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  • Heavy Chef founder’s 7 things to look for in a good business partner [Extract]

    Good business partners challenge each other, and if both partners are able to recognise that, then a business partnership will be constructive rather than destructive. This, together with having a complimentary skill set and being financially stable in their own right are among seven key characteristics to look for in a good business partner. So, says entrepreneur and Heavy Chef founder Fred Roed, in his new book Starting a Business in South Africa. The son of Danish immigrants, Roed knows a thing or two about running a business even if in his owns words his first ventures into business -- a centre for children with learning disabilities --...

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    Here's how small businesses can also cash in on Mother’s Day

    The Mother’s Day period in May is always a highlight in the annual retail calendar, but how do small businesses compete with the larger retail stores and shopping centres and make sure they also benefit during this peak shopping season? Paul Kent, MD of payment service provider says many of the company's clients using Sureswipe card machines are the smaller, boutique-type businesses that trade in custom-made goods like clothing, jewelry, confectionery or specialty chocolates, or they run nurseries, beauty spas and independent coffee shops and eateries. "To help them leverage sales for peak retail periods such as Mother’s Day, we encourage...

  • MaTontine co-founder predicts Senegal draw, shares inspiration, expansion plans

    Bernie Akporiaye, who in 2015 co-founded Senegalese digital financial services platform MaTontine along with his sister Dr Tosan Oruwariye, believes that Senegal will draw today's game with Colombia and make it to the next round of 16. "I believe we can make it to (the) quarter finals. Senegal has a tough group but I believe we will qualify with Colombia," says Akporiaye (pictured above). MaTontine provides the financially excluded in Francophone Africa with access to small loans and other financial services like micro-insurance. Akporiaye says the startup is addressing a problem being faced by a number of customers -- lack of access to small...

  • As Tunisia winds up its World Cup campaign, meet big data startup Datavora

    Tunisia winds up their 2018 World Cup Campaign when they take on Panama tonight at 8pm Central African Time. The match will be inconsequential for the team as they have already crashed out of the tournament, having lost their first two matches. As a result, expect to see some players who have not yet played at the tournament to feature in Tunisia's line up. For the last entry in our series, we've decided to feature a brilliant Tunisian startup that we feel hasn't received much "playtime" from African tech sites -- big data startup Datavora. Last year, Datavora raised $500 000 to expand into Europe and America....

  • ‘SA education unable to support extensive development of tech entrepreneurship’

    A report commissioned by Google and released earlier this month has identified that "the foundations of the (South African) education system are unable to support the development of tech entrepreneurship within South Africa on a broad scale". Titled Tech entrepreneurship ecosystem in South Africa, the report features research by OC&C Strategy Consultants and Endcode. It aims to identify areas for improvement in policies and regulations which affect the success of tech startups. Topics covered include networks, culture, talent, business procedures, ICT infrastructure, financial capital, and market potential. Together with education, the Google-commissioned report identifies support services for tech entrepreneurs as one of the areas in need of...

  • Meet the nine startups pitching at Seedstars Harare

    Seedstars World, the startup competition for emerging markets, has selected nine startups that will pitch at Seedstars Harare 2018 this Friday (29 June). The nine will pitch for an opportunity to attend the regional and global Seedstars Summits. Startups that get to pitch at the global summit in Switzerland stand to win over $1-million in investment. The startups selected to pitch on Friday are solving local issues that include energy, agriculture, and education. This year's event, which takes place weeks before Zimbabweans head to the polls, will feature an extra focus on civic technology, with two of the nine finalists addressing civic participation. This year's...

  • Ahead of Nigeria’s do-or-die match, here’s what you should know of top fintech Lidya

    Tonight's match pitting Nigeria against Argentina, kicking off at 8pm Central African Time, is arguably the biggest game of the day. The match is a must win for both sides as the victor will proceed to the last 16. Going into the do-or-die match, La Albiceleste have won the two teams' past encounters at the 1994, 2002, 2010, and 2014 World Cup tournaments -- history is against the Nigerians on this one. Nigeria, and indeed the rest of the continent, will be pinning their hopes on Nigerian forwards Ahmed Musa. The forward scored a brace against Iceland last week, becoming the only Nigerian...

  • Just five days left to post solutions for MIT Solve’s global challenges

    Solutions for MIT Solve's four open global challenges are due next Sunday (1 July). The challenges offer selected "solvers" more than $650 000 in potential funding. MIT's Solve initiative seeks to crowd-solve four global challenges -- economic prosperity, health, learning, and sustainability -- through open innovation. Innovators who make it into this year's Solver class will each receive $10 000 in funding from MIT Solve Innovators from around the world can submit solutions to the challenges regardless of their stage of development. Finalists for each challenge will be selected by experts and industry leaders to attend a live pitch event where the best...

  • SA social enterprises have a week left to apply for Google Impact Challenge

    South African non-profits and social enterprises with innovative ideas regarding economic opportunity creation within their communities have until next week Wednesday (4 July) to apply for Google's Impact Challenge South Africa. The initiative, which is running for the first time in South Africa, provides 12 selected finalists with access to between $125 000 and $250 000 in grant funding, mentorship and other resources. The top four winners of the Google Impact Challenge South Africa will each receive a $250 000 grant A panel of local judges, which includes Basetsana Khumalo, Yvone Chaka Chaka, BCX chief digital officer and founder of Rekindle Learning...

  • Seedstars, Omidyar Network to launch Seedspace in Dar es Salaam

    Seedstars, the Swiss-based organisation that supports startups in emerging markets, has announced that it will next month -- in partnership with philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network -- launch a Seedspace hub in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Seedspace Dar es Salaam, set to launch on 10 July, will become Seedstars' fifth such entrepreneurial hub in Africa. The organisation currently operates Seedspaces in Lagos, Abidjan, and Cairo, as well as the recently launched hub in Cape Town. In a statement yesterday (26 June), Seedstars stated that the Seedspaces will increase the number of stakeholder events, programmes and training, with Seedstars as well as other partners such...

  • As Morocco heads into its last match, meet Moroccan startup Manageo

    Morocco takes on Spain tonight (8pm Central African Time). The Atlas Lions are yet to find the back of the net in the tournament this year (bar their own goal against Iran), and this will be the last time for any of the team's players to get their name on the board at this year's World Cup. Getting one past the Spanish will not be an easy feat -- with a solid defence featuring the likes of Sergio Ramos -- given that Spain is also out to top Group B as well. Moroccan players might as well start thinking of what to do after...