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The Ventureburn Startup Survey: uncovering the “true picture of the South African tech startup landscape”

The Ventureburn Startup Survey partnered with First National Bank (FNB), investment advisory firm Clifftop Colony and analytics company Qurio to poll just under 200 tech startups. Each of the startups were asked 42 questions, ranging from funding, the profile of their founders, to their revenues and the everyday challenges they face.

Jacques Coetzee, who heads up Ventureburn says that the Ventureburn Startup Survey is packed with insights, from the shifting demographics of South Africa’s startup landscape to a reaffirmation in the belief that funding is a major challenge for most entrepreneurs. And that’s above other challenges listed like “not enough skilled technical staff” (12%), “too much red tape” (7%) and the “market being too small” (9%). For an overview of the findings, the Ventureburn infographic can be accessed here.

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International Entrepreneurship Forum conference being held in South Africa

The International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) is hosting its 14th conference on “Entrepreneurial Institutions and the Entrepreneurial Society: Creating an Inclusive Agenda for Opportunity Development” in Cape Town from 1 –18 September 2015.

This conference sets a challenge to all researchers, policy makers and practitioners to reshape the agenda of entrepreneurship for human, social, cultural and economic development. Led by the IEF and Essex Business School, University of Essex, the conference is being co-organised with University of the Western Cape and its School of Business and Finance, the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Local Employment and Economic Development in Paris, France, and the Forum for Sustainable New Ventures in the UK. This conference will provide a platform for the generation of new ideas, insights and practices related to the idea of an agenda for inclusive opportunity creation.

Save the date: ERLN Learning Events Calendar

The Economies of Regions Learning Network is hosting a number of learning events of interest to Economic Development practitioners. Please save the date in your diaries for:

  • ERLN Conference: Economies of Regions: Economic Development at the Sub-National Level: 15 and 16 October 2015
  • Local and sub-national renewable energy and energy efficiency: 04 and 05 August 2015
  • Technical Working Group on Data: 19 and 20 August 2015

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Doing Business in South Africa 2015

The first World Bank Group sub-national study on the ease of doing business in South Africa was launched in June 2015. The study compares business regulations in 9 South African cities: Buffalo City, Cape Town, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, Johannesburg, Mangaung, Msunduzi, Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane. The report measures regulations relevant to 6 stages in the life of a small to medium-size domestic firm: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, enforcing contracts, and trading across borders. The report measures cross-border trade through 4 maritime ports: Cape Town, Durban, Ngqura, and Port Elizabeth. The World Bank outlines the main findings.

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