Empowering entrepreneurial minds across Africa

“Entrepreneurship isn’t the finish line – it’s a journey of continuous learning, unlearning and relearning. As an entrepreneur you must strive to be an expert in your respective field. You may not have all the answers, and that’s okay, but don’t settle for the mediocrity of not knowing.” This is the expert advice from Anele […]

Finding the start-up sweet spot

Entrepreneurial lessons from generations of entrepreneurs Picturing a typical entrepreneur – the chances are you visualize a young, mission-driven techie with a mind-blowing idea that will make him or her the African version of Mark Zuckerberg.  While the fast, digitized millennial entrepreneur’s approach to business is highly beneficial for future success; there’s a lot to […]

What people really buy

By Jannie Rossouw Head: Sanlam Business Market It is said that the perfect timing for a sale is when a client has a need and our business is aware of this need and ready with our product/service to offer a solution. This is all good in theory, but how do we make this happen in […]

Past winner catch-up – where are they now?

2018 marks our 30th year in honouring entrepreneurs and the contributions they make toward growing the South African economy. We’re celebrating by catching up with some of the past winners of the competition. Catching up with: Mpodumo Doubada Winning year: Innovator of the Year® – 2017 Winning business: Pimp my Book is a successful chain […]

Past winner catch-up: where are they now?

2018 marks our 30th year in honouring entrepreneurs and the contributions they make toward growing the South African economy. We’re celebrating by catching up with some of the past winners of the competition. Catching up with: Elian Wiener Winning year: Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year® and Innovator of the Year – 2011 Winning business: Epic […]

Nine tips for entrepreneurs to attract investors and secure funding

By Ben Bierman Managing Director at Business Partners Limited The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor South Africa 2016/2017 reports that two-thirds (67%) of small businesses closed in 2016 either because they were not profitable, or because they encountered problems in accessing financing. Access to finance is not only a significant constraint for early-stage entrepreneurs in South Africa, […]

Past winner catch-up: where are they now?

2018 marks our 30th year in honouring entrepreneurs and the contributions they make toward growing the South African economy. We’re celebrating by catching up with some of the past winners of the competition. Catching up with: Gil Oved Winning year: co-winner Entrepreneur of the Year® – 2015 with Ran Neu-Ner Winning business: In 2015, The […]

Past winner catch-up – where are they now?

2018 marks our 30th year in honouring entrepreneurs and the contributions they make toward growing the South African economy. We’re celebrating this milestone by catching up with some of the past winners of the competition. Catching up with: Kim Whitaker Winning year: Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year® – 2015 Winning business: Once in Cape Town […]

Entrepreneurial pearls of wisdom

The 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year® winners share their advice for turning 2018 into a success When it comes to being an entrepreneur, there is no sure template to follow or instruction manual to refer to, and no two journeys will ever be exactly the same. There are, however, parallels that can be drawn and […]

Four steps to create an inclusive work environment for your business

Business owners are lucky that they create their own work environment, unlike managers in large corporations who step into rigid, pre-created cultures. However, many business owners allow the working culture in their businesses to flow organically from their personality, without giving much thought to how it could be perhaps better engineered. Kgomotso Ramoenyane, executive general […]

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