Soft skills: FREE eBook download

Today’s business is all about people. It is about communication, relationships and about presenting yourself, your organisation and your ideas in the most positive and impactful way. Soft skills – leadership, team building, communication, decision making, time management, stress management, interview skills etc. - allow us to effectively and efficiently use our technical skills and knowledge. They improve the way we interact with our bosses, co-workers and customers/clients. That is why a strong soft skills set is considered to be very important. This book provides practical guidelines to develop soft skills, and will be useful to all who intend to succeed in their chosen profession – partic

Come to Paris: Apply to the McKinsey 'Next Generation Women Leaders' event

Global management consulting firm, McKinsey, is extending an invitation to female students and experienced professionals based in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, to attend its 5th Next Generation Women Leaders event. The exclusive gathering will be a three-day workshop (May 24-26, in Paris) in which McKinsey offers attendees the opportunity to explore the importance of women in leadership and the impact they have on the economy. The ladies will also learn how to shape their personal leadership styles by playing to their strengths and understanding how to grow their potential. Over the three days, attendees will also meet McKinsey consultants, and participate in group sessions, workshop

Win up to US$25,000: The Thought for Food Challenge 2018

If you are 18-35 years old, and have a great idea to change the world of food and agriculture, then you are invited to join the 2018 TFF Challenge which believes that openness, collaboration, and an entrepreneurial mindset are key to feeding our growing world. Participants will be expected to form teams that will attempt to develop breakthrough solutions that address the global challenge of feeding 9+ billion people by the year 2050. By participating in the TFF Challenge, participants will be joining a movement of young innovators from 130 different countries who are reshaping the global food system. Benefits include taking part in proven training programs, working with world-class mentors w

Students: win up to €30,000 at L'Oréal Brandstorm 2018

Open to undergraduate or select graduate students, the L'Oréal Brandstorm contest is searching for teams that will invent the professional salon experience of the future - and disrupt the beauty industry. The competition requires students to enter in teams of three people, and prize monies are broken down into: The Brand Award: €10,000 The Tech Award: €10,000 The CSR Award: €10,000 Entries for Africa close on March 18, 2018, with national finalists going on to the world finals taking place on May 16 & 17, 2018 - in Paris, France. All expenses are paid. L'Oréal Brandstorm 2018 promises it will be an innovation competition like no other. Apply here! THE 2017 COMPETITION

Two awesome FREE eBooks: download now

Do you have the self belief and confidence to make a difference? Do you “just know” that you will succeed no matter what? If not, this title ('Personal Confidence & Motivation') will be a great self-help book for you. Click on the image to download Subscriptions lead to more stable and sustainable revenue. This book ('How To Build A Subscription Business | 29 Steps To Subscription Mastery') shares practical steps to follow for creating a business model that provides fresh, unique and affordable products for customers - and therefore repeat business:

Retail stores are closing down, but she's expanding her brick-and-mortar stores

At a time when retail brands across the world are closing stores (or going online-only), Reformation, the "cool eco-chic" clothing company founded by Yael Aflalo is thriving. However, despite skyrocketing sales, the in-store customer experience was bad, basically due to typical retail store complaints: overcrowding, small and unfriendly changing rooms, and not enough personalised attention. And so Ms. Aflalo went in search of ways to create a high-end, high-volume retail experience. Referring to ideal retail stores such as Apple, she said: “The stores are always so busy, yet they’re always able to maintain a high level of customer experience. The floor isn’t cluttered with boxes of products;

#InspiringIdeas: Watch the 10 most successful 'Shark Tank' businesses

Shark Tank is arguably one of the world's most engaging reality TV shows, which gives budding entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their ideas to judges (Sharks), in the hope of receving funding. Main judges of the American TV show are (below, L-R): Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Kevin O'Leary, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, and Robert Herjavec

The startup that delivers lifesaving medicines by drone

Described as the “Uber for blood”, startup, Zipline, operates the world’s only drone delivery system at national scale to send urgent medicines, such as blood and animal vaccines, to those in need – no matter where they live. In 2016, the California (USA)-based company introduced the use of medical drones to transport bloods to remote hospitals in Rwandan provinces that lacked the proper infrastructure for quick access to medical supplies. The drone travels at a speed of 60 miles per hour, sending a notification to the receiving hospital as it approaches its destination. Once hovering above the hospital, the drone releases the medical package, which drops to the hospital's grounds with the

Ogle-worthy SIV (not SUV) released by Chinese startup, Byton

Chinese startup, Byton, has thrown us a large bone. With a focus on the consumer's digital (rather than driving) experience, its release of an SIV (Smart Intuitive vehicle) is showing just what is possible if mind meets skill and determination. With a 49-inch “shared-experience” display, touchscreen steering wheel, individual adjustable seats, Amazon’s Alexa, Level 3 autonomy. and wide infotainment screens, Byton's concept focuses on affordable comfort and utility rather than an ultra-luxury driving experience. Says Byton CEO, Carsten Breitfeld: "Our first Byton is actually a high-tech digital space." Byton says the car will be available near the end of 2019.

Win US$40,000 + perks: Apply to Start-Up Chile!

Global startups, join Startup Chile, the leading accelerator in Latin America. Start-Up Chile is a program created by the Chilean Government that seeks to attract early-stage, high-potential entrepreneurs to bootstrap their startups using Chile as a platform to go global. Applications are now open for the Startup Seed Acceleration - a program for startups with a functional product and early validation. Selected companies receive approximately US$40K equity-free funding, entry into an Accelerator, access to mentors. During their stay in Chile, startups develop their businesses and become a part of one of the largest and most diverse startup communities in the world. The end goal of this progr

2 x free downloads: great eBooks for budding (and even) experienced entrepreneurs

This is an audio book, described by Amazon.com: "Skillfully read by DJ, MTV News reporter, and radio host Sway Calloway, whose effortless style and distinct voice perfectly capture John's message, and featuring a customised introduction from the author himself, this audiobook is the go-to source for all those wanting to learn the importance of staying hungry in order to succeed. Interspersed throughout its chapters, listeners are treated to "Power Facts" and "Shark Points" told directly by Daymond John, giving the famed entrepreneur and branding expert a chance to impart some of his invaluable wisdom" Click here to download this audio book (*FREE, with Amazon Audible trial) Excerpts: "Why Bu

Favourite fashion entrepreneur, Nkwo, releases the exquisite 'Draped Trouser Suit'

Sublime. That's the only way to describe the work of renown fashion entrepreneur, Nkwo Onwuka. Her eponymous label “Nkwo” skilfully intertwines traditional fabrics with modern styles, often working with local artisans in Africa to infuse age-old techniques (embroidery, metal work such as bronzing, hand dyeing, weaving, beading) into urban couture pieces. In a piece titled HIS OR HERS: UNISEX OR ANDROGYNY??, read what Nkwo Nigeria stockist, Zinkata, has to say about the brand's latest release - the draped trouser suit. *Photo credit: zinkata.com

Startup helps cut your rent in half

HomeShare is a San Francisco (USA) startup that is radically reducing rents by converting apartment living rooms into bedrooms to increase the number of rooms rentable for co-sharing tenants. Says HomeShare:"We partner with luxury buildings, match compatible housemates and install privacy partitions to provide a seamless moving experience. Our mission is to democratise cities by providing attractive yet affordable housing." To put things in perspective, the average rents in San Francisco for 2017 ran up to $3,400 for a one-bedroom apartment. In comparison, the asking price for a HomeShare partitioned living room (turned bedroom) would be in the range of $1,125. Private rooms and room with

Travel startup lets you book top awesome homes (not hotels) in London

London-based travel tech startup The Plum Guide, is on a mission to build a marketplace of the world’s most beautiful holiday homes, so that travelers can cherry-pick the top 1%accommodation for their stay, at various budgets. Says founder Doro Meyassed: “For a home to be accepted it has to pass 150 criteria. These criteria, which we call ‘The Science & Art Behind The Perfect Stay’ represent what we believe are the ingredients of the perfect stay. They have been devised by collecting over 541,000 data points across 1,082 London homes (to date) on what makes this all-elusive perfect stay.” The Plum Guide must be doing a lot right, because it has just raised £5.7m in Series A funding in a rou

Social entrepreneurs: get sponsored to a four-week accelerator in London

The Collective Global Accelerator (CGA) is a 4-week residential experience at the organisation's co-living community, The Collective Old Oak in London. It targets social entrepreneurs, between the ages of 20 an 35, who tackle urban challenges and create strong communities in cities. CGA brings together the best and brightest social entrepreneurs from all over the world, with diverse backgrounds and businesses - to help them scale their impact on the world. Anyone that attends CGA has an extraordinary opportunity to become a better entrepreneur; to be part of a community of people who share a commitment to do good; to grow into a global innovator, and to get access to CGA's network of world-c

Changemaker? Apply to attend the Girl Up Leadership Summit

From July 8-11, 2018, more than 350 passionate youth advocates from around the world will convene for the 7th annual Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. For three jam-packed days, these young change-makers will participate in leadership training, learn from influential speakers, engage in skills-based workshops, and lead an official lobby day on Capitol Hill. Through mentorship by Girl Up experts, celebrity champions, women trailblazers, and gender equality experts, Summit participants will gain core leadership skills, training in community-building and advocacy, and experience interacting with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. The Summit strives to empower, educate and embolden

Win $40,000+: The Global Student Entrepreneur Award

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for student entrepreneurs who actively run a business. EO GSEA nominees compete in qualifying competitions (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) for the chance to advance to the Global Finals, held in April 2017 in Toronto, Canada. With more than 1,700 competitors from more than 50 countries, the GSEA is an exclusive opportunity for student entrepreneurs to make connections, find resources, and grow their businesses! Eligibility You must be an undergraduate student, the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of the company which have generated USD 500,- or received USD 1000,- in investments at the time of application a

The 'kidpreneur' coconut merchants!

You've got to love these two kids. Joba and Anaborhi Mobori (JAM, for short) are kidpreneur-owners of JAM - The Coconut Food Company . Their background story: "We are 3 and 6 years old respectively. Inspired by our amazing enterpreneurial parents, we started making coconut milk for sale when we discovered our mom a.k.a ‘Mama’ is lactose intolerant. "Inspired by our amazing entrepreneurial parents, we started making coconut milk for sale when we discovered our mom a.k.a ‘Mama’ is lactose intolerant" "With lots of help from Mama, we started off with our now famous coconut milk. Our coconut milk is a wholesome and delicious alternative to cow’s milk which is suitable for vegans, vegetarians,

Forget stocks, invest in a cow!

In October 2016, Serial entrepreneur Shezi launched his venture, Livestock Wealth, an online “crowd-farming” platform that enables anyone, anywhere - without any knowledge of farming - to invest in and own cattle. Here is how the investment pays off: The farm buys and raises calves naturally to produce grass-fed beef. A potential investor is able to visit the site, purchase a calf, which at seven months, is sold to a feedlot at a market-determined price per kilogram. Says Ntuthuko: "The process is fully transparent. Calf prices are published every week by Absa and Farmers Weekly." The current going price is R7,476, with an additional monthly farming fee of R299, which includes full insurance

#EntrepreneurOnFire: Emile Alexander popped his way out of poverty

Emile Alexander was “really depressed” at the end of 2014. He had tried his hands at several businesses - opening Jimmy’s Killer Prawns in In 2007; construction, digital media, and business training - and they all failed The following year, 2015, he researched other startup ideas, and came across the gourmet popcorn phenomenon. Says Emile: “For a long time, South Africans only had cheap savoury popcorn and mass-produced caramel popcorn offerings to choose from on the market. There wasn’t ‘premium gourmet popcorn’ of high quality in a range of flavours. “I remembered that in my travels with South African Airways (SAA), I used to see gourmet popcorn in New York and Atlanta. I saw there was a g

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