Access to information and networks
Entrepreneurs face a myriad of challenges and require support to start and grow their businesses (funding, access to markets, mentorship, training etc) and need assistance navigating the entrepreneurial landscape
Organisations and initiatives have been created in order to enable the development of small business. However, there is limited awareness thereon and they operate in silos.
Information is fragmented. There isn’t a single source that demonstrates the full breadth and depth of the ecosystem and the opportunities therein.
A single point of entry
A single platform that the various players in the ecosystem can connect and engage.
A single portal where entrepreneurs can access relevant and practical information on the support they can access.
A one-stop shop of services to establish a business (company registration, branding, online presence, business planning etc)
Entrihub is an online platform that co-ordinates the entrepreneurial ecosystem by connecting the various players, providing access to information and value added services
Wafeeqah Lagerdien CA(SA)
Recipient of a full bursary from Old Mutual to study B.Comm Accounting and PGDA at the University of Cape Town. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant with SAICA in 2014 after completing 3 years of articles at Old Mutual. 5+ years experience as an investment analyst.
Founded Entrihub in 2018. Recipient of the Future Females and UK-SA Tech Hub bursary and graduated from the Future Females Business School.
Featured by Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative. See article here
“”I’ve kept a journal and decided to blog about my entrepreneurial journey. Being a female tech entrepreneur of colour side hustling in South Africa brings about an interesting set dynamics and I invite readers to come along for the ride on my blog Leaping Sideways”
You have an incredible business idea. Great! But now what? Where do you start? Register a company or do it in a personal capacity? Quit your job, or bootstrap? How do you fund your business? How do you find customers? How do you manage your books?
Sound familiar? These are just a few questions that go through any aspiring Entrepreneur’s mind.
It’s a tough environment to start and run a business in. Even established businesses struggle to get their ventures to grow. The journey of an Entrepreneur is a bumpy one, and not for the faint of heart.
But what if it setting up a business was a simple and easy process? What if funding was abundant and there were ample initiatives to support startups and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)? What if there were endless networking events and mentors galore, with innovative products and services, designed specifically to help you run your business?
And what if I told you that is the South Africa you live in today?
Yes, that’s right! It’s crazy how many organizations and initiatives there are, whose sole purpose is to help you.The problem is that they can’t find you, and you don’t know where to look for them.
Information for Entrepreneurs is fragmented, and organizations are operating in silos. Take incubators for example; it’s an amazing concept for startups. They have beautiful websites and are active on social media. The problem is knowing where to find them if you have never come across an incubator before. You, and your business are immediately restricted by what information you have access to.
As a chartered accountant and investment analyst, I became aware of government initiatives and organizations supporting SMEs. I would perform analysis on these companies’ business models and would at times recommend that clients invest in some of these companies. Some organizations focus on assisting specific types of entrepreneurs, such as women, youth or the previously disadvantaged. Other organizations focus on certain types of businesses, depending on location and/or the industry. Some organizations don’t have any preferences at all. But I had family and friends who were Entrepreneurs that had no idea these organizations existed.
And that right there, was my ‘ah-ha!’ moment.
I realized that the key to entrepreneurship was not necessarily about access to finance, or about access to markets. Rather, it was access to information. And so began my journey of creating an online portal that housed this information in an engaging format – with some additional tools I thought Entrepreneurs would find useful.
Coming from corporate, ICT and media are way out of my comfort zone. It was, and continues to be, a steep learning curve. But I genuinely hope Entri® will add value to your venture, open up new opportunities and make your journey as an Entrepreneur a little easier.
I know how valuable Entri would have been when I started my own business, so I want to make sure it’s here for yours.
Here’s to building a supportive, encouraging and engaging community, where incredible ideas become incredible businesses.
This is one techpreneur to keep an eye on!
The name Entri was created by using the first four letters of Entrepreneur, and then adding the ‘i’ from information at the end. In the knowledge economy we live today, information, and access to this information, is crucial. Entri serves as a single source of information and an entry (get it?) point for all players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem -whether you’re an aspiring Entrepreneur, Enabler or Supporter.
Our mission is for Entrihub to be a catalyst for entrepreneurship by being the central digital point for the entrepreneurial ecosystem. It is to help startups navigate the entrepreneurial landscape in order to stimulate innovation and accelerate growth.
Our vision is to see Entrihub become the catalyst for entrepreneurship, not only in South Africa, but in the world. We aim to become the largest network of Entrepreneurs, Enablers and Supporters. A place where every key player in the market goes to connect, inspire and inform. The “LinkedIn for Small Business” if you will.
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Entrihub is 100% black female owned business