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Coming from a family of entrepreneurs helped me get started, say cosmetics retailer

Coming from a family of entrepreneurs helped me get started, say cosmetics retailer By Daniel Mpala Switch Beauty founder 19-year-old South African Rabia Ghoor grew up surrounded by siblings and a father who were all entrepreneurs. She founded her e-commerce website which specialises in cosmetics at the age of 14. Ghoor (pictured above) says coming from…

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Meet the young entrepreneur behind Vmedkit, the Nigerian startup backed by Facebook

By Daniel Mpala At 22 years old, Nigerian Emmanuel Okon is one of a few African innovators whofounded a startup that’s gone on to get backing from Silicon Valley social media giant Facebook. Okon (pictured above) co-founded Lagos-based Vmedkit last year. The medtech startup’s founding team includes Philip Igboba, clinical psychologist Feyisetan Oluwatoyosi, as well as Jimoh…

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Are you a young aspiring African entrepreneur? Try one of these programmes

By Daniel Mpala For Ghanaian tech entrepreneur Mohammed Sylla taking part in Stars From All Nations’ (SFAN)ReadyForWork programme has helped him make some important changes to his IT consultancy and web development business El Jay Creatives. “These changes included establishing a proper effective communication guide, critical and design thinking on our projects as well as general organisational…

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Winning business awards helps provide traction, publicity for student entrepreneurs

By Daniel Mpala From gaining traction, publicity to getting new clients, the inaugural edition of South Africa’s EDHE National Entrepreneurship Intervarsity competition finals have given some of the winners a boost with their respective businesses. Last month, four student entrepreneurs Musa Maluleka, Penang Shirindza, Denislav Marinov and Mvelo Hlope emerged the winners of the inaugural…

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Looking to enter school or university business competitions? Try these

By Daniel Mpala For some experts, like ThreeArrows Impact Partner founder and partner Sawa Nakagawa, pitching competitions are a good way to gain experience presenting to investors. And as Rekindle Learning founder and chair Rapelang Rabana pointed out in an earlier article, competitions can be useful when it comes to building relationships and getting exposure. Entrepreneurship competitions can also help…

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Is Africa’s education curriculum too rigid to support young entrepreneurs?

By Daniel Mpala Is the education curriculum currently in use in schools across Africa too rigid to support aspirant young entrepreneurs? About 35 participants at an Anzisha Scenario workshop, which was held earlier this month in Abidjan, seem to think so. The event which was hosted by iHub on 7 October included educators, incubators who…

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Are young Africans getting access to entrepreneurial training early enough?

By Daniel Mpala How soon after they start school should African youth be taught about entrepreneurship? Junior Achievement Africa CEO Elizabeth Bintliff (pictured above) says young Africans are not getting access to skills that will enable them to become entrepreneurs early enough. “Most business education starts at tertiary education level and less than 10% of Africa’s youth…

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