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What it takes to run Tanzania’s first revolving restaurant

“Being part-owner of a restaurant is not easy and it’s not glamorous.”

Businessman Saleh Nasreddin upbeat about Ethiopia’s food industry

Saleh Nasreddin’s journey in business.

Start-up snapshot: Co-founder of Ethiopia’s Addiscan discusses his business

Our best strategy has been to approach businesses and demonstrate our product.

Meet the Boss: Saleh Nasreddin, founder, NAS Foods, Ethiopia

“In Africa, everything is good business. You just have to plan well, work hard and do it right.”

Private equity in Ethiopia: Talking investment with Schulze Global

In 2008 Schulze Global Investments became the first international private equity firm to open an office in Ethiopia.

Running an online business in Tanzania: Insights from a US-born manager

How we made it in Africa talks to Erfaan Mojgani, country manager of online marketplace Kaymu in Tanzania.

Meet the Boss: Karim Teja, managing director, Heron Portico Hotel

“Whether or not you succeed in life depends on what you make of your experience and attitude.”

Start-up snapshot: Showing companies what their customers really think

“Like many growth stage start-ups, our major challenges are capacity constraints, both technological and in human resources.”

African pension funds should invest more in local private equity, says fund manager

Pension funds in Africa should direct more money towards financing private equity firms that fund local enterprises.

How this entrepreneur is bringing power to rural Zimbabwe

In 2013 Simbarashe Mhuriro (30) partnered with a Swiss-German renewable energy company to develop grid-connected solar plants.

East Africa has more to offer than just Kenya, says SAP boss

Andrew Waititu, SAP’s MD for East Africa, says companies will miss out if they don’t grow their presence beyond their host country.

Start-up snapshot: Assisting student academics and providing tutor jobs for graduates

African Tutor is an online platform offering students academic resources such as information on scholarship opportunities, fellowships, jobs and internships.

Meet the Boss: Simbarashe Mhuriro, director, Oursun Energy Zimbabwe

“Be passionate about your idea and pursue it relentlessly. It is not going to be easy, so be resilient.”

Chai Bora: The tea company with great ambitions in Tanzania and beyond

Chai Bora MD discusses the company’s plans and the benefits of having private equity investors on board.

Private equity firm wants to propel Tanzanian businesses to greater heights

Talking investment with CEO of Mkoba Private Equity Fund.