Entrepreneurship, News

70 entrepreneurs at Branson Centre grow turnover by 100%, create 200 jobs

Branson-Cenre-for-Entrepreneurs At the beginning of 2014, Nedbank made R1-million funding available to 70 aspiring entrepreneurs from previously disadvantaged backgrounds at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. Today, the bank's efforts are paying off. According to a media release, the group managed to grow turnover by at least 100% and create 200 new jobs. After a rigorous screening process, the 70 Nedbank-funded entrepreneurs completed two courses: The Foundation Course, which covers the basics involved in getting a business up and running, and the Advanced Course, ...

Africa, News

Leading tech companies MTN, SAP, Microsoft provide support for Ampion Africa

ampion Ampion Africa recently announced that leading global technology companies MTN, SAP and Microsoft had become its major sponsors, in a joint effort to help develop innovative solutions on the continent. To highlight the NGO's need for support, Ampion launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in September in an effort to support the Venture Bus startup tour. Ampion says it will utilise this momentum to mobilise support for its remaining crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Reaching the overall crowdfunding goal of €50 000 will ...

Apple, Entrepreneurship

5 things entrepreneurs can learn from Apple launch events

Time-Cook-gesting Apple is probably one of the most secretive companies in the world, while simultaneously being one of its most popular brands. Its events are also the most glamorous and certainly the most talked-about. What can startups learn from this? Ever since the introduction of the iPhone back in 2007, tech companies have turned their launch events into rock concerts. What Eddie Murphy did for stand-up comedy, Apple did for Silicon Valley. Whether your startup is pitching an idea to a group of ...

Ecommerce, Emerging Markets, News

India’s ecommerce market said to rocket to $6-billion in 2015

ecommerce ecommercerules com Ecommerce might be young in India but it’s growing super fast. India’s ecommerce market will reach US$6-billion in consumer spending in 2015, leaping from US$3.5-billion in 2014, according to the latest data from Gartner. This makes it one of the fastest-growing ecommerce markets in Asia/Pacific. The potential for a 70% growth rate to be maintained or even accelerated can be seen from the low base from which it is emerging. Ecommerce in India still represents less than four percent of the total retail market. ...

Entrepreneurship, News

Entrepreneur Growth Centre opens doors to boost business skills in SA

Business-Partners-Limited Getting to grips with taxes, labour law compliance, cost management and so forth can easily get complicated for any fresh startup. At the end of the day -- regardless of how clever your idea is -- being a successful entrepreneur boils down to how successfully you can run your business. To establish this, local risk finance company for SMEs Business Partners Limited (BPL) recently announced the launch of Entrepreneurs Growth Centre that will provide free support and service assistance to entrepreneurs ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship

How can government support South Africa’s startup ecosystem?

parliament South Africa's National Development Plan hopes to see 11-million new jobs by 2030. That's a hell of a lot considering the country currently sits at an estimated 25.2% unemployment rate. One way of dealing with this staggering statistic is developing a playing field where small businesses and entrepreneurs can flourish. A recent fireside chat at SiMODiSA StartupSA conference on the topic of "Government as an enabler for Start-ups" provided some much-needed insight on government's role and responsibility in building an ecosystem. The panel ...

Ecommerce, Mobile

Zapper now an option for Paygate merchants

Zapper Payment service provider PayGate has added mobile payment system Zapper to its stable of options, something that's apparently part of the company's strategy to capitalise on a predicted mobile boom. “We expect that mobile will account for 50% of all card transactions within the next five years -- and that’s probably conservative,” says the company's general manager for business development Brendon Williamson. “As South Africa’s leading provider of payment services for online business, our goal is to ensure that our ...

Startup news

The Launchlab Pitching Den names its 5 startup finalists

LaunchLab Part of Stellenbosch University's Innovus, The Launchlab accelerator and hub for entrepreneurs has just concluded with this year's Pitching Den which saw tens of startups present their business ideas to get their hands on a share of R80 000. The four finalists, each within their respective categories of course, are StelliesFlats, Lumkani, Specular and RivierNuus. Avelino Rodrigues, one of the organisers of the event, notes that the chosen startups are a diverse bunch. This, Rodrigues says, is mainly reflected by the diverse ...


5 tips to keep your startup looking professional on a budget

Startup office A business’s professional appearance is directly related to the degree of competence, trustworthiness and available resources they exude to clients and potential leads alike. If someone were to consider using a business’s services, only to walk into their office and find its clutter reminiscent of a pigsty, they are very unlikely to trust that business with anything at all, much less their financial interests. As a result, the professional appearance of any business is extremely important, whether it’s a startup or multi-million ...


Dragons’ Den SA Episode 4: from patchy to pitch perfect

Dragons Den SA 4 I recently came across a tweet by former England rugby player Brian Moore which, I guess, sums up how a lot people feel about Dragons' Den in all its various incarnations: Anyone else of the view that real entrepreneurs simply start up their own businesses, rather than applying to be on a TV show to be one?— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) October 13, 2014 Whether or not you agree with Moore, there's no getting around the fact the shows like Dragons' Den ...