Zimbabweans urged to use available resources to start businesses


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Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa) founder Ben White says Zimbabwean entrepreneurs have to learn to use available resources to start-up businesses that can create job opportunities and attract international investors.

VC4Africa is an online community based in Netherlands which connects African entrepreneurs with global investors and fundraisers.

“I cannot tell Zimbabwean entrepreneurs what kind of business they should concentrate on. They have to understand the power of technology to start-up businesses that can give solutions to the national problems,” Ben White said.

“The investors are always prepared to invest in entrepreneurships as long as the entrepreneurs are presenting salable and competitive business projects which are not going to collapse within a short period of time. For Instance, Saisai Wireless is now recognised globally because they pitched up a realistic project.”

Saisai Wireless is a Zimbabwean start-up pioneered by National University of Science and Technology student Christopher Manzero which redistributes free wifi resources to the point of need using peer to peer protocols.

Zimbabwean entrepreneurs also need to utilise technology to create diversity in the global market, White added.-The Source

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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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