Starting a business

Business Registration

BizPortal is a platform developed by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) to offer company registration and related services in a simple seamless digital way which is completely paperless. It was developed in response to the quest of improving the ease of doing business in South Africa, specifically, starting a business.

Click here to begin the process: https://www.bizportal.gov.za

Business Models


The Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool to quickly and easily define and communicate a business idea or concept. It allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model. (Strategyzer). the business model canvas centers around selling a specific product. It is a one page document which works through the fundamental elements of a business or product, structuring an idea in a coherent way.

The Lean Canvas

The Lean Canvas promises an actionable and entrepreneur-focused business plan. It focuses on problems, solutions, key metrics and competitive advantages. (Canvanizer). Lean canvas zeroes in on solving a problem. Lean Canvas is a 1-page business plan template created by Ash Maurya that helps you deconstruct your idea into its key assumptions. It is adapted from Alex Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas and optimized for Lean Startups. It replaces elaborate business plans with a single page business model.

Business plans take too long to write, are seldom updated, and almost never read by others but documenting your hypotheses is key. Lean Canvas solves this problem using a 1-page business model that takes under 20 minutes to create.

The Value Proposition Canvas

The Value Proposition Canvas makes explicit how you are creating value for your customers. It helps you tackle a core challenge of every business, designing and creating compelling products and services customers want to buy.
(Strategyzer – https://www.strategyzer.com/canvas/value-proposition-canvas)