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Millions available to assist South African entrepreneurs

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By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa – AfricanBrains An amount of R400 million has been made available for South African entrepreneurs. And the Cape Town-based Business Partners Limited, a specialist risk finance company for formal small and medium enterprises (SMEs), recently announced the launch of the R400 million Business Partners Limited Venture Fund, one of the largest SME financing funds in SA. According ...

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SA, Zim join forces in small business development

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Pretoria – South Africa and Zimbabwe have signed a statement of intent to boost the support and development of small enterprises and cooperatives in both countries, said the Department of Trade and Industry (dti). Deputy Director-General for broadening participation at the department, Sipho Zikode and the Secretary for Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperatives Development in Zimbabwe, Evelyn Ndlovu, signed ...

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Start-Ups in MENA Region Grow Eight Fold since 2005 with UAE Attracting 17 Per Cent of New Enterprises

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Dubai Internet City and Frost & Sullivan Release Strategic Report on ‘Role of Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in Development of ICT Industry’ UAE Leads Region inGovernmental Initiatives to Promote International Partnerships and Foster Innovation, Network Readiness The number of start-ups in the MENA region increased eight times in 2011 as compared to 2005. Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and ...

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U.S. Department of State Announces Follow-on Training for the African Women Entrepreneurs Program

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The U.S. Department of State and the Vital Voices Global Partnership will conduct follow-on training in Nairobi, Kenya for the 2012 African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumnae, October 15-19, 2012. The workshop will focus on business strategic planning, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), export processes and documentation, and how to build a competitive ...

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Omidyar Network And Monitor Group Reveal Initial Results Of Accelerating Entrepreneurship In Africa Survey

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Entrepreneurship is gaining credibility as a vocation in Africa, but it continues to face significant challenges, according to a new study sponsored by Omidyar Network and conducted by Monitor Group. The “Accelerating Entrepreneurship in Africa” survey found 57% of respondents consider becoming an entrepreneur a desirable career choice. The findings signal the presence of an important condition necessary for high-impact ...

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Middle East and North Africa: Boosting support for women’s entrepreneurship will pay off in jobs and growth, says OECD

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Governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) should create urgently needed jobs for the 2.5 million people entering the labour market each year and improve their policies to encourage women’s entrepreneurship in order to reduce structural unemployment, says a new OECD report. Women in Business: Policies to Support Women’s Entrepreneurship Development in the MENA Region notes that while ...

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Cape Town: Design Indaba Online FilmFest is coming soon

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By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa – AfricanBrains It is the first for DesignIndaba.com According to Design Indaba: “In the spirit of presenting great design content we are excited to introduce the Design Indaba Online FilmFest. “What do two Swedish entrepreneurs, a doctor, a professor and a former businessman from Singapore have in common? They are the creativity and inspiration behind the world-changing ...

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PanAfrican Entrepreneurs Conference Announces Launch – The New Economic Frontier – Global Markets

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The PanAfrican Entrepreneurs Conference (PAEC) president, Kay DeBow, has announced the launch of a new nonprofit global business organization. The first conference convenes in Houston, Texas, during November 15-18, 2012. PAEC’s mission is to create an arena for entrepreneurs and business people within the Black Diaspora to come meet and further business connections. Also, to suggest policy improvement and issue ...

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3 Inspiring South African Entrepreneurs

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By Carol Wilson – AfricanBrains If you’re in the process of studying business, or if you are just now embarking on your business venture, you’re likely just beginning to realize how challenging it is to start and run a successful business or startup. There are so many different obstacles and variables—some that you can control and some that can’t—and sometimes ...

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UK Foreign Secretary arrives in Egypt

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Foreign Secretary William Hague has arrived in Egypt for his first visit since the election of President Mursi. During his visit the Foreign Secretary will meet senior Egyptian politicians including President Mursi and Prime Minister Qandil. He will also meet representatives of the British business community and will address an event for young entrepreneurs. Speaking on arrival the Foreign Secretary ...

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