Entrepreneurs and Investors In Africa (eiAfrica) aims to provide an informal platform by which entrepreneurs and would be entrepreneurs can access entrepreneurial resources, network with fellow entrepreneurs, and share ideas. We are a community passionate about entrepreneurship in Africa and dedicated to furthering understanding about new and small businesses. Working together, we share start-up knowledge .
How much of this addiction “monster”, that we have created, is responsible for limiting the adoption of new ideas; stifling innovation; ‘forcing’ your team to behave in various incongruous manners. Resulting in a frustrated team that is no longer taking initiatives because it has limited and stifled its creative environment due to the “monster” addiction.
South Africa’s economy is hungry for new aspiring entrepreneurs and new ideas to help stimulate the economy, bring somewhat sense of relief to our high unemployment rates and to alleviate poverty. Sitting through a lecture at Gordon’s Institute of Business Science, led by York Zucchi and his colleague Xolane, who is a mechanical engineer, one learned......
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York Zucchi " ....But one student particularly stood out. She is a 16 year old (full bio at the end of the blog) who approached us after the speaking interaction and with only a few words managed to give us the sense of being in the presence of greatness.
So we asked her to write us a little note about what she took out of our speaking engagement regarding what entrepreneurship is. Here is her entry which I am publishing unedited.
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Digital bootcamp Digify graduates placed in South Africa's top agencies
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South Africa needs to fill at least a quarter of the current workforce with digital professionals and Digify aims to help address this shortage by creating a consistent pipeline of capable and employable young talent into brands and agencies,” says Livity Africa Managing Director Gavin Weale
As an aspiring entrepreneur I am always searching for/requesting some sort of checklist that I can use to start a business. From all the various sources that I got my hands on, many either left me confused or were just to complicated to understand.
These are Steps 1 to 5 of MY 10 Steps To Start A Business which I’m sharing with the hope that they could help you plan and prepare to go in for the kill.
Want to start a start-up? “A startup is a company designed to grow fast. Being newly founded does not in itself make a company a startup. Nor is it necessary for a startup to work on technology, or take venture funding, or have some sort of “exit.” The only essential thing is growth. Everything else we associate with startups follows from growth.” Paul Graham
I have ideas and I’m sure you do too. But what do we do with these ideas? Wild ones. Big too. No idea is a silly idea but i believe that our goal should be to find a structured way to catergorise and prioritise our ideas, so that our long list becomes a shortlist.
Siyavuya was introduced to me by a friend at GIBS. He was in the process of seeking funding and the common friend thought it would be a good idea for him to sit down with me to see if I could assist in any way. We met (over coffee of course) and I proceeded to completely and utterly disintegrate his business plan on which he has been working for a while
Aspiring Entrepreneur - Business Plan Writing Skills
Business innovator and former banker York Zucchi shares his enthusiasm for “the biggest sector you've never heard of”. In Africa alone, there are more than a million small businesses participating in primary health care, all in need of entrepreneurial skills. If you've got them, and enough hunger, here is where you can make good, and do good. But first, a cup of coffee …
Swiss investor and entrepreneur in Africa since 2007. Failed banker. Chief Coffee Drinker at HELLO HEALTHCARE, a group whose aim is to become Africa’s leading primary healthcare cooperative and in the process trying to leave the world in a better state than we found it in.
Survival in the world of business depends on if you will embrace social media or not – This is not even taking into consideration competing out there. Then again, social media isn’t just about marketing your products and services, or doing so differently. Clearly, as we can see here, social media isn’t just about Facebook and Twitter.
Eagle Naran's insight:
Embracing social media and incorporating it into how we do business cannot be all that bad. Can it? To this end, no one of us is as smart as we need to be, and definitely no one of us is smart as all of us (although there are many that believe otherwise).
Mr. Joseph Gatt, an American businessman was one of the promoters of the first investment in mobile telephony in Africa with his partner, the late, Mr. Miko Rwayitare.
When cellular technology first emerged in the US market, Joseph recognized the opportunities for this new technology, pioneering the first cellular operation in the continent of Africa, and acquiring 12 cellular licenses in different countries within Africa.
These are Steps 6 to 10 of MY 10 Steps To Start A Business which I’m sharing with the hope that they could help you plan and prepare to go in for the kill. Kindly note the emphasis on “my” – There’s your disclaimer right there as these steps are neither right or wrong, nor are they the best – They are merely developed from my understanding and do welcome constructive feedback.
It’s a fact of start-up life that our start-up businesses are going to be severely time and resource-constrained. Getting the word out is a major challenge for us as start-up entrepreneurs and whereas the marketing department of a large business has a budget to spend in order to build a brand image, drive traffic and generate revenues, we unfortunately do not.
The other day I managed - unintentionally I'd like to add - scare quite a few people with my blog "From Employee to Entrepreneur: what I wish someone had told me before I quit my job at Goldman Sachs". The intention wasn't to scare anyone, but to slap aspiring entrepreneurs with the reality check hand in the face before making the leap.
It is indeed very early days for this family, they are however not alone in their lofty ambitions. Building our future is an enormous task, if you ask me, these tech #whizzkids paint a very attractive picture of our online future.
Finding funding is one of the biggest challenges faced by entrepreneurs today and the event served to guide & assist start-up entrepreneurs. Here is a Storify from tweets of the discussion that took place this evening if you weren't present.
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