Pathways to Funding Do-ference Joburg 2017

Are you a (social) entrepreneur ready to take your business to the next level? The UCT Graduate School of Business Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, together with our partners, has gathered together speakers and entrepreneurs from across the ecosystem to equip you with the tools and confidence to grow your business. Please join us at the annual PATHWAYS …

Darlene Menzies Blows the Kudu Horn to Open Trading on the JSE

Darlene Menzies, CEO, technology innovator, entrepreneur and business guru, was recently announced as one of the most Inspiring 50 women in Africa. Menzies, along with five other women from the Inspiring 50, attended the opening of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) this morning, 31 August. This was a significant event, showcasing how women are becoming increasingly involved and pivotal in …

#Leaderex2017 – The Biggest Highlights And Lessons

South Africa’s biggest startup conference #Leaderex2017 has come and gone. Held today at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, the event has become something of an annual tradition for many entrepreneurs and business execs. The focus this year was on innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship with many of the masterclasses focusing on what the future holds for businesses, and how to prepare for it Read more …

Can you get SME finance if you have a bad credit record?

Most traditional finance institutions are not prepared to consider funding a small business if the business or the business owner has a bad credit record.  Fortunately, there are still some options open to you and it may be possible to raise the financing you need. Why lenders use credit scores Lenders use credit scores (for both the business and the …

State of Entrepreneurship in South Africa

The number of youth entrepreneurs in South Africa may have dropped, but it is notable that more than 50% of entrepreneurs are youth. Also notable is the rise in the number of female entrepreneurs. More than half of the South Africans who run their own businesses are youth, according to the Real State of Entrepreneurship Survey 2017, undertaken by the …

7 Big Funding Lessons We Took From #FundEx2017

“Chase business, not funding.” This was Nirmala Reddy’s message for entrepreneurs attending the funding and investment conference and expo, FundEx, held yesterday at the Riversands Incubation Hub. Reddy is the senior manager of enterprise development at Nedbank. Read more

How To Finance The Equipment That Will Build Your Business

By Darlene Menzies  Aug 17, 2017 Growth takes money. This is a simple fact of doing business. The trick is to spend that money in the right way. To protect your cash flow, financing your growth is often the best solution. There are a number of reasons why growing businesses may need to raise finance, from bridging a temporary cash flow situation …

Pathways to funding for (social) entrepreneurs Do exist

Bringing together entrepreneurs, start-ups, finance and legal experts from across the South African entrepreneurship ecosystem, the Bertha Centre’s Do-ference is designed to help early-stage entrepreneurs access the tools and connections they need to take their (social) enterprises to the next level. The Do-ference is for all early-stage entrepreneurs, but is especially tailored to social entrepreneurs and township-based entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship and …