John-Paul Iwuoha

About John-Paul Iwuoha

John-Paul Iwuoha is a business transformation specialist and founder of Smallstarter. Through his signature training courses and private programs, he has worked with hundreds of African entrepreneurs and business owners to overcome serious challenges with starting, growing, or turning around their businesses. His work and opinions have been featured in several local and international media, including CNN, Business Day, and The Huffington Post. He was named by LinkedIn as one of the Top Global Voices on Startups & Entrepreneurship. Click here to learn more about his signature programs.
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The Top 10 Questions Investors Ask Before Investing In Your Business

By |2021-11-09T16:57:49+01:00October 27th, 2021|Funding Your Business|

The competition for funding is fierce. There are thousands of smart entrepreneurs and business owners just like you who are looking for investors’ money. Every year, banks, venture capital, private equity, foundations, and all kinds of informal and institutional investors have to screen through dozens of candidates to make a decision about which businesses to [...]

SBP 075: How To Know When It Is Time To Grow And Expand Your Business

By |2021-10-26T20:09:46+01:00October 15th, 2021|Listen to the Podcasts|

Almost every entrepreneur wants to grow their business. Growth is exciting. Growth means a bigger business that makes more sales, has more customers, and is more visible and known by people. But guess what? Growth can kill a business if it’s not done well. In fact, if you grow your business too early, too fast, [...]

SBP 074: The 6 Specific Ways To Quickly Improve The Profitability Of Your Business

By |2021-10-10T12:39:22+01:00October 10th, 2021|Listen to the Podcasts|

Many businesses are struggling to survive. And most of these businesses make either very low profits, zero profits, or serious losses. How to improve profits in a business is a major headache for entrepreneurs. After paying suppliers, salaries, rent, and other expenses, there is almost nothing left for the owner of the business. And if [...]

How To Raise Funds (up to $500K or more) To Start, Grow Or Scale Your Business

By |2021-11-09T16:52:15+01:00October 7th, 2021|Funding Your Business|

Want to learn how to raise funds in large amounts for a business or project? Maybe yours is a capital-intensive business, or you’re at that point in your company where you need a major infusion of capital to grow, expand or turn around the business. In my experience, when it comes to fundraising large amounts [...]

How To Get Business Loans From Banks To Grow And Expand Your Company

By |2021-11-09T16:45:35+01:00October 6th, 2021|Funding Your Business|

Every successful entrepreneur is great at one important skill. They know how to use “leverage” to their advantage. They know how to use other people’s resources to support their business. And that’s why banks exist. Banks give you the unique opportunity to use “other people’s money” to grow and expand your business -- in exchange [...]

How to Find And Attract Grants For Your Business, Project or Cause

By |2021-11-09T16:28:38+01:00October 5th, 2021|Funding Your Business|

Photo: A proud winner of the Anzisha grants sponsored by the African Leadership Academy. Raising money is one of the toughest obstacles for people who need to support their idea, business, or project. That’s why it’s such an exciting feeling when you win ‘free money’. If getting a bank loan is not an option for [...]

10 Guaranteed Ways To Raise Money for A Business (With Inspiring Examples)

By |2021-11-09T16:36:36+01:00October 4th, 2021|Funding Your Business, Get Inspired!|

Ways to raise money for a business? You’re about to learn 10 interesting and highly effective options you can start exploring today. Raising capital is probably the biggest obstacle many entrepreneurs face in starting or growing a business. According to research by CB Insights, up to 40% of start-ups and young businesses fail because they [...]

Get Funding! 100 Organisations That Give Money To Businesses and Projects in Africa

By |2021-10-26T22:15:06+01:00October 4th, 2021|Funding Your Business|

Are you looking for capital to start a new business or grow an existing business in Africa? Have you tried other alternative sources of funding but failed? Is capital the biggest obstacle standing between you and that idea, business, or project you’re so passionate about? These days, there are thousands of opportunities, organisations, funds, investors, [...]

SBP 073: The Strategic Types of Capital You Need To Build A Successful Business

By |2021-09-24T14:49:47+01:00September 24th, 2021|Listen to the Podcasts|

Running out of money. It’s the top reason most businesses fail. According to CB Insights, up to 40 percent of failed businesses were due to a lack of capital. And that’s for the US, Canada, and Europe. In developing markets like Africa, I can bet the number is much higher. But what makes a business [...]

SBP 072: How To Get Better At Business Development & Networking — Practical Insights from Cynthia Lareine

By |2021-09-17T11:15:12+01:00September 17th, 2021|Listen to the Podcasts|

If people don’t know you, they can’t help you or do business with you. That’s why networking is so important in business. Through networking, many people have found investors, business partners, and very good suppliers and distributors. Unfortunately, many people are not so good at networking. Most people think networking is just about introducing themselves, [...]