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Global Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

infoDev’s Global Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a biennial flagship event convening the global innovation and entrepreneurship community to exchange know-how, establish partnerships and develop innovative approaches. infoDev is a global partnership program in the World Bank Group. Its mission is to enable innovative entrepreneurship for sustainable, inclusive growth and employment in developing countries. The Global Forum was hosted by India in 2004 and 2006, Brazil in October 2009, and Finland in May 2011. The 5th Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship which is hosted by the South African government (Department of Science and Technology) will be held in East London, South Africa, from 28 – 30 May, 2013.

The Global Forum attracts around 500 – 600 business incubator managers, policy-makers, SME entrepreneurs, financiers and development agencies from all continents for a unique south-south and north-south networking and knowledge-sharing experience. The Global Forum contributes to the “know-how” and the “know-who” in the global innovation and entrepreneurship community. Participants come to the event to be exposed to new business models, ideas and methodologies, as well as to meet people with similar interests in other countries and other industries and to explore partnerships and capacity-building opportunities.

South Africa presents a stimulating meeting place for stakeholders in the global and certainly African innovation and entrepreneurship eco-system. It has harnessed innovation as a cornerstone of its own transition to a knowledge-based economy and a resilient human society; it has ambitious national and regional innovation policies and inspiring inclusive innovation initiatives for social and human development, bringing together dynamic partners of the private and public sector.

The Global Forum website aims to keep readers up to date with all the local Southern African businesses that are empowering women to progress and entrepreneurship through innovative new technologies. Africa has gradually started catching up in the technology advancements enjoyed by larger first world countries. Countries like Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Senegal, Tanzania and The Democratic Republic of Congo have joined in the drive to uplift and help with the technological advancement of entrepreneurs and small businesses in the region. The introduction of government initiatives, specialized training seminars for startups and international bursaries has helped in the growth spurts seen in many areas. The Global Forum focuses on researching and showcasing businesses in the region that are making technological advancements as well as giving back to the communities that the rely on to keep the wheels of their companies turning. The Global Forum is thrilled to announce that it is finding more and more of these innovative companies embracing the local environment and thriving in it.

Why Change to LED lighting ?

The use of LED or light-emitting diode has increased rapidly over the years, offering better light quality and it is a power saving smart solution. It is one of the best eco-friendly options out there and LED Lights have many benefits and advantages, here are a few ideas for you to consider.

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1.    How energy efficient are LED Lights?
LED Lights are a highly energy efficient when compared to conventional light bulbs. The conventional bulbs are only 20% efficient meaning that they only use this amount to produce light and 80% of the energy is lost as heat. The LED lights actually use 80% of the electric energy, into light and only 20% is lost to other forms of energy such as heat. The LED lights also use about 50% less electricity than other options resulting in higher energy cost savings. High Quality led bulbs in Cape Town are available from the GoGreen Guys.
2.    The LED Lights are Durable
The LED Light is very durable and do not have filaments or thin glass enclosures, can withstand rough conditions and are less likely to break easily. This type of lighting is a great outdoor option as it can withstand exposure to all types of weather conditions.
3.    Instant Light
Many lighting options need some time to reach full brightness when they are switched on. The LED lights on the other hand come on immediately at 100% brightness. This can be very helpful especially in cases where security is an issue and why they are useful in things like traffic lights. The LED lights can also be switched on and off constantly without affecting the lifespan of the lights.
4.    Amount of light is controlled
The LED lights can be made to dim when needed and this system can be easily installed. The costs to make commercial fluorescent lights dimmable is very expensive so going for the LED option will be a lot more cost effective.
5.    Can operate in very cold temperatures
Fluorescent lamps do not like cold temperatures and a higher voltage is needed to start up.  The LED lights operate well and at a higher efficiency under cold conditions and are therefore a great choice to use as refrigerator lights, in cold storage spaces and for outdoor usage.
6.    Safe to use
Heat and Ultraviolet radiation that usually comes from the normal incandescent lamps can pose a problem by being a burn hazard to you any materials close by. The Led lights produce very little Infrared Light and virtually no UV emissions. These lights can therefore be used in places like museums or art galleries. They are also good to help prevent burnt fingers.
7.    Low Voltage
This comes in handy when you go camping or is important in rural areas. A low voltage power supply is enough to light up any LED lights. You can use things like an external solar energy source to power your LED lighting. Inverters Cape Town can also be useful with voltage adjustments.
8.    Focus lighting
The glass or conventional light bulbs disperses light in all directions where the LED lights can be focused and directed in a specific direction. These lights can therefore produce light to a desired location a lot more efficiently.
9.    Eco-Friendly
Most fluorescent lights contain toxic material like mercury which is hazardous to the environment. The LED lights are free of any toxic chemicals and can be 100% recycled. The lifespan of an LED light is longer than the conventional light bulbs saving on material and production and reducing your carbon footprint. Money and energy is saved when using LED lighting.
10. Easy to use
LED Lights are easy to install and there is a variety of home and industrial products available. These lights are used from lighting walkways, kitchen lighting, even holiday lights and the list is growing every year.

Cape Entrepreneur provides sober house in Cape Town

Still with the conference theme of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, we thought we would cast our eyes in the direction of a relatively new but much needed healthcare sector. Substance abuse and the treatment and rehabilitation of these people is a global concern and Southern Africa is by no means an exception. Every year, more and more people world wide are being accepted into rehabilitation centers for substance abuse, including alcohol, street drugs like cocaine and heroine, and pharmaceutical , prescription drugs. Addictive behaviors extend still further into process addictions, like online gaming, gambling, sex and love addiction and so on. Underneath any addictive behavior lies an obsessive compulsive tendency to follow through with an action, regardless of how clear the negative consequences are to that person, Rehabs isolate these people for a period of time, give them some tools they can use, then send them off afterwards, to reintegrate back into society. Many of these people are not yet strong enough to cope with all the triggers of their previous lifestyles. Something as random as smelling the sulfur from a burning match might cause a rehabilitated addict to recall some kind of euphoric experience related to their drug use, and that’s a very strong trigger fro a potential relapse.

sober living in Cape Town

Scotswood Retreat was founded by Cape Town entrepreneur, Julia Finnis-Bedford, at a time where innovative ways of looking at dealing with helping people transition smoothly from rehabilitation centers, back into normal healthy living, was much needed.  Scotswood Retreat is a large tranquil, Victorian Farmhouse, set on six acres of private estate in Constantia, Cape Town.  The retreat has a total of eight beds available. The rooms are comfortable with feather duvets, there’s a fantastic large lounge area complete with original log fireplace, and french doors that lead out onto the enclosed private garden and swimming pool. Free DSTV and WIFI facilities are included in the fees. There are professional staff on site, lockers where valuable can be safely stored if needed, a registered recovery assistant, addiction counseling if required, relapse prevention group meetings every Wednesday, Evening meals are cooked Sunday to Friday and the house is serviced three times per week. The house is conveniently located to Malls, Coffee Shops and restaurants as well as AA and NA meetings in the area.

Julia Finnis-Bedford and her team, Sue Van Der Wath, Louisa Baronetti and Ruby Weber, are a skilled and dedicated team whose strengths compliment each others.  A job well done by this Cape Town entrepreneur, in using innovation to help addicts find their way home. So, if you are someone you may know is looking for peaceful sober living in Cape Town, I recommend you follow the links in this article to Scotswood Retreat.

 

 

Ashanti Lodge on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

So we that the purpose of infoDev’s Global Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship,  is in convening the global innovation and entrepreneurship community to exchange know-how, establish partnerships and develop innovative approaches. infoDev is a global partnership program in the World Bank Group. Its mission is to enable innovative entrepreneurship for sustainable, inclusive growth and employment in developing countries.  Hosted by the South African government in East London in 2013,  over 550 business incubator managers, policy-makers, SME entrepreneurs, financiers and development agencies from all continents for a unique south-south and north-south networking and knowledge-sharing experience. The Global Forum provides a platform like no other for these parties to get to know each other.  Participants came to the event to be exposed to new business models, ideas and methodologies, as well as to meet people with similar interests in other countries and other industries and to explore partnerships and capacity-building opportunities. One such business enterprise that stood out from among the rest was Cape Town based outfit, Ashanti Lodge.

Ashanti Lodge bacpackers Cape Town

The Cape Town based holiday accommodation business, headed by Craig Jonstone and Lisa Krone, who co founded the business over twenty years ago, have proven themselves over and over again in their ability to keep innovating within the sector of tourism that has fallen upon them. Using their entrepreneurial skills, and innovative thinking , the couple from Ashanti Lodge has cemented themselves in as the authoritative brand when it comes to backpacking and looking for top quality board and lodgings within this framework. Ashanti Lodge  Backpackers in Gardens has an incredible Table Mountain view, Ashanti Gardens is one of the original Cape Town backpacker hostels that offer budget accommodation options in dormitories and private rooms.

In the adjacent side streets the Ashanti Gardens Backpackers, are Victorian guesthouses with beautiful en-suite rooms each with satellite tv, free wi-fi and self-catering kitchen. Secure and quiet and just a few minutes walking into Cape Town city centre.

Not more than a few kilometers away, is the Ashanti Lodge Backpackers Greenpoint. Within walking distance to Cape Town Stadium and the V&A Waterfront this is a newer, stylish, quieter private backpackers hostel which is also close to the city’s nightlife activities.

The Ashanti Lodge owners, Craig and Lisa, have used their unique entrepreneurial vision and innovative skills in creating such a successful business model that performs so well. It would not be successful, were it not for the endorsements received by all their clients and customers, many of whom regularly come back every year at the same time.  The Travel Centre located adjacent to the reception, allows a guest to book almost any kind of African adventure available, Skydiving, Surfing, Shark Cage Diving, Mountain biking, hiking etc etc. Most weekdays, the Overland trucks can be seen offloading tourists and collecting new ones to head off into Africa for another adventure with waterfalls lions ans Elephants.

If you’ve just arrived in Cape Town and you’re looking for the best backpackers Cape Town, then you have to go to Ashanti Lodge and see whats available you. If you don’t, you may be sorry later.

 

Innovative South African Company

The Sugar Crystal Company is a South African company that has been growing from strength to strength over the past fifteen years, developing and gradually refining their process for the mass production of sugar swizzle sticks.

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The company was started over fifteen years ago by Cape Town entrepreneur, Richard Morris. Richard had previously run several successful businesses in the past including FrozFrut, one of the first frozen yoghurt frozen suckers to be marketed in South Africa. The business traded very successfully , at one point securing the sole rights to sell on the prestigious Clifton Beach in Cape Town. Following on that success, Richard went on to start another great venture,  Take-the Prith, a cheese wholesale business, which he later went on to sell. In 2002, Richard, with the help of a few founding partners, started the Sugar Crystal Company. The early days were not easy and many of the founding partners fell by the wayside. Despite the difficulties in the beginning, Richard would not be swayed from his vision and pushed on, financially committing himself completely. The company gradually pulled forward, making some ground breaking innovations in the technology they were utilizing to produce the sugar swizzle sticks. As time passed, despite the global economic downturn, the business began exporting on a larger and larger scale, delaying with some large international clients. The Sugar Crystal Store website was launched where South African businesses and customers could order the product online for local delivery. A simple website offering all the company’s products, including their tremendously popular range of Rock Candy swizzle sticks. The Rock Candy range consists of twelve colors and zesty fruity tongue twisting flavors.

sugarcrystalstore

The was a huge surge in demand for the rock candy range, particularly in the blue color after the the release of the popular animated movie, Frozen. It was the latest craze for little girls to have the blue sugar crystal swizzle sticks as treats at their birthday parties. The Sugar Crystal company capitalized on this craze and production increased 3 fold to point where it was time to completely update the the factory. The business moved premises and trebled in size and capacity. The Sugar Crystal company provides employment for many African women, thanks to the innovative technology developed by them.