what does bootstrapping mean

Bootstrapping your business

Bootstrapping: A term used to refer to the process of using only existing resources, such as your own personal savings, personal computing equipment, or garage space, to start and grow a company. One of the...
Pretoria entrepreneurs

Pretoria entrepreneurs tackle South Africa’s challenges

The Innovation Hub (TIH) is home to many an enterprising and creative entrepreneur, and two such young entrepreneurs from Pretoria, in particular, are doing their part to help alleviate South Africa’s most pressing challenges:...
side business

Signs your side business could become a full-time job

During the national COVID-19 lockdown, many South Africans took up side hustles to help make up for a drop in their income or to make productive use of their extra time at home. If...
side hustle

Take your side hustle to new heights

Side hustle. It's what you're doing when the clock strikes five, and everyone else kicks off their work shoes. It’s what you’re doing when most people’s days are over, and yours is just beginning. It’s...
David Henderson

From part-time project to full-time business

David Henderson's family were hard-working government employees, and business or money was never a typical dinnertime discussion. This meant that after school, Henderson followed suite and began studying a technical diploma in Engineering. After...
Grace Stevens

A recipe for success

Thinking about taking your confectionary hobby to a full-time baking business? The romantic idea that you will spend your days only baking perfect cookies is far from the reality of what it takes to...
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Tackling rural poverty with classic car restorations

Inspired by a TV show on restoring vintage cars, and with R2 000 in her pocket to buy a rusted 1947 Pontiac, Nosipho Kholutsoane saw a road out of poverty and an opportunity to...
Paul Kent, Sureswipe

Q&A: Paul Kent – How we did it

How entrepreneur Paul Kent started a multi-national business, managed its buy-out to an international consortium and successfully rebranded. In 2008, SureSwipe was a a small startup taking on the large banks in the payment industry....
SMEs pandemic

Advice to SMEs, from SMEs, affected by the pandemic

Most SMEs have been affected by the pandemic. Yet a survey by the South African SME Finance Association (SASFA) shows that only 47% of business owners applied for relief from government or financial institutions,...
young entrepreneurs

How young entrepreneurs can find inspiration

As President Ramaphosa noted in a recent newsletter to the nation, young entrepreneurs are finding the "silver lining to the dark COVID-19 cloud". Indeed, even at this dark hour for the world economy, opportunities abound...
digital events

The rise of digital and hybrid events

The Covid-19 pandemic upended the global business landscape, with events, conferences and meetings either cancelled or postponed until the latter part of 2020 - at the earliest. However, some meetings or events couldn’t be...
Women's month

Women in business: Celebrating our unique traits and contributions

Let us celebrate our special strengths as women entrepreneurs, and work to conquer our challenges. Every year in August we celebrate women and acknowledge the importance of the contribution they make within our society. Although...
ubuntu economy

Embrace our ubuntu economy to survive – think local, ACT local

Switch off the Bat-signal because no-one’s swooping in to save us. If we’re going to get through the looming economic crisis, we’re going to have to do it ourselves. It's time to embrace our...
Going back to work

Going back to work – managing mixed emotions

Going back to work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is not a simple matter for most people, regardless of how keen they are to get back to a routine. Almost four months have passed since...
Hluvuko Designs Alexandra women sewing

Alexandra women sewing their way to success

Women in Alexandra are showing their agility, and sewing their way to business success, whilst providing employment for young women to promote sustainable economic development. Ponani Shikweni is not only a self-made woman, she also...