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Inoxico enables sustainable business growth

Credit-focused fintech helps drive better business decisions The Vumela Fund, established by FNB Business and Edge Growth, is excited to announce an equity investment into Inoxico, enabling the company to continue establishing itself as a recognised commercial credit risk technology provider. The importance of trade credit Inoxico is a tech company that uses trade credit …

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Business development service providers also need a helping hand!

In South Africa, there are many entities active in offering business development services (BDS). Some are consultants or incubators, some are financiers or educators, and others straddle several such positions simultaneously. Indeed, the South African legislation around such things as enterprise and supplier development means that there is often fertile ground for such operators to …

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Samsung South Africa launches new Equity Equivalent Investment Programme initiatives

Samsung South Africa has announced its EEIP (Equity Equivalent Investment Programme) plans, aimed at empowering previously disadvantaged South Africans, with a focus on women and youth in the ICT sector. The programme initiatives are set to strengthen black economic empowerment through enterprise development, thus boosting economic growth and job creation. The programmes are formulated to …

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Animation and gaming startup, Sea Monster Makes a Huge USD1m Splash

Animation and Gaming Company Sea Monster partners with Edge Growth and FirstRand’s Vumela Fund to unlock digital solutions Animation, gaming and AR/VR company Sea Monster today announced the conclusion of a USD1m investment from FirstRand’s Vumela Fund, managed by leading SME Venture Fund Manager Edge Growth, which will change the way corporates tackle training and …

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Mbali Nwoko – Harvesting a new future for farming in South Africa: Funding organisations for

It’s no secret that farming is a highly capital-intensive business and if you are a farmer looking for funding to start or expand your business, the following companies may just be the best place to start: 1.Capital Harvest Capital Harvest is a niche agricultural finance company based in Cape Town that focuses only on agricultural …

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FirstRand Founders share how they forged a successful company as they step down as RMH board members

To bid farewell to people who founded a company that later gave birth to FirstRand, one of the biggest companies on the JSE, Monday 6 July was supposed to be a night of expensive cocktails and maybe even fireworks at RMH. But after saying their goodbyes to fellow board members, all that Dippenaar and Harris …

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ProfitShare Partners disrupts market with innovative SME funding model

It is often mooted that growing South Africa’s economy is largely reliant on the success of small businesses. Yet a lack of access to operating capital from banks and limited business experience can be major obstacles to entering the formal economy. ProfitShare Partners has established an enviable track record in unlocking operating capital to SMEs …

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For financial advisors, impact investing is no longer merely a “nice to have.”

If there is a silver lining to the current global crisis it is that COVID-19 has brought issues of economic injustice to the forefront of the investment conversation. We see daily proof of the significant inequities affecting every part of our social strata from race to gender to income, health and geography to name a …

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Black Business Council starts facilitating activities for small business development programme

On 18 April 2020, the Department of Small Business Development announced, in a media statement, guidelines for participation in spaza shops and general dealers Covid-19 support scheme. At the time they said: “The Department has finalised an agreement with Nedbank to support spaza shops and general dealers on the back of the Credit Guarantee Scheme …

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