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Partech Ventures launches $70m Africa VC fund
Partech Ventures launches $70m Africa VC fund

Partech Ventures has announced the launch of its Partech Africa fund, which has secured over €57 million ($70 million) toward its target size of €100 million ($122 million)...

By Tom Jackson 17 hours ago

Kenya's Nailab selects 15 startups for Make-IT accelerator
Kenya's Nailab selects 15 startups for Make-IT accelerator

Kenyan incubator Nailab has announced the 15 startups that will take part in its Make-IT accelerator programme, designed to strengthen entrepreneurs' skills for scaling their businesses...

By Tom Jackson 18 Jan 2018

10 lessons from a successful crowdfunding campaign
10 lessons from a successful crowdfunding campaign

After about 45 days of extreme effort, intense co-ordinating, crazy ideas and good luck, we managed to complete the most successful rewards-based crowdfunding campaign in South Africa to date with Sugarbird Gin...

By Rob Heyns 16 Jan 2018

UN launches tech innovation lab in Egypt
UN launches tech innovation lab in Egypt

The United Nations (UN) has announced the opening of its African Technology Innovation Lab (UNTIL) in Egypt, in line with its framework to deploy a global network of such labs.

By Tom Jackson 4 Jan 2018

John Sanei
#Newsmaker: Singularity University invites John Sanei to panel

John Sanei, business innovation strategist, trend specialist, futurist and author of South African bestseller What's your moonshot?, has been invited to join Singularity University's panel of global speakers...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Nov 2017

#Newsmaker: Amanda Dambuza named Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss 2017
#Newsmaker: Amanda Dambuza named Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss 2017

This year's deserving recipient of the Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss Award is Amanda Dambuza, founder and director of consulting company Uyandiswa, currently in its fourth year and already employing more than 70 people...

By Jessica Tennant 14 Nov 2017

#AfricaCom: How innovation is better in Africa
#AfricaCom: How innovation is better in Africa

Toby Shapshak, editor-in-chief of Stuff Magazine, shared some thoughts on how innovation is better in Africa at AfricaCom 2017. He highlighted some specific innovations to illustrate how the continent is leapfrogging into the future... (video)

By Ilse van den Berg 8 Nov 2017

Play naked!
Play naked!

If one is going to be a dick, then one should be the Best Dick. At least that's what Mike Sharman believes and to prove his point he put pen to paper and wrote the book, The Best Dick...

By Danette Breitenbach 1 Nov 2017

#StartupStory: Kingdom Agency
#StartupStory: Kingdom Agency

Kingdom is the new agency on the block, with a heart for positive messaging and making a difference. As such, the insight, strategy and creative agency, founded by friends Donna Mathews and Herman Wallis, applies a triple-win philosophy, whereby...

By Jessica Tennant 23 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Chris Weylandt on the business of contemporary home decor design
#EntrepreneurMonth: Chris Weylandt on the business of contemporary home decor design

Chris Weylandt, founder and CEO of furniture and decor retailer Weylandts, forms part of the impressive line-up at this year's Business of Design conference...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 18 Oct 2017

Alan Knott-Craig
#EntrepreneurMonth: If you can sell your first startup, sell it

Us humans have a heuristic bias to sell our winners and hold onto our losers. That's not the way to build wealth. Better to hang onto your winners and cut your losers loose...

By Alan Knott-Craig 18 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: A premium African surf brand with global appeal
#EntrepreneurMonth: A premium African surf brand with global appeal

Little over a year ago, three friends with thriving creative careers embarked on a mission to combine their love of Africa with their passion for surfing...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Oct 2017

Business of Design speaker Q&A: Yehuda Raff
Business of Design speaker Q&A: Yehuda Raff

Business of Design (BoD) is back with a speaker lineup of note. The two-day seminar is held annually in Cape Town and Johannesburg during October and doesn't just focus on design in itself but has a much broader vision for the field in all areas of business...

By Jessica Tennant 6 Oct 2017

#InnovationMonth: Meet the small business turning the biltong industry on its head
#InnovationMonth: Meet the small business turning the biltong industry on its head

Maxime Eon created BiltongBoard to link local lovers of biltong with the small producers whose quality products were going unnoticed...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Sep 2017

Partnering with a black-owned agency could change your mind about BEE
Partnering with a black-owned agency could change your mind about BEE

25 years ago, there were very few - if any - black owned and run agencies. Probably the only one at that time was Herdbuoys. They represented the start of a new era in South Africa where black advertising professionals were taken far more seriously than in previous times...

By Johanna McDowell 27 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: Hit the 'sweet spot' and you'll get your investors
#InnovationMonth: Hit the 'sweet spot' and you'll get your investors

The SA Innovation Summit was an explosion of, well, ideas and innovation. One talk that particularly intrigued me was one by Tmara (Target Market Adoption Risk Assessment)...

By Ilse van den Berg 14 Sep 2017

She Leads Africa launches accelerator for beauty startups
She Leads Africa launches accelerator for beauty startups

She Leads Africa has opened applications for its Dark and Lovely x SLA Beauty Accelerator, a 10-week entrepreneurship development programme...

By Tom Jackson 23 Aug 2017

#WomensMonth: SweepSouth's Aisha Pandor keeps on climbing
#WomensMonth: SweepSouth's Aisha Pandor keeps on climbing

SweepSouth's Aisha Pandor has been named one of the top 50 most inspiring women in tech...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Aug 2017

FairLady Women of the Future 2017 judges.
#WomensMonth: FairLady's Women of the Future seize the moment

The overwhelming message from the winners and finalists of the FairLady Women of the Future Awards 2017, in partnership with Santam, is to seize the moment. Don't wait, jump in and start your business, live your dream and passion...

By Danette Breitenbach 21 Aug 2017

#AfricaAchiever OMG Digital aims to reach Africa's millennials
#AfricaAchiever OMG Digital aims to reach Africa's millennials

Our Africa Achiever this month is co-founder of OMG Digital in Ghana, Jesse Arhin Ghansah...

By Louise Marsland 14 Aug 2017

Boris Dzhingarov
The many hats of the successful inventor

The basis of many a great business is a great invention. New product ideas are fairly easy to conceive, but it takes something else to bring it to market. That's why it's so hard to be a successful inventor. It's not just one job...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 11 Aug 2017

Lynette Hundermark
#WomensMonth: Lynette Hundermark makes mobile useful and beautiful

Lynette Hundermark is the woman behind Useful and Beautiful - a consultancy that makes memorable mobile experiences across the South African and African markets...

By Ilse van den Berg 10 Aug 2017

Every African tech hub for itself in quest for sustainability
Every African tech hub for itself in quest for sustainability

“This is done on a tech hub by tech hub basis. Each is figuring out their own business models for continued support and growth.”

By Tom Jackson 7 Aug 2017

Is it only the “Nasty Woman” who can break the glass ceiling?
Is it only the “Nasty Woman” who can break the glass ceiling?

Lauren Durant writes about her approach when it comes to tackling the system that prevents women from getting the jobs they deserve and says it includes adopting new behaviours...

By Lauren Durant 28 Jul 2017

National mobilisation of entrepreneurialism
National mobilisation of entrepreneurialism

A blueprint for Africa: If national mobilisation of entrepreneurialism across a country is a solid possibility, what's stopping it and who is blocking it?...

By Naseem Javed 20 Jul 2017

#StartupStory: THAT Network helps creatives find clients
#StartupStory: THAT Network helps creatives find clients

South African based entrepreneurs, Shakirah Sky Dramat and Wayne Hipe Robertson, recently relaunched THAT Network, a startup, which aims to create a sustainable creative industry...

By Ruth Cooper 11 Jul 2017

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#Apex2017: SMMEs, ignore them at your peril

Seven years ago, the Apex Awards launched its bursary programme. Since then it has funded 60 bursaries. This year proceeds have enabled it to increase that number to 72, which is an additional 12 bursaries...

By Danette Breitenbach 11 Jul 2017

(c) andrew grossman -
Do Millennials really exist?

Does the construct of Millennials really exist or is it just hype based on the idealism of the era?

By Allon Raiz 7 Jul 2017

Anyka © –
The growth mindset: Four ingredients for creating a high-performance culture

In They're your rules, break them!', I bring together the latest research on what makes human talent tick...

By Douglas Kruger 6 Jul 2017

Allen Ambor, founder and executive chairman of Spur Corporation.
Spur founder Allen Ambor's tough love approach to business

Iconic SA restaurant chain, Spur Steak Ranches, will be 50-years-old in October this year and has grown into an internationally-recognised brand...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 26 Jun 2017

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