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The young entrepreneurs trying to help South Africa's townships - BBC News

The young entrepreneurs trying to help South Africa's townships - BBC News | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
A look at the young entrepreneurs trying to boost the economy and employment in South Africa's townships.
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Building Africa's Next Generation of Software Entrepreneurs - AB2020

Building Africa's Next Generation of Software Entrepreneurs - AB2020 | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) recruits, trains and invests in software developers from Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya.
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5 reasons to become an angel investor in Africa today. — Investing in Africa.

5 reasons to become an angel investor in Africa today. - Investing in Africa. - Medium
There has been a recent surge of interest in people across the world who are keen to learn more about how to become ange…
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Mono Asampong and her GSA Team Featured in BBC News As They Complete Season 2 of The Scholarship

Mono Asampong and her GSA Team Featured in BBC News As They Complete Season 2 of The Scholarship | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it

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We are so very proud of Mono Asampong and the entire GSA team for putting together a fabulous 6 weeks of "The Scholarship- Season 2" and of course for making BBC News!


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VC4Africa announces new partnership: The Inclusive Business Accelerator

VC4Africa announces new partnership: The Inclusive Business Accelerator | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
VC4Africa has formed a partnership with the BoP Innovation Center and international development organisation SNV to support entrepreneurs who are setting up companies in Base of the Pyramid (BoP) markets in Asia, Latin America and Africa. The ‘Inclusive Business Accelerator’ is the first one-stop-shop for inclusive business services, via a global network, local offices and an online platform. Have a look at the platform and become a member! The term ‘inclusive business’ is used to describe companies that are providing goods, services, and livelihoods on a commercially viable basis to low-income communities. And they are ‘including’ people who are looking for basic goods and services in the value chain and they will benefit on both sides; as consumer and as employee, distributor or retailer. IB Accelerator Online VC4Africa is responsible for the IB Accelerator Online platform where entrepreneurs, impact investors, business mentors, NGOs and governments can connect. The platform will allow entrepreneurs to showcase themselves and to find investors, to gain business knowledge and advice. At the same time the IB Accelerator platform will support impact investors to be introduced to high-quality investment opportunities. At VC4Africa we are always looking at ways to link members and resources. As a result of this collaboration, it is now possible to offer dedicated support to members actively building inclusive businesses. Besides looking at a larger geographical area, the ‘inclusive business’ focus of the companies is more specifically focused on low-income consumers. The support on the IB Accelerator platform will mainly be focused on companies that are at…
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Meet the 10 Orange African Social Venture Prize 2014 finalists who will prepare for investment with VC4Africa

Meet the 10 Orange African Social Venture Prize 2014 finalists who will prepare for investment with VC4Africa | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
Découvrez les 10 finalistes du Prix Orange de l’Entrepreneur Social en Afrique! Version en français plus bas / See below for French. Meet the 10 Orange African Social Venture Prize 2014 finalists selected to go into an intensive online acceleration program facilitated by VC4Africa. Congratulations to the entrepreneurs!! The Orange African Social Venture Prize, which has enjoyed considerable success since its launch in 2011, rewards entrepreneurs developing products or services that use ICT in an innovative way to achieve social impact and meet the needs of Africans in fields such as health, agriculture, education, energy, industry or trade. Last month Orange & startup funding platform VC4Africa announced a new addition: this year the 10 most promising enterprises from the application pool of the Orange African Social Venture Prize will get an intensive online acceleration program facilitated by VC4Africa, helping the entrepreneurs to position themselves for growth and prepare for investment. The 10 selected finalists are listed below! Senemar+ (Cameroon) - Founder: Rodrigues KWATE SENEMAR + matches ICT and the agriculture sector in Africa, focusing on reinventing practices of African agricultural value chains (from production to marketing through transport and packaging), and facilitating communication among various actors like producers, buyers, retailers, fertilizers, inputs providers and non-governmental organizations. Mewanko Farm (Cameroon) - Founder: Christelle LAMINSI KENMOE Mewanko Farm provides a digital community platform for the direct online sale of small producers’ products to urban, sub-regional and international markets. The goal is to increase the income of small farmers by putting them in…
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| Making millionaires: the developers who won big in Gyft's Silicon Valley exit

| Making millionaires: the developers who won big in Gyft's Silicon Valley exit | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
Gyft made global headlines with its multi-million dollar exit. One story that wasn't told was of the South African developers who benefited from it.
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In Ghana, remote teachers bring education to disadvantaged communities

In Ghana, remote teachers bring education to disadvantaged communities | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it

Making Ghanaian Girls Great is a program that's delivering expert education from the country's capital to remote places using virtual teaching in the classroom.


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8 Quotes from African Women Entrepreneurs at the CUNY Young African Leadership Symposium

8 Quotes from African Women Entrepreneurs at the CUNY Young African Leadership Symposium | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
Mary Olushoga, Founder of the AWP Network moderated the women's panel at the 2014 CUNY Young African Leadership Symposium, which took place at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. On the panel...

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How African women can bag huge business contracts  

How African women can bag huge business contracts    | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
It is not news that the place of the African woman in the society is slowly transforming. Exit the all-time housewife, enter the corporate woman. But with the status comes immense responsibility. N...

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20 African women with powerful and inspiring voices

20 African women with powerful and  inspiring voices | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
Applause Africa - Claiming Ownership of Our Stories

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WOMEN MAKERS: Renata Black, Social Entrepreneur

WOMEN MAKERS: Renata Black, Social Entrepreneur | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
Renata Black shares her path from Colombia to microfinance and how she applies a different spin to empowerment through lingerie.

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10 Single Mom Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Business Advice

10 Single Mom Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Business Advice | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
These single mothers, all of whom run successful companies, have learned critical lessons about building a business while raising a family.

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My Africa: The competing visions of Africa's future - BBC News

My Africa: The competing visions of Africa's future - BBC News | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
The BBC's Alan Kasujja returns to his native Uganda to meet the young entrepreneurs aiming to create a "new" Africa - while still dealing with the "old".
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Moving beyond the challenges of the old Africa, charging forward relentlessly.  

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Pride: ZEEPAY win at the 1776 Challenge Cup Accra Start Up Competition

Pride: ZEEPAY win at the 1776 Challenge Cup Accra Start Up Competition | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
1776 Challenge Cup Accra is a global initiative that brings 135 startups from around the world to pitch on a global platform in Washington DC in the Summer of 2016.
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So proud of my mentor Andrew he has been working diligently on this project and its coming to life.

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Meet Banke Kuku, The Queen of Colour

Meet Banke Kuku, The Queen of Colour | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
Ventures Africa Meet Banke Kuku, The Queen of Colour Ventures Africa But Banke Kuku, a Nigerian-born fashion entrepreneur has been fascinated with knitting since she was five, subsequently growing such passion to become one of Africa's inspiring...

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Executive education: Caroline Mutoko on why entrepreneurs and business leaders should go back to school

Executive education: Caroline Mutoko on why entrepreneurs and business leaders should go back to school | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
Insight into business in Africa

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Pitching the Africa opportunity to international investors at EBAN Winter University

Pitching the Africa opportunity to international investors at EBAN Winter University | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
For the first time ever, early-stage investors from Africa and the Middle East will join their European colleagues as they gather to exchange best practices and create cross-border investment opportunities in the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial economies. The European Business Angel Network (EBAN) Winter University Conference in Helsinki will bring together top notch angels from across the world including Tomi Davies (Lagos Angels), David Rose (Gust/Rose Ventures), Jenny Tooth (UK Angels), Peter Jungen (German Angels) and Abdulmalek Al-Jaber (Middle East Angel Network), together with European Crowd Funding Network President Oliver Gajda. This year’s event will focus on celebrating and creating “Success Stories” and inspiring “Cross-Border and Cross-Continent Business Angel Investment and Exits”.  VC4Africa’s David van Dijk explains: “The Helsinki event will be a great platform to present African investment opportunities to an audience of international angel investors!  We will have an Africa session to talk about the developments in our space and we look forward to connect with European Angels considering the African opportunity.” The Winter University Conference will also see the foundation of the first pan-African Business Angel Network: ABAN. The formation of a pan-African network of angel investors was one of the topics discussed at the Investor Summit VC4Africa organized in Lagos as part of DEMO Africa 2014. The European Business Angel Network (EBAN) joined the Lagos event and are now inviting the founding members of ABAN to the Winter University Conference in Helsinki. What is ABAN? The 5 founding pillars of ABAN are: - Setting professional standards, training, and…
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Startup IroFit finds investment via VC4Africa & closes USD 600K seed round!

Startup IroFit finds investment via VC4Africa & closes USD 600K seed round! | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
Congrats to the IroFit team for finding investment via VC4Africa and today closing their USD 600K seed round!! Nigerian-Finnish internet-free mobile payment startup IroFit has raised USD 600K in seed funding from a group of investors including leading Nordic early-stage VC firm Inventure, major Finnish payments industry software development company Solinor, and Nigeria based industry expert and angel investor Rasheed Olaoluwa. "The angel investor from Nigeria, Rasheed Olaoluwa, found us through our VC4Africa venture profile, then reached out to us", says Omoniyi Olawale, IroFit’s Founder and CEO. "He was the first investor we got in the group. So that says something about the impact VC4Africa is making." IroFit is one of the 40 startups that was selected to pitch their new products at DEMO Africa two months ago. Investor Rasheed Olaoluwa was present as one of the speakers at the DEMO Africa event in Lagos, Nigeria. IroFit builds a mobile card payment system that allows merchants to accept card payments without an internet connection. They provides a seamlessly integrated mobile platform for small businesses to accept card payments and organize growing operations: all with a mobile app and an EMV-certified card reader. It also provides support for small business management tools - sales analytics, accounting, inventory management, CRM, loyalty management, and payroll support. One of the company's unique selling point is that the proprietary technology works even in areas with no Internet connection, uniquely positioning IroFit to serve merchants in fast-growing emerging markets. Founded in 2014 in Finland, IroFit has already won multiple awards for their innovative technology and service design. In addition…
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| What startups may come: a look at Silicon Savannah in Kenya

| What startups may come: a look at Silicon Savannah in Kenya | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
“How would you like to pay?”, a cashier at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport asks me. “M-Pesa or cash?” she continues as I try to gather my thoughts. And then it hits me — this is Kenya, where mobile payment works and is everywhere. This is Africa’s hub of innovation. The technology ecosystem here works [...]
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10 young women entrepreneurs of africa

These women have done what it takes to be at top. Do you see yourself next in the list?


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African Dream: Lorna Rutto's business advice

African Dream: Lorna Rutto's business advice | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
Lorna Rutto, an entrepreneur who founded a Nairobi-based company that recycles plastic waste, shares her tips for business success.

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Arunma Oteh Named West African Business Woman of the Year

Arunma Oteh Named West African Business Woman of the Year | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
The CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards [AABLA] just honored Arunma Oteh, Director General at Nigeria's Securities and Exchange Commission as the 2014 West African Business Woman of the ...

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Lessons from Silicon Valley: What I and other female tech entrepreneurs can learn from the US

Lessons from Silicon Valley: What I and other female tech entrepreneurs can learn from the US | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
Tech firm leader Debbie Wosskow came back from the US more aware than ever that British self-deprecation hinders business development

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Spotlight on Women Leaders: YWCA CEO Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron

Spotlight on Women Leaders: YWCA CEO Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron | Entrepreneurship in Africa | Scoop.it
Few organizations are lucky enough to survive for a year. Yet even after more than 150 years, the YWCA remains a powerful force in the U.S., operating in 46 states.

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