With the 12th-fastest growing rate of entrepreneurship globally, according to Mastercard’s Recovery Insights: Small Business Reset data, there’s nothing quite like South Africans’ entrepreneurial spirit. That’s why RCS supports Enterprise and Supplier Development initiative co-created in partnership with TSIBA Ignition Academy, LevelUp.

LevelUp is an RCS-adjacent ecosystem that enables and facilitates business development and innovation in the financial services and retail sectors, providing resources and support for small businesses and RCS intrapreneurs. It also provides support for SMMEs, along with the personal growth and development of entrepreneurs and RCS intrapreneurs. You can learn more about how to become a cohort here.

That’s why we’re putting a spotlight on entrepreneurs and business gamechangers worth following for tips, inspiration, and insights to help you on your journey to entrepreneurial success.

 

 

LISTEN UP: PODCASTS TO FOLLOW

RADEO

Created for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, RadEO is a weekly podcast hosted by Ross Drakes and Rich Mulholland where entrepreneurs share their experiences building their brands. Visit RadEO for more.

 

THE MASHSTARTUP PODCAST

Youth entrepreneurship visionary and a prominent figure in the small business community, Mashudu Modau hosts this podcast where he profiles entrepreneurs who share their trusted business tactics. Visit The Mashstartup Podcast for more.

 

FUTURE CEOS

Co-hosted by actress and social entrepreneur Hlubi Mboya-Arnold alongside experienced interview, content production, and digital broadcaster Gareth Armstrong, Future CEOs helps potential young executives grow their businesses. Visit Future CEOs for more.

 

 

WATCH NOW: YOUTUBE CHANNELS TO SUBSCRIBE TO

 

WARREN BRIGHT

From sharing his personal finance story to his journey to becoming a South African entrepreneur, Warren Bright’s YouTube channel is a one-stop shop for all things entrepreneurship. Watch here.

 

THE TSHEGOFATSO

Software engineer, content creator and entrepreneur Tshegofatso’s YouTube channel sees her share lessons she’s learnt around investing, resources to save, to how you could earn via YouTube with her 13 000-strong subscribers. Watch here.

 

VUSI THEMBEKWAYO

Celebrated motivational speaker and entrepreneur Vusi Thembekwayo’s YouTube channel is filled with entrepreneurship gems to help you navigate the business world on the continent. Watch here.

 

 

READ UP: BOOKS BY ENTREPRENEURS

 

MANAGE YOUR MONEY LIKE A F*CKING GROWN UP BY SAM BECKBESSINGER

Entrepreneur or not, managing money can be challenging. Manage Your Money Like a F*CKING Grown Up by Sam Beckbessinger is the perfect guide to understanding and making the most of your finances. Get it at Exclusive Books for R304.

 

HOW TO START A SIDE HUSTLE BY NIC HARALAMBOUS

With 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, global keynote speaker Nic Haralambous unpacks starting a side hustle in today’s word. Get it at Exclusive Books for R246.

 

MEETING YOUR POWER: RETURNING HOME TO YOURSELF BY DJ ZINHLE AND NOKUBONGA MBANGA

 

Written for women on their journeys to success, DJ and entrepreneur DJ Zinhle and business coach Nokubonga Mbanga’s book is the playbook to achieving your dreams.

 

INSPIRED? BRING YOUR BUSINESS TO LIFE

With the help of an RCS Loan of up to R150 000 with interest from as low as 15%*, you can start your business or scale it up to the next level. Apply today and get a decision in seconds with our fast, paperless application process.

*Service and initiation fees apply