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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What do you think about the .africa internet registry that goes live on July 4?

The first .africa domain was registered on February 15 this year, the day that marked the 27th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison. And as from July 4, anyone can register their own .africa domain. DotAfrica was conceived by African heads of state in 2009, with the idea of delegating a domain [...]

By | June 22nd, 2017|Curated Content|

Meet the Top 10 nominees for the Innovation Prize for Africa 2017

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has announced the top 10 nominees who will be contending for the 2017 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), to be awarded in Accra, Ghana on 18th July 2017. Innovators from nine African countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe have been [...]

By | June 21st, 2017|Curated Content|

This is why sending money to Africa from abroad is the most expensive in the world

Africans living in the UK are the largest sources of remittances back to the continent. In 2015, they sent back an estimated £4.1 billion ($6.5 billion). But guess what? Of this whopping amount, 90% of all the transfers were done in cash. Yes, cash. Despite the availability of digital transfer options, the majority of remitters [...]

By | June 20th, 2017|Curated Content|

Meet Lena Marshall, the entrepreneur opening the doors of international trade for African products

Two of the biggest problems African producers face is access to the international market, and value addition to local produce. If more producers in Africa – like farmers, craftspeople, and manufacturers – had open access to foreign markets, they could get fairer prices for their products. And if we could add more value to our [...]

By | June 19th, 2017|Get Inspired!|

An interesting interview with Ameenah — scientist, entrepreneur and President of Mauritius

In this exclusive interview with Forbes Woman Africa, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius, speaks about her academic efforts studying one of the most biodiverse hotspots on earth. Her country is celebrating 25 years of being a republic, and by the end of this year, she will be Africa’s only female President. In 1992, she set [...]

By | June 12th, 2017|Curated Content|

Have you heard of Africa’s blue economy? It’s a trillion-dollar opportunity!

Africa's blue economy refers to the continent's vast coastline which hosts a maritime industry estimated at $1 trillion per year. This is only scratching the surface. According to UNECA, the largest sectors of the current African aquatic and ocean-based economy are fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, transport, ports, coastal mining and energy. Several African countries already are [...]

By | June 11th, 2017|Curated Content|

Meet the entrepreneur who runs the UK’s first African fine-dining restaurant chain

While African cuisine may be very popular on the continent, it is yet to be appreciated globally in fine-dining. In fact, lovers of African cuisine often find it difficult to access real African food overseas. It's this gap in the overseas market that motivated Adwoa Hagan-Mensah, a Ghanaian-born British entrepreneur, to incorporate real West African [...]

By | June 10th, 2017|Curated Content|

Foreign aid is not free, and it’s not aid. It’s a mask for daylight robbery! [Must Read]

This article makes for very interesting reading. In January 2014, 14 African countries were still paying to France a “colonial debt”, a duty legalised through post-colonial agreements, and meant as a tax for the infrastructure and the other benefits those countries got from French colonisation. Seriously? Are you kidding me? According to this article, available [...]

By | June 9th, 2017|Curated Content|

Interesting insights! This new report reveals the true size and nature of Africa’s middle class

Over the last 7 years, there have been a number of high-profile studies and reports -- from McKinsey, Standard Bank and the AfDB -- on the size, composition and behaviour of Africa's middle class. At best, most of the figures and outcomes from these reports have been conflicting. Recently, the University of Cape Town Unilever [...]

By | June 8th, 2017|Curated Content|

Africa’s healthcare industry is ripe for disruption: Meet the startups leading the march

The internet and mobile technology are changing the face of problematic industries across Africa. From financial services to retail, entrepreneurs on the continent are creatively using the internet and mobile to find solutions to nagging problems. Healthcare is now on their radar. In many countries on the continent, access to effective and affordable healthcare is [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|Curated Content|