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Twelve non-profits and social enterprises from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, were each awarded a share of $2m in grant funding from Google in the first Google Impact Challenge Africa. The winners receive $250 000 each, while the eight runners up will each receive $125 000. The funding will be allocated in tranches, to be assigned to each enterprise as they reach a set of predefined milestones specific to each venture. In addition to the...

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Now in its ninth year, ENGEN Pitch & Polish is a national entrepreneurial workshop and competition programme that – so far – has helped over 11 000 entrepreneurs improve the way they pitch their businesses to potential investors. (The programme is sponsored in partnership with Engen Petroleum, Nedbank, Raizcorp and Caxton Local Media.) With successful regional events held in eight towns and cities across South Africa since August, the programme culminated in a glittering final...

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Cognity Advisory’s Universities Business Challenge (UBC), sponsored by General Electric (GE), launched in July this year, has seen 500 students from 13 different universities across South Africa participate in a business simulation competition, that’s designed to develop their entrepreneurship skills. The challenge is now down to just 10 teams from five different universities (approximately 50 students), who will travel to Johannesburg to compete in the two-day final event on the 5 and 6th December 2018....

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Startupbootcamp (SBC) AfriTech has concluded a 13-week accelerator programme, with 10 African start-ups collectively raising EUR600 000 (R9 million) in funding and securing20 proof-of-concept (POC) and commercial agreements. SBC AfriTech is anchored and endorsed by heavyweight corporate sponsors, including RCS, BNP Paribas Personal Finance, Old Mutual, Nedbank and PwC. It aims to encourage and support entrepreneurship in Africa, by providing start-up owners with entrepreneurship skills and development support. In July, Startupbootcamp announced the Top 10 African...

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It is essential to promote entrepreneurship both qualitatively and quantitatively in South Africa and Total is bringing back its Startupper of the Year Challenge to 40 African countries. Following the success of the first Startupper of the Year Challenge, held in 2015 in more than 30 African countries, Total is bringing it back this year across the continent. The 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge will support and reward young local entrepreneurs in any business sector...

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Mthembu Tissue Converting (MTC), which received funding from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in 2017, is targeting a R1 billion annual turnover by 2025 and the establishment of branches nationwide. The 100% black-owned tissue manufacturing company, based in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, used the IDC loan to purchase energy-efficient equipment to expand its production capacity and increase efficiency and speed of its production line. Founded by its Chief Executive Officer, Thembinkosi General Mthembu, in 2005, the...

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As a young child in Kankobe orphanage in Uganda, Joan Nalubega regularly suffered from bouts of malaria. Now, at the age of 21, she uses that difficult time in her life as her motivation and inspiration for her business: making organic mosquito-repellent soap. Uganics was established in April 2016 with the aim of finding an intervention against malaria. Nalubega has worked with different chemistry students at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and at Mannheim University...

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When Enterprise visited, he was busy sorting heaps of garlic onions laid on a large black polythene paper with the help of four young men. Meet Moses Karimi Githaiga who has been farming garlic for about six years now in Kiawara, a hamlet in Kieni Sub County, about 35 kilometres from Nyeri town. Kieni is considerably hot and dry and has black cotton soil, conditions which favour tolerant crops such as onions. In fact most...

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Thomas Njeru’s first 18 years were spent in Embu, on the slopes of Mount Kenya on a smallholder farm. Unknown to him, his environment was grooming him to create a solution that would tackle the challenges faced by smallholder farmers. Take us back to the beginning. Throughout his childhood, Njeru witnessed how agricultural calamities like drought, pests, diseases and change of weather pushed his whole village to the brink of destruction. Farming was the largest...

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Running your own business? Want to run your own business? Either way, ENGEN Pitch & Polish is the platform you need to launch you on the path to success! Now in its ninth year, ENGEN Pitch & Polish is a national entrepreneurial workshop and competition that – so far – has helped around 10 000 entrepreneurs improve the way they pitch their businesses to potential investors. A perfectly polished pitch is key to growing and succeeding...

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