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Entrepreneurs tackling SA’s development challenges

Here’s a link to my presentation at the GIBS Economic Outlook 2016 conference: Entrepreneurs tackling development challenges

Some key takeaways:

  • A new wave of entrepreneurs is emerging in South Africa which addresses pressing social problems, directly and indirectly
  • Business models that build bridges across the ‘two-speed’ economy have the best prospects for tackling unemployment and inequality
  • Also need to build models that apply to agriculture and manufacturing
  • Some financiers have come to the party (see SweepSouth), though far more could be done to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem, particularly to enterprises with high social impact
  • Solutions to developmental challenges are necessarily multi-sectoral yet in the big business/big labour/big labour configuration, civil society and entrepreneurs are relegated to the margins

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