S2, Ep. 11: Pathways in entrepreneurship in the Global South

Africa hasn’t been idle on the entrepreneurship front but what makes starting a business in this continent so complex? What milestones and challenges do entrepreneurs have to overcome specific to the Global South?

Host, Luvuyo Maseko sits down with Dr Phumlani Nkontwana, a senior lecturer at the UCT Graduate School of Business and entrepreneur, Reuben Kimani from Kenya, to hear about their experiences in the business world. Does the research in this area reflect the realities? What are the benefits and short-comings of business hubs? How can we de-risk and provide collateral for entrepreneurs without assets and networks? Their conversation touches on these questions and so much more.

In the latter part of the podcast, co-host, Simnikiwe Xanga hears from Zakheni Ngubo from Kelo, an online digital bookstore and Thando Mavumengwana from Estratweni Moblie Foods - at fast food catering and hiring business. Both were part of entrepreneurial hubs and share about the incredible effect these had on their businesses.

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The links you need to know about:

Bertha Centre for Social Innovation: https://www.gsb.uct.ac.za/berthacentre

Phumlani Nkontwana’s research: https://scholar.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/124546

Kelo online library: https://kelo.africa/

Estratweni Moblie Foods: https://estratwenimobilefoods.netlify.app/