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By Daniel Mpala Young business leaders who attended the Africa Economic Conference in December, have called on governments to take them seriously and recognise their role as engines of growth. In a statement by the African Development Bank (AfDB), young African entrepreneurs present at the conference — which was from 2 to 4 December in Sharm el-Sheik,…

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By Daniel Mpala Young entrepreneurs are just not getting the support they need — despite the incorporation of the subject in school curriculum, argues Youth Enterprise Exchange Programme (YEEP) Africa founder Alesimo Mwanga. “There is very little investment directed at supporting the pipeline growth of startups in South Africa, particularly at that age,” said Mwanga,…

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In this article we explore the level to which the industrialization agenda aligns with both the industries and capabilities of very young entrepreneurs (15-22). The argument presented here is that industrialization does not offer an opportunity for this segment of entrepreneurs to add immediate value in and thrive. This exploration aims to open up a…

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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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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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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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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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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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