Real State of Entrepreneurship Survey 2019

The Real State of Entrepreneurship survey, now in its fifth year, remains South Africa’s largest and most  referenced entrepreneur survey. The 2019 report, centered on the theme of ‘South [...]


Work your network

Nothing is more effective than interpersonal relationships, says Richard Branson and his company Virgin, who recently posted an infographic that clearly links face-to-face contact as being 85% more effective in building strong, [...]


What not to do in networking

Networking is key requirement for entrepreneurs and can be an effective form of personal and business marketing. If it’s done badly, however, it can actually do more harm than good. [...]


Defining the fairer sex

Click here to read this insightful article where Donna Rachelson, Chief Catalyst of Seed Academy gives her view point on “Defining the fairer sex – How the fast-tracking of gender [...]


Results of SA’s largest startup survey

High entrepreneurial spirit is not yet leading to job creation Wednesday, 29 June 2016: Spotting an opportunity that sparks an entrepreneurial idea is a dominant driver of startup businesses [...]


Refining your marketing message

It’s well known that many entrepreneurs often get caught up in the day-to-day running of their businesses and don’t give enough thought to marketing. You might be patting yourself on [...]


Metro FM – Startup Survey

Group CEO, Donna Rachelson, spoke to Metro FM about Seed Academy’s second annual Startup Survey. The survey is an important undertaking for Seed Academy as we use the input received [...]


City sows seeds of entrepreneurship

The challenge, in partnership with Seed Academy, is designed to kick start the businesses of 100 young entrepreneurs with viable business ideas. The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and [...]


Essential Guide to Funding

Essential Guide to Funding Seed Academy has developed The Essential Guide to Funding in South Africa. The guide was developed in response to a survey of almost 1000 South [...]


4 Tips in Communication for Startups

Gaining customers and engaging with the market is one of the greatest challenges faced by early stage entrepreneurs, according to the Seed Academy Startup Survey. Without an identifiable name and [...]


Ryan Bacher: Advice to a Startup

At the recent Alumni event, Ryan Bacher, CEO of Netflorist, spoke to the Seed Entrepreneurs and gave advice to the eager listeners. His advice was summed up as the following: [...]


Understand Your Costs

Simon wrote to City Press to find out if his business was making a profit after six months. This may seem like an obvious question, but the reality is that [...]


MOWallet puts million in the inventor`s pocket

DESMOND Mongwe became an instant millionaire on Wednesday night. This was after Parks Tau, the major of Joburg. announced the three winners in the Hack.Jozi Challenge, and Mongwe took the [...]


Meet the top 10 #Hack.Jozi Challenge finalists

The City of Johannesburg in partnership with Wits University, earlier this year launched an initiative to give Johannesburg based innovators who want to make a change in their community, an opportunity to turn [...]


How to get publicity for free

Whether you’re a start-up or an established business free publicity is valuable for you to get your marketing message and brand promise out.  What you’re ultimately trying to do is [...]


Productivity Tips for All Types of Entrepreneurs

As entrepreneurs (especially, start-up entrepreneurs) we wear a lot of hats. Marketer, sales person, accounts person, product producer, counsellor, boss, father, mother, taxi and the like. So, there are a [...]


Why Marketing Metrics Matter

Whether you are an entrepreneur or marketing manager, if you’re spending any money or time on marketing or advertising, you’ll want to measure if you are getting a real return [...]


How To Inspire Others To Invest In You

In business, the old adage often still rings true: it’s not what you know; it’s who you know, I am sure that we have heard that in just about every [...]


An evening with Sorbet Group Founder, Ian Fuhr

Seed Academy’s Think. Be. Do. Alumni and guests with many being local entrepreneurs, were treated to an enlightening evening with serial entrepreneur and founder of the Sorbet Group, Ian Fuhr. [...]


What Not to Do Before Starting A Business

What NOT TO DO Before Starting a Business Too often entrepreneurs spend time planning the finer details of their business before figuring out whether or not they have a product [...]


Start-ups, avoid these four marketing mistakes

As an entrepreneur, I network extensively with other entrepreneurs and I am always inspired by their energy, expertise and passion. Yet as a professional in the marketing industry, I often [...]


It starts at school>/h1>

We need to take action. It needs to begin at school level and in the home. The tiresome child with a million questions needs to have those questions answered. He [...]


Tech start-ups get free training

The biggest challenge for South African entrepreneurs is crossing the chasm between ideation and the world of investable start-up, says Lara Rosmarin, CEO of Seed Academy. Local start-up incubator Seed [...]


Enterprise development – Money versus impact

With the rise of enterprise development programmes, we take a look at who really benefits  Enterprise development (ED) is fast gaining momentum both from government’s support through the introduction and enforcement of BB-BEE [...]