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Why my startup scene is better than yours: Uganda
Why my startup scene is better than yours: Uganda

These are exciting times for the African tech space, but which ecosystem is the best place to launch or invest in a startup?

By Tom Jackson 1 day ago

#Newsmaker: Tamiko Cuellar to host South African tour for women entrepreneurs
#Newsmaker: Tamiko Cuellar to host South African tour for women entrepreneurs

Founder of Pursue Your Purpose LLC, Tamiko Cuellar is planning a South African tour for aspiring and emerging women entrepreneurs beginning in August 2018 in honour of National Women's Day...

By Jessica Tennant 17 Apr 2018

Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner
Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner

Ghanaian startup, AgroCenta, was crowned the 2018 Seedstars Global Winner at the fifth edition of the Seedstars Summit which took place on Thursday, 12 April 2018...

16 Apr 2018

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Why my startup scene is better than yours: Rwanda

It is heady days for the African tech startup space, but which ecosystem has the most going for it?

By Tom Jackson 13 Apr 2018

Building brand identity in the small business market [Infographic]
Building brand identity in the small business market [Infographic]

Properly established brand identity builds loyalty and trust among customers and helps business differentiate in the marketplace. Here, Customlabels created an infographic about key brand identity elements and what to have in mind when designing them...

13 Apr 2018

Innovate Ventures Accelerator in Somaliland calls for applications
Innovate Ventures Accelerator in Somaliland calls for applications

Applications are now open for the third cycle of the tech accelerator Innovate Ventures Accelerator, based in Hargeisa, Somaliland. This year's programme will accept 12 startups and will invest up to $30,000...

12 Apr 2018

Fundamentals are key to creating a strong and lasting brand
Fundamentals are key to creating a strong and lasting brand

"A clear understanding of the branding process is essential for entrepreneurs, business owners and brand managers when starting a new venture or developing a new product - doing this upfront just makes sense," says branding expert Raymond van Niekerk...

Issued by UCT Graduate School of Business 12 Apr 2018

Four African startups make Seedstars final
Four African startups make Seedstars final

Four African startups have been selected amongst the 12 that will pitch for the chance to secure a share of $1 million in funding at the Seedstars World global final today in Lausanne, Switzerland...

By Tom Jackson 12 Apr 2018

20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa
20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa

With the Seedstars World Summit taking place on Thursday, 12 April 2018, the organisers have announced the final 65 finalists that will get the chance to pitch their ideas on the global stage. 20 out of the 65 finalists are from Africa...

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Apr 2018

Africa Rising 4.0 startup incubation programme launched
Africa Rising 4.0 startup incubation programme launched

The Tshimologong Precinct together with JP Morgan will be hosting Africa Rising 4.0, a startup incubation programme aimed at powering digital entrepreneurship and early-stage startup growth...

10 Apr 2018

Mental models for tech entrepreneurs coming to Africa
Mental models for tech entrepreneurs coming to Africa

According to Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet's partner at Berkshire Hathaway, you understand the latticework, or mental model, for the industry/country you're entering, before you enter it.

By Alan Knott-Craig 9 Apr 2018

It's time you start marketing like an investor
It's time you start marketing like an investor

Businesses often take a haphazard approach to marketing but would they do this with a long-term investment portfolio? Definitely not, so why treat marketing with such a cavalier attitude?...

By Sylvia Schutte 9 Apr 2018

Nominations for Southern Africa Startup Awards now open
Nominations for Southern Africa Startup Awards now open

The Global Startup Awards, which have been held annually since 2012, aim to select and recognise startups and entrepreneurs who have shown outstanding achievement in business and service to the community...

6 Apr 2018

#CreativeMornings: "Creative success from courage" - Danielle Clough
#CreativeMornings: "Creative success from courage" - Danielle Clough

In your own creative career, you often find yourself stuck in a comfort zone. At the latest Creative Mornings Cape Town talk, 'fibre artist' Danielle Clough shared that you don't have to be good at just one thing, as well as why it's important to step away from the safety net and have the courage to try new things...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Apr 2018

Call for applications for BASA Scale-Up programme
Call for applications for BASA Scale-Up programme

Applications are open for the BASA Scale-Up programme, sponsored by RMB and partnered with the British Council Southern Africa Arts and Livity Africa...

Issued by Business and Arts South Africa 3 Apr 2018

How to start a business with a smartphone and no seed capital
How to start a business with a smartphone and no seed capital

The smartphone has perhaps become one of the greatest gifts to an entrepreneur looking to launch a business on little to no seed capital...

By Jesse Weinberg 29 Mar 2018

Why my startup scene is better than yours: Tanzania
Why my startup scene is better than yours: Tanzania

Which African tech startup ecosystem is the best, either for launching a business or making investments?

By Tom Jackson 29 Mar 2018

Top minds to meet at Africa Shared Value Summit this May
Top minds to meet at Africa Shared Value Summit this May

The second annual Africa Shared Value Summit, taking place on 24-25 May, will play host to some of the brightest business stars from across the African continent...

Issued by Shift Social Development 27 Mar 2018

The private members club set to transform Africa
The private members club set to transform Africa

The QSL Members Club will be an incubator for Africa's leading lights, an organic platform for ideas to be birthed, connections to be forged and for plans to be set in motion...

By Cari Coetzee 27 Mar 2018

LaunchLab invites entrepreneurs to pitch startup ideas
LaunchLab invites entrepreneurs to pitch startup ideas

The Stellenbosch University LaunchLab is inviting entrepreneurs to pitch their startup business ideas in multiple industries and stand the chance to win incubation support to the value of R50,000...

23 Mar 2018

Tigo managing director, Simon Karikari, (second left), and the general manager of Uber East Africa, Loic Amado, shake hands after announcing the partnership between Tigo and Uber Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. Others are: Uber country manager, Alfred Msemo and Tigo’s head of mobile financial services, Hussein Sayed. Source: Tigo.
Tigo and Uber partner up in East Africa

Tigo Tanzania and Uber partner to offer exciting new offers to customers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania...

23 Mar 2018

Africa CEO Forum.
Showcasing African startups and leadership

For the sixth consecutive year, the Africa CEO Forum will honour the economic performance of leaders, companies and investors in Africa...

22 Mar 2018

Why my startup scene is better than yours: Ghana
Why my startup scene is better than yours: Ghana

Which African tech startup ecosystem is the most viable for launching a business or making investments?

By Tom Jackson 20 Mar 2018

Sharpening African manufacturers' competitive edge with technology
Sharpening African manufacturers' competitive edge with technology

African countries from South Africa to Ethiopia to Nigeria are pinning some of their hope for economic growth and job creation on industrialisation...

By Matthew Kibby 20 Mar 2018

It's a Wize move with Pula Capital
It's a Wize move with Pula Capital

Innovative B-BBEE investment firm Pula Capital (the investment arm of LRMG) has acquired a majority stake in business improvement consulting company BizWize Consulting (BizWize)...

Issued by Pula Capital Partners 19 Mar 2018

"Sofitel Tour Casablanca" by TarikossMazti - Own work.
Casablanca to host Afrikonnect event later this month

The Moroccan city of Casablanca will host its first Afrikonnect event from 22-23 March 2018, bringing together startups, investors, and corporates...

By Tom Jackson 14 Mar 2018

22 On Sloane launches Startup Huddle programme
22 On Sloane launches Startup Huddle programme

The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN)-run 22 On Sloane startup campus in Johannesburg has launched Startup Huddle, a programme designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs globally...

By Tom Jackson 6 Mar 2018

How women entrepreneurs can influence the future
How women entrepreneurs can influence the future

On Red Ribbon's 15th birthday, what I know for sure is that entrepreneurship is a practical path of self-empowerment. Especially for women...

By Ronelle Bester 1 Mar 2018

Millennials in the future of business, as told by a millennial
Millennials in the future of business, as told by a millennial

In almost every aspect of our lives we have grown accustomed to instant gratification. Why should the world of business and innovation be any different?...

By Nicholas Dilley 28 Feb 2018

Ten African startups finalists of Harvard competition
Ten African startups finalists of Harvard competition

Ten African startups have been chosen as finalists for the New Venture Competition being run by Harvard Business School's Africa Business Club, which is offering startups the chance to win cash prizes of up to $10,000...

By Tom Jackson 28 Feb 2018

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