Our Purpose

Having just entered a technical recession (as announced by Stats SA – 4 Sept 2018),  South African entrepreneurs are facing monumental challenges especially in terms of the consistent and ever-increasing unemployment rate.

The Lions Den has launched the Black Entrepreneur Movement, our purpose being to create, coach and inspire 100 000 black entrepreneurs in the next 12 months in building sustainable businesses which are both profitable & remarkable and to live better & more fulfilling lives.

. The issues facing Black Entrepreneurs including information from the Global Entrepreneurial Index is:

  • The lack of the basics; electricity, water, roads, working spaces etc especially in townships
  • The environment in which previous inequalities still hinder growth & access to networks
  • The lack of business literacy and education in entrepreneurship
  • The lack of physical infrastructure like business hubs
  • The exorbitantly high cost of living
  • The lack of intent to start a business amongst the working age
  • The threat of automation, artificial intelligence and robotics on jobs and
  • The lack of access to funding and finance

Why the Black Entrepreneur Movement?

Black Entrepreneurs have been marginalised in the past and have therefore been at a disadvantage with the black unemployment rate exceeding that of any other race, with black women being the most vulnerable with over 30% unemployed.

What is the Black Entrepreneur Movement?

The movement is all about creating a platform for black entrepreneurs or would-be entrepreneurs to access information and education around entrepreneurship so as to increase the intent in starting a new business. Aren’t you tired of always looking for a place to start and what to do and how to do it?

How will the Black Entrepreneur Movement operate?

Our social media platforms will take you on an amazing journey into the entrepreneurial universe, providing you with incredible information, powerful content, real life-changing stories, quirky quizzes, amazing challenges and competitions plus much more to stimulate your mind and to assist you, show you, encourage you and guide you in this world of unimaginable opportunities.

Imagine if you are the next Oprah, Vusi Thembekwayo, Vusi Sithole, Tim Tebeila, Polo Leteka, Daymond John, Lebo Gunguluza, Vinny Lingham, Basetsana Kumalo or Patrice Motsepe,  ….keep dreaming, dreams can’t come true if you stop dreaming!

Who are we?

The Black Entrepreneur Movement is powered and run by The Lions Den; an entrepreneurial company involved in numerous businesses and initiatives around coaching, training, supporting and creating entrepreneurs. Our team’s mixed skilled set and entrepreneurial spirit position us perfectly to assist others in their entrepreneurial journey.

The Lions Den also runs Scooler | The School Entrepreneur Movement –  www.scooler.co.za whose purpose is to create and inspire an entrepreneurial spirit in our schools so that our students can shape their own futures by exploring an alternative to tertiary education and The Lady Lion | The Women Entrepreneur Movement – www.theladylion.co.za whose purpose is to inspire women entrepreneurs to challenge the status quo, compete on an equal footing and lead the way to alleviating unemployment in South Africa.

The brainchild of our CEO Leon Lategan, previously CEO of Independent Newspapers digital division IOL and CEO & Founder of one of South Africa’s top digital agencies, Purple Cow which he sold in 2012 to Yellow Pages.

Being a university drop-out and now a successful Serial Entrepreneur, International Speaker and a Coach & Creator of Entrepreneurs, he fully knows what it means to find yourself with no degree and looking for a job and ultimately choosing the path of entrepreneurship and LOVING IT!

The Lions Den is also partnered with Teen Entrepreneur who is on a mission to assist our youth entrepreneurs by running entrepreneurial societies in our schools.

Leon Lategan
CEO
Margot Rolfe
Editor
Lydia Zingoni
Founder, SA T.E.F
Monique Elliott
CMO
Jan Pretorius
CTO
Angela Brooks
WEBD