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Appfrica: From bootstrapped to venture capitalist

Jon Gosier

By Marshall Comins – AfricanBrains Appfrica founder and TED Senior Fellow Jon Gosier was once an American lost in Uganda. Now he’s a leading young African technologist and a venture capitalist breathing life into continental start-ups Jon Gosier – Entrepreneur, Investor, Philanthropist, Dataist After graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2003, Philadelphia resident Jon Gosier set …

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Blitz Interview with entrepreneur and venture capitalist Jon Gosier of Apps4Africa

AppAfrica founder Jon Gosier

By Marshall Comins What is the biggest challenge with doing business in Africa? The biggest challenge is not related to finance, politics, health, or infrastructure. The biggest problem is perception – people inside and outside Africa who don’t see Africa as a viable market in which to do business. What is the biggest opportunity in doing business in Africa? It’s …

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Developing Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs

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EXECUTIVE EDUCATION: IMF forecasts predict that seven of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies for the period 2011-2015 will be African. There are two dynamics behind this exceptional growth. First the worldwide boom in commodities, and secondly the value created by a vibrant new generation of African entrepreneurs. Developing the capabilities of these entrepreneurs will be critical to sustaining this growth …

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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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