Time for David to to Go­liath

A new plat­form aims to bring to­gether start-ups and cor­po­rates to the ben­e­fit of both and their cus­tomers. mers.

Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY -

Start-up businesses have sev­eral ad­van­tages over larger, stayed com­pa­nies: agility, au­ton­omy and green­fields are just some. How­ever, net­work­ing can be a chal­lenge for new or­gan­i­sa­tions. Con­nect­ing with the right part­ners, both big and small, is chal­leng­ing, as is find­ing the right talent to drive the busi­ness for­ward. A new ini­tia­tive tack­les this prob­lem and aims to be­come the de facto net­work for mod­ern en­trepreneurs and businesses.

En­trepreneurCoun­try de­scribes it­self as “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”.

Amit Pau, CEO of Ari­adne Cap­i­tal and di­rec­tor of En­trepreneurCoun­try, ex­pands on the David and Go­liath anal­ogy.

“In the past David and Go­liath had d to f ight. Go­liath would try to crush h David and David would try to dis­rupt Go­liath. Now David and Go­liath have to dance to­gether,” he told Fin­week.

Pau says that dis­rup­tion is rife e through busi­ness model in­no­va­tion n com­bined with tech­nol­ogy.

“The power of the En­tre­pre­neur- Coun­try plat­form is its abil­ity to un­lock k huge po­ten­tial, act­ing as a cat­a­lyst for r dig­i­tal start-ups to en­gage with their cor­po­rate coun­ter­parts to co-cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties lev­er­ag­ing each other’s strengths.”

The plat­form also en­ables con­nect­ing ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists to en­trepreneurs. This bit is par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing for South Africa where there are no real ven­ture cap­i­tal (VC) play­ers. The hope,

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