How to Encourage Innovation in Africa

How to Encourage Innovation in Africa - WSJ
14 Mar

How to Encourage Innovation in Africa ? How is innovation in Africa different from innovation in Silicon Valley? And how can innovation in Africa be encouraged? Dan Keeler, frontier-markets editor of The Wall Street Journal, discussed those questions with Khanyi Dhlomo, founder and chief executive of Ndalo Media, a publisher based in South Africa, and […]

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Middle East Man of the Year – Ashish J. Thakkar

Middle East Man of the Year - Ashish J Thakkar
26 Jan

Lessons from an entrepreneur: Ashish J. Thakkar How our ‘ Middle East Man of the Year ‘ earned his stripes Ashish J. Thakkar runs The Mara Group, a pan-African business Services Company headquartered in Dubai, which operates in technology, financial services, manufacturing and plenty more. Thakkar has created a sprawling empire that, through its investments, […]

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Supportive policies prop up Rwanda in inaugural Ashish J Thakkar Global Entrepreneurship Index

Ashish J Thakkar Global Entrepreneurship Index 2016
02 Dec

Easy access to finance and supportive business-oriented policies that drive growth have propelled Rwanda as one of the top countries on the continent offering the best environment for entrepreneurs, according to the inaugural Ashish J Thakkar Global Entrepreneurship Index released this week. The index developed by Mara Foundation, a pan-African investment group, ranked Rwanda second-best […]

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Namibia tops African countries in Ashish J Thakkar Global Entrepreneurship Index

Ashish J Thakkar Global Entrepreneurship Index 2016
28 Nov

Namibia tops African countries ranked tops in Africa in the inaugural Ashish J Thakkar Global Entrepreneurship Index . The index measures entrepreneurial environments around the world, assessing 85 countries against a set of criteria that spans policy, infrastructure, education, entrepreneurial environment and finance. Singapore was the forerunner for best environment for entrepreneurs. Namibia came 42nd […]

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The UK’s the fifth most entrepreneurial country in the world

most entrepreneurial country in the world
27 Nov

The UK’s the fifth most entrepreneurial country in the world . The UK is better at fostering entrepreneurial talent than nearly every other country in the world, new research reveals, propelled ahead of the US thanks to its finance expertise and favourable policies. The UK ranks fifth behind only Singapore, New Zealand, Denmark and Canada […]

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The Innovative Spirit among Refugees and Entrepreneurs

Innovative Spirit among Refugees and Entrepreneurs - Ashish J. Thakkar
25 Aug

The Innovative Spirit among Refugees and Entrepreneurs Over several days in mid-August, members of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council (GEC) had the extraordinary opportunity to visit Sweden and Jordan to experience firsthand how United Nations agencies, civil society groups, and private sector stakeholders are supporting refugees and entrepreneurs through skills training, mentoring, and education. As […]

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Why do we still make it so hard to be a female entrepreneur ?

Why do we still make it so hard to be a female entrepreneur
01 Aug

The only thing harder than being an entrepreneur is being a female entrepreneur. Despite all the blood, sweat and tears that get poured into a start-up by its founder, statistics indicate that female entrepreneurs still start their companies with 50% percent less capital than their male counterparts. This needs to change, not only because I […]

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