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Monday, 17 July 2017 08:34

Mentor Spotlight: Margaret O’Connor

Margaret O’Connor, Endeavor Mentor, takes her place in the spotlight this month. With 25 years’ worth of experience in the international marketing and business development, this expert has worked in Africa, Asia, the US and the UK focusing on catalysing ECD innovation and commercialising fintech. Margaret has been an Endeavor South Africa Mentor for three years. Get to know her…

Nhlakanipho Ngobese has been with Endeavor South Africa for two years and has serviced entrepreneurs with dedication and passion. Nhlakanipho is an essential part of the Endeavor SA team, and graduated from the Milpark Business School with a Bachelor in Business Administration in 2013.

Thursday, 13 July 2017 08:10

Do you know your VC speak?

A Scale-Up is a start-up that’s growing into new markets but isn’t yet a unicorn? And a unicorn is a start-up company with valuations of a billion dollars or more, based on equity funding? If you did not, then this article is for you. The exploration of the entrepreneurial one is essential and one cannot trek through it without an understanding of entrepreneurspeak.

Endeavor South Africa spent some time talking to Craig Raw, Founder of BrandsEye, and Endeavor Entrepreneur about their success at the FNB Business INNOVATION Awards 2017. The world’s only accurate opinion mining company which successfully predicted Brexit and the Trump electoral win uses a proprietary mix of search algorithms, crowd-sourcing and machine learning to mine data from online conversation for sentiment and the underlying topics.

As their business grows, some entrepreneurs find themselves working harder and harder at their desk and/or micromanaging staff instead of meeting with customers and working on strategy – a bit of a paradox considering that growth should ideally free up more and more of a business owner’s time to do these things. They may even find that all the work they put in doesn’t seem to yield proportional, positive results on the bottom line. In our work as business coaches for growing businesses, we often find this to be the reason:

Kim van SchoorKim Van Schoor joined the Endeavor team in May 2017 as an intern, and quickly graduated to Endeavor Portfolio Associate at the Cape Town office. As we bid farewell to Cara Eachus, we welcome Kim into the family and look forward to seeing the great work she will do for all our fantastic entrepreneurs.

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