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Osiakwan (pictured above) was speaking during a panel discussion at last month’s Very Young Entrepreneur Education & Acceleration Summit in Johannesburg.
While grant capital, he says, plays a very important role for young startups, especially during their research and development stage — a time when few investors will back them — the receipt of grant funding is often tied to the entrepreneur agreeing to certain conditions around the intellectual property (IP) that they develop.
“So, the critical thing is you need to get real lawyers to read that agreement. I don’t believe there’s anything like free money in this world,” says Osiakwan.
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Featured image: Chanzo Capital managing partner and Angel Fair founder Eric Osiakwan (Supplied)
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