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Africa is our home and it holds a distinct energy, especially the entrepreneurialism that is the continent's commercial life force.
At Standard Bank Group we're proud to be driving Africa's growth and moving her people forward.

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Some successful entrepreneurs started selling handcrafts or offering haircuts for pocket money, others say they observed their parents adopt a culture of going out to create their own destiny, and some say they were frustrated with a corporate environment.
It takes a special kind of person to have the unwavering focus to stay on the path of an entrepreneur.

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    A progressive partnership between our Stanbic IBTC Bank Nigeria and leading tech company Google is one that will address key challenges that face burgeoning small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
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    • economy
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Google
    • Nigeria
    • Partnership
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    The 2016 Euromoney Awards for Excellence we picked up this week reflect our commitment to providing clients with financial solutions through our network in Africa.
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    • Africa
    • Awards
    • Uganda
    • Wealth
    • Zambia
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    A first of its kind in South Africa, the Isabelo smart bench is the brainchild of Louise Meek – a Standard Bank Incubator graduate. Her invention is a solar-powered bench that is wifi enabled and provides
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    • business enterprise
    • Entrepreneurial
    • Isabelo
    • solar-powered bench
    • South Africa
    • Standard Bank Incubator
    • wifi
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    South Africa's government, business and labour have recognised that unless they work together, the country faces the real threat of a downgrade by the end of 2016, says South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
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    • economy
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    Read about our Chief Executive of Corporate & Investment Banking at Standard Bank thoughts on Africa as a critical contributor to global growth.
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    • Africa
    • Invest
  • This week we play host to key international investors at our Africa Investors' Conference in London. We are giving them the chance to connect with some of Africa's policymakers who are there to showcase Africa's growth and optimism.
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    Read about our Global Head of Power and  Infrastructure, David Humphrey's thoughts on pay-as-you-go power as a fast emerging viable off-grid solution.
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    • Africa
    • energy
    • power
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    Power trading agreements between countries that possess excess power generating capacity and those battling supply shortages will be a dominant theme in the electricity markets of south-central African nations in the next three to five years.
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    • Africa
    • energy
    • power
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    With Africa month coming to a close, we continue to support Africa’s development.
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    • Africa
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    Through our on-the-ground presence in 20 countries in Africa and other key markets globally, our local insight and proven experience in emerging markets, we connect you to opportunities across Africa and beyond.
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    • Africa
    • Capabilities
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    Our head office at 30 Baker Street in Johannesburg, South Africa, won a prize for energy efficiency by being designed and constructed according to international best practice in sustainability, energy efficiency and reduced carbon footprint.
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    • carbon footprint
    • energy efficiency
    • green building
    • renewable energy
    • sustainability
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    In just one year, our world-class Global Leadership Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, has reduced electricity consumption by 7,3%. Read more about how the GLC is leading with energy saving measures.
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    • Global Leadership Centre
    • renewable energy
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    There is no doubt that hospitals are often scary environments for children. In light of this scenario, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, due to open in December 2016, has made being child and family friendly one of its core principles.
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    • CSI
    • Healthcare
    • Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital
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    Africa Day is an opportunity to celebrate where we have come from, who we are as Africans, and what a great future we have ahead of us.
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    Power is the single biggest driver of economic growth and competition in emerging markets. With this year’s AfDB meeting focus on Energy and Climate Change, there is a strong emphasis on harnessing Africa's energy potential.
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  • Seedstars World, the annual Switzerland-based competition, is dedicated to the promotion and support of entrepreneurship in emerging markets as a way to reduce unemploymen and so stimulate economic growth.
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    • emerging economies
    • entrepreneurs
    • Seedstars World
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    Since Buffet is building a business to last for 100 years or more, longer time-frames based on trust, integrity, ethics and humility have become the defining feature of Berkshire Hathaway’s success.
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    • business tips
    • Private Banking
    • Wealth
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    Billed as the largest global meeting place for African utilities, the African Utilities Week brings together around 6 000 leading stakeholders from 70 countries to explore current trends, challenges and opportunities in the power sector.
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    Rwanda is a great example of the remarkable transformation from its infamous history. With the country fast becoming an emerging tech hub, its clear whyit is playing host to WEF this year.
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    • Rwanda
    • technology
    • WEF
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    South Africa is fortunate in that, over and above its rich coal resources, it is also well endowed with non-depletable renewal energy sources, notably solar and wind. Read more about what is driving development in renewables and energy in the region. 
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    • Corporate & Investment Banking
    • renewable energy
    • sustainability