Opportunity Round Up No. 22


As I noted in a previous email, ZApreneur needs to be relevant. The current model of providing opportunities has been successful for some entrepreneurs. ZApreneur was however setup with a broader mission – to create an alternative. That is a huge mission and one that is not yet fulfilled. I also have a ton of ideas, which matters little if there is no execution. So this is what I have done – added a daily 30 minute slot to just focusing on ZApreneur. I doubt I will ever have the week to concentrate on building the application, but 30 minutes a day is possible. Little tiny wins daily.
I am not sure where this will lead, but if I could get to a point where we are closer to creating an alternative that would make this year really special.



Common Cents 

Hope Factory is hosting #Common_Cents event, aimed at highlighting the fundamental need for entrepreneurs to fully understand their business financials in order to drive their businesses to sustainable success.There will be a panel discussion to educate entrepreneurs on defining and understanding their business financial position, expose them to available opportunities, preparing them for investment readiness and typical issues around application processes and many more funding related activities. 
RSVP Essential: audreym@thehopefactory.co.za by Thursday 16 November 2017.

Township Business Innovation Seminar

The 3rdAnnual Township Business Innovation Seminar will be conducted under the theme “Innovation in Business”, where entrepreneurs will learn how to do business differently, network with private & public sector, showcase their business & take part in a pitching competition. The event is aimed at entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMME’s, private & public sector stake holders. The event will be at Rabasotho Community Hall, Tembisa. Registration will be 18 November 2017 at 8:30am and the event will begin at 9:30am. There is no entry fee, just come ready to learn and be inspired. To book an exhibition table or for more info please email info@bulelani.co.za or contact 011 056 6762

Discussion Circle – How to use mediation 

Using mediation and alternative dispute resolution techniques might be just what your labour relations need. Mediate Works is hosting a workshop. The fee is only R 50-00 and could provide a very useful introduction to mediation. Book on Quicket

The rise of Artisan entrepreneurs in South Africa – and what it takes to succeed

Editors Note: This article written by Stephen Cohen of SAGE is an important one, talking about a trend that is increasingly not a trend – it is becoming part of our eveyday. The promise of artisan entrepreneur is a tempting one  – earn a living, grow a business and do what you love. But, as Cohen shows fullfilling this promise to yourself will require smarts, and hardwork.
The rise of Artisan entrepreneurs in South Africa – and what it takes to succeed
Around the world – from the trendy east of London to the hipster capital of Montreal’s Mile End – the so-called ‘flat white economy’ continues to rise. It comprises the thousands upon thousands of artisan entrepreneurs selling craft beers, ethically sourced coffee and organic, gourmet foods to consumers who crave healthy, sustainable and authentic eating experiences.
Artisan entrepreneurs started their rise after the 2008 recession. Just consider the fact that nearly one in five beers consumed in the US today is a craft brand, or that specialist coffee shops sales in the US have tripled to nearly $50 billion since 2002. And the trend has been picked up in South Africa, with more and more Small & Medium Businesses across the country serving customers with locally sourced ‘farm to table’ food and handcrafted products.
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TaxTim launches easy tax return completion tool for SMEs

TaxTim  has launched a company tax return tool, that offers small businesses a new option to handle all their tax affairs. Anyone, running a business – especially a small business, where the owner multitasks – knows that regulatory compliance is a major issue. This new offering offers a way to complete tax returns, and in so doing makes it just that much easier to focus on running the business. Remember, what Michael E. Geber said:

“A true business opportunity is the one that an entrepreneur invents to grow him or herself. Not to work in, but to work on.”

Below please find the press release from TaxTim:
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DTI Opens Export Help Desk

The Department of Trade and Industry has opened an export help desk. The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has established an Export Help Desk at the dti Campus in Pretoria to provide South African firms – small, medium and large enterprises – with export information and advice. The objective of the help desk is to respond to client enquiries within 24 hours.
Contact Details 
0861 843 384
The one page info sheet from the DTI can be accessed by clicking the link below.
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SiMODiSA VentureTrain – Book Your tickets.

SiMODiSA VentureTrain has created an interested networking opportunity for entrepreneurs (and sounds like a lot of fun). To book tickets, visit this site.  Read below for additional information.

The SiMODiSA VentureTrain is a unique networking and brainstorming event on the Shosholoza Meyl Premier Classe Train to gather a targeted selection of entrepreneurs, funders and thought leaders in one space to share experiences and debate relevant challenges in the South African entrepreneurship ecosystem with the aim to advance/ improve it.
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators, who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. This year’s GEW will take place from the 14th – 20th November 2016, and SiMODiSA together with its partners will be hosting a GEW #VENTURETRAIN which will feature a FINTECH theme.
Shosholoza Meyl Premier Classe
Leaving Jozi (Park Station) Thurs 17 Nov 10:30am, Arriving Cape Town Station Fri 18 Nov 12pm.
Note: Sleeper-Cabins are Twin so most people will need to share / team up with another.
The Agenda discussions will include the following:
– FinTech in the global and local context:
– Keynote Address by of one of South Africa’s FinTech pioneers
– Opportunities and Challenges currently in the Fintech industry
– FinTech Thought Leadership panel
– Funding Fintech in South Africa
– A cocktail function will be hosted on Friday evening with SiliconCape Fintech funders, entrepreneurs and support providers (Seperate Costing)
Who should attend?
– Fintech entrepreneurs
– Local Fintech pioneers
– FinTech Funders
– FinTech Thought Leaders and Experts
– Media & Partners

CALL FOR STARTUPS TO PITCH AT #SCTechTalks Exponential Technology

Do you have a business that has technology that could be described as “exponential technology”. Some examples of Exponential technology according to a recent announcement by Silicon Cape are:

ome examples of Exponential Technology:

  • Explosion in Connectivity: over six billion Internet users by 2020; a trillion connected devices in the Internet of Things, such as sensors, wearables, and trackers;

  • Cognitive and Quantum Computing, including Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning;

  • Voice Recognition to provide automated, real-time translation (SayHi, Google Translate, Skype Translate);

  • Robotics and self-driving or semi-autonomous cars (Google, Tesla, Volvo);

  • Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), combined with huge advances in Materials Science;

  • Digitisation of bird’s-eye view with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles — UAV’s (Google digitised street-level and satellite-level for Google maps, leaving the mid-level for UAV enthusiasts);

  • Virtual Reality which artificially creates sensory experiences including sight, sound and touch. Smell and taste is on the horizon;

  • Synthetic Biology — the engineering of biology: the synthesis of complex, biologically based (or inspired) systems, which display functions that do not exist in nature.

Silicon Cape is to looking for Start-ups to present their businesses at our prestigious event. Each representative will be allocated a 5 minute slot between18h30 and 19h00 on the evening of October the 26th at Workshop 17 in the V&A Waterfront.
For more information and to apply, click here. 

TenaCiTi Career Acceleration Programme – Call for applications

This is an interesting programme, that tackles a neglected problem – human resource development in small business. The TenaCiTi Career Acceleration Programme explains its role as follows:
TenaCiTi Career Acceleration Programme

We are aware that small businesses seldom have the resources, time or capacity to train new recruits in essential workplace skills, yet you need those recruits to have the confidence, professionalism, and the necessary communication and problem-solving skills to contribute meaningfully to your business.Powered by The Kingdom of Netherlands and #cocreateSA, The Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative (CiTi)’s exclusive TenaCiTi Programme aims to accelerate the career development of junior recruits and provide business with the Human Resources or talent support to safeguard a thriving future. You will benefit from specialised HR support and your junior staff will participate in personal/professional skills workshops, online learning initiatives, one-to-one coaching, peer-to-peer learning, and social engagements.

For more information, click here. 

Boys Coffee Club – Interview with Thabiso Matlhwane

ZApreneur interviewed Thabiso Matlhwane, co-founder of Boys Coffee Club.

Thabiso Matlhwane Boys Coffee Club
Thabiso Matlhwane Doing What He Does and Loves, and getting rave reviews on social media

Hi. Tell us a little about who you are, and why you started Boys Coffee Club? Why the name “Boys Coffee Club”? Are there any girls involved?
We are a combination of 4 multi skilled individuals with a passion for change and success. The company came about when our Co-Founder and managing director wanted to do something that would compliment her already established business called Girls Cake Club. BCC has been operational for a year that is when i joined after i left Pick n Pay as a cashier and full time student. We are all trained baristas and Shannon is the only female that neutralises the bravado of the other 3 male partners.
What is your core offering? What makes you awesome?
Our core offering is coffee/crafted caffeinated drinks ranging from hot chocolate, teas, alcoholic and non-alcoholic coffee drinks and pastries. We our own coffee roasting, packaging and branding and have our own range of Boys Coffee Club coffee available for wholesale supply. We also do barista training and coffee shop consultations, which really makes our core offering all things COFFEE. What makes us awesome is our energy, creativity and combination of different personalities, which we have optimised to create memorable experiences for all our clients.
What has been your experience in running a mobile business?
We have had amazing experiences good and bad being mobile comes with its own risks and uncertainties and we have managed to stick together and work as a unit to make it successful. We love mobile, because it has allowed us to meet and interact with different individuals from across the country, allowing us to develop new relationships in driving our business to success.
You have a branch in Cape Town? How does that work?
The branch in Cape Town was decided based on the 3 partners originally being from there. We have taken the concept we developed for Johannesburg and we are re-working and adapting it to suit that market. The coffee industry in Cape Town is a lot more developed than that of Johannesburg, but felt that there is still room for a black owned youth entity to bring in a different perspective to the norm.
What advice do you have for anyone starting out?
Never doubt yourself and your capabilities. There will be times where you may feel that you don’t see the returns in proportion to one’s efforts. Many start-ups struggle, because they under the impression that once start working you need to make a profit, forgetting that the business needs to be sustainable before you start seeing returns. You need to love and believe in what you do, because the negativity will be thrown at you from different avenues including those you’d least expect like family and friends, but if you believe in yourself an what u do nothing or no one can stop you from reaching the goals you’ve set for yourself.
What has been your biggest challenge so far? How did you overcome it?
Changing our lives to allow us to be fully focused on making the business a success. Each partner has made sacrifices towards the success of the business and the repercussions of those sacrifices, we still deal with on a daily basis, but we are all on the same page. We all have the same vision, we understand what our mission is (changing perceptions to an industry bombarded by generics an commonalities) is and we implement it on a daily even in our own lives. It is tough being a young black owned organization in a white dominated industry, because we need to work harder than everyone else with the capital and infrastructure, to prove ourselves, which we have been doing exceptionally well for over the past year.
Coffee is an interesting marketing in SA. How do you see the market developing?
The market is growing and thanks to one of the biggest competitors Starbucks, people will start understanding that coffee is a lifestyle and not an energy booster or something to keep you warm. The market is steadily starting to develop this concept and the aim now is to showcase the quality and competitiveness of local brands as this industry is still dominated by international brands.
Where can we get hold of you?
You can find us on Facebook and Instagram@ Boys Coffee Club and on twitter@Boyscoffeeclub1. You can also check out our website. We always share our locations when we are on the job and these are sometimes small pop up at markets, musical festivals and school functions, to corporate events and private functions. We have not established a permanent set-up as of yet, as we have not seen the need for it.
What are the plans for the future?
Firstly do be operational in all 9 provinces across the country, we plan on educating and training disadvantaged individuals allowing them to develop their own skill set, opening the window of opportunity for them and their families. We strive to be a generational business based on exceptional business ethics, high quality standards and unmatched customer services. We have decided to take the service offering we cater to middle and upper class markets and cater to low class markets at an entry level price. We have not compromised any of our standards to do this, but we want our people to understand that the stigma that coffee is for a certain type of person has no grounds to it and that we need to change the perceptions we have in order to open ourselves up to a bigger world.