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Digital adopters are economy-agnostic and growing at 80% annually
Digital adopters are economy-agnostic and growing at 80% annually

Changing consumer needs are driving strong tech demand and business needs to respond and quickly...

By Vukani Mngxati 22 Sep 2021

#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 6: Research the 'flavour' and stage of investors
#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 6: Research the 'flavour' and stage of investors

Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz provides a number of pitching techniques critical to attracting investors and funders looking to back small businesses...

Allon RaizBy Allon Raiz 29 Jun 2021

It's time for South African entrepreneurs to level up
It's time for South African entrepreneurs to level up

It's been a tough 18 months for South Africa's entrepreneurs. Out of the frying pan of the sluggish economy, into the fire of the Covid-19 pandemic...

Dov GirnunBy Dov Girnun 17 Jun 2021

#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 5: You need to have "skin in the game"
#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 5: You need to have "skin in the game"

Over the past 11 years, Raizcorp has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs who have participated in the ENGEN Pitch & Polish business pitching competition, sponsored by Engen and Nedbank...

Allon RaizBy Allon Raiz 15 Jun 2021

#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 4: Always know your competition
#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 4: Always know your competition

Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz has identified a number of pitching techniques critical to attracting investors and funders looking to back small businesses...

Allon RaizBy Allon Raiz 10 Jun 2021

#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 3: Sell your experience, sell your team
#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 3: Sell your experience, sell your team

Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz has identified a number of pitching techniques critical to attracting investors and funders looking to back small businesses...

Allon RaizBy Allon Raiz 8 Jun 2021

Idris Bello talks raising capital in Africa
Idris Bello talks raising capital in Africa

Idris Bello, founding partner at Loftyinc Capital Management, is a proud member of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance. He shares some valuable insights on the African entrepreneurial ecosystem...

Evan-Lee CourieBy Evan-Lee Courie 3 Jun 2021

Iyin Aboyeji shares advice for African entrepreneurs
Iyin Aboyeji shares advice for African entrepreneurs

Iyin Aboyeji, founder of Future Africa; co-founder of Andela and former managing director of Flutterwave, shares insights on the African entrepreneurial ecosystem...

Evan-Lee CourieBy Evan-Lee Courie 1 Jun 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 19: Succession; it's hiding in your business
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 19: Succession; it's hiding in your business

Succession seems like such a grown-up term - something you would hear in the corridors of a large corporate or a family business...

Allon RaizBy Allon Raiz 31 May 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 18: Complacency, the rule of doubling efforts
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 18: Complacency, the rule of doubling efforts

I often tell the story about my mentor who, in my early years as an entrepreneur, gave me the sage advice not to let any positive press I received go to my head...

Allon RaizBy Allon Raiz 28 May 2021

#StartupFunding101: Raising capital in Africa and crossing the bridge to the US
#StartupFunding101: Raising capital in Africa and crossing the bridge to the US

Pardon Makumbe, co-founder and managing partner of CRE Venture Capital, chats about the challenges of raising capital in Africa and shares advice on crossing the bridge to the US...

Evan-Lee CourieBy Evan-Lee Courie 18 May 2021

Q&A with Dr Keitumetse Mothibeli, CEO of Crystal Partners
Q&A with Dr Keitumetse Mothibeli, CEO of Crystal Partners

This year's Freedom Day, 27 of April 2021, did not just mark South Africa's celebration of past progressive triumph towards emancipation, but the day also significantly marked progress in entrepreneurship as Crystal Partners was launched in...

Evan-Lee CourieBy Evan-Lee Courie 17 May 2021

#StartupFunding101: Raising capital to grow in the African payment space
#StartupFunding101: Raising capital to grow in the African payment space

Dare Okoudjou, CEO and founder of MFS Africa and Endeavor Entrepreneur, unpacks the payment space in Africa...

Evan-Lee CourieBy Evan-Lee Courie 28 Apr 2021

#StartupFunding101: Capital funding and the fund raising basics
#StartupFunding101: Capital funding and the fund raising basics

Antonia Bothner, Endeavor South Africa Capital Markets Lead and Fundraising Lead at Endeavor Harvest Fund, uncovers the basics of capital funding and how to access it...

Evan-Lee CourieBy Evan-Lee Courie 20 Apr 2021

A more flexible and fairer future of work beckons in 2021
A more flexible and fairer future of work beckons in 2021

Ways of working that go back decades were dismantled overnight in 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold of the world. South Africa was no exception...

Nunu NtshingilaBy Nunu Ntshingila 14 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 14: Fear of conflict
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 14: Fear of conflict

In the early years of startups, especially for first-time entrepreneurs, there is a novelty associated with having people work for you for the first time...

Allon RaizBy Allon Raiz 14 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 13: Delegation vs. abdication
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 13: Delegation vs. abdication

Over the past 20 years, I've has learned many tough lessons and overcome many entrepreneurial challenges...

Allon RaizBy Allon Raiz 6 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 12: Make time to think
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 12: Make time to think

As entrepreneurs, we need to be making the right decisions for right now to ensure that our businesses and our people's livelihoods do not become another casualty of the virus...

Allon RaizBy Allon Raiz 1 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 9: Getting the size of your premises right
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 9: Getting the size of your premises right

One of the first paradoxes a startup entrepreneur faces is choosing the size of their first rented - or purchased - business premises along with the duration of the lease...

Allon RaizBy Allon Raiz 18 Feb 2021

Economic Future: The Tribulations, Triangulations and Transformations
Economic Future: The Tribulations, Triangulations and Transformations

A brighter future hidden in tribulations faced today, once triangulated with key issues, transformation towards major change commences. These are not easy steps but now the call of the day...

Naseem JavedBy Naseem Javed 5 Feb 2021

Finding the balance when managing a pitch process effectively
Finding the balance when managing a pitch process effectively

Now more than ever, due to the increasingly complex marketing ecosystem, marketers are seeing the use of intermediaries becoming more important in the daily scope of their operations and what they hope to achieve with their potential agencies during...

Johanna McDowellBy Johanna McDowell 2 Feb 2021

Will 2021 be the year of the great reset?
Will 2021 be the year of the great reset?

Although the pandemic hasn't abated as we had all hoped and 2021 appears to be more of the same, when one takes a closer look there have already been notable positive shifts...

Yael GeffenBy Yael Geffen 15 Jan 2021

Factors that will aid small business recovery over the next year
Factors that will aid small business recovery over the next year

Small and medium enterprises tend to take the hardest knocks in an economic downturn. Nothing illustrates this better than the unravelling impact of Covid-19, which left many SMEs teetering on the edge of collapse...

Colin TimmisBy Colin Timmis 7 Dec 2020

#GEW2020: How small businesses can build employee engagement
#GEW2020: How small businesses can build employee engagement

Against the backdrop of a year that has been exhausting for small and medium businesses and their people, entrepreneurs need start thinking about what comes next...

Viresh HarduthBy Viresh Harduth 16 Nov 2020

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 3: Insufficient financial runway
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 3: Insufficient financial runway

Over the past 20 years, Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp, has learned many tough lessons and overcome many entrepreneurial challenges...

Allon RaizBy Allon Raiz 4 Nov 2020

Q&A: Mic Mann talks SingularityU SA Online Summit 2020
Q&A: Mic Mann talks SingularityU SA Online Summit 2020

Mic Mann, co-CEO of SingularityU South Africa, shares more about what can be expected from this year's SingularityU South Africa Summit, which takes place online from 14-15 October 2020...

Evan-Lee CourieBy Evan-Lee Courie 6 Oct 2020

#ConsciousLiving: Greenmovement - environmentally inspired solutions
#ConsciousLiving: Greenmovement - environmentally inspired solutions

Greenmovement is an energy-innovation centric organisation that aims to create cost-effective, renewable and accessible energy for the African continent...

Evan-Lee CourieBy Evan-Lee Courie 5 Oct 2020

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