Company information

Even in digital age, Kenyan company finds large market for pencils

Kenyan entrepreneurs Anthony Kirori and Ivan Ochieng manufacture hundreds of thousands of pencils every year from recycled newspaper.

Ten tips for entrepreneurs to attract investors and secure funding

Many excellent business ideas never get past the spreadsheet stage simply because entrepreneurs fail to connect with investors to help implement them.

Zambian company proving bees can be big business

Unpacking Bee Sweet Ltd's innovative business model.

Why is Angola’s capital the most expensive city in the world?

According to Mercer’s annual “cost of living” ranking, Angola’s capital Luanda is the most expensive city in the world, ahead of more usual suspects like Hong Kong, Zurich, and Singapore.

A new business model for Uganda’s motorbike taxi industry

A new start-up is trying to build a competitive advantage around offering boda-boda passengers a safer experience.

Business Focus

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    Crowdfunding for businesses growing in Africa

    '6 July 2015'
    Crowdfunding platforms are increasingly bridging the finance gap and offering African start-ups a lifeline.
  2. Sheel Gill

    Deal-making: Unpacking private equity activity in East Africa

    Competition for deals is growing.
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    Cashing in on the cashew nuts boom

    '3 July 2015'
    The annual 'money-harvesting' season is in full swing in Côte d’Ivoire. For the fortunate cashew nut farmers in the central and northern parts of the country, February through June is harvest time.
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    Kenyan company believes ‘water can be a profitable business’

    Kenya's Maji Milele seeks to revolutionise water delivery through a prepaid system.

Foreign Investment

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    Who’s leading in new hotel developments in Africa?

    Find out which hotel brands have the highest number of planned developments in their African pipeline this year.
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    Swedish cosmetics company targeting East Africa with direct selling model

    '25 June 2015'
    'Direct selling has a big future in this region,' says Piyush Chandra, Oriflame managing director for East Africa.
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    You can’t go wrong with maize, says Kenya Investment Authority

    '18 June 2015'
    Talking agricultural opportunities with the MD of KenInvest.
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    Kenya attracting growing interest from foreign retailers

    '16 June 2015'
    Botswana’s largest grocery chain, Choppies, recently announced that it plans to acquire 10 stores of a Kenyan mid-tier retailer Ukwala Supermarket.

Entrepreneur watch

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    Rent a toilet: A business solution to Ghana’s sewerage woes

    '6 July 2015'
    One Ghanaian company's innovative solution to the lack of efficient sewerage and sanitation facilities in Kumasi.
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    Even in digital age, Kenyan company finds large market for pencils

    '1 July 2015'
    Kenyan entrepreneurs Anthony Kirori and Ivan Ochieng manufacture hundreds of thousands of pencils every year from recycled newspaper.
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    FarmDrive: De-risking lending to smallholder farmers

    '26 June 2015'
    FarmDrive seeks to transform the way smallholder farmers get access to financial services.
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    How a Kenyan husband and wife team built a promising food business

    '23 June 2015'
    'The potential in the food industry is unlimited. People will never stop eating,” says Classic Foods CEO.

Business Advice

  1. featured_images-2

    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.'
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    Entrepreneurs must tread lightly when going into business with friends or family

    '15 June 2015'
    Here are guidelines for young entrepreneurs considering a business partnership with friends or family.
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    Why self-awareness is key to entrepreneurial success

    '11 June 2015'
    "Having a good understanding of who you are is the first step in developing yourself as an entrepreneur."

Meet the Boss

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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.'
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    Meet the Boss: Jeff Nemeth, CEO for sub-Saharan Africa, Ford Motor Company

    '29 June 2015'
    'I excel at taking seemingly complex issues and distilling them down to two or three action items.'
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    Meet the Boss: Jake Cusack, managing partner, CrossBoundary

    '8 June 2015'
    "You will never be satisfied by some external accomplishment."

Recent articles

  1. Clean team Ghana staff 200x240

    Rent a toilet: A business solution to Ghana’s sewerage woes

    '6 July 2015'
    One Ghanaian company's innovative solution to the lack of efficient sewerage and sanitation facilities in Kumasi.
  2. funding200x240

    Crowdfunding for businesses growing in Africa

    Crowdfunding platforms are increasingly bridging the finance gap and offering African start-ups a lifeline.
  3. Sheel Gill

    Deal-making: Unpacking private equity activity in East Africa

    Competition for deals is growing.
  4. Johnnie McMillan 200x240

    Meet the Boss: Johnnie McMillan, MD, Tropical Power

    'Working in a business where you have something different, unique and special, makes business fun.'
  5. Radisson Blu 200x240

    Who’s leading in new hotel developments in Africa?

    '3 July 2015'
    Find out which hotel brands have the highest number of planned developments in their African pipeline this year.