E-commerce set to be a ‘game changer’ for Africa, says Ashish J. Thakkar


During a panel discussion titled ‘Why Africa, why now?’ at this week’s Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town, Thakkar argued e-commerce is going to solve problems consumers face with accessing traditional brick and mortar retail in African cities.Read full article...



Race for Africa likened to 1848 California gold rush


Mara Group founder Ashish Thakkar said that investment in Africa was becoming attractive against the background of the level of African governance improving and sub-Saharan Africa was the place where everyone wanted to be. Read full article...



Anne Kabagambe, Chief of Staff, African Development Bank


While talking about her association with Mara Mentor, Anne Kabagambe, Chief of Staff, African Development Bank explains what Enabling, Empowering and Inspiring - the 3 pillars of Mara Mentor mean to her. Watch on Youtube...



It's Time to Change the Africa Narrative


VENTURES AFRICA -Ashish Thakkar - I recently watched the BBC documentary, "Rwanda: The Untold Story" which first aired on October 1st, 2014. For those of us who have lived through the 1994 genocide, the documentary is quite puzzling. As a lifelong fan of the BBC, I was shocked by what appeared to be a lack of objectivity and even accuracy in this documentary. Read full article...



When capital is what you need. How do you get it?



The African Economic Outlook 2012, a joint UN and African Development Bank (AfDB) comprehensive analysis of the economic, social and political developments in the region blames Uganda’s higher youth unemployment on, among others, limited access to financial and technical resources. Also according to a survey by Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) on global entrepreneurial activity,

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Mara Launchpad Shared Office

MARA LAUNCHPADA new initiative by the Mara Foundation in partnership with the Angels Finance Cooperation is creating opportunities for young entrepreneurs across Kampala. Called the Mara Launchpad, it is an action packed business incubation ecosystem designed to foster the growth of small start up or expanding businesses that lack the tools and support needed to get their business up and running. It can be challenging for start-up businesses to be productive and professional when working out of a bedroom, living-room, briefcase, basement or garage.

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