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  • The Entrepreneur’s Odyssey is a mobile and tablet-friendly, a self-paced curriculum that includes online lessons across 21 modules with a total of 28 videos of approximately 20-30 minutes each
  • Its launch comes at a time when the small business segment in the region has faced unprecedented changes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, further fueled by the rapid acceleration of digital transformation and e-commerce

Mastercard Academy has launched ‘The Entrepreneur’s Odyssey’, a digital education platform that brings together a range of world-class academic and business resources to help small businesses learn and thrive.

The Entrepreneur’s Odyssey is a mobile and tablet-friendly, self-paced curriculum that includes online lessons across 21 modules with a total of 28 videos of approximately 20-30 minutes each.

According to Mastercard, the platform follows a five-pathway approach which is open to all aspiring and established entrepreneurs with no limits on the number of viewers and is …

Kenya Private Sector August

Invest Africa has launched a new programme of support for over 500 African MSMEs.

In a statement, the company, which is a trade and investment platform for African markets, says it will be hosting the Next Generation Africa Forum to connect MSMEs across the Continent.

The forum will take place virtually on 16th September using a digital platform, with practical support from leading banks, VCs, multi-national tech companies and incubators, including Google, KPMG, DHL, Aon and 4G Capital.

“MSMEs form the backbone of Africa’s economies and are the engine of the region’s job creation drive, accounting for 70 percent of employment,” the company said in a statement.

The firm also noted that with a high proportion of informal enterprises, many of Africa’s MSMEs, which already faced significant challenges, have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Addressing the structural difficulties that small businesses in Africa face, will therefore be essential …

Business confidence for Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) across most sectors is on the rise, according to the latest research by Mastercard.

The inaugural Mastercard Middle East and Africa (MEA) SME Confidence Index found that 76 percent of SMEs in the food, beverage and entertainment sector are optimistic about the next 12 months.

Confidence levels were highest among businesses in retail, closely followed by food, beverage and entertainment.

Forecasts in this sector are also positive, with 72 percent of SMEs projecting revenues that will either grow or hold steady. Almost half 47 percent are projecting an increase.

Access to training, skills and digitization key for future growth

As many regional economies gradually enter the normalization and growth phase, and social restrictions continue to ease, small and medium sized businesses in the MEA region’s food, beverage and entertainment sector have identified access to training and development support (55 percent), upskilling staff …

Women Entrepreneurs

A new report now indicates that women entrepreneurs and in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) are leading the way in tapping into the power of the digital economy to succeed and grow.

According to the inaugural Mastercard MEA SME Confidence Index, women-owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs) believe there are huge benefits of a cash-free economy to their businesses.

As such, 81 percent of the region’s women entrepreneurs have a digital presence for their businesses, compared to 68 percent of their male counterparts.

In terms of a digital footprint of the region’s women entrepreneurs, social media (71 percent) leads the way, followed by a company website (57 percent).

In the Middle East and North Africa, more women entrepreneurs had a website (71 percent) than a social media presence (55 percent).

It also found that over 80 percent of women entrepreneurs have digital readiness for their business compared to their …

Kenya’s national carrier Kenya Airways has launched a centre which it says will be used to mentor the youth.

In a statement, the company says the centre, dubbed ‘Fahari Innovation Hub’, will act as a springboard for new ideas and data-driven innovations to accelerate impact-driven solutions that address some of the societal and business challenges.

Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer, Allan Kilavuka said the Fahari Innovation Hub has already been operating virtually for about one year.

He added that with the setting of a physical workspace, the hub will provide a centre for strategic innovation management offering opportunities for co-creation, collaboration, networking, research, and learning.

“At the pace at which change accelerates, especially now in the middle of a global pandemic, we have become increasingly aware of the need to be innovative as we position the business as a resilient, forward-looking and sustainable company with a deliberate inclusive agenda of …

African continent
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) is billed to transform the face of trade on the African continent. If its implementation becomes a success, AfCTA will bring a new lease of life for African economies. Its implementation initially delayed by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic is set for the beginning of 2021. Given that small business enterprises play key roles in most economies across the continent, what does the advent of the trade agreement mean for SMEs in Africa?

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Why Are Micro And Small Business A Subject Of Concern?

According to the World Bank, SMEs make up 90% of businesses in the world and cover more than 50% of the world’s employment. Formal small businesses contribute significantly to GDP. This contribution to GDP is significantly amplified when the informal sector is taken

Technology is changing the way people live and in Africa, innovators are living on the edge to create solutions for everyday problems and challenges. 

As the Silicon Savannah, Kenya has stood out not only because of its innovations but also due to the attraction that it has become to investors. 

In early October, Kenya was ranked alongside Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Brazil and Israel as a country that is an innovation hotspot attracting entrepreneurs and start-ups from around the globe. 

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has featured these five countries based on how each government has developed policies to support the tech ecosystem within their jurisdiction. 

For perspective, the start-up scene on the continent has been progressively dynamic over the years where the total investment in start-ups in Africa crossed the US$2 billion mark in 2019. 

Africa is witnessing a growing population which is increasingly adopting the use of