John-Paul Iwuoha

About John-Paul Iwuoha

John-Paul Iwuoha is an author, impact entrepreneur, business strategist and founder of Smallstarter Africa. He works with entrepreneurs and investors to start up and grow businesses in Africa. His work and articles have been featured on several local and international media, including CNN, The Huffington Post, The Africa Perspective Magazine, Business Day and LinkedIn Pulse, among others. He is the co-author of '101 Ways To Make Money in Africa', the widely-acclaimed book which reveals several interesting business ideas, market opportunities, and inspiring entrepreneur success stories across Africa. For the latest updates on business and entrepreneurship across Africa, follow Smallstarter on Twitter, @smallstarters
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Meet M-Akiba, the world’s first mobile-only bond. It’s from Kenya!

"The M-Akiba bond is the world's first mobile-only bond, issued by the government of Kenya. Kenya first announced plans for the bond, named after the Kiswahili word akiba or “savings,” in late 2015, as a way to give ordinary Kenyans access to the country’s capital markets. Investors can buy the bond in increments as small [...]

By | March 30th, 2017|Curated Content|

Does Africa really matter to Donald Trump? These questions make me think so…

Does Africa really matter to Donald Trump? While he is yet to appoint an Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, his team has been asking some very pertinent questions about US interests in Africa, such as: “How does US business compete with other nations in Africa? Are we losing out to the Chinese?” “Most [...]

By | March 29th, 2017|Curated Content|

Why is Africa still poor? This professor reveals a shocking inside story

  Renowned Kenyan professor and author -- Ngugi Wa Thiong’o -- explains that Africa is shackled by a new type of slavery and colonialism that is largely invisible to most people. The most common evidence of this is how most African people view the continent through the eyes of an "outsider." Professor Wa Thiong'o believes [...]

By | March 28th, 2017|Curated Content|

Do you hate Mondays? This Will Put Things in Perspective For You

Want to know the truth? The truth is, you don't hate Mondays. What you hate is the fact that you've lost sight of your vision. Do you want to know what a Monday feels like to an entrepreneur? Let me tell you: There is no such thing as a Monday. In fact, Monday is every [...]

By | March 27th, 2017|Curated Content|

Meet Maria, the amazing entrepreneur who is empowering a generation and baking her way to the top

photo credit: Sweet Cake TV Everybody loves cake. Except you’re avoiding the tasty treat for health or religious reasons, you’re almost certainly a freak. How can any living, breathing human not love cake? We gift and expect cakes to celebrate birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduation, promotion, retirement and dozens of other special moments. In fact, cakes [...]

By | March 26th, 2017|Business ideas, Education & Training, Get Inspired!|

I listened to this speech 42 times in 24 hours. You need to see this!

The short video you're about to watch could change your life. If you can -- and you most certainly should -- watch it at the beginning of every week for the rest of this year. You know, it's only been a few weeks since this year started. January 1st feels just like yesterday. I can't [...]

By | March 24th, 2017|Get Inspired!, Videos|

How this entrepreneur built a $1 million business from these weird glasses

James Swanwick is the co-founder of Swanwick Sleep, a business that has sold hundreds of units of what used to be big, bright, ugly, orange-lensed safety glasses. He got the idea for the product in 2014, when his friend arrived at dinner wearing the orange-lensed safety glasses. According to James, "I thought he was playing [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|Curated Content|

11 Ways Successful People Deal With People They Don’t Like

"It’s inevitable that you’ll encounter people with whom you disagree. There are some people you instantly click with and others you can take or leave. And then, there are the select few you just can’t stand! How can you get along with someone you find difficult, distasteful or downright obnoxious? Well, it helps to remember [...]

By | March 22nd, 2017|Curated Content|

How the craft beer business is taking off in South Africa: An interesting success story

Craft beer is a niche category of beer that is brewed by small, independent and traditional breweries. Unlike the big large-scale corporate breweries that are known for mass-produced beers, craft beers are, well, "crafted" for consumers who want to enjoy a different and more sophisticated type of beer. In the United States, craft beer has [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|Curated Content|

Meet the African-made cooling units that could ultimately stop food waste and spoilage

Food waste and spoilage remain a big problem across the world. "According to The Rockefeller Foundation, up to 33 percent of all the food that is produced is never consumed— a staggering loss that would have fed the nearly 800 million people who are food insecure or undernourished worldwide. Across Africa, the food waste crisis is [...]

By | March 20th, 2017|Curated Content|