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Black Friday Tips For Small Business Owners

The COVID-19 lockdown forced many businesses online, and for some small and medium businesses, it would have been their first foray into e-commerce. But a word of caution: If your online store is difficult to navigate, requires endless clicks to get through checkout, and doesn’t have a secure payment gateway, it will be a very dark day indeed – for your business. Read also: To Thrive In A Pandemic, You Need To Reinvent Your Business To grab and keep buyers’ attention this Black Friday, your store should reduce friction, enhance the shopping experience, and engage your customers every step of the way. Importantly, it should pass the “three...

To Thrive In A Pandemic, You Need To Reinvent Your Business

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to many debates. But if there’s one thing commentators appear to be united in, it’s the certainty that our world will be forever changed by it. The good news is, that this is entirely possible – science tells us so. Businesses that are sufficiently agile and creative have the potential to pivot and reinvent themselves, and ultimately stay relevant both during this pandemic and after the dust has settled. The pivot process is multifaceted: it involves forming new habits, adopting a committed growth mindset, and behaving like a hungry and innovative start-up. Read also: Business Reimagined For Africa In behavioural science, there’s...

Absa And Mastercard Partner To Create Access To 50,000 Dignified And Fulfilling Jobs For Young People

GHANA – Absa Financial institution Ghana and the Mastercard Foundation have sealed a partnership deal aimed at stimulating the growth of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to create access to 50,000 dignified and fulfilling jobs for young people in Ghana. The partnership among others seeks to build the capacity of 5,000 MSMEs, especially women led firms, smallholder farmers, and players in the agribusiness value chain; strengthen MSME lending capability within the bank to build understanding and help improve quality of service to sector; To leverage digital technology to drive financial inclusion at scale and enable Absa Bank Ghana to provide financial and technical support to scale up promising Fintech start-ups while building their capability to help digitise the MSME space in Ghana. Read also: Why Mentorship Can Make Or Break Your Startup Mrs Abena Osei-Poku, Managing Director, Absa Bank Ghana,...

Africa: Why Digital Payments Are key To Financial Inclusion

Every day, hundreds of millions of payment transactions are completed across the African continent. They’re done using myriad technologies including cards, mobile money, and digital payments. By far the most, however, are in cash. Each of these competing payments is trying to dominate and defeat cash, with siloed “winner takes all” consumer payment offers, but which payment type can most effectively promote financial inclusion, helping grow economies and jobs along the way? Read also: Nigerian Autochek Startup, Cheki, Raises $3.4m Seed For Its Platform Instead, the best hope for financial inclusion and growth on the continent is a digital payments platform that is merchant centric, and that benefits the...

Why Mentorship Can Make Or Break Your Startup

Having a mentor when you start a business can be as important as the actual product or service you’re selling. While the research on the positive impact of mentorship is clear, so many entrepreneurs still don’t have a mentor.  The journey is long and challenging. To have a mentor as a guide during these early and crucial stages is essential. In 2019, a study was done to determine what South African small business owners and entrepreneurs gained from having a mentor. According to their findings, of the 209 South African recipients surveyed the majority of the respondents, 73.7% (154), had one or two mentoring relationships. Only 8.10% (17) had...

Accelerex Holdings Mauritius Secures $20m Investment From Africa Capital Alliance

Mauritius based Accelerex Holdings has announced that it has signed an investment agreement with regional private equity firm, Africa Capital Alliance  for the Capital Alliance Private Equity IV fund to invest $20 million in Accelerex. With this investment, CAPE IV will become a strategic partner in Accelerex and will hold three seats on the company’s board. Accelerex, which is the parent Company of African Fintech powerhouse, Global Accelerex Limited, was set up for investment into digital financial technology companies across Africa. Global Accelerex was incorporated in 2008 and commenced payments services operation in October 2013 upon obtaining approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The company consistently ranked...

TalentQL Raises $300k Pre-seed Funding Round

The African focused talent outsourcing and incubator company, TalentQL, has announced a successful raise of  $300,000 in a pre-seed funding round led by the Lagos-based investment firm, Zedcrest Capital.  This news comes after the startup recently launched with a premise to hire, develop, and manage remote talent for global companies.  TalentQL was founded by Adewale Yusuf, co-founder of Techpoint Africa; Opeyemi Awoyemi, co-founder of Jobberman; and Akintunde Sultan, co-founder of DevCareer, with the objective to “build a pipeline of quality talents for African companies as well as source and manage top local talents for leading international companies’ right from Nigeria.” Read also: MetroFibre Networx Raises US$97.6m In Funding Round The organization...

Four Ways To Make Startup And Corporate Relationships Work [Opinion]

Many startups or early-stage small businesses think that all they need to become the next billion-dollar unicorn is to have an idea and then sell it to one big corporate. But the idea of small businesses forging working relationships with big corporates is becoming increasingly more topical, with the potential for symbiotic relationships, says Ryan Cohen, the co-founder, and chief relationship officer at alternative lender Merchant Capital. Read also: Egyptian Startup Wuilt Secures $535,000 Seed To Build Its Online Arabic Platform “The theory is great. Startups get a steady revenue stream and access to markets to distribute their products, and corporates become more agile and innovative through new...

Why Only 14 West African Startups Raised $10m+ From 2010-2020

Analysts have been worried at the dearth of the birth of Unicorns in Africa since after the emergence of Jumia, and to some extent, InterSwitch, they opine that Jumia’s success as a Unicorn born out of Africa has not halted the search for another. As many heightened expectations for the next unicorn, there is need to come to terms with the high-flying Gazelles around the continent on which those dreams are based, Senegalese venture capitalist Marième Diop called for  more efforts and encouraged entrepreneurs to keep working hard. She is of the opinion that Africa’s harsh business environment made it difficult to create Unicorns, she encouraged founders to try to build...

Beyond Funding; The Value-Add Of VCs

The venture capital (VC) landscape in Africa has evolved over the last decade from a niche community of Africa-curious investors to an increasingly established pillar of the private equity industry on the Continent.  Today, African VC Funds have simultaneously attracted over $2 billion in foreign investment to the continent, according to Partech, and accelerated the development of hundreds of local early-stage ventures.  Different VCs have different risk appetites and they align their investment strategies accordingly to match the investment stage that best suits their goals.  Most VCs underwrite product risk, go to market risk and team risksome of the major themes when conducting due-diligence on early-stage founders. Read also: 25 Young African...

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