This 7 year old, social entrepreneur runs possibly the cutest lemonade stand (and inspiring business) we have ever come across. Inspired by a recipe found in her 88-year-old great-grandmother Helen’s vintage 1940s-era cookbook, Mikaila adds honey and her own secret ingredients to create BeeSweet Lemonade with Flaxseed. Yum! We can see why it won “Most Creative Lemonade” in Austin’s 2011 Best Lemonade contest.
As technology and innovation grow throughout the world, Black innovators are playing a big role in the market. Here are 20 mobile apps created by Black developers, according to AfricanAmerican.org and IT News Africa. Zimbile Although not strictly an app, Zimbile helps small businesses enter the online world in a flash.
After one very disappointing shopping trip to find naturally made beauty products for tweens and teens, this sister duo decided to launch their own, Sweet Dream Girlz.
Sweet Dream Girlz has been seen in USA Today, Bloombergs Businessweek, Girls Life Magazine and celebrity endorsed by several teen, tweens and mothers. The naturally made beauty products are filled with shea butter and natural oils. And, free from harmful ingredients such as paraben and talc. The body product fragrances smell almost good enough to eat. The facial products teach girls that it is essential to learn good skin care habits at their age. The professional quality hair care products leave the hair feeling soft and silky.
These two aren't stopping at beauty, Their direct selling program, SPA DIVA empowers girls to be entrepreneurs.
They have expanded the brand to be
vibrant lifestyle of products to include fun, sweet sneakers, apparel and accessories. Thus, enabling teens and tweens to be Sweet Dream Girlz from head to toe
Copa Lagos founder Samson Adamu has turned his passion for football into a an international sports event. Listen to his story as he tells us his inspiration for starting Copa Lagos (international beach football tournament) and how the annual event has become the brand it is today.
This is the wonderful story of an African mom who single mindedly decided to teach a different version of Africa's history to her daughter in America. Marlena Nkene, is a story teller, a talented illustrator, portraitist, and founder of Heritage Arts Illustrated, a firm which produces a series of illustrated books on Africa's history and culture for children and grownups. Her dissatisfaction about the way Africans are portrayed in America's schools and books led her to the conclusion that the best people to tell our stories are ourselves, and the best place to get started is with our children. Her first publication "The Beautiful Daughters of Africa" is an illustrated book which tells engaging stories from 8 African countries: Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda. In the interview below with SiliconAfrica, Marlena Nkene shared fascinating stories about herself, her family, her husband, and how together they have built [...] Read More (Click on Image)
The first Coworking Africa conference organized on the African continent is to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, on July 23rd and 24th, at the East City Studio. From 80 to 100 attendees are expected from all around Africa.
Global Enterprise and Cape Town Office have partnered up to create the Coworking Africa conference 2015, an insightful event to investigate the rise of Coworking in Africa, the impact this movement can have on entrepreneurship, innovation and, overall, on economical development.
The Coworking Africa 2015 conference is a unique opportunity to share knowledge, success stories and experiences in the field of Coworking space management and unfolding. Moreover, the conference aims at facilitating the emergence personal relationships between the leaders of coworking communities from all over the African continent.
By having a coworking conference to Africa, the initiators of the conferences hope to support the development of an African coworking awareness as well as a link between coworking communities on the continent in order to bring Africa in a global move from which we all can end better off.
Coworking, natural environment of modern startups/freelancers
Building a network of trust and knowledge sharing between Coworking communities benefits to all the players, as it has been demonstrated in Europe (Coworking Europe) and in North America (GCUC) the last five years. Thanks to the Coworking conferences, thousands of Coworking spaces communities around the wold are in touch with one another. Connections between local communities of freelancers, entrepreneurs and innovators, stimulates collaborations, exchanges, social and business opportunities for members, nearby or on the international playground.
Everywhere in the world, Coworking spaces are becoming the bedrocks of local ecosystems of entrepreneurs shaping the future of modern, digital friendly, tech-savvy economies.
Aside the great deal of independent stand alone Coworking spaces, players such as business incubators, corporations or development agencies or universities have opened or are opening up Coworking spaces. Startup Acceleration programs take place in Coworking spaces.
Furthermore, the members of the fast expanding freelancers generation find in Coworking spaces a natural biotope to operate, network and grow their business, supported by communities of peers. According to estimations from Deskmag, in 2018, worldwide, more than 2,3 millions freelancers will work from coworking spaces.
A global surge in which Africa has a role to play
Africa is part of this global move.
Although, in 2015, the number of Coworking spaces in operation in Africa is lower than in areas such as Europe or the US, the growth forecasts follow the same trend as elsewhere on the planet. In addition, let’s say that nowhere on Earth, the popping up of Coworking spaces is more critical for wealth creation, social and economical development than in Africa.
Coworking spaces offer connectivity solutions in local areas and a proper work infrastructure, for a more affordable price than traditional offices, especially in African cities where the cost of the real estate is unaffordable for a huge majority of the population. Coworking spaces concentrate digital resources and help to bring peer to peer support, visibility and networking opportunities.
They bridge local community of entrepreneurs and freelancers with other communities and potential customers elsewhere in Africa or in the world. This way, Coworking spaces can play a key role in connecting small businesses in Africa with international markets and the latest innovations.
Addressing the specific challenges Coworking faces in Africa
Africa is ready for a rapid unfolding of the Coworking landscape in the coming years, as observed elsewhere. However, as mentioned, the reality of the continent and the challenges faced by Coworking spaces operators and initiators in Africa are specific.
The Coworking Africa 2015 conference intends to spot and to address these specific challenges, bearing in mind that Africa is huge and very diverse. The event will also bring the opportunity to the African attendees to get in touch with experienced Coworking practitioners from outside Africa, who will supply them with their insights and advices.
The audience of the conference is expected to be made out of Coworking space operators from across the continent, startup accelerators, digital infrastructure builders, real estate pundits, NGO’s, universities or incubator managers from Africa and beyond.
African-American women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in America, a new study reveals.
The 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report released this week found that the number of women-owned businesses grew by 74 percent between 1997 and 2015. That’s 1.5 times the national average of business growth to be exact.
Meanwhile, the growth in the number of businesses specifically owned by black women is outpacing that of all women-owned firms, the report says. The number of black women-owned businesses has grown by a whopping 322 percent since 1997. Today, black women own roughly 14 percent of all businesses in the country owned by women, which tallies to around 1.3 million businesses, according to the report.
“While nationally African American women comprise 14% of all women-owned firms, African American women comprise a greater than average share of all women-owned firms in Georgia (35%), Maryland (33%), and Illinois (22%),” the report says.
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With hope to conquer Africa's major cities with 100 percent African coffee before giants of the business such as Starbucks try to capture the market.
Ngozi Dozie and his brother Chijoke created the chain NEO with returning Nigerians in mind, in the full knowledge that years spent abroad alter views, tastes and expectations.
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Having grown up in the Western region of Kenya, Robert Achoge experienced first-hand the problems he is trying to solve. In 2013, he started Pfoofy with his co-founders Charles Ogingo and James Ogola. They provide a clean energy source that lets the citizen who live below a dollar a day access clean light as well as affordable transport.
Their latest innovation, The Ecotran — a solar-powered motorcycle –– has earned them accolades worldwide. It also earned them a spot at the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit where they got a chance to exhibit their innovation to President Barack Obama.
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