Archive for the ‘Entrepreneur watch’ category

What it takes to run Tanzania’s first revolving restaurant

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

Entrepreneur on building his mobile phone charging kiosk franchise in Rwanda

Rwandan Henri Nyakarundi answers How we made it in Africa’s questions and shares his vision for ARED.

Financing boda-bodas in Uganda: Where banks say no, this entrepreneur says yes

Michael Wilkerson is one of the founders of Tugende, a company that offers a lease-to-own model to help Ugandan boda-boda drivers own their own motorcycle.

Going global: How this Nigerian game developer built his enterprise

“Entrepreneurial principles are universal, but they need to be utilised in context,” said Gamsole’s founder.

How a rule-breaking Kenyan succeeded in the hair industry… in South Africa

Tracy Wangari launched her Cape Town-based salon in 1999 and maintains a hands-on role in the now successful venture.

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.

Creative crowdsourcing: Springleap helping brands better target Africa

Trevor Wolfe, Springleap’s MD, tells How we made it in Africa about the company’s plans for Africa.

How this company built a business by charging phones in rural Tanzania

Juabar has built a franchise network of micro-business owners who offer phone charging services.

In Tanzania, good coffee shops can be good business, says entrepreneur

When Canadian Sandra Macdonald-Mulokozi moved to Tanzania 11 years ago, she craved a café where she would get good coffee and Wi-Fi. So she opened one.

How Tanzania’s Ubongo Media built a business by making maths cool

Tanzania social enterprise is helping children in East Africa improve their maths with interactive educational cartoon.

Jonathan Somen’s journey of building and selling a multi-million dollar IT business

Jonathan Somen is one of East Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs.

After selling company for $500k, Joel Mwale now wants to change the way we learn

At the young age of 21, Joel Mwale has already achieved a lot.

Taking the leap: Entrepreneur on why he left Poland to start a business in Nigeria

“At that time my knowledge about Nigeria was the so-called Google knowledge,” says Marek Zmyslowski.

Why manufacturing locally was the logical step for Kenyan entrepreneur

“We had no background in biscuit [manufacturing] but decided to innovate, work with a strong team, do trials and invest in market surveys and marketing,” says Raj Malde.

Our five most interesting entrepreneur profiles of 2014

Over the past year How we made it in Africa wrote about numerous entrepreneurs doing interesting things on the continent.