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Investors reveal what they look for in entrepreneurs

How we made it in Africa spoke to fund managers to find out what they are looking for in prospective investees.

Kenya’s domestic tourism market resilient despite al-Shabaab attacks

While Kenya’s tourism players are still pessimistic on whether the sector will be able to surpass last year’s earnings, attention has shifted to growing the domestic market, which is deemed to be more resilient.

Kenya’s John Waibochi speaks about living on the knife-edge of innovation

Regina Ekiru speaks to John Waibochi, one of Kenya’s foremost tech entrepreneurs.

African entrepreneurs can have a global impact, says Richard Branson

“I’m sure African entrepreneurs can make global impact. Having made money in Africa, African entrepreneurs can then go to address global issues.”

From humble beginnings to a $50m petroleum company

Regina Ekiru speaks to Ahmed Hashi about how he built Hashi Energy into a $50 million business.

‘Go it alone’ a major bottleneck for Africa, says Equity Bank boss

Equity Bank chief executive James Mwangi has criticised entrepreneurs for taking an individualistic approach to business, describing it as “a major bottleneck in Africa”.

Kenya still good for business, says Richard Branson

Richard Branson’s airline Virgin Atlantic may be losing money on its London-Nairobi route but that has not dampened the entrepreneur’s confidence in Kenya as an investment destination.

Interview: Fly540 boss speaks about east Africa’s budget airline industry

How we made it in Africa’s Regina Ekiru interviewed Nixon Ooko, operations director of low-cost airline Fly540.

Investment manager speaks about venture capital in East Africa

How we made it in Africa’s Nairobi correspondent Regina Ekiru speaks to Eelco Benink, investment manager of InReturn Capital.

M-Farm: Boosting Kenya’s agricultural sector, one SMS at a time

Regina Ekiru speaks to the founders of M-Farm, one of Kenya’s most well-known mobile phone based solutions for the agricultural sector.

Interview: Financing Kenya’s entrepreneurs

How we made it in Africa’s Regina Ekiru chats with Rishi Khubchandani, the general manager for the Kenyan office of venture capital fund GroFin.

Accidental farmer making waves in Kenya

How we made it in Africa’s Regina Ekiru to talks to Su Kahumbu Stephanou, one of Kenya’s most successful organic farmers and the woman behind the award-winning iCow mobile application.

GM crops debate rages on as 3.5 million Kenyans face starvation

As an estimated 3.5 million people face starvation due to the worst drought in six decades, the debate around genetically modified (GM) foods rages on.

Interview: Safaricom CEO on management and challenges of the job

“I am more of a consultative manager. I talk a lot to staff. The staff know the solutions customers want, I do not. I am not a boardroom kind of leader.”

Interview: Orange chief talks about the state of Kenyan telecoms

Telkom Kenya (operator of the Orange brand) CEO Mickael Ghossein speaks to Regina Ekiru about the state of the industry, challenges and the way forward.