If the idea isn't working, can it, and start anew.

Once we had the pleasure of listening to a successful entrepreneur give a talk about how he made it, and how some of his friends who also started companies were faring. Long story short we got to talking about two good friends of his who had started companies years ago. One was now a very…

Tackling South Africa’s Entrepreneurship Roadblocks

The first paragraph of a report published by the University of Cape Town: General School of Business in 2002 reads as follows. “South Africa is less entrepreneurial than other developing countries, a fact which could impact negatively on the country’s economic growth and job creation prospects. According to the 2002 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), released…

Tips to winning seed competitions – disrupt.

There’s something to be said about not listening to your teachers, and there’s something about entrepreneurs that makes them not fit the average mold. So if you happen to find yourself at the next seed _enter_name_of_competition_here_ remember one word. .DISRUPTIVE Sure it may be the next “synergy” but even ten years after synergy went out…

Knowing your customer – the key to successful design

More often than not you will see features and ideas developed and implemented int0 products that serve no purpose whatsoever, they may be nifty little things such as a fingerprint scan to bypass the password on your mobile app, of they may be a peripheral port on an some electronics that serves absolutely no purpose…

10 Places to Start your company in the U.S. part 2

On the 10th of May we covered the first part of out 10 best cities to start a company in the U.S. and today we round out the group by adding the other five. San Diego, California When 20+ year ago the military decided it was going to move some of its bases away from SD…

10 Places to Start your company in the U.S. part 1

In January we covered Europe’s top 10 entrepreneurial friendly cities, today we hop across the Atlantic and visit America, and while Silicon Valley, Boston and New York may all pop into mind as the de-facto places to start, we have some very interesting revelations. Sit back, and enjoy. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Say what? Yes. North…

MBA’s, Entrepreneurship & Growth Companies

While entrepreneurship as a whole is a fairly central topic to most MBA curriculum and a good number of schools have entrepreneurship clubs that organize minor events, and amongst other things panel discussions with successful entrepreneurs. A few programmes have taken their involvement with the entrepreneurship community to the next level. LBS is one such…

7 ways to build effective networks

It’s no great secret that your and your business partners’ professional networks will undeniably aid you in aiding your company expand, enter new markets and gain new clients. But the question is, if you don’t have an access to a strong professional network – how can you build it? And more importantly how can you…