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Entrepreneurs benefit from Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme

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Twenty-nine local entrepreneurs have been selected to be part of the prestigious Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme 2018. The entrepreneurs who range from sectors including; consulting, media and entertainment, education and raining, Commercial, manufacturing and construction form part of the 1 000 entrepreneurs selected from 54 African countries within over 30 business sectors.

The Entrepreneurship Programme is the brainchild of Nigerian billionaire and Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Tony Elumelu. His organisation has committed $100 million to identify, train and fund 10 000 African entrepreneurs over a 10 year period, with the goal of realising $10 billion in revenue for the continent and creation of a million jobs. Successful applicants are given US$5 000 working capital which Elumelu says is currently not enough but can make a difference for starting small business. Once the funded entrepreneurs are successful, Elumelu hopes that they will be able to address some of the socio-economic challenges in Africa. Each year, 1 000 entrepreneurs receive funding. The 10 000 start-ups selected from a pool of applicants across Africa will participate in a comprehensive programme which will include: A customised 12-week business skills training course Start-Up Enterprise Toolkit Mentoring Resource Library Two-day Boot Camp Seed Capital Funding Elumelu Forum Alumni Network The application portal that opened on January 1, 2018 closed on March 1, after a two-month long opening for this year’s intake.

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ADB grants BDC P4m for capacity building

Koobonye Ramokopelwa

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BDC head of human capital, Thabile Moipolai

African Development Bank has granted Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) over P4 million for training and capacity building of its staff members, the latter’s Managing Director, Bashi Gaetsaloe has disclosed.

The grant, which is $400,000 could not have come at a better time for BDC which has just begun a foray into the African continent. According to the Head of Human Capital at the investment arm of government, Thabile Moipolai, the grant will be used in areas such as investment, legal and risk, the three divisions which are considered critical as they continue to push the five -year strategy.

BDC has been given the leeway to invest outside Botswana and already some investments are being made in West Africa. Capacitating the staff in the above areas will come in handy for the African expansion.

Moipolai was answering a question from The Midweek Sun on Friday during the company’s annual stakeholder briefing where operational and financial reports for 2017/2018 were made public. The grant will be utilised in the next two years. BDC has reiterated its plan to continue to invest initiatives which are aimed at developing and retaining staff members.

“As we continue to build a strong BDC for the future, continuous learning and development is critical for our business success and therefore remains a priority area for Human Capital,” BDC 2017 annual report reads.

BDC has also developed a future focused competency based training that will be used to make informed learning and development decisions. “The (BDC) academy will also help BDC produce future leaders that are fluid and progressive through a bespoke leadership development,” reads the report.

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KBL announces return of Kickstart program

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Previous kickstart beneficiaries

Kgalagadi Breweries Limited, a unit of Sechaba has announced the return of Kickstart, a youth entrepreneurial development program that was suspended three years due to lack of financial resources, Managing Director, Renaud Beauchamp has told the media.

Before the program was put on ice, it had benefited over 70 small medium enterprises with funding, mentoring and market access assistance. According to Beauchamp, the revamped Kickstart will start next year, with an annual budget of about P1, 5 million. “We plan to invest in 15 new businesses every year,” he said at a press briefing which also announced a price reduction for its alcohol brands such as St Louis, Castel Lite and Black Label.

Successful applicants will receive about P200, 000 grants to execute their business ideas. Beauchamp stated that, they have been able to reintroduce Kickstart from ‘freed capital’ as a result of the recent reduction in Alcohol Levy from 55 percent to 35 percent. The clear beer price reduction comes after the Alcohol Levy, which made beer expensive, was slashed by President Mokgweetsi Masisi regime some few months ago.

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment has announced changes in trading hours for businesses that trade with liquor.

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