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Global crowdfunding portal launched to fund African entrepreneurs

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are the primary job creation engine in Africa, accounting for over 95% of firms and 60%-70% of employment...

Grotech targets technology firms

Venture capital technology fund Grotech plans to raise between R50m and R200m by the end of this month, using the proceeds to invest in disruptive digital technology companies...

By Phakamisa Ndzamela

African fintech hub launched in SA

AlphaCode, a collaborative club for next generation financial services entrepreneurs, has launched in Sandton...

Mettle Merchant Finance launches in SA

This month sees the launch of Mettle Merchant Finance, a joint venture between financial services companies Combined Finance Holdings and Mettle...

[BizTrends 2016] Five finance sector forecasts for 2016

From collaboration with fintech startups to more personalised client services, digital technology dominates trends...

By Nicci Botha

[BizTrends 2016] African mega-projects: opportunities and challenges for specialist insurers

Infrastructure development is booming across Africa, due in no small part to significant economic growth and foreign direct investment. Mega-infrastructure projects have massive price tags...

By Karl Bishop

[BizTrends 2016] Trends in the African private equity space

Private equity deals are growing in east and west Africa, with certain sectors seeing most action than others. Experienced African fund managers are in demand and it looks like it is going to be an exciting year for Private Equity in Africa. Here are some of the key trends we can expect to see in the in 2016...

By John Bellew

Investment environment teaches new lessons

Every year the investment environment affirms some of the lessons of the past, and teaches us a few new ones - and 2015 was no different...

By Anet Ahern

Why lending through community-based organisations makes sense

Over the past half a century lending to the poor has taken on many different forms. The microfinance movement began in earnest when Muhammad Yunus, the then-economics professor at Bangladesh University, came up with the idea of providing small loans using his personal funds to local villages in the 1970s...

By Gift Dafuleya

Instinct is about contextualising good data

Good leaders act intuitively based on their prior experience, insight and ability to read a market such as knowing when to do introduce a new product, make an acquisition, how to go after clients, what success will be, and which failures to avoid...

By Richard Bezuidenhout

Opening the doors to finance for SMEs

On a continent where traditional jobs are scarce, building a strong base of entrepreneurs and small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) seems like the logical solution. But lack of access to finance remains a primary reason why these enterprises don't succeed...

By Nicci Botha

SA companies happy with investment mission to Cuba

South African companies say they are satisfied with the recent investment mission to Cuba...

Technology start-ups are boosting Africa's economy

The WTM Global Trends Report 2015 reveals that technology start-ups are flourishing across Africa which is helping to boost the economy and offer a fresh image to international tourists...

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