BOOK REVIEW | 7 things every young black entrepreneur should know


By Karabo Che Mokoape

The go-to guide for every young black entrepreneur! The 7 Things Every Young Black Entrepreneur Should Know is a practical and inspirational guidebook aimed at empowering the next generation of young black entrepreneurs.

The odds of success for any entrepreneur are poor. The odds of success for young black entrepreneurs are abysmal. The aim of this book is to assist them to improve those odds. And with South Africa’s low employment levels, there has never been a better time for young black people to set off on the road to entrepreneurship.

Improving the odds

All the information in this book is based on the author’s decades of experience as an entrepreneur and represents a distillation of the most important lessons he’s learnt.

Readers will be empowered to understand how to leverage their strengths, minimise their weaknesses, count the true cost of success, be patient, distinguish between good and bad ideas, manage risk, raise funding wisely and build shared prosperity – all from the perspective of a young black entrepreneur.

“The kind of structural, race-based and class-based inequality that underpins our current economic system cannot stand. It must be overturned in favour of a more just and equitable model of economic growth that is more receptive to, and inclusive of, the needs of all citizens. Change is coming. Change must come. But between here and there, black people like you and me are left to find ways to thrive in the here and now. This book hopes to help guide you on your journey, to give you the best possible chance of succeeding. It is my hope that I can help you improve the odds in your favour, even if just a little. Black man, you’re on your own. This is an essential truth.”

Karabo Che Mokoape

About the author

Karabo Che Mokoape is a social entrepreneur, writer and speaker. He has a degree in global studies from the University of South Africa.

After school he embarked on an odyssey around the world that saw him travel to several countries, first as a development aid worker and then as a conflict journalist.

Since 2009 he has been a serial social entrepreneur. Karabo has served on the boards of many prominent organisations. He lives with his wife and two children in Durban, South Africa.

  • PUBLISHER | Penguin Random House SA |
  • ISBN | 978 1 77609 433 2 |
  • Recommended Retail Price | R190.00 |
  • Classification | Business |



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