The quest to find the nations? most promising local entrepreneurs is back on,
and the 5th ENGEN Pitch and Polish competition, powered by Raizcorp is set to
be bigger and better than ever.

As Global Entrepreneurship Week kicks off amidst the ANCYL's demands for economic freedom, the question of how we can boost the economic climate through the development of a more effective entrepreneurial ecosystem is a hot topic.Anthony Farr provides insight on creating this conducive entrepreneurial environment.

The mentorship programme provided by the NYDA in partnership with US based Evo Media will bring together seasoned professionals with young business people in sessions that will cover key challenges affecting small businesses, such as access to funding, business leadership and staff development.

Pearl Seigel, self proclaimed "Femmepreneur' uses her experience in marketing, communication and consulting to provide insight to stuggling entrepreneurs and novices by highlighting some of the biggest mistakes new businesses make and how to avoid them.

The shortlist of candidates for 2009's top female entrepreneurs has been revealed ahead of the Regional Business Achiever Awards, to be held in June. The cream of SA businesswomen were selected from emerging, established and social entrepreneurial categories.

"It seems that giving advice to entrepreneurs or offering mentoring and coaching services to startups has become big business the world over." notes Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp. Allon highlights three key areas which are good predictors of success.


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