As President Cyril Ramaphosa prepares to deliver his State of the Nation Address (SONA) later this week, many startups are hoping that it will highlight the challenges they face in scaling their firms.
Whether it’s a collapsing state or anything else for that matter, more often than not, we deem failure as the end of the road and we surrender our will to persevere.
Dubbed a first-class global event, the three-day France Africa-Summit will be held in Bordeaux during June this year and will, for the first time, bring some 15 000 participants together, including political and economic stakeholders to address the major challenges of the years to come.
We are excited to announce that one of our Fintech startups, Maxicash App, is amongst the 5 African countries to have been selected to pitch at the Migration Challenge Startup Competition in Ecuador. The International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and Seedstars competition is targeted at the most promising HR, Fintech, Civitech and EdTech startups with solution-orientated products to improve migration systems that respond to the labour market.
Under the auspices of South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I was invited to visit the East Asian country last week by the Korea-Africa foundation to discuss and engage on sustainable ways to build a stronger Korea-Africa relationship, which was established last year.
This past weekend, the annual Geekulcha hackathon (GKHack19) took place at 22 on Sloane startup campus. Led by Mixo Ngoveni, it focuses on boosting and sustaining a strong geek culture in South Africa.
The annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) at 22 on Sloane closed off last week with Edcon, in partnership with Proudly SA, hosting 12 up-and-coming fashion designers from its Design Innovation Challenge to showcase their stunning creations.
This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) will run from 18-24 November at 22 ON SLOANE – Africa’s largest startup campus, which offers over 100 disruptive startups and SME’s a platform to scale. Various ecosystem role-players across South Africa will also host events within their communities, throughout the week.
The Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest collaborative celebration of disruptive innovators and job creators who bring ideas to life, help improve human welfare, inspire hope for those like-minded and contribute significantly to economies across the planet.
The theme of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019 is centralized around the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) which the globe is moving towards. Building capabilities may be a requirement for growing economic aggressiveness or effectively applying technologies to fulfil human development aims. Businesses are great platforms for change and each leader can have a direct role in creating economic opportunities for people by investing in education and training programmes for existing and potential 4IR talent
The Gen Africa Growth Challenge will be launched on the 14th November 2019 at 22 On Sloane. This Growth Challenge aims to cultivate; resiliency, a thoughtful long-term approach; mirror market challenges; lastly to acknowledge and celebrate positive performance.
Recently, I attended the second SA Investment Conference in Sandton, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa. I instantly felt a strong sense of positivity, hope and togetherness in the room and, although a few major CEO’s faces were missing, the gathering still had the bulk of the economic who’s-who in attendance.