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StartupBus Africa: Five-Day Hackathon from Harare to Cape Town

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First the US, then Europe and now for the first time a StartupBus tours in Africa Interested entrepreneurs can apply until October 15th Crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to boost financing From 17th to 21st November the first StartupBus tours in Africa, departing in Zimbabwe and setting off to Cape Town, South Africa. 40 Participants, one Bus and one goal: to …

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Entrepreneurship centre for Butterworth students

Industry Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe

A Centre for Entrepreneurship (CEF), which will help to develop local entrepreneurs, has been launched at the King Hintsa FET College for Agriculture in Butterworth, Eastern Cape. Launched by Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe, the centre forms part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s programme to establish platforms with FET colleges to develop local entrepreneurs who will go …

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Innovation on the Agenda – EcoNet Launches EcoFarmer, Zimbabwe Farming Insurance Strategy

Strive Masiyiwa

Entrepreneur Strive Masiyiwa is at the forefront of agricultural modernism in Zimbabwe, one to be commended by the international community. It appears that Africa’s homegrown investors, uniquely corporate actors as opposed to those from the political sect, are leading a charge, exploring niches and market voids yearning to be filled within Africa and individually facilitating a newfound and multifaceted investment …

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Uganda solar lighting- Tripping the light fantastic

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“All that I know about us is that beautiful things never last, that’s why fireflies flash.” Ron Pope (from his poem “Fireflies”) Ugandan hairdresser Claire Kenganzi used to spend UGS 4200 ($2) a week on candles before she discovered a solar-powered product that would literally change her life. The single mother from the Bushenyi district of Uganda, bought a Firefly …

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Elumelu calls on African entrepreneurs to take business to BRICS

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During a panel discussion held at the first BRICS Business Council meeting in Johannesburg this week, African business leader Tony O Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings, (http://www.heirsholdings.com) called on the BRICS business leaders to make room for African entrepreneurs looking to expand their businesses beyond the continent to the BRICS countries. In front of an influential audience  of business leaders …

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Tony O. Elumelu endows The Future Awards Africa Prize for 5 years, hosts African Young Person of the Year honourees

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In another big move, one of Africa’s most influential entrepreneurs, Tony O. Elumelu, CON, has announced a 5-year endowment of The Future Africa Awards prizes. Recognised by the World Bank last year as ‘The Nobel Prize for Young Africans’, The Future Awards Africa, which is in its 8th season, is presented in partnership with the African Union Commission and Microsoft. …

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The Presidency, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Mara Foundation Enter Partnership to Empower Young Entrepreneurs

H.E. Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

Today, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, and Ashish J. Thakkar, founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation, jointly announced their partnership to launch Mara Mentor for supporting young entrepreneurs across Nigeria. The President was represented by his Special Adviser on Youth Empowerment, Ambassador Obinna Adim. As part of Nigeria’s Integrated Youth Economic …

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South Africa: Female entrepreneurs to be honoured

Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Desbo Mohono

Twenty-eight female entrepreneurs, who play a key role in guaranteeing food security for households and job creation in the North West, will battle it out for the Best Female Entrepreneur Award on Friday. The 14th installation of the award ceremony will be held at Mmabatho Convention Centre at 6pm. The annual competition is a partnership between the Department of Agriculture, …

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Transnet initiative to help new entrepreneurs, create jobs

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The newly-launched Transnet Enterprise Development Hub will expand business opportunities for smaller enterprises and new business entrants. Speaking at the launch in Johannesburg, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said the hub will be a “one-stop shop” for entrepreneurs and new players – from registering their businesses to financial support. Transnet, a state-owned company (SOC), will invest over R2 billion in …

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SA: Gauteng to relive 1956 women’s march

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane will lead thousands of women in a 3.5km walk from Tshwane City Hall to the Union Buildings on Friday, August 9 in honour of the women who marched in protest against pass laws in 1956. This year’s Women’s Day marks the 57th anniversary of the historic 1956 women’s march, where 20 000 women marched in protest against …

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