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#UNFUNDED?: Now You Can Apply For The APP Fund For Your App Idea

mLab Southern Africa recently announced the launch of a new APP Fund established in partnership with the Technology Innovation Agency which will assist local mobile, sensor or wearable app start-ups to develop their concepts to an early stage prototype or minimal viable product. “This partnership fills a huge gap in the digital innovation value chain […]

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Forget Gold, DATA Is The 21st Century’s Raw Material

“Data is the 21st century’s raw material” – this is what  Francis Maude (UK Minister for Cabinet Office and Paymaster General) said in describing the value of data in inspiring innovation and economic growth. He was right, especially when one thinks of the fact that in the last few years we’ve seen a number of […]

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Youth Entrepreneurship: What They Won’t Teach You At Varsity

When you think of an entrepreneur, who do you think of? Richard Branson? Bill Gates? These caricatures of wealth and success define entrepreneurship, but for many young people, this makes the idea of going it alone seem an impossibility. The reality is a little different: anyone can be an entrepreneur, and with the right attitude, […]

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The Economics Of Skills Development

The first quarter of 2016 is complete. The finance speech has been delivered, and most companies have begun re-evaluating their budgets for the next financial year. Understandably, most will be searching for cost-cutting avenues, contemplating what constitutes essential spend, and what they can do without. Unfortunately, in many instances, the choice is made to cut […]

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Meet @TheStartupper of the Year 2016: Bathabile Mpofu

An MBA student from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB), Bathabile Mpofu, has beaten 24 000 entrants from around the country to walk away with R600 000 prize money and top honours in the 2016 TOTAL Startupper of the Year competition. The winner was announced at the end of March […]

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#AnzishaPrize: Getting Young African Entrepreneurs Recognised

The Anzisha Prize, Africa’s premier award for its youngest entrepreneurs, has announced an extension of its 2016 application window to April 30th, 2016. In an effort to catalyse innovation and entrepreneurship among African youth, the Anzisha Prize was established by African Leadership Academy in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation to identify, celebrate and support young […]

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Cheesa Nyama: 1 of 3 Township Products With Global Prospects

Recently Chessa Nyama went global, thanks to Circle Food Group and Hlumelo Biko’s partners. Chessa Nyama is a township barbecue meat prepared on fire, traditionally in local food spaces. Mzoli a Gugulethu entrepreneur in Cape Town was one of the entrepreneurs who popularised this form of business by getting tourists to visit the township to […]

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UNFUNDED? : Turn To The Crowds To Access Funding

Getting funding is seen by the startup community as the entry point to starting a business. As a result venture capitalists and funding institutions are inundated by funding applications from startup founders. In the African continent accessing funding is not that simple. Venture capitalists are a rare breed and funding institutions are risk averse. This […]

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The Social Entrepreneur: Getting Wings To Build A Business With Heart

If you want to do business and make money ask a serial entrepreneur, if you want to do business and do good while making money then ask a social entrepreneur. There has never been a greater need for social entrepreneurs than during this period when the world is experiencing some of the most complex challenges. […]

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