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Online Resources & Support for SMEs

There have been thousands of articles, reports and ebooks written; websites and platforms set up; and webinars delivered to support South African small businesses during these unprecedented market conditions. But filtering the right resources for you and your business may be a little overwhelming. We’ve selected a group of online communities, resource hubs, crowdfunding platforms, […]

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How to raise impact investment by July 2020

This post was written by Michelle Matthews, Senior Consultant at Fraser Consulting. The short answer is: with much difficulty. But it’s not impossible. The Centre for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Managing Fundraising During COVID19 webinar, which took place on 16 April 2020, was one of the more insightful of the […]

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Tech Tools for your SME – Covid-19 Infographic

The National Lockdown may have fundamentally changed the way you run your business or deliver your product or service. Or perhaps you’re now offering an entirely different product or service in response to the changing market. However you’re responding to the new environment we find ourselves operating in… it isn’t easy. There are countless apps […]

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African startup ecosystems will not be built overnight

BY TOM JACKSON ON NOVEMBER 27, 2017 African startup ecosystems take time to develop and will not be built overnight, according to Alexandra Fraser, former Silicon Cape chair and director of Fraser Consulting. Fraser was speaking at the recent African Angel Investor Summit in Cape Town last week when she said the average startup ecosystem in Africa is […]

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Ghana’s Asoriba named Africa’s best startup at Seedstars event

BY TOM JACKSON ON FEBRUARY 2, 2016 Ghanaian church management software startup Asoriba was named Africa’s best startup at the inaugural Seedstars Africa event held in Casablanca, Morocco over the weekend. Last year, the Seedstars World global contest hosted African heats in Mozambique, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana,Ivory Coast, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Angola, Tanzania, Senegal and Botswana. The global seed-stage startup competition followed this up by joining forces with StartupYourLife, one of the major […]

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4 serious games teams to pitch for $74k funding in Cape Town

BY TOM JACKSON ON MARCH 29, 2017 Four teams of serious games developers will next week pitch for ZAR1 million (US$74,000) in funding at an event in Cape Town. Disrupt Africa reported last year the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) had partnered had partnered Serious About Games, Interactive Entertainment South Africa (IESA), 67Games, the Cape Craft and Design […]

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6 tips from SA startup pros on raising funding

By Graham van der Made: Editor on 27 January, 2017 Funding your startup is one of, if not the most crucial part of creating the company. While bootstrapping may be ideal for a number of entrepreneurs, it isn’t always possible, meaning they will need to raise money from VCs or Angels in order to get things off […]

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South African Business Angel Network to fill key gap?

By Sarah Rice on 25 August, 2016 Right now in the South African funding landscape, there is a gap between the ‘friends, fools and family’ money at the base of the funding pyramid and the post revenue, typical venture capital (VC) stage of funding. This week’s launch of SABAN (South African Business Angel Network), the professional association for the South African early stage investor […]

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