Registering a trademark, owning the copyright and protecting intellectual property. These three terms can easily give any business owner headaches and heartaches within a few seconds. Why is it even important to slouch through all the paperwork? Brian More, expert on the field and director of IP services at the University of Coventry sheds his views on the matter.
Lebohang ‘Lebo M’ Morake, also known as the spirit of the Lion King, having composed and put together the hit musical, the Lion King is an inspiration to all entrepreneurs wanting to get their names out to the world. On 2 September 2014, Lebo M visited our International Trade Programme entrepreneurs as they were on their way to take on the UK.
Entrepreneurs create a LEAN business model on canvas in order to identify strengths/weaknesses and solutions in their business.
Communities in ten locations spanning from Heidelberg to Oudtshoorn were given basic business and digital literacy skills via a MEDO Treppie tour through the area known as the Eden District. This initiative forms part of the Economic Development Department of the Western Cape Government’s drive to interact with community members in this region, and encourage entrepreneurship and skills development.
On the 18th of June, the MEDO Mobile Entrepreneurship Centre – or Treppie – travelled to the tiny town of Delmas in Mpumalanga. The tour was sponsored by United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI) as part of UKTI and MEDO’s bid to small business support programmes to entrepreneurs all across South Africa.
At the end of October 2014 the MEDO team headed to the windy city of Port Elizabeth, taking ‘Treppie’, our mobile entrepreneurship incubator with them, hunting for entrepreneurs. Setting up shop in different areas in the Motherwell district for the week, countless entrepreneurs and soon-to-be entrepreneurs walked through their doors eager to develop their skills.
“What an amazing experience. We met hundreds of entrepreneurs during our five-city tour that started in Durban on December 20, 2011, and that ended in Cape Town on January 13, 2012. Thanks to everyone who came out to see us! We’re looking forward to ‘hitting the road’ again soon.”
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Access to information, training and business tools such as the Internet, is one of the greatest challenges facing entrepreneurs in peri-urban and particularly rural areas. To address this, MEDO and Weir Minerals came together to run an entrepreneurship programme targeting the Middelburg, eMalahleni and Delmas areas.