There is an abundance of free information online, almost too much. Many entrepreneurs fall victim to information overload. Regardless of what business you own, you can benefit from the free or less expensive tools and technologies from the start. Author and entrepreneur, Beth Malatji, founder of Wealth Ladder Magazine, has some great tips in her new book The Bootstrapper’s Lifesaving Hacks.Read More
When you decide to start your own business, there are various legalities that you will need to take into account – below is a simple checklist of factors you may need to consider.Read More
You know that feeling, when you are watching a sports match featuring your favourite team, and they are on a winning streak - it feels like everything is possible - leagues can be won, trophies can be lifted, coaches and players become heroes. It’s the same in the world of entrepreneurship. When a business starts to take off and it is doing well, when hard-fought contracts are won, cashflow is actually flowing, and employees feel pride in working for the business and brand, life as an entrepreneur feels good - winning feels good! Yet we all know that it takes incredible hard work, guts and determination, and bags of self belief to get to this point. Just as on the sports pitch, it’s a wonderful feeling to be on that winning streak and there is no doubt that it feels easier to solve day to day challenges when business is trending in the positive direction. The trick is to keep the momentum going when you hit the inevitable bumps in the road that will come along. Not every major sports team wins every match every time, and coaches know that a team is only as good as it’s last match. So in business the lesson is to ride with the good times and build up positive momentum that will last when times get tough.Read More
Doing what is right....
"To all social entrepreneurs who are looking to make a difference, whether they are in Africa or in the rest of the world, your work is very important. Social entrepreneurship is needed to take care of a lot of the challenges that we have in developing countries. Social entrepreneurs are patient, sensitive and they have a strong sense of doing what is right to fix the problem. So, hang in there, your work is needed."
- Chinwe Ohajuruka is the founder and CEO of Comprehensive Design Services in Nigeria. Chinwe is a US-based architect who splits her time between the US & Nigeria working on sustainable housing development projects. She is a passionate champion of green building solutions for Africa and she engineers and builds affordable green houses that are both energy and resource-efficient. Chinwe was selected as the Sub-Saharan laureate of the 2015 Cartier Women's Awards.Read More
“There is a link between increasing connectivity and GDP. If you increase broadband by 10%, it corresponds to 1,163% increase in GDP. Investment in connectivity is worthwhile. We've only got 15.6% penetration of the internet in Africa – there is so much more to do.”
- Juliana Rotich is a technologist, strategic advisor, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker. Juliana co-founded Ushahidi Inc., a non-profit tech company, which specializes in developing free and open source software for changing how information flows in the world. She is also Executive Director of BRCK.org, a not for profit affiliate of BRCK Inc. for deploying reliable technology for the edges of society, and advocating for internet access and literacy. She drives partnerships for tackling social problems through connectivity and appropriate technology.Read More
Follow your intuition.....
"It is the strength of women that puts us in a much better position than a lot of men - we are more sensitive towards our work, which means that we really understand our market spaces. So it is all about believing in what you do, not being afraid to stand out, standing up for what you want, and following your intuition."
- Agata Karolina is the founder of House of Gozdawa, a small batch perfumery company founded in Cape Town in 2015, dedicated to creating high quality epicene scents, following a strict production utilising only natural essential oils and carriers. Each scent is personally developed by Agata, a design initiator and curator who studied Contextual Design Masters at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2009 before returning to Cape Town to pursue her passion for perfumery and natural scents.Read More
"Nothing succeeds without hard work when following one’s dream of starting your own business."
- Ally Angula is a qualified charted accountant and co-founder of Leap Holdings, a group of companies involved in the growing of fresh produce, garment manufacturing and retail in Namibia. She is also the founder of My Republik Brand, Namibia’s first locally designed, manufactured and retailed clothing brand with a flagship store situated in the Grove Mall in Windhoek's Kleine Kuppe suburb. She currently serves as non-executive director for Old Mutual Life Assurance (Namibia) and Rio Tinto's Rossing Uranium mine in Namibia. Ally was chosen as a Desmond Tutu Fellowship programme Associate in April 2013 and was one of two Namibian entrepreneurs selected to attend the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by US President Barack Obama in Kenya.Read More
“If we can help to include more women in the ecosystem, we will see a much broader range of solutions coming out of it, that address issues at all levels of our economy,”
- Aisha Pandor is the co-founder and CEO of SweepSouth, a South African startup who provide a convenient way to book home cleaning services online from a phone, laptop or tablet, connecting clients to cleaners in minutes. Aisha is passionate about process engineering, science and technology. She has been recognised as a Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans in 2012, and with a SA Women in Science Award. She is a former molecular geneticist.Read More
"I encourage women, especially the young women to come up with innovative products and services and deviate from engaging in "traditional" entrepreneurial opportunities."
- Helen Njoroge is co-founder of Tenders Kenya, a digital platform that provides information on the latest procurement opportunities in Kenya for women and young entrepreneurs. The government of Kenya in 2013 reserved 30% of all government tenders for women, youth and persons with disabilities. With many procurement systems online, Tenders Kenya offers a digital and cost effective and efficient channel where all entrepreneurs, and more so the youth in Kenya, can access all procurement opportunities, and not only government but also private sector opportunities.Read More
“Be flexible enough to shift your business strategy and focus on new markets when existing ones become less lucrative. Rigidity, fear and ego are all factors that contribute to entrepreneurs sticking to their guns even when they know the battleground has changed."
- Nelia Annandale is founder of Keedo Kids a company she launched in 1993 to manufacture designer children’s clothing in a socially responsible and ethical manner. Nelia blends imagination, comfort and style with vibrant colour and exceptional quality, and the brand has grown to be one of the leading children’s clothing manufacturers in South Africa and now exports to 16 countries across the globe. It took a life-threatening skiing accident for South African born Nelia Annandale to overcome her fear of starting a business. Although she had a happy life and was set in a good routine with her husband and two year old twins, the near fatal accident forced her to take stock of her life - Keedo Kids emerged from that new focus.Read More
"All the experiences I have had, have made me into the strong woman I have become. It was a journey I needed to take to be the leader that I am. All the good and bad experiences, I take them as they come."
- Johanna Mukoki is the co-founder of Travel with Flair, a company she started 18 years ago with her two partners. She started with only 3 employees and one office in Pretoria. Currently her company employs 800 staff country wide and they have offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. She is the first person from the African continent to sit on the Global Tourism Board (ACTE) - Association of Corporate Travel Executives where she represented the Middle East and Africa.Read More
"Seek out mentors and skilled expertise. And, be courageous. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it."
- Ana Alecia Lyman is a specialist in value chain development for non-timber forest products. She is the founder and Managing Director of Bio Óleos de Miombo, a company producing high-quality, natural skin care products based in locally available ingredients from the Mozambican landscape. She is also a co-founder of Trichilia Group, a startup focused on bulk processing of indigenous oilseed species for the local and international markets. She has done extensive consulting work in the field, including market research, business plan development and supply chain planning for inclusive business models focused on engaging rural women. For the last three years, Ana Alecia has sat on the Board of Directors for PhytoTrade Africa, the Southern African natural products trade association. She is also a graphic designer with 20 years of professional experience.Read More
"If we support one another, we Kenyans, we Africans, we'll be able to do even bigger than what the multinationals can do."
- Tabitha Karanja is founder and CEO of Keroche Breweries. She is one of Kenya's leading entrepreneurs, a remarkable trailblazer and an example of a woman made good against all the odds. Tabitha chose to venture where none before her had dared. She took on an 87-year-old business monopoly and entered an industry with a deeply entrenched male gender stereotype. Tabitha broke the mould to become Kenya’s first home-grown beer and alcoholic drink manufacturer. Today, her company's state-of-the-art factory produces 10,000 bottles of gin and ready-to-drink vodka, as well as 15,000 bottles of beer per hour.Read More
Following a call for entries through the Lioness Lean In event series, the first Lionesses of Africa Accelerator programme officially launches on 6 December in Johannesburg. 30 women entrepreneurs have been accepted onto the Accelerator Programme, which is powered by Standard Bank, in partnership with Liberty, and held at the SB Incubator in Rosebank.Read More
The ability to build a high potential, high growth business with a sustainable heart is one that entrepreneur, Ana Alecia Lyman, founder of Bio Óleos de Miombo and Grupo Trichilia, has in huge amounts. Her vision to create world-class products that celebrate the sustainable natural resources of Mozambique and create a much needed value chain from community to consumer, is one that is making the world sit up and take notice.Read More
In her new book Female Innovators at Work: Women on Top of Tech, Danielle Newnham, leading tech writer and serial entrepreneur writes about the experiences of female innovators and entrepreneurs. She highlights the varied life and career stories of a number of leading women role models in the tech industry, all of which constitute an inspirational book for women looking to make their mark in STEM and tech entrepreneurship.Read More
Multi-award winning co-founder of South African retail giant, Hirsch’s, Margaret Hirsch, together with her husband co-founder Alan Hirsch, were announced as finalists in this year’s EY World Entrepreneur Awards South Africa this week. They were recognized for their incredible achievements as entrepreneurs and major brand builders in the prestigious Master Category of the Awards.Read More
November was an exciting month for Lionesses of Africa, a rapidly growing network of 250,000 women entrepreneurs on the African continent, as it officially launched in Maputo, Mozambique with the first Lioness Lean In Breakfast Event in the country. The event, which was held on the morning of 17 November 2016, was powered by Standard Bank in partnership with Shell and held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the city.Read More
Imagine your business was a person… What would she look like? How would she talk? What would she say? Which words would she use? Would she talk passionately, using casual language? Or would she employ a more classical and formal tone? Why would people engage with her in conversation? Would she behave consistently and therefor build rapport and trust with others?Read More