Access to markets is one of the biggest challenges for SMEs, and a critical piece of meeting the goals of SDG8 for sustainable economic growth. In this article we unpack how the SME support ecosystem can be fixed by implementing a few tweaks and approaching the challenge with a different angle based on actual SME needs and localised behavioral observations.
Becoming an entrepreneur is possibly one of the hardest decisions you will make in your life. Even the stats are against you. Yet there are increasingly big numbers of people pursuing this route. In this article I unpack – based on my personal experiences and observations around the world – the why.
Just had a realisation as I was driving tonight. I am sharing it because maybe it will be of help to others going through tough times in life. The realisation was this: change is hard. I’m not talking about here and there changing a little – the fine tuning change. I am talking about the […]
Many a entrepreneurs think that getting funding will solve all their problems. So let me dispel some funding myths: 1. Funding will not make you rich. Funders don’t like to pay for high salaries. 2. Money will not solve your challenges. Hiring someone does not make your problems go away. Often the best solutions come […]
I am posting this because I want to unglorify what real entrepreneurship is usually really about. In our global SME Movement initiative we have come across thousands of entrepreneurs and startups across some 83 countries (a report on our insights about what we learned from this will be out soon). Often entrepreneurs – understandably so […]
As part of the trip we are currently doing around research about the SME support ecosystem around the world, I am gaining some very interesting insights about successful business people vs slightly less successful ones. I didn’t set out the trip to get these kind of insights, but as I am sitting here in a […]
Bridging the financing gap in the innovation space: notes from my panel discussion at the #AfricanInnovationSummit2018 (#AIS2018) Innovators are essentially fucked (a technical term that entrepreneurs use when stuck between the oven and the frying pan). Almost everyone wants to support them, yet very few are prepared to fund them. The investments required are often […]