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The future of work and the pivotal role of youth entrepreneurship in Africa

By Melissa Mbazo – Ekpenyong The “Future of Work” refers to changes occurring within current socio-economic; workplace and workforce systems, affecting both present and future functioning of these ecosystems. It…

Where does the fourth industrial revolution leave very young African entrepreneurs?

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…

Selecting Future Entrepreneurs: Insights from the Allan Gray Orbis Ecosystem Forum

Entrepreneurship programs face an ongoing challenge of selecting the best candidates as beneficiaries, whilst balancing that with a need to produce results that prove a return on the investments they…

Developing an Entrepreneurial Culture: Who is Responsible?

Over the past 40 years, the global narrative and outlook on Africa’s potential for economic growth have dramatically changed. Historically, countries in post-independent Africa encountered a range of internal struggles…

In Conversation with Claudia Makwela: My Experiences Parenting a Young Entrepreneur

Editor’s interview with Claudia Makwela, mother to Ntando Makwela, a 15-year-old author, motivational speaker, and co-founder of Molo Africa, an initiative to strengthen youth involvement, tourism, and arts on the…

Creating Shared Value is a Leadership Imperative

Three lessons on Shared Value from the African Leadership Academy Africa Shared Value Summit Pre-Event Dinner with Prof. Mark Kramer of Harvard Business School. The attendees included Anzisha Prize Fellows,…

How My Parents Enabled My Entrepreneurial Journey

by Thokoza Mjo, Founder, Beyond the Lemonade Stand My entrepreneurial journey began a while ago. I perhaps did not see it that way at the time. When I was in…

What Parents Should Know About Young Entrepreneurship

by Danie Jacobs. Parents should focus on enhancing the entrepreneurial mindset in their children — a skill that is increasingly important as young people must become less dependent on the…

Parents: The Forgotten Players in the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

The Entrepreneurship”Ecosystem” is defined as the individuals, organizations, or institutions that are outside the individual entrepreneur, that are either conducive or prohibitive to their entrepreneurial activities. The players often referred…

Young African Entrepreneurs and the Next 6000 Days.

Africa will need to massively and rapidly scale up its investment in entrepreneurial youth if it is to have a chance to seize the demographic opportunity – time is running…

5 Critical Lessons for Supporting Youth Entrepreneurs and Leaders Through Movements

The Graca Machel Trust hosted a gathering of youth support organizations from across Africa exploring how to build impactful support structures for youth. In our view, parents, educators and passionate…

Finding a space between poverty alleviation and high growth– a model for youth enterprise development in South Africa

by Jocelyn Smith Adapted from dissertation submitted to School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand in fulfillment of MM-Dissertation, March 2018. Introduction Interventions promoting youth entrepreneurship in South Africa assume…

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