Market matching mentors in Africa

African entrepreneurs are increasingly looking for mentorship. Locally, a study by the Silicon Cape initiative, revealed that access to business mentors was the second most sought after resource. Now,VC4Africa (Venture Capital for Africa), the African entrepreneurial hub, is launching the Mentorship Marketplace, a peer-to-peer … Continued

United Nations of Entrepreneurship

Over 2,000 people gathered last week in Rio – the home of carnaval and caipirinhas.  They included over 135 delegations representing the host nations of GEW – Global Entrepreneurship Week.  Every March since 2009 they have gathered in ever increasing … Continued

The Road to Rio

Over 1200 international delegates from 150 countries are expected to land in Rio over the next few days. They will be gathering for the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Congress hosted by Global Entrepreneurship Week, Endeavor Brazil, and the Kauffman Foundation. In … Continued

Berlin Incubators in Africa

The four players to watch are Nailab, Savanna Fund, Growth Hub and 88mph – all of which have sprung up within the last few years. NaiLab offers an accelerator for early-stage startups, which lasts from three to 12 months. The aim is to nurture innovation within the … Continued

India – driving frugal innovation

Grassroots innovation is ideation and development with only frugal resources at the innovator’s disposal. India has a distinctive expertise in developing and marketing frugal innovations to the world. Indians call it jugaad innovation. Most recently, the BBC documented the success story of a farmer … Continued

Silicon Valley in Brazil

Startup accelerator 500 Startups is serious about growing its presence in emerging markets. According to the accelerator, “big things are happening” in the South American country, which is why the programme has “been so passionate about supporting Brazilian startups and entrepreneurs”. In … Continued

$100m fund to inspire gadget breakthroughs

Samsung, the world’s top smartphone maker, will devote new funds to nascent technology ideas, with an eye to solving today’s challenges for mobile devices. Samsung president Young Sohn announced that his company plans to invest $100 million in research projects … Continued

50 Most Innovative Countries

Bloomberg has revealed its Innovation Index.  When you think about the most innovative countries, the U.S. and South Korea often come to mind. But what about Iceland or Iran? How do they compare? Bloomberg Rankings recently examined more than 200 countries … Continued