NTT DATA to hold Open Innovation Contest 9.0 in search of new partners and businesses

NTT DATA Corporation (NTT DATA) will host its 9th Open Innovation Contest and is currently accepting applications through the contest’s official website: Regional contests will be held in 20 cities across 18 countries. Local ICT company Dimension Data will host the South African applications on 8 February 2019, in Cape Town, with the regional winners being invited to the Grand Finale in Tokyo in March of 2019.

Any start-up company is welcome to submit a proposal for a collaborative business with NTT DATA in fields such as Healthcare & Life Sciences / Finance, Insurance & Payments / Automotive & IoT / RPA & Back Office / Storefront & Digital Marketing / Data Distribution / Disruptive Social Innovation. NTT DATA welcomes business solutions, which are designed to achieve sustainable development goals.
The Grand Finale in Tokyo will be held in March 2019. NTT DATA will cover travel expenses for the presenter of each winner of a regional semi-final. The Grand Finale winner will receive a three-month in-kind contribution to support the development of their proposed new business.

Closing date for entries is November 16, 2018, 5 PM (JST) For more information and how to apply, please visit:

By | November 12th, 2018|Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

Business Sprint 2018 – Branding

This week we unpacked some of the issues around our company branding from Purpose to Slogan and everything in between. Too often these things are just ignored or passed over for other more important items on our busy agendas as business owners.

Take a few minutes to watch this video and make some notes on what may need some attention for your brand before the end of 2018.


By | November 9th, 2018|Entrepreneurship, Year-end planning|2 Comments

Airbus to foster new aerospace business models with African startups

Airbus today announced the launch of its second edition of #Africa4Future, a joint accelerator program between Airbus’ global aerospace accelerator BizLab and Make-IT in Africa.

For this second edition, Airbus calls for African tech startups that are actively working on solutions related to unmanned logistics and remote sensing technology, including automation and drones, electrification, the blockchain, artificial intelligence, data analytics and material composites and manufacturing.

Startups can submit applications for the program, from today until 30th November 2018 via Following a review, ten applicants will be chosen to receive the opportunity to join #Africa4Future, a six-month acceleration program, starting on 7th January 2019.

By | November 5th, 2018|Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

Business Sprint 2018 – Marketing

This week we presented an inspiring talk on how to create a functional sales funnel and pipeline into your business that will feed constant customers and cash into your business.

The talk was graphically narrated by Colin Horner. Thanks, Colin for the pic.
Listen to the whole talk here:

Next week we bring our focus on Internal processes.

Join us on Wednesday at 12:00 Noon:

By | November 1st, 2018|Marketing|0 Comments