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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SBP 005: How To Attract Investors And Banks To Fund Your Business

By |2020-07-06T14:50:10+01:00May 4th, 2020|Listen to the Podcasts|

There is a lot of capital floating around in the world today. Still, many entrepreneurs on the African continent struggle to attract funding to start, grow, or turn around their businesses. Why do many entrepreneurs think funding is scarce when, in reality, the opposite is true? In this eye-opening episode, John-Paul Iwuoha discusses 5 important [...]

SBP 004: Is Capitalism The Best Option For Africa?

By |2020-07-06T14:50:18+01:00May 4th, 2020|Listen to the Podcasts|

With a population of 1.2 billion people that is expected to double by 2050, Africa's future is threatened by two dangerous realities: growing poverty and a widening gap between the rich and poor. What is the best way for Africa to create enough wealth to eradicate poverty and distribute the wealth equitably to close the [...]

SBP 003: Why You Need A STRONG Mission And Vision For Your Business

By |2020-07-06T14:50:26+01:00May 4th, 2020|Listen to the Podcasts|

It's in almost every business plan you will ever see. You're likely to find it hanging on the wall in the lobby or behind the receptionist's desk in every company's head office. But exactly how much value can a strong mission and vision bring to a business? In another interesting signature episode, John-Paul shares real-life [...]

SBP 002: The #1 Reason Many Businesses Are Not Making Enough Money

By |2020-07-06T14:50:33+01:00May 4th, 2020|Listen to the Podcasts|

Despite growing sales, happy customers, well-paid employees, and satisfied suppliers, many businesses and entrepreneurs are broke. A big reason for this is how entrepreneurs treat profit in their businesses. After paying everybody else, most entrepreneurs are left with crumbs or 'paper profit'. This interesting episode presents an unconventional but very effective way to turn around [...]

SBP 001: How Smart Entrepreneurs Survive and Thrive in Times of Crisis

By |2020-07-06T14:50:43+01:00April 23rd, 2020|Listen to the Podcasts|

The Coronavirus pandemic is the biggest existential threat of our generation (so far). The global economy has tanked, unemployment is rising, oil prices have reached all-time lows, and uncertainty is thick in the air. Is there any way out this? This must be the apocalypse, the end of the world, right? The truth is, every [...]

How these Successful African Entrepreneurs Raised Capital for Their Businesses

By |2020-06-06T21:11:18+01:00August 30th, 2019|Get Inspired!|

  “I don’t have the capital.” “Nobody wants to give me capital.” “The banks have turned me down five times.” These are some of the most common reasons people give for not starting or growing their businesses. Access to capital is arguably the biggest threat to entrepreneurs around the world. And every year, thousands of [...]

Why the USA and Africa are losing out on mutual trade and investment opportunities, and how to fix it

By |2019-05-07T17:22:45+01:00April 30th, 2019|Business ideas, Growing your business...|

. According to the IMF's 2019 World Economic Outlook report, six of the world's fastest-growing economies are in Africa. Over the next three decades, Africa's population is expected to double to 2.4 billion. By 2050, about one in four people in the world will be African and the continent's economy could be worth $29 trillion, [...]

Want to export African products to the USA? Here are some important tips you need to know

By |2019-05-07T17:23:08+01:00April 26th, 2019|Business ideas, Growing your business...|

. The USA is the world's top economy and largest market, and it does a lot of business with the rest of the world. In 2018 alone, the US spent more than $2.6 trillion on imports from over 200 countries. America buys everything big and small – from machines and mineral oils, to food products [...]

After 10 years chasing the American Dream, this former refugee has built a beautiful African Dream

By |2019-05-07T16:47:54+01:00April 15th, 2019|Get Inspired!|

. Until he was 14, Henri Nyakarundi didn't know he was a refugee. His family had fled to Burundi following the growing tensions in Rwanda that eventually led to the ugly 1994 genocide. From an early age, Henri had always fantasized about living in the United States and chasing the American Dream. For him, the [...]

11 Business Opportunities in Africa That Made More Millionaires in 2019 — and will continue in 2020

By |2020-07-06T14:47:27+01:00February 9th, 2019|Business ideas, Get Inspired!|

It feels odd to talk about business opportunities in Africa in 2019. It feels odd to talk about business opportunities in Africa, right? Over the last couple of years, Africa has been at the center of the global migration debate, particularly in Europe and North America. Thousands of Africans have been fleeing the continent. Some [...]