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Meet 12 brilliant African entrepreneurs under 22

Meet 12 brilliant African entrepreneurs under 22 | Private Equity | Scoop.it
Africa, where 70% of the population is under the age of 30, is buzzing with business ideas -- but who are the continent's top young entrepreneurs?

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The new crop of African Entrepreneurs, it is in their DNA 

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Is Social Impact Investing The Next Venture Capital?

Is Social Impact Investing The Next Venture Capital? | Private Equity | Scoop.it
In late August, mobile security company Lookout raised $150 million in venture capital, taking advantage of the surging demand for cybersecurity products that had already attracted nearly $900 million in VC funding in the first half of the year.

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Paul Collier: Unlocking Private Finance For African Infrastructure

Paul Collier: Unlocking Private Finance For African Infrastructure | Private Equity | Scoop.it
Oxford development economist Paul Collier discusses the need for additional infrastructure investment in Africa and how to fund it.

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What Tech Hubs Are Getting Wrong in Africa (and How to Fix It)

What Tech Hubs Are Getting Wrong in Africa (and How to Fix It) | Private Equity | Scoop.it

“In a post about Africa's growing tech hub community, researcher Dan Evans (whose work we've covered previously), writes: "Based on the maturity and business viability of many of the small tech firm...”


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How the rise in corporate venture capital can close Africa’s 100 billion US dollar finance gap for SMEs

How the rise in corporate venture capital can close Africa’s 100 billion US dollar finance gap for SMEs | Private Equity | Scoop.it
This article by Tara Sabre Collier originally appeared on NextBillion and is published with permission.  If GE, the fourth biggest company in the world, is willing to bet on local SMEs in Africa, it could potentially catalyze other large companies,...

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A new report we like "Pension Funds and Private Equity Unlocking Africas Potential"


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The State of Financial Services in Africa: An Industry Snapshot - AFKInsider

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The State of Financial Services in Africa: An Industry Snapshot
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Financial services is indeed a hot investment area, and one that is particularly dear to private equity firms operating in Africa.

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British businesses urged to tap on Africa potential - Daily News

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British businesses urged to tap on Africa potential
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THE UK Minister for Africa, Mr Mark Simmonds, has challenged British companies to look at Africa as a continent of enormous investment opportunities.

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Trading Africa Summit - Investing in Africa: listed or private equity?

Critical comparison between listed and private equity. Review. Outlook. Speaker: Rory Ord, Head of RisCura Fundamentals, RisCura, South Africa.

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Pensions & Sovereign Funds Investment in Africa - Africa Pensions & Sovereign Funds Investment Forum

Pensions & Sovereign Funds Investment in Africa - Africa Pensions & Sovereign Funds Investment Forum | Private Equity | Scoop.it
#APSFIF Runa Alam, Co-Founder & CEO, Development Partners Intl. to deliver a keynote on Private Equity in Africa http://t.co/687uPA3R0M

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'Boom time in Africa' says private equity leader at Franco-African foundation launch

'Boom time in Africa' says private equity leader at Franco-African foundation launch | Private Equity | Scoop.it

Very INTERVIEW - Entrepreneurs and financiers gathered in Paris on Tuesday for the launch of the Franco-African Foundation for Growth. The initiative aims to re-energise links between private sector...


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Digital Entrepreneurship in Kenya 2014

Digital Entrepreneurship in Kenya 2014 | Private Equity | Scoop.it
If you haven’t travelled to Africa lately, you may not be aware that a mobile evolution is occurring. Not only are more and more people owning phones and accessing mobile services, but developers a...
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How to Expand a Small Business When You Don't Get Paid on Time - Businessweek

How to Expand a Small Business When You Don't Get Paid on Time - Businessweek | Private Equity | Scoop.it
How to Expand a Small Business When You Don't Get Paid on Time
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Question: My father is planning on retiring and he wants me to help him grow his dump truck business.
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5 Things to Do Before Saying 'I Do' to a Business Partner

5 Things to Do Before Saying 'I Do' to a Business Partner | Private Equity | Scoop.it
When you meet a potential partner your personalities may click and your goals may be identical, but to have a successful relationship, clarity is key.

 

As an entrepreneur, you may at some point consider getting a business partner or co-founder. Maybe you miss working with a larger team that complements your skills, or perhaps you are trying to broaden your market or expand your clientele. Whatever your motive, you should know that business partnerships always start with excitement, but have the potential to end tumultuously. When forming a business partnership -- just like a marriage -- there are certain key steps to take at the beginning that will help in the transition if your professional relationship should end.

1. Perform due diligence. Yes, everyone is fun over cocktails, but when the time comes to sign contracts and do business, you’d better be sober and confident you’re shaking the right hand. Asking for referrals about a potential partner goes beyond contacting common friends and asking their opinions. Call former partners and business associates, inquire with clients, read comments on their social media pages and look them up on Google. (Keep reading way past page one of the search results.)

By the time you’re done, you should be able to name anyone who dislikes them -- from their first high-school enemy to their latest unhappy client. Only then will you be able to either take a calculated risk or a major step back.

2. Make sure you lawyer up. If the legal fees in the beginning of a business relationship don’t make you wince, then you’re doing something wrong. When you partner with other people, every aspect of the business relationship should be put down in writing --  including the goals for the company, duties and responsibilities of the partners and an exit strategy. Every sentence of a contract -- no matter how innocuous -- should be looked at by a lawyer. Since tax laws can be tricky, have your accounts receivable/payable arrangements scrutinized by an accountant.

3. Ensure you have exit strategy. Ending your business partnership is the last thing you want to think about when you are beginning one. It is similar to thinking about divorce on your wedding day, but you should have a plan. The business exit strategy should include several legal points including the division of the business assets and how the partner's portion of the business will be handled in case of death.

4. Protect yourself. One of the smartest moves you can make is to protect your personal assets in case of a lawsuit. Whether you choose to incorporate or become an LLC, the top benefit will be shielding your savings, home, car and even your favorite pair of Louboutins from any liabilities associated with the business.

5. Protect your brand. Joining forces with a partner takes a lot of energy, and chances are that somewhere down the line you will lose your focus. Working for a common goal within a new team is really exciting but merging forces does not necessarily mean merging identities. Don’t lose sight of who you are. If part of the original business plan is to maintain your brand, make sure it doesn’t suffer while you’re giving all your time and energy to your new endeavor. 

When you meet a potential partner, your personalities may click and your goals may be identical but to have a successful relationship, clarity is key. The more precautions you take in the beginning, the happier and more productive you will be later on. And the day you see that the team you’ve tried to build has become nothing more that a group of people looking in different directions, then it’s time to part ways and move on.

 

 

 

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Africa Family-Owned Businesses An Opportunity For Private Equity Investors - AFKInsider

Africa Family-Owned Businesses An Opportunity For Private Equity Investors - AFKInsider | Private Equity | Scoop.it
Africa Family-Owned Businesses An Opportunity For Private Equity Investors
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African entrepreneurs are the buzz. Private equity sees these savvy developers and thinkers as potential partners.

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EY - Africa attractiveness survey 2014

EY - Africa attractiveness survey 2014 | Private Equity | Scoop.it

“The perception of Africa as an investment region has improved dramatically, with Sub-Saharan Africa showing encouraging development. Read our 2014 Africa Attractiveness survey.”


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What Tech Hubs Are Getting Wrong in Africa (and...

What Tech Hubs Are Getting Wrong in Africa (and... | Private Equity | Scoop.it
“In a post about Africa's growing tech hub community, researcher Dan Evans (whose work we've covered previously), writes: "Based on the maturity and business viability of many of the small tech firm...” (What Tech Hubs Are Getting Wrong in #Africa...

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Carlyle Co-CEO Sees Africa Private Equity ‘Explosion’

Carlyle Co-CEO Sees Africa Private Equity ‘Explosion’ | Private Equity | Scoop.it
Carlyle Group LP Co-Chief Executive officer David Rubenstein said the private-equity industry “will take off” in Africa as his company and Blackstone Group LP backed energy partnerships with the continent’s richest person.

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African Development Partners II nearly at $500m target | AltAssets Private Equity News

African Development Partners II nearly at $500m target | AltAssets Private Equity News | Private Equity | Scoop.it
African Development Partners II nearly at $500m target (African Development Partners II nearly at $500m target: The second Africa-focused fund from Development Partne...

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The Beginners Guide to AIFMD (for non-EU fund managers) @avca_africa

The Beginners Guide to AIFMD (for non-EU fund managers) @avca_africa | Private Equity | Scoop.it
Cindy Valentine and Gregg Beechey provide an outline of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD)

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Africa's Economy - New York Times

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Africa's Economy
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Africa's recent economic performance is impressive, but major obstacles remain. African governments lack political will, while the landscape of international institutions is crowded and confused.

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Profiting from poverty: Do some companies benefit from twisted images of Africa?

Profiting from poverty: Do some companies benefit from twisted images of Africa? | Private Equity | Scoop.it
Dayo Olopade says some for-profit companies leverage the existence of poverty as a clever marketing tactic.

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Private Equity in Africa 2014

Private Equity in Africa 2014 | Private Equity | Scoop.it
We are pleased to present the sixth FT and EMPEA Private Equity in Africa Summit. October 15, in London. The details: http://t.co/6Qv0NS5pli

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Entrepreneurship Bill Moves to Governor's Desk - Inside Indiana Business (press release)

Entrepreneurship Bill Moves to Governor's Desk - Inside Indiana Business (press release) | Private Equity | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurship Bill Moves to Governor's Desk
Inside Indiana Business (press release)
A bill to streamline several state entrepreneurship initiatives is awaiting Governor Mike Pence's signature.
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The Art and Science of Entrepreneurship

What is entrepreneurship and why is it so important to business, education, and government during this decade? Can it be taught and learned? Stanford Profess...
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