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Do you want to learn new skills? But don’t know anyone who can code/crochet/cook? Well, Beavly is an online platform that connects people who want to learn skills with professionals who want to teach these skills. Run by Ijeoma Oguegbu and Barbara Okoto, it is one of two African startups accepted into the exclusive S Factory in Chile last year in November. “We promote informal learning to get graduates and unemployed adults out of the...

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Copywriting is a delicate business – and one many business owners find tricky. With this in mind, two female entrepreneurs decided to found a startup that provides quality writing to businesses across the globe. Kelechi Udoagwu – has just launched Skrife, “an online platform that helps entrepreneurs, brands, digital agencies and startups communicate and create quality written content by leveraging on our exclusive community of freelance writers and editors.” She’s also communications manager at MEST...

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Aboyeji is the cofounder of Flutterwave, a payments API that makes it easier for banks and businesses to process payments across Africa. The service allows consumers to pay for things in their local currency; Flutterwave takes care of integrating banks and payment-service providers into its platform so businesses don’t have to take on the expense and burden. U.S. investors just poured $10 million of fresh funding into it. This sizable round comes one year after...

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Startups looking to sell their good ideas to a corporate need to ensure that they can argue a clear business case with a proven solution and a demonstrable market, says Shirley Gilbey, the head of Rise and Co-creation at Barclays Africa Group. “Every relationship should be transactional — they (startups) have a solution that we want to offer our customers. There must be value for both sides in the collaboration,” points out Gilbey. startupAFRICA (SUA)...

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Niche South African clothing brand, Pride Journey, designs, produces and sells exclusive ready-to-wear pieces for professional women with curves to ensure a perfect fit and comfort while maintaining a graceful sense of style. We found out more about this great new niche clothing brand and the visionary woman entrepreneur behind it. What does your company do? At Pride Journey, we design and produce ready-to-wear business attire for professional women with curves. What inspired you to...

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Finding the gap in a key marketplace is always a positive factor when starting a new business, and for Kenyan entrepreneur Tracy Mulei, founder of Shujaa Delivery, this gap came in the form of specialist courier services. Today her company is bringing a much needed delivery service to Nairobi’s business and consumer community. What does your company do? Shujaa Delivery is a provider of on-demand delivery, door-to-door delivery and errand running courier service provider. The...

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This month, Rosendal is celebrating the women who make their wine business tick. One woman, in particular, Therese de Beer, their winemaker who produces some of the highest quality award-winning wines for Rosendal. Sourcing only the best, Therese blends and curates all Rosendal ranges and ensures that they never have a bad vintage. Rosendal wines are sourced from all over the Western Cape including Stellenbosch, Swartland, Cape Town and Langkloof to name a few. Therese...

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The latest data shows that 84,000 jobs in the sector have already been lost this year. While some experts say the trend is in line with seasonal fluctuations, others are concerned about food security. Since the beginning of this year, thousands of jobs have been lost in the horticulture, forestry and aquaculture industries. The job losses occurred in the Western and Northern Cape, where the effects of drought are still showing. Agricultural Economist Wandile Sihlobo...

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The quality of our questions determines the quality of our lives; writes Cue Sibiya.  A few years ago, I was in a dreary situation that I didn’t know how to get out of. I was not passionate about the work that I was doing, I wasn’t surrounding myself with the right people, and I felt like a hamster running in circles. I didn’t realise it back then, but this was mostly because I wasn’t asking...

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Nigerian e-courier startup, Max, has launched a new on-demand motorcycle transportation service, MAXGo, in Lagos, addressing the city’s road traffic congestion. Launched in August 2015 as an e-delivery platform, Max has announced its expansion beyond logistics to provide mobility solutions, now focusing on both package delivery and people transportation. The startup said it was prompted to develop MaxGo in response to the high levels of road congestion in Lagos, which makes commuting across the city very...

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