ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Is all the hype creating the wrong pressure?

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Entrepreneurship tends to be epitomised in the form of individuals who successfully harness it and attain extraordinary personal wealth and social advancement. This has had the effect of making heroes out of the people or personalities who have succeeded rather than of the process of becoming an entrepreneur. Nyasha Mugadza from BDO Innovation explains.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Limited government support leads to lacklustre exports

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Low confidence and limited government support hold back would-be exporters, says South African entrepreneur Jolene Leeuwener-Maritz. She adds that many under-capitalised entrepreneurs fail to see the opportunity or lack the confidence to pursue it.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Mitchell’s Plain business wins big

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Gail Small, owner of Angel’s Steel Fabrication, a small business in Mitchell’s Plain, is the top student of the Small Business Academy (SBA) Development Programme offered by the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB). Read more here about her exceptional story.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: The economics of branding

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In this article Gerhard Reinecke from Yellowwood Future Architects discusses the economics of branding with regards to supply and demand in business.

REAL ENTREPRENEUR: Teaching Mitchells Plain to swim

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This is the story of Rushana Charles. She is the proud owner of the the Little Mermaid Swim School. Read more to find out how this entrepreneur is making a definitive change in the lives of kids in Mitchells Plain.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Digital vs traditional media

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Just like the relationship between television and cinema, digital and traditional media have learned to co-exist. Tess Sulaman from Rocketseed South Africa talks about the immense effects of social media on businesses worldwide and how the change in media platforms are affecting how they interact with clients.

START-UPS: In the mind of Sylvia Gruber

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Sylvia Gruber is the Austrian-born entrepreneur that launched Rubybox in South Africa. Kelly Berold spoke to Gruber about e-commerce and pitching to investors.

NEWS: Tourism as part of community development

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As part of the Tourism and Community development theme on World Tourism Day (27 September 2014), much attention is being shifted towards local community development and the ability of tourism to empower individuals within these communities. Finweek investigates.

NEWS: Mercantile Bank opens centre for entrepreneurs

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Mercantile Bank has opened a new business centre to improve the ease of banking for entrepreneurs – a first for the South African banking sector. Finweek takes a look at how the new centre will cater exclusively to business owners.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Three myth-defying women

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Businesses owned by women now account for a third of entrepreneurs around the world. In light of women’s month, Finweek explores the myths surrounding female entrepreneurship.