Tag: entrepreneurship


19
Oct 2017
Apply to join the world's largest digital accelerator program

Are you an entrepreneur, an innovator, or creative? Apply to join 700+ global entrepreneurs for the world’s largest digital accelerator program. The Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) returns with the 2nd annual digital startup accelerator program to be hosted in 7 global regions. In 2016, 500 companies across 63 countries completed GSE’s digital accelerator program. As the first and fastest growing digital accelerator in the world, GSE seeks 700 innovators for the 2017 series which will be facilitated by over 50 global speakers. GSE digital accelerator programs are open to......

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13
Sep 2017
7 Ways to Make Networking your Superpower

I was a guest speaker at an entrepreneurship event on Saturday and I asked the entrepreneurs a question: “Your Funding or Your Network, which is more important?” I would not answer the question now. I will let you decide at the end of this article. Steve Jobs and Steve Woz met a long time ago. Woz was the guy who liked to piece things together to make new stuff for fun. Jobs on the other hand was an innate brand conscious entrepreneur. The two met and created a product.......

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08
Sep 2017
Your ideas are useless till you share them

O no! He is going to steal my idea! I can’t share it with him. It’s funny how you hear stories of how investors or people made billions from these ideas while the idea generator lived in obscurity but with no obvious example. Young entrepreneurs and business men alike often tell me this when I speak to them. It’s a misconception, a myth. No one knows your idea like you.   It’s not about the idea, it’s all about the implementation. No two people implement the same idea the......

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18
Apr 2017
6 things to quit-inc-afropreneur

Most of us grew up hearing the mantra “Don’t be a quitter,” and we’ve internalized it to the point where we feel guilty if we don’t finish a book that’s boring us to death. Our parents weren’t entirely wrong in saying that persistence is necessary for success, but sometimes quitting is the most effective course of action. Whether it’s a failed project, a thankless job, or a doomed relationship, quitting can be a virtue. “Quitting is leading too.” -Nelson Mandela As it turns out, some of us are really......

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05
Apr 2017
entrepreneurship-art-not-job-Afropreneur

Over the last decade we assumed that once we found repeatable methodologies (Agile and Customer Development, Business Model Design) to build early stage ventures, entrepreneurship would become a “science,” and anyone could do it. However, I’m beginning to suspect this assumption may be wrong. WHERE DID WE GO WRONG? It’s not that the tools are wrong, I think the entrepreneurship management stack is correct and has made a major contribution to reducing startup failures. Where I think we have gone wrong is the belief that anyone can use these......

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27
Mar 2017
RETHINKING YOUR VALUE PROPOSITION Edidiong Uwemakpan The Afropreneur

When designing a Business Model for a startup or any business at all,   a “Value Proposition” is an essential element. This Value Proposition is combination of products, services, information or experiences offered to a market to satisfy a need or want. Successfully creating a differentiated Value Proposition, ensure it is successful. This is what has made Uber, Airbnb, Apple, Amazon and similar companies great. Over time, we have been taught to innovate by improving on products in the market, or creatively coming up with a new one. We’ve......

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17
Feb 2017
4 Bad Habits Blocking Your Great Idea From Becoming a Successful Business

You can’t build a successful business without a great idea, and if you’re a passionate entrepreneur you’ve got a dozen ideas that you talk about all the time. Your enthusiasm is infectious. Your friends and family offer endless words of encouragement, and the constant praise makes you feel happy, fulfilled and optimistic. Surely this latest idea will skyrocket you into the stratosphere of success – right? Here’s the harsh truth. Your idea will probably never see the light of day, and if you’re honest – you’re not surprised. After......

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16
Feb 2017
Be Productive in 2017 (Microsoft)

Being productive in 2017 just got easier with these 5 steps. Intelligent technology is changing how the world does things. Everyone is empowered to do more, and less. Using technology to tackle some of life’s most mundane tasks means spending more time doing what you love and less time doing what you have to do. 5 Ways to Become More Productive in 2017 Organize and prioritize. Rethink scheduling meetings. Collaborate and be productive from anywhere. Manage your time. Take time to unwind. Below is an infographic that looks at five......

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29
Jan 2017
Ensuring Africa is not left behind in the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’

The Fourth Industrial Revolution By: Antony Cook, Associate General Counsel, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs lead, Microsoft Middle East and Africa Technology is changing Africa. More than any other time in history, innovation is rapidly transforming almost every aspect of life. It is transforming how people live, communicate, work and learn across the continent. The rate of change is so quick that some are calling this the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. This transformation offers the potential to address some of Africa’s most pressing issues. This includes, health, education and the......

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27
Jan 2017
What does it mean for technology to be innately African?

By Amrote Abdella, Regional Director of Microsoft 4Afrika Mobile and cloud may be global technologies, but African start-ups have explored their functionalities, shaped their applications and used them to build differentiated business models suited to their markets. They have created new and uniquely African technologies that speak to their lifestyles and complexities, using the infrastructure as a base to deliver key services in ways the rest of the world would never have thought to. To us, this is what it means for technology to be innately African. Innovation Ecosystem......

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