#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 4: Always know your competition
#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 4: Always know your competition

Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz has identified a number of pitching techniques critical to attracting investors and funders looking to back small businesses...

By Allon Raiz 10 Jun 2021

#BehindtheBrandManager: Marion Zeller, brand manager at Raizcorp
#BehindtheBrandManager: Marion Zeller, brand manager at Raizcorp

"Marketing and communication is my passion," says Marion Zeller, brand manager at Raizcorp, who has 10 years experience in these fields across corporate SA...

By Evan-Lee Courie 31 May 2021

#BehindtheMask: Nizenande Machi, co-founder of Lucha Lunako
#BehindtheMask: Nizenande Machi, co-founder of Lucha Lunako

Nizenande Machi, affectionately known as Niz, is a bundle of energy with a spark for life. She's opinionated and sassy, and hell bent on changing negative opinions on SA youth and uplifting South Africa's youth culture...

By Evan-Lee Courie 19 May 2021

#StartupFunding101: Raising capital in Africa and crossing the bridge to the US
#StartupFunding101: Raising capital in Africa and crossing the bridge to the US

Pardon Makumbe, co-founder and managing partner of CRE Venture Capital, chats about the challenges of raising capital in Africa and shares advice on crossing the bridge to the US...

By Evan-Lee Courie 18 May 2021

Q&A with Dr Keitumetse Mothibeli, CEO of Crystal Partners
Q&A with Dr Keitumetse Mothibeli, CEO of Crystal Partners

This year's Freedom Day, 27 of April 2021, did not just mark South Africa's celebration of past progressive triumph towards emancipation, but the day also significantly marked progress in entrepreneurship as Crystal Partners was launched in Johannesburg...

By Evan-Lee Courie 17 May 2021

#StartupFunding101: Raising capital to grow in the African payment space
#StartupFunding101: Raising capital to grow in the African payment space

Dare Okoudjou, CEO and founder of MFS Africa and Endeavor Entrepreneur, unpacks the payment space in Africa...

By Evan-Lee Courie 28 Apr 2021

#StartupFunding101: Capital funding and the fund raising basics
#StartupFunding101: Capital funding and the fund raising basics

Antonia Bothner, Endeavor South Africa Capital Markets Lead and Fundraising Lead at Endeavor Harvest Fund, uncovers the basics of capital funding and how to access it...

By Evan-Lee Courie 20 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 14: Fear of conflict
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 14: Fear of conflict

In the early years of startups, especially for first-time entrepreneurs, there is a novelty associated with having people work for you for the first time...

By Allon Raiz 14 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 12: Make time to think
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 12: Make time to think

As entrepreneurs, we need to be making the right decisions for right now to ensure that our businesses and our people's livelihoods do not become another casualty of the virus...

By Allon Raiz 1 Apr 2021

#StartupStory: Walk In Freedom aims to create more female entrepreneurs
#StartupStory: Walk In Freedom aims to create more female entrepreneurs

The alarming loss of jobs during 2020 and the growing unemployment rate is what inspired Danielle Marais to open the doors of a non-profit organisation by the name of Walk In Freedom...

By Evan-Lee Courie 12 Mar 2021

Finding the balance when managing a pitch process effectively
Finding the balance when managing a pitch process effectively

Now more than ever, due to the increasingly complex marketing ecosystem, marketers are seeing the use of intermediaries becoming more important in the daily scope of their operations and what they hope to achieve with their potential agencies during a pitch process...

By Johanna McDowell 2 Feb 2021

Zuri Health launched to help provide affordable, accessible healthcare solutions
Zuri Health launched to help provide affordable, accessible healthcare solutions

Launched in February 2020, Play Zuri Health Limited is a mobile health service that delivers first level medical services to its users through their mobile devices via apps, WAP, and SMS...

By Papama Nyati 19 Jan 2021

Driving entrepreneurial growth through mentoring
Driving entrepreneurial growth through mentoring

The rise in the amount of knowledge sharing and mentoring by businesspeople through partnerships with SMEs and entrepreneurs in order to help them survive and succeed has been, and continues to be, a silver lining in the overwhelming Covid-19 cloud...

By Andrew Weinberg 1 Jan 2021

Factors that will aid small business recovery over the next year
Factors that will aid small business recovery over the next year

Small and medium enterprises tend to take the hardest knocks in an economic downturn. Nothing illustrates this better than the unravelling impact of Covid-19, which left many SMEs teetering on the edge of collapse...

By Colin Timmis 7 Dec 2020

What does entrepreneurship look like in the new normal?
What does entrepreneurship look like in the new normal?

For years, we've been told that entrepreneurs are key to South Africa's economic growth and job creation...

By Philani Sangweni 17 Sep 2020

#WomensMonth: Karen Nadasen provides insights to how PayU South Africa is empowering women
#WomensMonth: Karen Nadasen provides insights to how PayU South Africa is empowering women

Karen Nadasen, CEO at PayU South Africa, is fulfilling her promise of a seismic shift towards women in technology, and women in her community...

By Evan-Lee Courie 28 Aug 2020

#WomensMonth: Suzanne Morel shares how Mastercard SA is powering up women in SA
#WomensMonth: Suzanne Morel shares how Mastercard SA is powering up women in SA

Suzanne Morel, country manager for Mastercard SA, shares some insights into how Mastercard is giving power to women...

By Evan-Lee Courie 17 Aug 2020

#StartupStory: Burying social ills to create a brighter future
#StartupStory: Burying social ills to create a brighter future

Melun Jeptha noticed two empty plots of land that were being used as dumping grounds and decided to do something about it...

By Evan-Lee Courie 28 Jul 2020

Look fear in the eye and start your business
Look fear in the eye and start your business

There is nothing more debilitating than fear. More often than not, the fear that paralyses us is not even real - it's entirely cerebral.

By Jacqueline Raw 23 Jul 2020

#StartupStory: Need legal advice? Get Law
#StartupStory: Need legal advice? Get Law

Ya'eesh Cader together with his brother made use of the nationwide lockdown to enable, rather than disable their online legal platform, Get Law...

By Evan-Lee Courie 15 Jul 2020

Building more sustainable businesses in a post-Covid world
Building more sustainable businesses in a post-Covid world

Over recent months the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that as humans we are all connected...

By Robin Fisher 10 Jul 2020

Shilpa Mehta of EO talks Covid-19, women entrepreneurship and GBV
Shilpa Mehta of EO talks Covid-19, women entrepreneurship and GBV

"Women shouldn't shy away from leadership, especially during tough economic times such as these," says Shilpa Mehta, the newly elected first female president of The Entrepreneurs' Organisation Durban Chapter (EO)...

By Evan-Lee Courie 10 Jul 2020

#StartupStory: Young entrepreneur aims to help SMEs
#StartupStory: Young entrepreneur aims to help SMEs

Founded on the belief that South Africa is the gateway to Africa, Jean-Luc Pugin decided to launch Eikon-Design during the nationwide lockdown...

By Evan-Lee Courie 24 Jun 2020

The scenario of young entrepreneurs in Africa
The scenario of young entrepreneurs in Africa

A look at the future of young entrepreneurs in Africa...

By Evan-Lee Courie 24 Jun 2020

#LockdownAdvice: Rebuilding your new model
#LockdownAdvice: Rebuilding your new model

The common consensus is that there is going to be a "new normal" and that new normal is going to require most, if not all, organisations to recalibrate themselves to the new external context...

By Allon Raiz 3 Jun 2020

#StartupStory: Sifika Business Accountants pays it forward
#StartupStory: Sifika Business Accountants pays it forward

A small gesture kick-started her business and now, eight years later, accountant Zandile Sifika is paying it forward by helping other SMMEs survive the fallout from Covid-19...

By Evan-Lee Courie 28 May 2020

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