"Know in your heart there is always a way to succeed. There is always a way to make things work.”
Bernie de Le Cuona, founder of de Le CuonaRead More
Focus on the product....
Brenda Katwesigye, founder of Wazi Vision (Uganda)Read More
Meet Dr. Victoria Kisyombe who is the founder and CEO of SELFINA, a company in Tanzania that provides micro-leasing to mostly widows and young girls. Victoria is a leader who has used innovation, initiative, and determination to empower women in Tanzania to become economically self-sufficient.Read More
At the first Lioness Lean In event to be held in Durban, South Africa, this year, the city’s women entrepreneurs representing businesses both large and in startup phase, gathered for a morning of inspiration, great networking, and story sharing. As always, it was great to be back in the city, seeing like-minded women entrepreneurs sharing their experiences and making important business connections.Read More
Africa has a long tradition of storytelling, and radio provides an effective medium to get those stories to reach key audiences. In Zimbabwe, entrepreneur Ava Tutsi is harnessing the power of radio drama to produce great content that addresses key issues and challenges in today’s society. Her company, Ava Tutsi Productions, is winning many young fans who tune in to hear the inspirational stories it creates.Read More
In the global jewellery and accessory design space, finding your niche and your design style is all important. For Marie-Paule Tan, founder of rising star brand ROKUS LONDON, her inspiration came from her African heritage and her interest in the ancient cultures of the continent.Read More
After there were two suicides of startup founders and the sudden death of a third, Kristin Darga created Impact Founder to do whatever she could to help alleviate the feelings of inadequacy, isolation, stress, depression and suicide among founders by sharing real stories of real entrepreneurs’ struggles and successes. Her book, Impact Founder, tells real stories of entrepreneurs to help all of us understand that we are not alone with the challenges. Through Impact Founder, she is on a mission to make sure another entrepreneur isn’t lost due to isolation, feelings of inadequacy, failure, or for any other reason. Self-doubt is part of life and sometimes entrepreneurs face the issue alone and lose their perspective.Read More
by Nthabiseng Mokone, CA (SA), Tax Practitioner, Wealth Manager & Entrepreneur Owner: MMCP Wealth and MMCP Business Advisory Services
The freedom and flexibility of being self employed comes with its own challenges and risks. These can however be mitigated and when that is taken care of, as an entrepreneur you can say you are truly free. Most entrepreneurs are the business and any chance that they are unable to work, will drastically affect their business. As a self-employed professional, I have first-hand experience in the effects of an illness and trauma on my business.Read More
by Lori Milner: author, entrepreneur, thought leader and founder of Beyond the Dress
There is magic in a morning routine. If you can train yourself to wake up even 30 minutes earlier, you open up a quiet space for yourself when the family are asleep. We find ourselves saying, ‘I don’t have time to think’. This time doesn’t open up for us out of nowhere (unless a meeting suddenly cancels) so we have to carve out a dedicated time in our calendar for the things we want to take ownership of and that truly matters to us. For me, mornings are the best place to do this. Exercise is part of my world and has been for over 25 years. The only time I can get this done is 5:30 before I take my kids to school.Read More
Keep your values….
Annabel Biggar-David, founder of Organico (South Africa)Read More
by Seno Namwandi
Names enable us to identify different people, places, countries and things. Birth certificates, title deeds or other legal arrangements often legitimatize these names. Similarly, business names enable us to identify one enterprise from another. Business names are legitimized through the intellectual property system called trademarks.Read More
Banke Kuku, founder of Banke Kuku Textiles (UK/Nigeria)Read More
You need to be hands-on....
- Wunmi Amokeodo, is the founder of Design for Love in Nigeria, a company that designs and manufactures female apparel and accessories using Ankara and other fabrics that are synonymous with the Nigerian and the African market. Wunmi has successfully run her business for over 10 years having started out by selling fabrics as a sideline 'hustle' before venturing full-time into her passion for creative clothing design and manufacture. Read Wunmi's startup story here.Read More
You need to step out of your comfort zone….
Marjorie Atuhurra, founder of Gejja Women Foundation (Uganda)Read More
Nthabi Taukobong has had a career spanning over 23 years in the interior design industry working on esteemed residential and leisure projects for Presidents, African Royalty, top CEOs, South Africa’s 5 Star Hotel groups, and even the Governor of the Reserve Bank (to name but a few). In her book, The Real Interior, Nthabi reveals the truth about her journey in design and the pitfalls and challenging terrain she had to manoeuvre herself through, determined for a clearer, more forgiving way and understanding of her chosen field.Read More
Monica Musonda is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Java Foods, a food processing company based in Zambia. Monica's vision is to revolutionize the eating habits of the youth market by offering them affordable and nutritious food options made from local products. Monica is a dual-qualified English solicitor and Zambian advocate with over 15 years of experience in legal practice and corporate management, including being corporate counsel at the International Finance Corporation and for Aliko Dangote of Dangote Industries Limited.Read More