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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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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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Award-winning teacher calls for curriculum revamp to prepare learners for business world

By Daniel Mpala African governments must make the way commerce subjects are taught at school more practical for learners — to better equip them for the world of business. So says Kirsty Tromp an accounting and business studies teacher and head of entrepreneurship at Cape Town’s Springfield Convent. Tromp (pictured above, middle with Allan Gray’s Suzanne…

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NYDA grant helped grow my sales by over 15% says entrepreneur

By Daniel Mpala Thanks to a R38 000 grant from the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) her company received last year, Nathi Lena has been able to grow sales at her marketing business by 15% to 20%. Lena (pictured above) runs Port Elizabeth based Clockworks Branding which provides graphic and web design services and branded marketing material like t-shirts, signage…

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How I confronted ‘black tax’ as a young entrepreneur

By Daniel Mpala Every month black professionals must deal with the stress of taking care of the financial needs of not only their immediate but also extended family, in what’s come to be termed the “black tax”. How does a young entrepreneur who is trying to build a company deal with this? Signature Rising Technologies founder Heather…

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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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