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Silicon Cape: Vinny Lingham & Justin Stanford

Vinny Lingham, founder and CEO of Yola, and Justin Stanford, founder and CEO of 4DI Capital, have a vision of a Western Cape ecosystem that brings together local and foreign investors, the brightest technical talent and the most promising entrepreneurs.

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Western Cape Premier Helen Zille calledit “an historical event”. Dr Mamphela Ramphele, Chair of the TechnologyInnovation Agency, believed that the day would be “forever marked in thecalendar of South Africa’s innovation as ‘the beginning’.” 

They were addressing over 500 people atthe launch of the Silicon Cape Initiative. The brainchild of two of SouthAfrica’s brightest young entrepreneurial stars, it seeks to position Cape Townas Africa’s hub for venture capital, entrepreneurship and world-class IP. Silicon Cape is not owned by anyone orcontrolled by any single entity. “It is as much about a place as it is aboutthe people in it – it’s a living community. We wanted to start a conversation,to plant a seed in people’s minds about the idea and to position the WesternCape as the emerging Silicon Valley of Africa,” says Lingham. Cape Town has a lot of the naturalingredients that have made Silicon Valley what it is today – beautiful naturalscenery, great universities, personality and culture, a vibrant entrepreneurialcommunity, and a willingness from local government to support entrepreneurs.

Lingham and Stanford have a knack formaking things happen and attracting the right kind of attention. In addition toZille and Ramphele, the likes of Matthew Buckland, Dr Johan Rupert and LaurenceOlivier – all keynote speakers at the launch event – have put their weightbehind the Silicon Cape Initiative. Less than a month after launchingLingham and Stanford met with the Minister of Science and Technology NalediPandor. “She is keen to find out how she can engage with her colleagues innational government to help us in first rapidly unblocking the regulatory obstaclesthat make it hard for the ecosystem to develop, and then looking at possibleincentives to further grow it. This is very encouraging,” writes Stanford aboutthe meeting. They are realistic about the manyobstacles that the establishment of such an ecosystem presents, including lackof access to venture capital and angel investor funding, sub-standard bandwidthavailability and legislation that hinders the development of start-ups.

But they believe solving these problemsis critical, not only for the development of the Silicon Cape Initiative, butfor the country’s global competitiveness. “If we don’t become exporters of IP,we will become exporters of talent,” says Stanford. He and Lingham aredetermined to prevent that from happening, and to place the Cape on the globalentrepreneurial map. If the success they have achieved individually inlaunching global businesses is anything to go by, they have the vision, thecontacts, the drive and the energy to make it happen. 

Juliet Pitman is a features writer at Entrepreneur Magazine.

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27 Of The Richest People In South Africa

Here are 27 of South Africa’s richest people, but how did they achieve this level of wealth? Find out here.

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Learn the secrets of SA’s most successful business people, here is the list of the 27 richest people in South Africa:

In a world with growing entrepreneurship success stories, victory is often measured in terms of money. The feat of achieving a place on this list is, however, years of hard work, determination and persistence. “One has to set high standards… I can never be happy with mediocre performance,” advises Patrice Motsepe.

From the individuals that made the 27 of the richest people in South Africa list, actual entrepreneurs and self-made business people dominate the list; while those who inherited their fortunes have gone on to do even bigger and better things with their wealth. Over the years, some have slipped off the list, while others continue to climb higher and higher each year.

  1. Elisabeth Bradley
  2. Sharon Wapnick
  3. Bridgette Radebe
  4. Irene Charnley
  5. Wendy Ackerman
  6. Paul Harris
  7. Wendy Appelbaum
  8. Mark Shuttleworth
  9. Desmond Sacco
  10. Giovanni Ravazzotti
  11. Markus Jooste
  12. Gus Attridge
  13. Gerrit Thomas Ferreira
  14. Cyril Ramaphosa
  15. Adrian Gore
  16. Raymond Ackerman
  17. Michiel Le Roux
  18. Lauritz Dippenaar
  19. Jannie Mouton
  20. Stephen Saad
  21. Patrice Motsepe
  22. Allan Gray
  23. Koos Bekker
  24. Ivan Glasenberg
  25. Christoffel Wiese
  26. Johann Rupert
  27. Nicky Oppenheimer
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Watch List: 50 Top SA Black Entrepreneurs To Watch

South Africa needs more entrepreneurs to build businesses that can make a positive impact on the economy. These up-and-coming black entrepreneurs are showing how it can be done.

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Early-stage South African entrepreneurial activity is at an all-time high of 11%, according to Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, and entrepreneurial intentions have also increased to 11.7%. With both activity and intentions growing significantly year-on-year, there are more businesses opening up around South Africa than ever before.

The increase in entrepreneurship has seen the rise of more black entrepreneurs across numerous sectors. From beauty brands to legal services and even tech start-ups, these are 50 top black entrepreneurs to watch:

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Watch List: 50 Top SA Small Businesses To Watch

Keep your finger on the pulse of the start-up space by using our comprehensive list of SA small business to watch.

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Entrepreneurship in South Africa is at an all-time high. According to Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), total early-stage entrepreneurial activity has increased by 4.1% to 11% in 2017/2018. This means numerous new, exciting and promising small businesses are launching and growing.

To ensure you know who the innovative trailblazers are in the start-up and small business space, here are 50 of South Africa’s top establishing companies to watch, in no particular order:

  1. Livestock Wealth
  2. The Lazy Makoti
  3. Aerobuddies
  4. Mimi Women
  5. i-Pay
  6. AfriTorch Digital
  7. Akili Labs
  8. Native Décor
  9. Aerobotics
  10. Quality Solutions
  11. EM Guidance
  12. Kahvé Road
  13. HSE Matters
  14. VA Virtual Assistant
  15. Famram Solutions and Famram Foundation
  16. BioTech Africa
  17. Brand LAIKI
  18. Plus Fab
  19. LifeQ
  20. Organico
  21. 10dot
  22. Lenoma Legal
  23. Nkukhu-Box
  24. Benji + Moon
  25. Beonics
  26. Brett Naicker Wines
  27. Khalala
  28. Legal Legends
  29. The Power Woman Project
  30. Aviro Health
  31. AnaStellar Brands
  32. Data Innovator
  33. Fo-Sho
  34. Oolala Collection Club
  35. Recomed
  36. VoiceMap
  37. ClockWork
  38. Empty Trips
  39. Vula Mobile
  40. SwiitchBeauty
  41. Pineapple
  42. The Katy Valentine Collection
  43. OfferZen
  44. KHULA
  45. Incitech
  46. Pimp my Book
  47. ART Technologies and ART Call Management
  48. Prosperiprop
  49. WAXIT
  50. The Sun Exchange
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