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Conrad Mmotsa (22) is a University of Johannesburg graduate and current honours student that has embarked on a journey of capturing precious moments for individuals. He grew up in Fordsburg, but now based in Johannesburg. He specialises in street and events photography. “I am a story teller and I capture emotions in a frame,” he explains. Conrad was a small business owner before being a photographer. He went as far as selling sweets, chips and...

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Last year Facebook became the second largest e-commerce company in Africa after Jumia, the industry leader. The American social media giant did not celebrate that feat, though, because it never promoted itself as an e-commerce firm. But as global technology brands penetrate African economies, it is becoming evident that most local startups are experiencing new levels of competition, which could potentially disrupt their operations. Across African markets, information and communication technology (ICT) is facilitating the...

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The likes of Elon Musk and Bill Gates have made repeated doomsday warnings about artificial intelligence becoming more skilled at humans at just about everything. So it’s little surprise that people are scared about a post-AI future where a mostly jobless population subsists on universal basic income while rich people own and operate all the robots. But a new report from consultancy firm PwC joins a growing chorus of more cautious economic forecasts that suggest the...

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Startups, IT and ITES and manufacturing attracted overseas investors’ attention witnessing increased deal activity, contributing to 56 percent of total inbound deal volumes. If business is all about making deals, then Startup India has stood out in the crowd. In the first half of 2018, startups was at the top of the table in terms of making deals, according to a recent half-yearly report titled, “Providing M&A and Private Equity Deal insights”, prepared by Grant...

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A number of tech startups in North Africa are making moves to become self-sustaining as they apply a more practical approach to securing their funding. According to a report from Disrupt Africa, funding in African tech start-ups surged 51% to reach $195 million in 2017, as compared to figures of the same period in 2016. The analysis, known as ‘Tech Start-ups Funding Report 2017’, discovered that when it comes to funding, the majority of Africa’s...

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Getting your business off the ground and keeping it going comes with many challenges. You’re balancing everything from coming up with the right business name, developing your marketing plans, and figuring out how to maintain customer satisfaction. But throughout your career as an entrepreneur, you’re going to need to prioritize healthy stress management. By tackling that part of your well-being, you’re increasing the chances of being able to thrive under pressure. Here are some principles and tips...

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Are you a venture capitalist or an angel investor looking to invest in a company? Are you an entrepreneur looking for capital or other opportunities? Are you an aspiring startup owner looking for assistance? Well, you have come to the right place. Ventureburn presents the 2018 guide to Nigeria’s startup scene. Nigeria is arguably the most important tech startup ecosystem on the continent right now. This year alone, two of the world’s biggest tech companies, Google and...

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If you want to drive your startup’s social media presence and become a go-to brand on Instagram, then take note of these four pillars of success: growth, content, branding and engagement. Pillar I: Growth In order for your business to thrive on Instagram, you need to build a strong presence. Your initial goal is to obtain more followers because these individuals can quickly become customers, who can help increase brand awareness and sales. A growth...

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Uganda software engineer Brian Gitta has been crowned the winner of the £25 000 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation for his Matibabu malaria test kit that enables users to conduct tests without having to draw blood. Gitta’s test kit — which uses a laser to detect changes in the shape, colour, and concentration of red blood cells, all of which are affected by malaria — was selected ahead of three other finalists whose innovations included a tamper-proof electricity meter, and...

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Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and other visionaries started small and without a college degree. Surprised? In fact, a majority of small-business owners don’t have a college degree, according to a recent survey. A college degree is not needed to start and build a successful business. What you do need is to be exceptional. This means doing things others can’t or won’t do, but doing them ethically and with integrity. Building a successful business is brutally...

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