent. If you want to know more about startups in Africa, watch the video below from someone who can easily be considered a wealth of startup information.

  • Q&A with Hannah Clifford, general manager of Nairobi Garage

    The Nairobi Garage is one of Africa's largest co-working spaces. Since its launch this time last year, the company has hosted a range of events and partnered with Hong Kong VC, Nest among other happenings. Ventureburn recently had a chance to talk to the general manager of Nairobi Garage, Hannah Clifford. We picked her brain on co-working spaces and the need to join them, as well as the role they play in the startup community. Ventureburn: What bare basic services should a co-working space offer? Hannah Clifford: Internet first and foremost. Security is important. Meeting rooms and areas to hang out - the point of...