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When women entrepreneurs start talking and collaborating - good things happen! Join our community and start a conversation today. Every woman has something valuable to contribute.
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INSPIRATION & ADVICE
"Think big. It’s easier to think big than it is to think small."
- Margaret Hirsch is one half of a dynamic husband and wife duo that founded Hirsch's Homestores. Back in 1979, as a secretary, together with her husband Allan, then an appliance repair man, they unwittingly became entrepreneurs who went on to build an appliance, electronics and furnishing retail empire. Today, Hirsch's Homestores is the largest independently owned appliance and electronics business in Southern Africa, with seventeen branches and concept stores spread throughout South Africa.
"Speak to other women in your industry, speak to industry experts, and find mentors who have knowledge on all aspects of business. Ask your family to be honest about your business idea and not worry too much about hurting your feelings. Be coachable. Know how to pitch your business in 1 minute and stop making excuses about your 'small' business, all empires started off small."
- Tania Reid is the founder of ithemba Office Solutions in South Africa, a company that has positioned itself to be the Business Concierge of choice to corporates within Johannesburg, South Africa. Tania has over 17 years of sales experience in office automation, stationery and consumables. She has garnered awards and gained certification from the likes of HP and Xerox and also won the opportunity to represent the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in Australia.
IMAGE OF THE DAY
They say that a picture says a thousand words, and we couldn't agree more. In the world of Lionesses of Africa, we celebrate women's entrepreneurship in all its forms on the continent, and we love the powerful images that conjure up the spirit of women-led startups and the products and services they create. Each Monday to Friday, we feature a striking 'Image of the Day' celebrating the work, or a moment in the life of, a talented African woman entrepreneur. Enjoy!
'Image of the Day Gallery' monthly eBook. Click to view.
IN FOCUS THIS MONTH - AFRICA'S WOMEN JEWELLERY DESIGNERS
FEATURED '100 LIONESSES'
MEET & LEARN FROM AFRICA'S LEADING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
The 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit has just met in Silicon Valley with over 700 mainly young entrepreneurs from 170 countries descending on Stanford University for the event. On the agenda was networking with Silicon Valley’s elite, private mentoring sessions, idea pitching to local investors, and master classes on product brainstorming, angel investing, and building startup ecosystems. President Obama in his keynote speech told the delegates: ”The world needs your creativity and your energy and your vision. You are going to be what helps this process of global integration work. The world works better when people are networking, trading, and sharing ideas.” The United States has always used economics to build relationships and advance its interests. What’s new here is the focus on entrepreneurship, with the country seeking to stimulate a new generation of entrepreneurs across the globe who can both generate prosperity for their countries and imagine new solutions to a range of global problems, from public health to climate change—problems which, when left unsolved, often spark strife. It’s a rallying call for young entrepreneurs to take the lead and help to make the world a more sustainable and better place.
THE BOOK PROJECT
Lionesses of Africa is a celebration of some of the most inspirational women entrepreneurs on the African continent, each with a unique story to tell and experiences to share. Some of these 'lionesses' are well known, instantly recognisable names and brands in the world of business and industry in Africa and globally. Others may not be household names yet, but are equally an inspiration due to their stories, their tenacity, their imagination, their triumph over adversity, and the indelible mark they have made in the world of business and social entrepreneurship. Lionesses of Africa is being written to recognise and applaud each of these women entrepreneurs on the continent, to celebrate their achievements, and to inspire new generations of future women entrepreneurs in Africa.
Lionesses of Africa is due to be published in 2016 - watch this space for more details.......