Business

 Benefits of Automating Your Startup

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Startups and enterprises are gradually embracing automation because it plays a key role in transforming any business for good. Despite this, some enterprises are yet to automate. Perhaps, these benefits we want to highlight will prompt you to start the automation of your startups.

Accurate and reliable results

The results of automation are accurate and reliable. It seriously minimises liability and risk from potentially costly manual mistakes that may affect the company’s public image.

Improved customer satisfaction

Since automation is quick and fast, there will be little or no delay in attending to your customers. This will make them very happy and they will always want to come back. So, besides improved customer services, it also leads to customer retention and loyalty.

Easy tracking of your business

Data is essential to track the growth of your business. One of the easiest ways to get such data is through automation. This is because every transaction and complaints are automatically recorded in the system. You can use this to improve the day to day running of your business.

Limited fraud

It is very easy to manipulate data and financial processes if it is done manually. However, if it is automated, there will be less reported cases of fraud. In fact, if your business is automated you can easily track it.

Encourages efficiency

Automating manual document processes, admin tasks and financial processes can significantly save time and resources thus freeing up your employees to focus on more rewarding and challenging tasks.

5 Online Lingerie Stores You Need To Try In Kenya

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The thing about Lingerie is that it is very hard to find easily. I mean a good bra and matching panty is just a struggle and the lack of variety at times can be very frustrating, so here we are with the struggle of trying to look amazing but with little or no option. The only negative at times can be the fitting but sometimes the store owner can come to your place or send you to their nearest shop if they have one and you are hooked up.

1.  Uncover

It is the first online lingerie shop in Kenya! Uncover is your one-stop shop for the best selection of; lingerie, swimwear, sleepwear, socks ad stockings for ladies, gentlemen and kids in Kenya.

2.lingerie – Kilimall Kenya

which is literally the one place where you can get anything. Their products are affordable and look so damn good if you have a husband you’d like to wow then this is the place to buy a couple of things.

3. Buy Ladies Lingerie & Pajamas Jumia

This list wouldn’t be complete without Jumia because they are better than an average supermarket. They have things that can help for tummy tuck or bum lifter, whatever you may need trust that Jumia Lingerie and Pajamas can have it at your doorstep at a very affordable price.

4. Double Dees

The lingerie they have are mostly for women with serious curves and as the name suggests, with serious curves because we really don’t have enough of those even in our markets. They sell bras, panties and lingerie’s.

From a waist trainer to a corset there’s nothing you cannot find on this website. They range from KSh300 to KSh 2,000 depending on what you want and obviously the material as well.

Jumia launches offline experiential centers in Kenya

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Jumia is launching offline experiential centers across the country to increase the uptake of its online offerings by shoppers who would otherwise prefer physical stores, in a move which is being seen as a step in the right direction.

The offline experiential centers are not offline stores but kind of digital centers with screens and computers and free internet allowing shoppers to toy around with the Jumia platforms and order or book whatever they want.

“We just launched our first store about a month ago and we are about to launch three more by the end of this month and we should have another two in a few months so that we have ten by the end of the year. The end point for us is to provide touch points for our customers, have them play with tablets and order stuff online and book hotels in every major town particularly outside Nairobi. Digital stores will have free internet and tablets giving access to 300,000 items or one million,” said Sam Chappate, Jumia Kenya MD.

July was Jumia’s biggest month in terms of traffic as it was forced to shut down its website due to overwhelming demand. However, the firm expects to have three times much more demand on Black Friday than it had in July on its anniversary. The Black Friday sale will run from November 13 till December 13, 2017 though Black Friday will be on November 13, 2017.

Before the current offline experiential zones, Jumia already had offline pickup centers and warehouses but the offline experiential centers have changed the game totally.

“We work with SMEs and big companies with quality products, we provide a technology platform and training and we help them create a new online sales channel to help them sale,” said Chappate. “They control the prices, they control the content while we provide the tools, the backend system and do digital marketing to bring people to the platform and offer logistics support to help fulfill those orders.”

Jumia Group runs Jumia, the online marketplace for vendors; Jumia Food to help restaurants accept online food orders; Jumia House for property; Jumia Travel for hotels and Jumia Jobs and Jumia Cars in some markets. The Group has operations in 23 markets in Africa though Kenya is one of its biggest markets after Nigeria.

According to Chappate, more growth is being driven now by the digital economy than physical products and the firm aims to create jobs in sectors that are growing hence its focus on the local digital economy which promises huge growth.

“The idea is that we started to develop the infrastructure for a digital economy, helping to provide basics for the first move to a digital economy which brings huge impact. The digital economy if you look around the world is the huge source of jobs and driver of economic growth. More growth is being driven by the digital products like music and ebooks than traditional products. So as Kenya, we want to create jobs in sectors that are growing and if we focus on the digital economy, we can see huge growth as a country and if we don’t do it, Rwanda is going to do it, or Uganda or South Africa,” Chappate noted.

The power of the marketplace helps drive the competition bringing together retailers, distributors among others. As a marketplace, Jumia’s role is to allow as many vendors as possible to compete on price and quality of the content to benefit shoppers. The firm says competition has led to over 50 percent cut in prices. This has tripled the number of vendors on the site leading it to drop its commissions further.

Apart from the technology platform, Jumia also runs warehousing, packaging and logistics hubs and a fleet of riders and pick-up points across the country. Jumia has five hubs across the country as warehouse facilities with one main warehouse in Nairobi, four other hubs across the country each with its own fleet of riders.

In other regions, the firm works with third-party service providers to deliver goods to the last mile. For payments, Jumia says it will launch JumiaPay next year to make the payments seamless.

“The first thing is that the big battle we have today is not against Safaricom’s Masoko or Kilimall but the penetration of ecommerce. The question is how many people are buying online and how we can get more shoppers. Our number one objective is to get people to buy online. My battle is how do we go from 0.5 percent to 5 percent. The big battle is how do we grow the e-commerce pie,” he said.

On pricing, Jumia thinks the best marketplace will eventually win due to its number of vendors, quality of content and choice items to pick from. Jumia has 300,000 items on the site but is looking at having 1 million at the end of the year.

UBA Group deploys AI-powered callback technology for instant customer response

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United Bank of Africa Group, (UBA) is going above and beyond the legacy banking systems to omni channel marketing and social media lead generation, meeting its customers where they are – on websites, email, social networks, and cross-device platforms.

UBA Group is taking advantage of AI-powered systems that even the western banks haven’t implemented yet. For instance, customers calling the bank for various reasons now have the option of requesting a call back to get on demand information. This has been implemented by using web to phone callback technology developed by Lucep.

You can see the website widget deployed on the UBA website at ubagroup.com for several financial services and products. The bank’s customers enter in their name and number, and select the reason for which they want a call back. The Lucep AI takes the callback request, and distributes it to the right team, ensuring it goes to an authorized member of the team who has the Lucep app on their smartphone. This member can then connect back to the customer through the app itself.

The benefits of such an instant response system are huge, especially when it’s about following up on new customers who are inquiring about banking services. Let’s say someone who wants a mortgage calls UBA and a few other banks to compare the procedure,  costs and paperwork needed.

UBA being the only one who has implemented an instant lead response system, is able to give the customer a call back within one or two minutes.

Since UBA is the first to call back, it gives them an edge over others. The bank is able to engage customers and get them to sign up before the competitors have a chance to make a call and talk to the customer. Customers also appreciate the bank calling back instantly, while other banks may take hours or even days to respond. It is this kind of attention to detail, personalized service, and deft use of the latest technologies that has helped UBA stay ahead of its competitors in Africa, and ahead of the trends in the global banking industry.

PV Developers Invited To Submit Proposals For Phanes Group Solar Incubator 2017

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Photovoltaics (PV) Developers have been invited to submit proposals for the Unlocking Solar Capital Africa conference pioneered by Phanes Group and in partnership with Solarplaza, Hogan Lovells, responsAbility, and Proparco.

The submitted proposals must be for projects that are based in sub-Saharan Africa and have a clear CSR component.

Interestingly, this will be the first African event featuring a Solar Incubator Programme, aimed at identifying PV projects of potential in sub-Saharan Africa by providing access to funding, and commercial and technical knowledge.

It comes as part Unlocking Solar Capital Africa’s goal to solve Africa’s solar energy funding gap and Phanes Group’s core strategy to collaborate with Africa-focused counterparties, such as local project owners, governments, and developers on projects that seek to create a sustainable future for urban and rural communities across the sub-Saharan region.

“Clean energy has the potential to transform sub-Saharan Africa for years to come, but successfully implemented PV solar projects require a diverse mix of expertise and knowledge to bring them to financial close,” said Martin Haupts, CEO, Phanes Group. “We believe the Phanes Group Solar Incubator will leverage untapped local PV potential, and create more opportunities for local projects. Combined with our strengths in developing bankable solutions for clean, affordable energy and efforts in CSR, the incubator initiative can help to address local needs that haven’t yet been met.”

There are currently more than 620 million people in sub-Saharan Africa living without electricity, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), which works to ensure global access to reliable, affordable and clean energy.

“As dreamers of a future where everybody can have access to electricity for a fair price, initiatives focused on long-term success like the Phanes Group’s Solar Incubator are always dear to our hearts,” said Edwin Koot, Solarplaza. “Renewable energy infrastructure projects result in myriad benefits. We wish participants the best in bringing forth this ripple effect to their communities, and look forward to meeting them at the ‘Unlocking Solar Capital Africa’ conference this October,” Edwin Koot added.

Key Points:

  • Winning project candidate(s) will enter a partnership with Phanes Group and hold a long-term stake in the project, collaboratively bringing it to financial close
  • Phanes Group and its partners will provide winner(s) with extensive knowledge transfer throughout the project – starting with a 2-month incubator phase, including a 4-day face-to-face workshop in Dubai, UAE
  • The final selection process will take place during the “Unlocking Solar Capital” conference in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (October 25-26, 2017), where the winner(s) will be announced
  • Please e-mail all submissions to [email protected] using the form downloadable below
  • The submission deadline is October 1, 2017, at 11:59 pm CET (Central Europe Time) 

 

Facebook Plans To Start Making Money off WhatsApp

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Facebook, the biggest social media network in the world is planning to monetise WhatsApp which it bought for $22 billion in 2014.

WhatsApp with 1 billion daily users, will charge companies to use some future features in the two free business tools it is testing.

The tools, already available in some countries, help companies answer customers’ questions and send them updates. Users need to opt in to be contacted by companies.

blog post from WhatsApp revealed that they discovered the need for the messaging platform to connect more companies to customers adding that “In the coming months, we’ll be testing new features that aim to solve some of these challenges, and make it easier for people to communicate with the businesses they want to reach on WhatsApp. Our approach is simple – we want to apply what we’ve learned helping people connect with each other to helping people connect with businesses that are important to them.”

The post further stated: “We know businesses have many different needs. For example, they want an official presence – a verified profile so people can identify a business from another person – and an easier way to respond to messages. We’re building and testing new tools via a free WhatsApp Business app for small companies and an enterprise solution for bigger companies operating at a large scale with a global base of customers, like airlines, e-commerce sites, and banks. These businesses will be able to use our solutions to provide customers with useful notifications like flight times, delivery confirmations, and other updates.”

The new features could help Facebook start building up WhatsApp as a stronger business. Also, if Facebook decides to charge businesses for services, it may help it avoid placing ads on WhatsApp.

It is noteworthy to add that Facebook makes most of its money off advertising and already expanded ads to Facebook Messenger and Instagram. Facebook didn’t rule out ads on WhatsApp but said it’s now focusing on the business features.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has said he expects WhatsApp and Messenger, two of the world’s most popular chat platforms.

BlackBOX, Africa’s Next Netflix Doesn’t Require Internet to Stream Content

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BlackBOX, founded by Claude Marcello Champier is a broadcasting service that allows customers to stream content without an internet connection.

Claude Champier, founder of BlackBOX, started BlackBOX TV because he wanted to create a VOD (Video on Demand) system, a Netflix for Africa. However, he wanted people to have access to content without a conventional data connection.

Traditional streaming of content (e.g. Netflix) requires a data connection with sufficient bandwidth to operate. BlackBOX requires no such connectivity; instead, the product uses third party programmes written externally by programmers and developers.

The company’s proprietary software runs off of Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), and the company attempts to mimic the end-user’s interaction with that of a smartphone. Promising a simple “plug and play” experience, the company hopes to expand product usage internationally.

Another interesting aspect of BlackBOX is that there are no subscription fees. The company sells the product at a one-time cost. The price point for the product is affordable, and in most cases, more cost-efficient over the long term than subscription-based services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus.

Among the biggest draws for the product is its simplicity. The product itself is shipped with three basic items: a power adapter, remote control, and HDMI cable. Instructions are relatively basic in nature, as the regional TV listings guide is already preinstalled. Listings automatically update every 15 minutes to provide the user with the most current information.

The content available to watch includes movies, TV shows, and sporting events. The specific programs are determined by regional availability, although a payable option called IPVanish exists. It spans over 40,000 IPs on a network of over 400 servers located in more than 60 countries around the world.

As the company is very new, it is difficult to ascertain the future levels of customer adoption. BlackBOX has goals to expand internationally, which could be difficult given the complexities of marketplace penetration in many countries.

Regardless it has already seen slight success as it was declared the winner at the Seedstars Maputo event as well as received an additional recognition as “Most Promising Seed-Stage Startup of Seedstars World Mozambique 2016.”

For more information click here.

 

Joe Falter Appointed As The New CEO of Jumia Travel

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Jumia Travel has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, Joe Falter, succeeding Paul Midy who has exited the top post to take a different position in the larger Jumia Group. Falter, who is also the Founder and CEO of Travel’s sister company Jumia Food, assumes the role as part of efforts outlined to further bolster the company’s operations.

“I could not be more excited to join this dynamic team which is revolutionising the way that people travel in Africa and beyond. With by far the biggest hotel inventory and market leading innovations, Jumia Travel is a clear leader in travel, tourism and hospitality, and I am thrilled to be leading the business forward” Says Joe.

Previously a management consultant at McKinsey in London, and with a track record of scaling companies in Europe and Africa, Joe brings with him a unique shift in strategic management that will help capitalize on emerging business opportunities.

Commenting on his first move as the new travel company’s boss, Joe ascertains that “Jumia Travel has grown exponentially in the last 2 years and the immediate objective is to continue this rapid growth trajectory while further strengthening our offering to customers and hoteliers. Our 30,000 hotel partners in Africa and hundreds of thousands of customers will be treated to exciting new developments online and offline.”

“I am confident that Joe is the right leader to accelerate Jumia Travel to become the only preferred travel agency in Africa and beyond,” says Jumia Co-Founder Sacha Poignonnec.

Founded in 2013, Jumia Travel has built a track record in e-commerce and technological innovation, becoming the leading online travel agency in Africa. It offers online hotel and flight booking services as well as tailor made packages for its large inventory of customers, both individual and corporate.

 

PING!, the Uber of Senegal is also Trying to Make the Country More Green

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In Senegal, there are approximately 3 vehicles per 100 people. Whilst it is true that there are currently over 25,000 cabs in Dakar alone, public transportation remains a hassle as potential customers always find themselves in situations where pricing is left to the mood of the taxi driver. What if this country is new to you? Patrons are often charged exuberant prices for no reason. Ping! attempts to eliminate the confusion.

The alternative fuel taxi project aims to change the traditional face of Dakar taxis and make them make cheaper, cleaner, and safer.

Ping! contributes to the modernization of the old taxi park of the Senegalese capital, to the fight against pollution which asphyxiates and above all, gain market share. These are the reasons that led Adam Martel Brown to create Ping!, an alternative fuel company, a mixture of ethanol and petroleum. The cars of the company will be hybrid, therefore less polluting, and will consume 50% to 75% less fuel than the others.

This would incredibly improve the level of pollution in Dakar.  There is almost implacable evidence; the Senegalese capital faces a serious danger due to air pollution. Pollution marked by poor air quality, aggravated by urban mobility, where polluting vehicles have a right to the city. According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the rate of micrograms in air in Dakar is 141 m3. This is 7 times higher than the WHO limit.

Getting on the taxi segment isn’t easy. In Dakar, this market is already overheating, to the point that the issuance of operating licenses is now frozen by the government. Adam Brown and his teams know it perfectly. In order to make a difference, he places himself on a service offer that is decidedly different from what has been done on the market in terms of comfort, safety and tariffs.

Mediosa Enables Nigerians to Access Medical HealthCare Conveniently From Home

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Mediosa, founded by Anapuwa Michael is an online bookings platform where people can book medical laboratory tests and health packages, get their samples collected from home and then get their reports online within 24 to 48 hours. Gone are the days where you have to wait in line, as you can also order prescription-based pharmacy drugs and have it delivered to you within a few hours at the comfort of your home. They are in the business of making healthcare more accessible, affordable and also bringing in convenience and transparency.

It is Nigeria’s Best Preventive and Managed Health Care Company and provides highest quality medical checkup packages. They have a unique model of providing comprehensive health services where samples are collected from your home at your own convenient time and tested at fully accredited laboratories which are the best available.

Their packages include basic health check-ups which involve the summary of your cardiovascular, thyroid, liver and kidney function. This provides an indication of the general functioning of the body, as well as helps gauge the risk for stroke, diabetes, heart attack etc.

More packages are being introduced, including the child preventive medical checkup which provides information on the general health status of children. As well as the comprehensive checkup which evaluates the general health status. It provides information about any risk of major organs and the risk of cardiovascular disease like heart attacks and strokes, chronic diseases like diabetes and kidney disease, and the status of liver and blood.

For more information, click here.

Onesha is an Online Platform that Exclusively Finds Jobs for Kenyan Creatives

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An empowered Africa comes by giving the required resources to its young people.

Founded by Benerd Momanyi and Levis Njehia, Onesha seeks to help students and universities in Africa organize their past school and personal projects into beautiful digital portfolios. With Machine learning and A.I, they leverage on those projects to connect students to more economic opportunities like jobs, internships and scholarships. They analyze projects data to help universities understand skills distribution of their students and identify skills gap among their learners.

Most employers would go ahead and hire you based on past work experience and skills included in CVs’ and nothing else, disadvantaging students trying to find internships and entry level jobs, despite numerous projects the students had undertaken while in school.

As such, Onesha, is a web platform that allows users to build a portfolio of their projects by uploading multimedia content and match them to jobs based on their skills. Onesha also enables you to create a visual CV and help you highlight your abilities and where you have achieved success. Personalise your CV with information in your profile and let them match your skills to your job.

The creative economy in particular is one of the fastest growing in the world having grown at an average of 14 percent between 2002 and 2008.The Kenyan creative industry alone is worth about Sh25 billion which represents one percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as according to a survey conducted by Zimele Asset Management Company.

Onesha seeks to bridge the gap between employers looking for entry level staff and job seekers in the creative areas which include art, crafts, fashion, music, TV, radio, advertising, video games, publishing and performing arts.

Onesha started off with KES 70,000 in capital back in 2015 and already has 8 institutions with several others in the pipeline. They also have over 2500 students and more 1000 professionals signed up on there on the platform signed up.

Onesha believes that they have the competitive edge to being the first in region in building a platform that brings the whole creative society under one unified web platform that works with portfolios to help students find jobs. They have already managed to represent Africa at the 2016 Global Students Entrepreneurs Awards.

For more information, click here.

This Brilliant Nigerian Man Has Created a Machine that Can Smell Explosives

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Oshi Agabi a Nigerian, has created a computer based on mice neurons that has been trained to recognize the smell of explosives and could be used to replace traditional airport security.

 

With all the major tech firms, from Google to Microsoft, looking to create artificial intelligence modelled on the human brain, this invention is a breakthrough.

He launched his start-up Koniku over a year ago, has raised $1m (£800,000) in funding and claims it is already began making major profits.

Koniku Kore, the computer, is an amalgam of living neurons and silicon, with olfactory capabilities. Basically sensors that can detect and recognize smells.

Oshi envisages a future where such devices can be discreetly used at various points in airports, eliminating all the hustle and queues to get through airport security.

Besides being used for bomb detection, the device could be used to detect illness by sensing markers of a disease in the air molecules that a patient gives off. This may eventually help prevent any diseases from overwhelming a patient and allow for fast discovery and recovery.

The company is already making profits of $10m upwards and has customers in the aviation and pharmaceuticals industries.

TOFA, An Exclusively African Trading Platform Has Launched in Kenya

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An online platform which aims to encourage intra-Africa trade has been launched in Kenya. Traders of Africa (TOFA) is already in Nigeria, Uganda and Rwanda, and is also set to lauch in Ghana. Kenya is the fourth marketplace.

The products and services TOFA offers include but are not limited to Agriculture, Construction, Wood & Furniture, Food, Beverages, Leather, Textile and Mineral products.

The e-commerce company is focused on developing an online marketplace for the trading of goods and services that are made in or are from Africa.

This happens even as the e-commerce space is attracting more participation, throughout Africa with the likes of Jumia and Kilimall who have managed to become household names in the industry.

According to the UN, the continental African economy has a GDP of $2.8 trillion but intra-African trade is just 16 percent. A lot of Africans would rather import than purchase locally. Ironically, a lot of those ‘exotic’ goods have origin from Africa.

The firm has physically engaged over merchants spread across the continent. It has over 9,000 merchants already signed up and plans to verify buyers and sellers.  The firm has also partnered with Ecobank, who will provide Escrow for deal settlements.

It’s goal is to get every African country participating in the platform within a year, with plans to launch in Mali, Zambia, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso & Tanzania over the next 6 months.

SmartPesa is the Mpesa of the World, Seeking to Bring UnderBanked Communities into the Credit Economy

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  • Founded by Barry Levett, SmartPesa is a specialist payments technology provider that aims to solve the last mile problem for financial institutions in emerging markets.

Over 2 billion people are currently excluded from the financial system (the unbanked and underbanked). SmartPesa’s vision is to enable countries to quickly expand the financial services network into rural areas at very low cost, bringing the under-served into the modern financial system.

SmartPesa was founded in Singapore in order to tap into its growing financial technology expertise and as a base to expand into our target markets in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and South America.

Banks, Insurers and PSPs can use SmartPesa’s platform as mini-ATMs/branches in remote and rural areas, providing a full range of services including payments, cash-in and out, balance inquiries, bill payments, transfers, government distributions, loans and insurance. SmartPesa directly addresses the dual needs of financial inclusion and cash reduction whilst eliminating the need for costly/risky changes to banks’ proven systems.

SmartPesa is deployed on-premises with full legal/regulatory compliance and industry leading security systems and fully integrates with any financial switch.

SmartPesa works closely with local partners across the globe to operate the solution for local financial institutions, initially as a mobile point of sale solution and later expand into a multi-service system as part of the mission to solve the Banking Last Mile problem.

This is fairly similarly to Mpesa whose thousands of agents throughout Kenya operate the small roadside shops where you can cash out your M-Pesa digital currency. These roadside shops are abundant in emerging markets and are the key to economic growth in these countries. They do everything via mobile phones and via cash. That is why a venture like SmartPesa that aims to bring these roadside stands into the credit economy may create a significant opportunity for many throughout the globe.

10 Uplifting Quotes That Will Inspire You to be Your Own Boss

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Entrepreneurship is probably something everyone would like to venture in, but not everyone manages to embark on. Besides having a more independent and flexible financial income, you get to make your own terms. It may not always be the easiest thing to accomplish, but its something anyone who is capable should attempt, and these 10 quotes might just push you to start:


 

Zamgoat Wants to Become Zambia’s First Supplier of Goat Meat

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IZamgoat, founded by Paul Nyambe, is Zambia’s first dedicated and innovative commercial-scale aggregator, processor and supplier of goat meat and other related products, thereby also empowering rural communities, largely smallholder farmers.

Goat rearing is considered a “poor man’s trade”. Smallholder farmers don’t keep goats to generate income, they do it instead to provide for themselves and as a symbol of prestige. Yet the smallholder farmers struggle to pay school fees for their children and can hardly afford to go to the hospital.

Founded in July 2012 as a privately-held for-profit social enterprise, Zamgoat took charge on an integrated aggregation/processing and trading business model that endeavors to deliver sustainable social and economic value across their stakeholders, suppliers, shareholders and customers.

Despite the growing demand for goat products at the national, regional and global scale, goat processing and marketing has historically been traditional and informal. The key is to create an up-to-date supply chain for goat products.

As a mission-driven company, Zamgoat does not only therefore meet the growing demand for goat meat and related products in Zambia and the regional export markets, but also addresses the high poverty levels especially among smallholder farmers.

So far operating with limited capacities and lacking in ideal operational infrastructure including slaughterhouse, processing equipment and cold transport, we have over the last 3 years processed and sold over 2,300 goats, impacting more than 200 smallholder farmers, with a growing market reach and revenues. Their average annual sales amounted to the equivalent of over $50,000.

For more information click here.

5 Reasons Why Perfectionism is an Entrepreneurs Worst Enemy

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1. Expectations are Really Hard to Achieve

If you insist on striving to create a product that’s utterly perfect, then you’ll be unable to make actual progress by constantly focusing on every minuscule issue that comes up. Recognize that you don’t need to be perfect to continue making progress towards your goals. By setting more realistic goals, you’ll eliminate excess energy that would go towards attempting the impossible, and have a more balanced lifestyle.

2. You’ll End up Stressed

Because your benchmarks for success are so high, life basically becomes a war between you and the stress you put on yourself. Let your ambitious drive be the cause of your success, not you’re failure. It’s important to use healthy rewards and positive feedback to achieve your goals rather than allowing your inner voice to wreak havoc on your emotional state. Allow positivity and love to propel you on the road to success and fulfillment.

3. Your Creative Flow will Stop Flowing

Perfection in with every detail takes a lot of work and time. If providing high quality content or results already takes a significant amount of energy, then to make everything perfect will only drain you further.

5. You’ll Waste Precious Time and Opportunities

You’ll never get things done ‘right’ on time. Constantly focusing on the smaller details may cause you to entirely miss out on a new opportunity. You’ll spend too much time planning and perfecting a product or feature, before launching it. Sometimes it’s best to launch even before you feel ready because that’s the only way you can gather feedback from end users that will help you improve your product in ways that you may not have even foreseen.

5. You Don’t Allow Yourself Time to Relax

It’s easy to look at relaxation as a waste of time when you’re basically a workaholic, looking to greatness. However, it’s important to remember that sleeping and engaging in light-hearted activities is a healthy and necessary way of refreshing your motivation and working on the creativity stated earlier.

eBay And Mall for Africa Partner To Bring African Goods To Global Shoppers

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eBay and Mall for Africa have partnered to make it possible for shoppers in any part of the world to purchase African goods.The partnership expands upon an existing relationship between the two companies, which allows Africans the ability to purchase items from eBayforAfrica.com or directly through the Mall for Africa app.

The partnership expands upon an existing relationship between the two companies, which allows Africans the ability to purchase items from eBayforAfrica.com or directly through the Mall for Africa app.

Mall for Africa and eBay will now provide Africans in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, and Burundi a new platform to sell their one-of-a-kind artisan products into the U.S. The inventory will be surfaced on the Mall for Africa store on eBay.com, allowing sellers to expand their businesses and increase brand awareness. To start, product categories will include fashion, art & collectables, jewellery, and clothing.  Expansion into other categories and additional African countries will occur in the upcoming months.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with extending our partnership with eBay as we empower, expose, and positively affect thousands of hardworking artisans while making it convenient for US shoppers to purchase African made products that would otherwise be unavailable to them, “said Chris Folayan, CEO of Mall for Africa. “As someone who grew up in Africa became an entrepreneur, and who currently does business in Africa, I know first-hand the importance of cross-border trade and having the opportunity to expand a business internationally.”

Mall for Africa’s long-time shipping partner, DHL, will be responsible for all shipping needs. The seller simply packs the product, prints the label, and drops the package off at DHL’s nearest drop-off location.  Last February, DHL published research that indicated a significant forthcoming increase in cross-border e-commerce sales. It also asserts that in 2020, 1 out of 5 e-commerce dollars will be generated cross-border and the market is anticipated to grow at 25% annually—almost twice the rate of domestic e-commerce.

“eBay’s vision for commerce is one that is enabled by people, powered by technology, and open to everyone,” said Sylvie De Wever, eBay’s General Manager of Latin America and US Exports. “This expanded relationship with Mall for Africa will not only bring great inventory and more selection to our marketplace but will also create greater economic opportunity for African artisans looking to expand their reach.”

Mall for Africa provides African consumers with a platform to purchase items directly from over 200 of the best US and UK retailers in the world. As a leader in the industry, MFA manages every step of the order process, offering its customers a simple, secure and convenient solution to online shopping.

 

Jumia Announces Back To School Season Sales and Free Shipping Offer

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Jumia has announced its inaugural essay writing competition for all Nigerian students with the chance to win up to 1 million naira in scholarship.

The competition is a part of Jumia’s kick-off of the 2017 Back to School season sales.

The nationwide competition will bring together students from all over in an intellectual bout that challenges them to develop smart solutions and unleash hidden potentials that will address tangible problems faced in the country.

The essay competition will be divided into 3 categories – senior secondary school (SSS), junior secondary school (JSS) and advanced primary school pupils.

The secondary school category ranges from SS1 – SS3 and their essay topic for a N500,000 scholarship win is – “What is the role of e-commerce as a means of diversification for the Nigerian economy?” The JSS1 – JSS3 students will writing for or against the topic “Parental control on the internet should be enforced till age 18” for a N300,000 scholarship win.

Students from Primary 4 – 6 will write for or against the topic: “Online shopping is better than offline shopping” for a N200,000 scholarship.

Every participant is expected to send their entry in MS-Word document format, in not more than 250 words with their full name, class, school name and address, along with their parents/guardians phone number to [email protected] All entries close at 12:00am on August 31st, 2017.

Along with the competition, the Jumia Back to School sales event will feature everything school-aged children need at incredible prices. Stationeries, backpacks, shoes, sneakers, insulated lunch boxes, water bottles, provisions, toiletries, clothing for boys and girls, socks and underwear tees, laptops and computer accessories, alarm clocks and more!

There will also be free shipping on all back to school purchases until Sunday, 27th of July, 2017. The first 100 customers to shop daily between Monday, August 21st and Thursday, August 24th will enjoy a complimentary bottle of dettol and peak milk.

While commenting on the Jumia Back to School campaign, Ojuola Asuquo, the Head of Engagement Marketing at Jumia Nigeria said, “We are pleased to support and make a contribution to Nigerian students and their families towards the upcoming school year.”

She also encouraged parents to cheer and prompt their school children to participate in Jumia’s inaugural writing competition, and likewise take full advantage of the Jumia Back to School sales campaign and free shipping offer.

Pick Parcel is Kenya’s First and Cheapest Online Courier Booking Service

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