ENTREPRENEURS

India has a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ technology opportunity

India’s entrepreneurs have a unique opportunity to shape the future of technology, not only within their own country but across the globe, according to the billionaire founder of one of the country’s most successful start-ups.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, CEO of financial technology company Paytm, said accelerating internet adoption under the pandemic has increased the need for new, tech-enabled tools in developing countries — a market India is well-placed to serve.

“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for entrepreneurs to build this in this side of the region,” Sharma said Friday at the Singapore FinTech Festival.

Tapping into India’s potential

Technology today is primarily designed for sophisticated users in wealthy countries, noted Sharma.

That may suit around 1 billion people, he said. But the rest of the world’s 4.6 billion internet users (and counting) will require new, tailor-made solutions as internet use becomes more prevalent.

That’s where entrepreneurs in Asia — and

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Women entrepreneurs trained to pitch for funds

SIXTEEN women, all micro entrepreneurs from the March Pen and Corletts Roads communities in Spanish Town, St Catherine, were recently taught how to make a persuasive business pitch to attract funding for their operations.

The women, whose ages ranged from 18 to 40 years, participated in a workshop under the Woman Economic Empowerment Project (WEEP), an initiative of the Girls to Women Development Foundation Limited, a non-profit organisation, based in St Catherine, which has been in operation for the past five years.

“The purpose of the WEEP Programme is to train and develop the morale of women, who have been exposed, or are likely to be exposed to domestic violence. Classes are held from Mondays to Fridays and is for six months,” said Stacy-Ann Gavin, managing director, Girls to Women Foundation.

“We’re working to build up their entrepreneurial and social skills. We are also giving them exposure to the

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EY announces inaugural cohort of entrepreneur program for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs

NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announces the inaugural cohort of the Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN), a business accelerator and comprehensive, executive-level educational program designed to elevate scalable Black and Latinx-owned companies through access to mentors, resources and networks. EAN offers a curated class-based learning program for emerging and established enterprises, and an on-demand option with self-paced education is available to Black and Latinx entrepreneurs of all levels nationwide.

The inaugural cohort includes entrepreneurs in 10 markets across the US.

“Deep-rooted systemic challenges hinder many minority-owned businesses from achieving their full potential, an issue that was exacerbated this year,” said Sam Johnson, EY Americas Vice Chair of Accounts. “Through EAN, our goal is to provide Black and Latinx founders with the necessary support to sustainably scale their businesses and drive economic growth. Without equitable access, the future of many Black

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QDB eyes entrepreneurs’ access to procurement, global markets

Aside from access to funding and other benefits, Qatar Development Bank (QDB) is working to ensure that entrepreneurs and startups in the country would get access to procurement and global markets, an official has said.

QDB CEO Abdulaziz bin Nasser al-Khalifa pointed out that while QDB provides access to funding, “it is not enough.” He enjoined players and stakeholders in the private sector, as well as angel investors “to act” for the benefit of Qatar’s burgeoning startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem.
“Providing such a platform that offers access to information, training, and funding will also not work if there is no access to markets and procurement opportunities,” said al-Khalifa in a speech during Demo Day of the third cohort of Qatar SportsTech’s (QST) accelerator programme.
“This is why we are working hand-in-hand with the government to ensure that accessibility to procurement is actually really viable for startups and technological projects; we’re

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It’s time for Silicon Valley to take Black women entrepreneurs seriously

Opinion by Serena Williams for CNN Business Perspectives

Editor’s note: Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player and founder of Serena Ventures. The opinions expressed in this commentary are her own.

My life story is one of breaking barriers and championing inclusion, on and off the court. Coming up in a predominately White male sport, I have been underestimated and underpaid throughout my career. Now, as a venture capitalist investing in early-stage startups, I see myself in the Black female founders who are often counted out right from the start.

The Black female founder begins her fundraising journey already down a match point. Black women face a unique set of challenges colored by misconceptions of both race and gender. Investors notoriously doubt female founders, typically focusing investment analysis on the potential risks and losses of female-founded startups. They often assume that women-founded companies are more likely to fail. With

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Entrepreneurs keeping the holiday spirit alive and well with virtual cooking shows and escape rooms

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That said, an event doesn’t have to be an all-out, multi-day, high-budget extravaganza. Simple and fun can do the trick as well.

Shawn Hewat, co-founder and chief executive of Toronto-based Wavy Travel Inc., which specializes in virtual event planning.
Shawn Hewat, co-founder and chief executive of Toronto-based Wavy Travel Inc., which specializes in virtual event planning. Photo by Courtesy Wavy Travel

Marc LeBlanc, a consultant at Arctiq Inc., an IT services company in Toronto, decided to turn his passion for cooking into a holiday event, complete with a live interactive demonstration.

“We’re a small company of 27 employees who are very dispersed throughout Ontario and B.C.,” he said. “We need to make sure the human side of the business is still there.”

Like many companies, Arctiq overdid Zoom when the world started falling apart, he said, but it’s making the platform more fun by giving each person a list of ingredients so they can join in on his holiday cooking show.

“The idea is

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Listen to more stories from entrepreneurs as the Pioneering People podcast returns for series two

There’s a new line-up of entrepreneurs on series two of Laudable’s Pioneering People podcast

Pioneering People, the podcast that explores what both makes and motivates entrepreneurs, is back for series two this month.

Hosted and produced by Laudable podcast producer Morven McIntyre, the podcast will feature a different entrepreneur each week, from a wide range of sectors.

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Guests will share their unique journeys to success, and recount stories of how their ideas turned into products that are now set to shape the future.

Guests will include Pawprint founder Christian Arno, SNAG Tights founder Brie Reid, Tumelo founder Georgia Stewart and many more.

Host Morven McIntyre said: “I felt it was important to revisit the topic of entrepreneurship after the year we’ve had with the pandemic. So many businesses have struggled this year.

“Many of the guests share

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Dropshipping Brands Offers Professionally Designed Websites for E-Commerce Entrepreneurs

Anyone from beginners to professionals can easily start a successful dropshipping business at affordable rates.

E-commerce is the way to go for almost all industries in the business world. It has revolutionized the way sales and marketing are done. Many have found success running startups online, or even growing existing businesses with the help of E-commerce solutions. Dropshipping Brands helps anyone, even beginners start their very own E-commerce business by creating fully optimized dropshipping websites.

Dropshipping Brands offers sales focused dropshipping websites integrated with a winning product built by E-commerce veterans with over seven years of experience. Dropshipping is one of the most effective ways to expand a business’ reach to national and international markets. It can be started by anyone, and requires a very small amount of investment. With Dropshipping Brands’ websites, anyone can launch their very own dropshipping business, and start making sales right away.

Dropshipping Brands’ team

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The entrepreneurs who created Ganu, the nutritious instant soup, tell us how to create a product of impact


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This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.


  • This consommé provides proteins, dietary fibers, amino acids and contains 70% less sodium than traditional ones, it does not contain trans fats, nor monosodium glutamate.

  • Ganu, “a mix of garabanzo and nutrition”, is sold through its website and ecommerce platforms with a public price of 25 pesos.

In a roof garden , there Daniel Sánchez and Rafael Álvarez , founders of Ganu Alimentos , began to develop a nutritious instant soup with the idea of “eating better” and after having gone through two small demotivating events.

Young people have known each other since their high school days. And although Daniel has always been an entrepreneurial boy, for Rafael this has been something completely new. Now both are studying

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Entrepreneurs must adopt new measures to survive – Enterprise Uganda

By Justus Lyatuu

Entrepreneurs must adopt to the new challenges to steer through the hard times, according to Enterprise Uganda. 

Businesses across the globe have been ravaged by Covid-19 disruptions, which according to Mr Charles Ocici, the Enterprise Uganda executive director, calls for adaptive capabilities to enable entrepreneurs maneuver through the current turbulence. 

Speaking on the sidelines of the 2020 Global Entrepreneurship Week, Mr Ocici said businesses must now seek stability before drawing up forecasts.

This, he said, will be achieved through understanding that the business environment has changed thus demanding for adaptive measures. 

“You should re-configure your strategy,” he said, noting that entrepreneurs must pick lessons from peers to understand how they have been able to overcome challenges. 

Since the beginning of the year, there has been multiple challenges, worsened by Covid-19, which have decimated innovation capacities and created an uncertain business environment. 

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Mr Ocici said the current

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