Education and training

How to get the entrepreneurial advantage

I recently received a very poignant message.  Shaahid wrote that he is: “recovering from a business financial loss [which gives] your self-esteem a beating. The journey out of the financial hole can be long and calls for very creative thinking to reclaim your cash flow. “This was a journey of necessity, my business educational understanding. …

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Entrepreneur education in South Africa — We got it all wrong

“When you compare South Africa to the rest of the continent, it is clear that we are well below the African average in terms of entrepreneurial intention and activity.”[i] This is very disconcerting. Why is it so? The guys at Heavy Chef decided to find out what was at the root of the problem. They wanted to …

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Should I join an incubator or an ESD programme?

Why are so many SMME owners serial incubates?  Why do so many small business people leave enterprise development (ED) and supplier development (SD) programmes feeling that it wasn’t worth the effort?  These disturbing realities gave rise to the title of this article. Here are some useful pointers: Know your business development programmes Make sure that …

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Privilege and entrepreneurial success

One of the first words that toddlers hear is: “NO!” As we grow, so we learn to recognize what our parents want us to do and not do. We learn our place in the family and in society by absorbing our family’s attitudes, values and behaviours, by osmosis. Our grandparents introduce us to our heritage …

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