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Today's Top Entrepreneurship and Business Stories (21 April)

World Bank Group Launches New Program to Support Africa’s Top Digital Entrepreneurs, Restructured African Bank gets ratings upgrade, and more

The Search is On For SA's Inspiring Women in Tech

Inspiring Fifty initiative to shine spotlight on the work of women in the sector

Claire Mawisa On Being A Career Chameleon and How She Does It All

We find out the secrets behind Mawisa's success

What You Can Learn from SA's 'Big Big Dreamer'

The biggest lessons from Miles Kubheka's book for the newbie entrepreneur. PLUS stand a chance to win a copy of the book

Vusi Thembekwayo Sells Majority Share of His Advisory Business to US Partners

Thembekwayo to remain as CEO and chairman of the board of Motiv8

'There Is No Equation For Doing Business in Africa' - Kolawole Olajide

After experiencing a 'flawed' education system, Clock founder, is using technology to build a better one

Bringing The Best Out in Your Labour Staff – Q&A with ClockWork Co-Founders

ClockWork wants to assist with reducing unemployment

How 4AX is Daring To Do What's Never Been Done Before

CEO, Fariyal Mukaddam on the toll and challenges that come with breaking into the financial markets with their stock exchange

6 Awesome Destinations to go to and support your Local Tourism SMEs

Why you should pay these amazing provinces a visit

The Story Behind the Trendy Partnership Between a Local Watch Startup and MINI South Africa

Bamboo Revolution founder, Amy de Castro, shares her 3 biggest lessons learnt from collaborating with big brands

This New Book Offers Advice For Surviving (and Thriving) as an Entrepreneur in SA

Author, Nokwazi Mzobe, didn't have a 'how-to' when she started her own business, so she wrote her own

Digitize Africa 2017 launched

Durban event positioned to be the premier digital gathering on the African continent

Gil Oved - The Charismatic Leader

How this entrepreneur went from underdog to leading Africa's largest marketing agency

Airbnb Empowers Township-based Tourism Businesses

9 women entrepreneurs from Langa provided skills to give tourists a richer, more 'local' experience

Meet Africa's Outdoor Gym King

Tim Hogins on his partnership with government to bring fitness to the masses

SA's Entrepreneurship Levels - Some Good News

South Africa ranks second in Africa, and other highlights from the GEDI report

African Education Entrepreneur is WEF Young Global Leader

Rapelang Rabana is the founder of Rekindle Learning

India's 'Innovation Evangelist' on Creating Digitally Connected, Empowered Citizens

Arvind Gupta on why the outcome and not the technology should be the focus

A look at Old Mutual's initiative to create more black-owned financial brokerages

Two-month incubation programme, Infinitum Initiative, to boost transformation in the financial services sector

The rise of the 'Insta-preneur' in SA

Turning followers into customers

The Tholoana Enterprise Programme wants to transform your business

Initiative focuses on youth, women and rural-based enterprises

Margaret Hirsch is passionate about helping to empower female entrepreneurs

Business woman puts the 'teach a man to fish' philosophy to work

How Virtual Reality is about to change how you market your products

Fuzzy Logic, MD, Jason Ried on the uptake of the tech in SA

'Buying an already profitable timber manufacturing plant was the best decision I made'

Eastern Cape entrepreneur, Thabo Sikukula, took over a timber manufacturing plant - today the business' turnover has grown in excess of 35%

Everything you need to know about government’s new platform for small businesses

Website to open up access to new markets for the many small craft and design businesses in South Africa

The story of a SA tourism app that went global

VoiceMap now offers audio tours in 82 cities in 42 countries

What SME owners need to know about #Budget2017

Top experts on how the budget is likely to affect you

Meet the young startup founder that's banking on fintech

Slippy founder, Anneli Krige Nel, is using her youth and inexperience to her advantage

Become a recession-proof entrepreneur - this is how

Tough times don't last, tough entrepreneurs do, writes Shirley Anthony

10 commandments for creating powerful collaborations with those around you

'Know thyself first' and other quotes on finding the right partnership

City of Cape Town throws its weight behind supporting suppliers to access markets

Western Cape to host its 4th Smart Procurement World/ Enterprise and Supplier Development Expo

Why SA SMEs can expect better prospects in 2017

The current economic environment is more conducive to growth and opportunity than it was a year ago, says Business Partners' Ben Bierman

Facebook surveyed SA small business owners - this is what they found out

Insight in entrepreneurs' confidence levels, international trade and how women-run businesses perceive their business and the economy

5 young entrepreneurs share 5 new ways of thinking about leadership

Lynette Ntuli, Vusi Thembekwayo and other next gen leaders on why you should reconsider your approach to leading your business in 2017

5 trends every SME owner needs to watch out for this year

A positive outlook on a tough year for business, Dr. Yudhvir Seetharam

5 great entrepreneurship podcasts to try in 2017

Why 2017 is the year you should finally get on the podcast bandwagon

10 productivity quotes, tips and tricks to kick-start 2017

Clever ways busy entrepreneurs and small business owners can get the most out of this year

5 tech trends that will dominate 2017 and what SA entrepreneurs can do to take advantage of them

Leading tech strategists on how you too can be on the cutting edge of business technologies in the coming year

7 unique startups that caught our eye in 2017

These entrepreneurs want to change how we do almost everything

The best leadership advice we heard in 2016

What we learnt about trusting your gut, making tough calls and leading for longevity

Some of the best financial advice we picked up in 2016

Some of the best financial advice we picked up this year

8 techpreneurs and the startup lessons they shared with us in 2016

Create MVPs and iterate fast and other insights, advice and tips for every future-focused business

How this African luxury brand is taking advantage of the festive shopping frenzy

Swaady Group founder shares her 5 top strategies to best serve the digital customer during this time of year

Meet the guys looking to create the first eKasi designed home automation system

How these 3 millennial entrepreneurs are hoping to create an entirely new market and why they say the township is where the future lies

The enthusiastic leader

Sage founder, Steven Cohen on getting the best from his people

Bearing witness to Africa's startup revolution

Seedstars' Marcello Schermer on the exciting present and future of the continent's entrepreneurship ecosystem

Benefit from 4 of some of the best business decisions ever made

Trend specialist John Sanei on the changes that could potentially transform your business

Growing entrepreneurship in SA - Top entrepreneurs share their thoughts

Gil Oved, Lebo Gunguluza and other thought leaders on why SA needs a cultural shift to solve some of our biggest challenges

6 leadership truths all entrepreneurs should know

'It's not about you', and other tough lessons to consider

Everything you need to know about SA's family businesses sector

Here is what family business owners are saying about their growth prospects, short-term challenges and the need to professionalise their businesses

5 lessons from 5 entrepreneurs who found success by going against the grain

Find out why creating a personality for the business and building great customer relationships are key to making it in a niche business

Why more entrepreneurs need to adopt a "beginner's mind"

How your business stands to benefit when you approach challenges with a fresh perspective and enthusiasm

The face of young African leadership

How Afua Osei is challenging the status quo and the one big lesson she learnt from US First Lady Michelle Obama

Talking the 6 levels of leadership with Nadir Khamissa

The 2015 EY Southern Africa World Entrepreneur Award winner on why the great ideas actually come from the front lines and the one thing that helps him stay on top of his game

3 thought leaders on the big challenges facing businesses

Advice on how big businesses can compete with disruptive startups, the need to drive innovation and how to adapt in a fast-changing environment

5 advantages of being a small business

Don't seek growth for growth’s sake, writes Gary Turner

More than the money - 13 successful entrepreneurs on what drives them

Powerful quotes on vision, purpose and making a difference

The rise of the artisan entrepreneur in SA – and what it takes to succeed

How these entrepreneurs are pushing the movement towards good food, environmental sustainability and healthy living, writes Steven Cohen

A conversation with 'Black Industrialist' Khudusela Pitje

Founder and CEO of New GX Capital Holdings on his company's 12-year journey and wanting to play a meaning role in the transformation the country's economy

5 SA entrepreneurs whose blogs and websites you should be reading

Expect industry insights, inspiration and advice for navigating the entrepreneurial journey

SMEs' biggest challenges - how 2016 compares with last year

Find out why sales and marketing still remain the biggest concerns for most small businesses in SA

Why the future belongs to those businesses that create it

Talking to Craig Wing about disruption, leadership and why businesses need to think ten steps ahead

How edupreneurs are taking advantage of the private education market

And 6 important lessons you can learn from those who have launched businesses in the sector

Lindani Dhlamini talks the 'F' word entrepreneurs fear most

CEO of one of SA's leading black-owned professional firms on whether embracing failure is good or ultimately harmful for your business and why the word is not even in her vocabulary

When one business is not enough

Serial entrepreneurs talk about identifying and taking advantage of multiple opportunities and learning from each venture they undertake

Find out how this entrepreneur plans to take over the African gaming industry

Here is how Kopano Ntsoane has managed to turn his love for video games into a growing business and is working towards claiming his stake in the billion rand industry

Talking authentic leadership in business with Nonkululeko Gobodo

"Leadership is all about providing a vision and a direction for the organisation and the ability to inspire people to go there with you," and other lessons from an experienced leader

Meet the 'energy farmer' and socio-preneur who is producing an alternative to diesel fuel

How Soweto-born Thabang Mabapa is doing good for people and planet

'It takes a village' - A discussion on the real value of social capital with Yoco CEO and co-founder

Katlego Maphai on gaining access, networking with intention and paying it forward

How being township-based became the Lemok Group's biggest selling point

Entrepreneur Lebogang Mokubela wants to help grow the township entrepreneurship ecosystem. Here is how he is walking the talk

5 entrepreneurs share what they have had to give up to launch their businesses

The rarely talked about personal sacrifices that come with being an entrepreneur

How the She Leads founders are reshaping the future of entrepreneurship on the continent

Find out why Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei are choosing to focus on women-led businesses with the ability to scale and dominate markets

These millennial founders on the secret behind their successful acquisition

Youth-led innovation hub, SpringAge, co-founders share how they prepared for the big time

Talking next-level-leadership with Jane Raphaely

'The First Lady of South African Magazines' on what it takes to be a 10X Leader and why being unafraid of failure is key to succeeding

In the business of teaching entrepreneurship

Lora Academy founder, Roche Mamabolo, on working to bridge SA's entrepreneurial skills gap

Young, black and in the beekeeping business

Agri-preneur Mmabatho Morudi, on why staying in business is the big challenge and how she's playing her part in turning the agri-business into a vibrant and cool industry

4 entrepreneurs taking on Africa's energy challenges

Talking opportunities, innovation and the importance of creating solutions to problems close to home

What the Tshimologong hub offers Joburg’s techpreneurs

A look at the precinct's standout features and facilities

'Leading beyond my business'

Tumi Phake made it into the Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme - these are the 9 leadership lessons he came back with

How Dr Thandi Ndlovu built one of SA's largest black female-owned construction companies

Medical doctor and entrepreneur on being a pioneer for women in the construction industry and her philosophy of 'train-it-forward'

Get to know the Entrepreneur of the Year winner – Johan Eksteen

Free State agripreneur lauded for business' remarkable growth and strong entrepreneurial attitude

Education as a business opportunity at the small business and franchise expo

How entrepreneurs can improve and expand the sector

2 techpreneurs and the 30 young coders helping to drive their business' growth

Sable Assets' unconventional solution to SA’s ICT skills shortage

10 Leap SMEs you should know about

How this accelerator's model successfully combines SME support services with enterprise supplier development

A look at the 40 SMEs chosen for the first National Gazelles programme

These are the SMEs being groomed to become the country's black industrialists

Lynette Ntuli's 5 ways to become a next gen woman leader

"Being a pioneering woman is about not waiting until you're rich or famous or waiting for all of your stars to be aligned" - and other lessons from the business woman and trailblazer

'Working with entrepreneurs ignited my entrepreneurial spark'

Msizi Mazibuko on the unlikely start to her entrepreneurship journey

This is how Steve Mululu plans to build SA's next fitness empire

This fitness entrepreneur is cashing in on South Africa's growing fitness market

How she did it

4 women entrepreneurs on how they got their start, the challenges they've overcome and the lessons they have learnt along the way

How one entrepreneur is finding success running a side business

Food startup founder, Noni Masombuka on why being an entrepreneur isn’t always about taking a massive leap, and the 4 principles that helped her grow her business

Lessons entrepreneurs can learn from a corporate leader

"Sometimes you need to be task-orientated, and sometimes people-orientated" - Reggie Nxumalo

3 women entrepreneurs on finding their own definitions of success

What purpose and passion mean to the Melissa's, Sherpa Kids and Make-Up Designory founders

20 inspiring quotes on entrepreneurship to kickstart Women's Month

Inspirational businesswomen share their thoughts on why women should seize the challenge and thrive as entrepreneurs

Soweto’s first sip of Kofi

The co-founders of the premium coffee bar talk about the "perks" of their product offering and how they are helping to grow the township's coffee culture

Dealing with the pressures of launching a business - one entrepreneur's story

Langalakhe Nxumalo shares what happens when business or life doesn't go as expected

2 young entrepreneurs on how they are using tech to take advantage of opportunities in the township market

'Good techpreneurs build good solutions; great techpreneurs improve people's lives' - and other powerful quotes from Tshepo Moloi and Desmond Mongwe

How startups can help Big Business drive innovation

We need more of this mutually beneficial relationship, writes Launchlab CEO, Philip Marais

4 edu-preneurs on teaching entrepreneurship to young students

How these initiatives are working to grow the next generation of young entrepreneurs

Doing good and doing well - quotes to inspire you to give back this Mandela Day

"Africapitalism is about the intersection of economic prosperity and social wealth, the intersection of making profit and doing good, and not waiting to finish one before you do the other" – Tony Elumelu

Why this is not your typical personal branding book

Personal branding guru, Timothy Maurice Webster, on 5 things you need to know about Personal Brand Intelligence and how it has an impact on how you do business
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