Entrepreneur Country (EC) is a global online discovery platform that enables Digital “Davids” to profile themselves and connect with corporate “Goliaths” to unlock value and opportunities through their respective strengths. This symbiotic relationship, defined by the concept of EcoSystem EconomicsTM, was coined by Julie Meyer, a global entrepreneur who is amongst Europe’s finest leaders in terms of venture capital, having herself built and successfully exited a start-up business and paved the way for many other entrepreneurs to find their feet and raise funds to launch their ventures. Now, the global tech discovery platform launches in South Africa.
Amit Pau, CEO of Ariadne Capital and director of EntrepreneurCountry commented:
“We see disruption through technology on an unprecedented scale around the globe at the moment; it is a competitive space with increasing mobile and device penetration. The power of the EntrepreneurCountry platform is its ability to unlock huge potential, acting as a catalyst for digital start-ups (what we call Davids) to engage with their corporate (Goliath) counterparts to co-create opportunities leveraging each other’s strengths.”
This is an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs in South Africa to be part of a global network, which offers peer support as well as access to funding and distribution channels to turn big ideas into successful ventures. It is especially relevant in the South African context given the need for entrepreneurs and small businesses to drive economic growth.
Inspired by Julie Meyer’s example, Tobie van Zyl (CEO of Moneysmart.co.za) and Zulfiq Isaacs (CEO of Liquid Thought) – both serial digital start-up entrepreneurs themselves and Entrepreneur Country (EC) citizens – have become the official representatives of Entrepreneur Country in South Africa.
Tobie van Zyl explained: “Historically, very few digital start-ups in South Africa have had the opportunity to tap into global networks and strive for commercial success in global marketplaces. Entrepreneur Country is a super-highway for technology entrepreneurs to unlock exponential growth.”
Tobie and Zulfiq made a joint call to all fellow digital “Davids” developing innovative technologies to become citizens of Entrepreneur Country South Africa, to enhance their ability to service the growing demand of the digital economy and take advantage of verticals ripe for disruption.
“By the end of the year we expect to have 15 thriving regional communities, including South Africa and Poland, which is also launching this month, with another 10 ready to come on board. It’s an exciting time,” concluded Amit Pau.
Entrepreneurs and corporates can access the global EC community of more than 60,000 of the hottest technology entrepreneurs, multinationals and venture capitalists, by visiting entrepreneurcountry.com.
In celebration of EC’s launch in South Africa and to kick-start the next chapter of the network, Amit Pau, Executive Director of Entrepreneur Country, is attending the U-Start Investor Conference. This high-profile event will be showcasing 15 of the best early-stage tech start-ups in the country, who will be pitching to a panel of local and international venture capitalists at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Granger Bay, Cape Town between 2pm – 6pm on Thursday 6 March. Tickets are limited to 300 attendees with 50 seats still available. Those interested in this fantastic networking opportunity can book tickets via quicket.co.za.