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Investing in Africa: Shedding the developed market mind-set

Many of the key lessons for businesses entering Africa stem from the differences between operating in a developing country and developed country markets.

Why Kenya’s remote town of Lodwar is attracting interest from airlines

A combination of commercial ventures, scientific projects and tourism are attracting people to Lodwar.

Nigerian entrepreneur talks about building a pan-African education brand

We talk to Princewill Omorogiuwa, founder of the Simon Page College of Marketing.

Spur’s evolution into a pan-African restaurant franchisor

Spur Corporation is planning to expand to 100 restaurants in Africa (excluding South Africa) over the next five years.

Water purification: Tanzanian sees business opportunity instead of challenges

Tanzanian innovator Askwar Hilonga uses nanotechnology to decontaminate water.

Seven myths about doing business in sub-Saharan Africa

Despite sub-Saharan Africa being higher on the agenda for western executives, there remains many misconceptions about operating in the region.

Business Focus

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    Why telco Vodacom ventured into the funeral and life insurance game

    '31 July 2015'
    'Telecom companies have large subscriber bases and it makes sense to try extract some additional value out of that.'
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    Obama in Kenya: A weekend to remember

    Our Nairobi-based journalist shares her experiences from US President Barack Obama's visit to Kenya last week.
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    Chinese labour in Africa: Soap sellers and bridge builders

    Chinese workers are a manifestation of the globalisation that has transformed the world’s economies.
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    What it takes to run an airline in East Africa: The story of Safarilink Aviation

    '30 July 2015'
    The downturn in tourist numbers to Kenya is affecting all players.

Foreign Investment

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    Author Q&A: Coca-Cola’s success in Africa and the promising construction sector

    '27 July 2015'
    Aubrey Hruby, co-author of a new book 'The Next Africa', discusses US investment in Africa and why she would put her money in construction.
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    Investing in Africa: Shedding the developed market mind-set

    '23 July 2015'
    In order to compete, US companies will need to free themselves from the developed market mind-set and step out into the world as it truly is.
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    American investor shares experiences working with African entrepreneurs

    '16 July 2015'
    Talking early-stage investment with Village Capital's Ross Baird.
  4. Africa’s most populous nation has its fair share of attractions for investment, as well as challenges.

    Seven myths about doing business in sub-Saharan Africa

    '15 July 2015'
    Despite sub-Saharan Africa being higher on the agenda for western executives, there remains many misconceptions about operating in the region.

Entrepreneur watch

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    Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky shares how he built a $25bn business

    '2 August 2015'
    'A lot of people look at Airbnb and see us as an overnight success, but it wasn’t at all like that.'
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    Why this Nigerian chose rural farming over a suit and tie

    '30 July 2015'
    ... and why he hasn't looked back since.
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    Healthcare start-up connects rural patients with global network of specialists

    '29 July 2015'
    Health-E-Net gives patients in under-served areas access to high-quality medical second opinions.
  4. Princewill Omorogiuwa

    Nigerian entrepreneur talks about building a pan-African education brand

    '28 July 2015'
    We talk to Princewill Omorogiuwa, founder of the Simon Page College of Marketing.

Business Advice

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    How technology is shaping thought leadership in Africa

    '22 July 2015'
    Leadership is replacing 'Africa rising' as the new meme for Africa.
  2. Management

    Corporate reputation: Build it, guard it, gain from it

    '15 July 2015'
    In recent years, the reputation of organisations has emerged as a strategic asset.
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    Ten tips for entrepreneurs to attract investors and secure funding

    '25 June 2015'
    Many excellent business ideas never get past the spreadsheet stage simply because entrepreneurs fail to connect with investors to help implement them.
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    Solar company finds success by following ‘sell first, build later’ principle

    '22 June 2015'
    'Don’t try to develop the whole business, instead start selling immediately, see how the customer reacts, and learn from that.'

Meet the Boss

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    Meet the Boss: Pierre van Tonder, CEO, Spur Corporation

    '23 July 2015'
    'I think we have some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs across the continent because they have to deal with adversity and different obstacles every single day.'
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    Meet the Boss: John Buckley, MD, Safarilink Aviation

    '21 July 2015'
    John Buckley is co-founder and managing director of Safarilink Aviation, a Kenyan airline that operates scheduled and private charter flights to popular tourist destinations across East Africa.
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    Meet the Boss: Johnnie McMillan, MD, Tropical Power

    '6 July 2015'
    'Working in a business where you have something different, unique and special, makes business fun.'
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    Meet the Boss: Moses Ikiara, MD, Kenya Investment Authority

    '30 June 2015'
    'Determine where you want to be in five or 10 years, and keep working at that vision, regularly checking how far you have moved towards it.'

Recent articles

  1. Brian Chesky 200x240

    Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky shares how he built a $25bn business

    '2 August 2015'
    'A lot of people look at Airbnb and see us as an overnight success, but it wasn’t at all like that.'
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    The Young Nigerians CEO’s Conference and Exhibition: 3–4 August 2015

    '31 July 2015'
    The meeting is a platform for young business owners to discuss challenges they encounter in their operations and develop strategies to tackle them.
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    Infrastructure Africa Business Forum: 1–2 September 2015

    Africa’s premier Infrastructure event, endorsed by the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development.
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    Why telco Vodacom ventured into the funeral and life insurance game

    'Telecom companies have large subscriber bases and it makes sense to try extract some additional value out of that.'
  5. Obama 200x240

    Obama in Kenya: A weekend to remember

    Our Nairobi-based journalist shares her experiences from US President Barack Obama's visit to Kenya last week.