Gordon Institute of Business Studies

GIBS Enterprise Development Academy (Scholarships Available)

The Gordon Institute of Business Studies (GIBS) has an exciting opportunity for business owners in the manufacturing and green economy sectors and a supplier development programme. The opportunity is aimed at being accessible to those that would not usually be able to afford it. GIBS explains the model as follows:

GIBS provides high quality business education and support services for small and growing businesses that create and demonstrate social and economic impact. To ensure that this education and support is accessible to those who would not ordinarily be able to afford it, the Academy works primarily on a scholarship-based model. This is made possible through the generous contribution of public and private sector partners committed to enterprise development.

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Consistency on ZApreneur

ZApreneur is an important part of my life, and has become important to so many of our dedicated readers.  Howevever, ZApreneur has been a ‘hobby’ and I have tried to squeeze updating the site up between consulting work, persuing various opportunities, and between family and friends. This translates into weeks with lots of updates, and weeks without any updates and analysis.

Starting this week, I am scheduling a consistent block of time to ensure that the site is updated regularly. Two reasons:

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work sucks

Work sucks! Join an entrepreneurial network

For several years, a grouping of entrepreneurs have been  running an SME network with the City of Johannesburg – Sandton Library. One of the key persoons in the network is Yusuf Mahomedy, who runs the website Work Sucks. 

He writes on his website:

From 2008 – 2014 and again this year, we are working with the City of Johannesburg – Public Libraries to assist entrepreneurs start and build their business through free SME briefings. These briefings are held in the Sandton Library, in Nelson Mandela Square.

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mtn supplier

Calling ICT Youth Entrepreneurs

This is an important initiative that seeks to grow black companies and link them with a large company, in this case MTN. The organisers describe the opportunity as follows:

We are embarking on a transformation journey and are looking for eligible service providers with high quality and cost-effective services. Through our partnership with the Sarah Baartman District Municipality and New Generation Mindset (NGM), this Local Economic Development initiative will enrich the economy of townships and in turn increase Skills development, Job creation, Localization, Industrialization and Export opportunities.

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net prophet sparkup

Net Prophet Accelerator Programme – Closes 18 March 2016

The Net Prophet Sparkup accelerator programme is accepting applications for its 2016 event. It will run from 1-4 April with over R1-million in Angel funding up for grabs. Opportunity closes on the 18 March 

Sparkup! is a small business gauntlet for passionate founders looking to get investment and take a product to market. Three intense days of business grooming, culminating in a live audience investor pitch.

The best teams stand a chance to pitch their business to a panel of investors in the first, live dragons-den style event in SA. It’s an opportunity to secure on the spot investment of up to R3 Million!

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proudly south africa

Buy Local Summit and Expo 2016

Proudly South Africa is hosting the Buy Local Summit. The organisers of the conference tell us about the importance of buying local and why the Summit and Expo is important.

The Buy Local message is an enduring call to action for the public and private sectors, businesses, government entities and consumers. The call is to buy local products and services so that local businesses can grow, thereby encouraging economic growth and job creation. Proudly South African’s mandate also includes promoting national pride, patriotism and social cohesion. These efforts include promoting and showcasing local products and services.

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Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP)

Global Cleantech Innovation Programme

An invitation to innovative start-ups and small- and medium-sized enterprises focused on commercialisation of local cutting-edge and innovative clean technology solutions related toenergy efficiency, green buildings, renewable energy, waste beneficiation and water efficiency.

The GEF (Global Environment Facility), UNIDO (the United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and TIA (the Technology Innovation Agency) in South Africa are implementing the GCIP (Global Cleantech Innovation Programme) for SMEs to promote clean technology innovation and supporting SMEs and start-ups working on solutions related to energy efficiency, green buildings, renewable energy, waste beneficiation and water efficiency. The programme combines a competition and a business accelerator to offer participants progressing through the programme extensive mentoring, training, access to investors and opportunities to showcase their innovations to the media and the public.  Participants stand a chance to win a cash award and national business support awards, in addition to a trip to Silicon Valley, CA, to participate in the Cleantech Open Global Forum.

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