Journalist Lisa Illingworth spoke to James Caan of Dragon’s Den fame about his Step Up 2 a Start Up initiative for the next edition of Finweek. In this article she speaks to Caan about his own entrepreneurial journey and who is really responsible for the development of SMMEs.
A common issue raised among local entrepreneurs is the ease of access to business finance, which is often criticised due to the difficulties experienced when attempting to secure funding to either establish, or grow, a business. The reality is that there is money available for entrepreneurs with the right idea.
One of the biggest challenges facing South Africa at the moment is the question of how to foster an entrepreneurial culture amongst the youth. Unfortunately much of the teaching that takes place in schools and support initiatives is very theoretical in nature and doesn’t capture the realities of being an entrepreneur.
Simon chats the Finweek cover (How SMMEs Can Break into Big Corporate Supply Chains by Jessica Hubbard), results from; Famous Brands, Consolidated Infrastructure Group, Afrimat & Protech Khuthele. Understanding Austrian Economics and another finalist from the UCT School of Accounting mergers and acquisitions competition.