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AFRICA’S PREMIUM FUNDING SUMMIT
MATCHING Vetted Entrepreneurs To Funders

 ATTENTION ENTREPRENEURS: 

Please be aware that participation in our programme does not automatically secure a pitching slot. Only businesses meeting the criteria outlined by our partner funders will have the opportunity to pitch at the summit. The pitching sessions are only a small part of the day’s events. Our comprehensive programme includes a diverse range of activities, including insights and trend sessions, in-depth explorations of various funding types, workshops, masterclasses, and numerous networking opportunities with peers and funders. These immersive experiences and programmes provide ample chances to meet potential partners and explore future pitching opportunities.

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The Benefits

 WHY ATTEND? 

If you are an Entrepreneur in the early growth to expansion phase and are a fearless innovator, driven by unwavering passion and determination, and embrace challenges as opportunities to learn and grow, are unafraid of taking risks and charting new paths, then this Summit is for you.

 ENTREPRENEURS 

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Join the EmpowaEntrepreneur Funding Summit for a transformative journey to success! Connect with investors with a combined value of over R500 Billion, explore funding avenues, and refine your pitch with expert guidance. Gain insights from specially selected influential speakers, meet like-minded entrepreneurs, and secure your business’s future. Don’t miss this chance to turn your dreams into reality!

Join the EmpowaEntrepreneur Funding Summit for a transformative journey to success! Connect with investors with a combined value of over R500 Billion, explore funding avenues, and refine your pitch with expert guidance. Gain insights from specially selected influential speakers, meet like-minded entrepreneurs, and secure your business’s future. Don’t miss this chance to turn your dreams into reality!

Unlock Personal Connections

Elevate Your Innovations

Expand Your Network

Navigate Funding Possibilities

Perfect Your Pitch

Gain Expert Insights

Access Funding Opportunities

Cultivate Long-term Partnerships

Stay Ahead of Market Trends

Boost Entrepreneurial Confidence

Access Funding Resources

Accelerate Business Growth

Transform Ideas into Reality

 FUNDERS 

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Invest in innovation, talent, and transformative ideas! This event links funders with vetted entrepreneurs through panel discussions, talks, and live pitches. Explore promising ventures, forge alliances, and influence South Africa’s entrepreneurial scene. Your support empowers the next generation of business leaders. Join us to make a significant impact on the future of innovative businesses!

Invest in innovation, talent, and transformative ideas! This event links funders with vetted entrepreneurs through panel discussions, talks, and live pitches. Explore promising ventures, forge alliances, and influence South Africa’s entrepreneurial scene. Your support empowers the next generation of business leaders. Join us to make a significant impact on the future of innovative businesses!

Curated Entrepreneurial Talent

Explore Innovation Ecosystems

In-Depth Investment Insights

Identify Promising Ventures

First-Mover Advantage

Support Entrepreneurial Growth

Stay Ahead of Market Trends

Build a Diverse Portfolio

Contribute to Economic Growth

Invest in Sustainable Ventures

Position as Industry Leader

Bruce Whitfield

Bruce Whitfield

Multi-award-winning journalist, best-selling author & sought-after speaker

Bruce Whitfield is a multi-award-winning journalist, best-selling author and sought-after speaker.

Throughout his career, he has had unparalleled access to titans of industry; mavericks who are changing the game; and brilliant entrepreneurs who reimagine what is possible. This access has provided him with an exceptional perspective of how we can change the future. Today.

With over 20 years of working in print, broadcast and digital media, he brings a unique brand of realistic optimism to the murky intersection where business, politics and society collide.

Bronwyn Nielsen

Bronwyn Nielsen

Chief Executive Officer, The Nielsen Network

Bronwyn Nielsen is the Chief Executive Officer of The Nielsen Network, a media and business consulting firm that she founded in 2018. With over 25 years of experience in the broadcasting industry, she is a recognized and respected voice in the African business landscape, covering topics such as finance, economics, politics, and leadership.

Prior to launching her own venture, Nielsen was the Editor-in-Chief and Executive Director of CNBC Africa, where she led the content strategy and vision for the ABN Group, which includes CNBC Africa, Forbes Africa. She also hosted the live CNBC Africa Debates at the World Economic Forum in Davos from 2012 to 2018, showcasing the African perspective and potential to a global audience. Nielsen holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town and a Finance for Senior Executives certificate from Harvard Business School. She is passionate about empowering and inspiring the next generation of African leaders and entrepreneurs.

Colin Coleman

Colin Coleman

Distinguished South African business leader non-executive director, chairman, advisor, consultant, investor, fellow and author.

Colin Coleman is a South African businessman, academic and public figure.
Colin is presently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School in New York, has served as a Distinguished Fellow with Insead, and in 2020 served as a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs where he taught a course “Doing business in Africa, the last Frontier of Global growth.”

Colin is an independent non-executive member of the Board of The Foschini Group. Colin is a member of the advisory board of AriseIIP, a developer and operator of industrial ecosystems in Africa. He also served on the Steering Committee of the CEO Initiative, and is Co-Chairman of the Youth Employment Service (YES). In 2020, he served as a Senior Advisor to the political risk consultancy, Eurasia. Colin consults to a number of companies.

A former partner of Goldman Sachs, he was Chief Executive Officer, Sub Saharan Africa, Goldman Sachs up until his retirement end 2019. He was head of the Goldman Sachs South Africa office from 2000. In 2008, he was named head of the Investment Banking Division for Sub-Saharan Africa. He was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2010.

In the 1980’s Colin was an anti-apartheid activist, and from 1989 deeply involved in South Africa’s constitutional transition from apartheid to democracy. He served in working groups of the multi-party talks, facilitated the International Mediation Forum and helped to negotiate the agreement to facilitate all parties’ participation in South Africa’s 1994 elections.

Colin was named one of the World Economic Forum’s “Global Leaders for Tomorrow”. He was also a recipient of Harvard Business School’s “Business Statesman Award” on behalf of the Consultative Business Movement and was named one of Euromoney’s World Top Ten “Financing leaders for the 21st Century.

Dr Anthony Costa

Dr Anthony Costa

Investment Lead, The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa

Dr Anthony Costa is the Investment Lead in the Private Office of the President of South Africa, where he is responsible for the President’s Investment Mobilisation Programme. He is on secondment from Nedbank, where he has held various roles, including in the broader Old Mutual Group, for over 15 years.

Anthony holds BA(Hons) and LLB degrees from Wits University, an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Studies (University of Pretoria), and a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College). He is an admitted advocate and former member of the Johannesburg Bar

Tryphosa Ramano

Tryphosa Ramano

Board member, Public Investment Corporation SOC Ltd (PIC)

Tryphosa Ramano brings to ALI deep multi-sector financial leadership experience, serving as chief financial officer of PPC, South Africa’s largest cement manufacturer, South African Airways, and WIPHOLD, South Africa’s premier black woman-owned investment company. She also leads the asset liability group within South Africa’s Treasury and serves on numerous public and private company boards; she is currently a board member of South African Reserve Bank.

Tryphosa has a passion for uplifting young professional Black women, which she does through her role as chair of Young Leaders Connect, a mentoring initiative of the South African chapter of the International Women’s Forum, where she is a board member. She is the president of both African Women Chartered Accountants and the Association of Black Professionals, and a director of the Black Business Council.

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Cas Coovadia

CEO, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)

Cas started as CEO of BUSA on 1 April 2020 after retiring as Managing Director of The Banking Association SA (BASA) after spending 15 years there. He was instrumental in positioning BASA as one of the leading business organisations in SA and positioning it as a credible voice for the banking industry.

Cas obtained his B. Com from the University College – Durban in 1971. He completed the Housing Finance Course with the Wharton Real Estate Centre at the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed the Effective Directors Programme with the Kagiso School of Leadership. He has contributed to numerous articles and publications on housing finance, civil society, local government, and the role of civic organisations in governance.

Cas became involved in anti-apartheid politics in the early 1980’s. He was very active in the civic movement, starting in Laudium, Pretoria in 1980. He was the leading force in the establishment of the White Blocks Residents Association in Laudium during 1980. This was the first organized civic body in the country and mobilized low-income people around their day-to-day issues. Cas subsequently was instrumental in the formation of the Civic Association of Johannesburg, which was the trailblazer in negotiations around the restructuring of local government in the early 1990’s. The Civic Association of Johannesburg, which included the Soweto Civic Association, Alexandra Civic Organisation, Lenasia Civic Association and others, was the central party from the Mass Democratic Movement in negotiations around the restructuring of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Council. Cas was General Secretary of the Civic Association of Johannesburg and led the negotiations. He was also instrumental in the formation of the South African National Civic Organisation and was its Vice-President. Cas played a critical role in the United Democratic Front (UDF) and was leading its Johannesburg Area Committee. He also played a critical role in the defiance campaign during the mid-1980’s.

Cas is still active in numerous business organisations and in civic life. He is the Chairperson of the National Business Initiative, on the Council of Wits University, on the board of the Centre for Development and Enterprise, amongst others.

Elias Monage

Elias Monage

President, Black Business Council

Elias Monage completed his Insolvency Law and Practice at Rand Afrikaans University (RAU). In 2011 he obtained his Executive Coaching Graduate at University of California (UC Berkeley). Elias also completed a Programme in Telecommunication, Regulation Policy & Management at (Wits University). He is currently reading for his Master’s degree in engineering business management.

Khudusela Pitje

Khudusela Pitje

CEO, New GX Capital

Khudusela (“Khudu”) Pitje, is the Founder and Group CEO of New GX Capital, a black owned and controlled investment company formed on strong entrepreneurial principles, uniquely positioned within its markets of focus within utilities infrastructure and technology sectors. Most notably, New GX was one of the founding shareholders, of company known today as Community Investment Ventures Holdings (“CIVH”), the holding company of key businesses such as, Dark Fiber Africa, the premier open access enterprise fiber connectivity provider in South Africa and Vumatel, the leading open access fiber focused on last mile fiber-to-the-home (“FTTH”) products and services.

Khudu believes in making social and economic transformation happen and is proud of the impact group companies have on society and disruption within chosen sectors.

Kumaran Padayachee

Kumaran Padayachee

CEO, Spartan SME Finance

Kumaran Padayachee has been funding SMEs for the past 27 years and has intimate understanding & expertise in SME financing. He is CEO of Spartan SME Finance, an alternative financier and Non- Bank Financial Institution [NBFI] that only focusses on SMEs. Spartan’s structured finance approach covers Growth Finance, Specialized Asset Finance and Bridging Finance.

He has a B.Comm [Accounting] from Rhodes University, studied for a Certified Expert in SME Finance from Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT] for a 3-year Entrepreneurial Masters Program.
He is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Institute in USA.

Kumaran was a co-panellist for 8 years on both the popular Big Small Business Show and the SME Funding Show on Business Day TV [DSTV].

Llewellyn Fredericks

Llewellyn Fredericks

Executive Director, Innovation Edge

Llewellyn is the Executive Director of Innovation Edge (“IE”). Prior to this executive role, Llewellyn was a non-executive member of the IE board since its establishment.

Llewellyn has experience in early-stage deal-making and portfolio management, and is an experienced impact investment professional with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. He also holds a non-executive board role at A2X Markets, where he is the chairman of their Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

Llewellyn is a qualified chartered accountant. He completed his articles at Ernst & Young, after obtaining a BBusSci and PGDA at the University of Cape Town, where he also holds a MComm in Financial Management.

“For me, innovation is best utilised in solving big, hairy problems. There are multiple, layered and systemic problems in early-childhood development, that will only be solved through audacious innovation”

Stavros Nicolaou<br />

Stavros Nicolaou

Group Senior Executive, Strategic Trade, Aspen Pharma Group

Nicolaou has almost 33 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, mainly in domestic and international general management and has been Recognized in the Global Top 100 Health Edition Honorees Most Influential People of African Descent(MIPAD) in Healthcare and recently received Greece’s ARGO Public Service award from the President of Greece. He is a previous winner of the SA Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) Health Care Marketer of the year Award, has been inducted as a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa. He has been elected as an honorary member of the Southern African Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis. Received an honorary doctorate in Medicine from Wits University and was awarded the Order of the Lion of St Mark by the Greek Orthodox Pope Theodoros II and is a recipient of the Title of “High Commander of the Order of the Apostle & Evangelist Mark” of the Patriarchate of Alexandria

Mathew Palin

Mathew Palin

Partner, Hlayisani Capital

Mathew Palin has over 20 years of experience in venture capital, entrepreneurship, and investment management. He played a foundational role at Angelhub Ventures from 2014, significantly contributing to the development of the early-stage venture capital ecosystem in South Africa and realizing considerable success over a span of just five years. In 2019, he co-founded Hlayisani Capital, a venture capital and private equity firm focused on scaling high-growth African businesses, which was named African VC of the Year for 2021/2022. His career also spans significant roles in commercial property investment, manufacturing, and international structuring and investment. Mathew is deeply committed to advancing technology and entrepreneurship, mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs, and building venture capital in South Africa.

Keet van Zyl

Keet van Zyl

Founding Partner: Knife Capital

Keet has over 20 years of investment experience in private equity, banking and venture capital. He co-founded Knife Capital in 2010 to scale African high-growth businesses globally and worked at industry-leading companies such as Procter & Gamble, Investec Bank and ‘Here Be Dragons’ (HBD) Venture Capital. Knife Capital track record includes VC exits to the likes of General Electric, Visa, Garmin, Uber Eats and SoftBank. Keet is passionate about building the early-stage funding ecosystem in Africa.

Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller

Distinguished South African business leader non-executive director, chairman, advisor, consultant, investor, fellow and author.

Jeff Miller, CEO & Co-Founder, Twelve B Green Energy Fund & Grovest

B.Com, B.Acc, CA (SA), Jeff is a Chartered Accountant and completed his articles at Grant Thornton. He has over 30 years of experience investing in unquoted companies across numerous industries. Jeff co-founded Brandcorp, which was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1997.

He brings many years of operational and investment skills to the Company. He was a co-founder of KNR Flatrock, Balboa Finance, Born Free Properties, Eurosuit, Bride & Co., Seed Engine, Seed Academy and Grovest Corporate Advisory. Jeff is a pioneer of Section 12J Venture Capital Companies in South Africa and has held positions on various sub-committees of SAVCA and Simodisa, both of which focus their efforts on the South African Venture Capital industry. Jeff is a Director of the 12J Association of South Africa. He is also a member of YPO Gold Chapter.

Gregg Barrett

Gregg Barrett

CEO: Cirrus

Gregg Barrett is the CEO of Cirrus, Africa’s AI initiative. Gregg is a technology executive who builds and scales innovative operations at large private and public sector organisations, non-profits, and start-ups globally. He co-founded an organisation that became the market leader in contract management systems in Africa and was selected to provide the E-commerce platform for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) common market. He also led the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) in Southern Africa to develop and advance contract and commercial management in the region.

He is a seasoned executive with extensive and diverse experience in strategy, building and managing relationships, deal making, communication, developing high performance teams, organisational leadership, and problem solving across a range of areas. Over the last decade Gregg has led work in data science, machine learning, corporate research, and corporate venture capital. This includes the establishment and management of data science, machine learning, corporate research, and corporate venture capital operations, working across people, process, and technology, integrating structured and unstructured data to direct research, business, and investment strategy. He is a supporter of ELLIS and CLAIRE, and a participant in MLCommons, the Energy Efficient High Performance Computing Working Group (EE HPC WG), TinyMLedu, the OECD.AI Compute task force, and the South African AI Association.

He holds an undergraduate degree from Oxford Brookes University in Marketing and Business Management, a Masters in Data Science from Northwestern University, and has completed the Professional Risk Manager (PRM) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programmes. Gregg serves as the Alumni Admission Council Director and the Global Ambassador for Northwestern University in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Alistair Mokoena

Dr Alistair Mokoena

Country Director: Google

Prof. Alistair Mokoena is a seasoned marketing and advertising professional with a PhD in Business Administration, an MBA, and a Chartered Marketer qualification. He has over 25 years of corporate experience in various roles and industries, including FMCG, banking, media, and technology.

As the Country Director for Google South Africa since April 2020, he oversees Google’s commercial operations in Southern Africa and collaborates with customers and social partners to accelerate Africa’s digital transformation. He is passionate about bridging the digital divide and ensuring that Africa benefits from Google’s technology. He also serves as an Extraordinary Professor of Practice at NWU Business School and a Board Member at the Institute for Intelligent Systems at UJ. He has authored and co-authored several publications on the impact of digital disruption on the advertising and marketing industry. He was recognized as the Best Advertising and Marketing Leader in South Africa in 2019 and a runner up for the Most Admired Agency Leader in Johannesburg in 2017.

Trevor Msimang

Trevor Msimang

GM- BBBEE, MTN

A successful and perceptive transformation executive with a career spanning over 17 years in B-BBEE with JSE listed entities and multinational companies. He has a proven track-record in bespoke B-BBEE strategy formulation and implementation, strong technical understanding of B- BBEE legislative framework and its allied policies, formulation of World class Enterprise and Supplier Development strategies and implementation, localisation, strong knowledge of procurement, skills development and employment equity.

I can anticipate and qualify the need for change, set the appropriate directions and build the drive for implementation. I have strong business acumen, building the bridges between the lines of business and transformation strategic objectives with strong focus on delivery of transformation targets in a timely and cost-effective manner, whilst enabling the achievement of the overall business growth objectives.

I also serve on the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council, appointed by the Minister of Department of Communication and Digital Technologies. My roles in the Council comprise being Deputy Chairperson of Exco, Chairperson of Guidance and Monitoring committee and member of the Finance

Litha Kutta

Litha Kutta

Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa

Litha Kutta is a humble, well-respected, thought leader and an award winning business leader in the transformation space, Litha has well over 17 years Enterprise and Supplier Development experience at senior to executive levels both in the public and private sector. He has setup and run multiple award winning Enterprise and Supplier Development programmes for multiple of JSE listed corporates.
Litha is a graduate with multiple degrees in the folliwing disciplined; political science, commerce, finance and business turnaround . He is currently pursuing PhD in Entrepreneurship at University of Pretoria.

He is an accomplished speaker that has feature on local and global small business development conferences and also featured as a panelist in multiple small business development conferences and seminars.

His ESD core skills and expertise includes setting up of ESD divisions for corporates, development and execution of ESD Strategies, develop and execution of preferential procurement strategies and initiatives to ensure integration of black SMMEs into supply chain, development and roll-out of innovative and impactful ESD support programmes including ESD Fund, incubation and sector specific programmes like Smallholder Development Programme, ESD Channel Partner Development, etc.

Sibongile Zulu

Sibongile Zulu

Founder & MD, Capital Unlocked

Sibongile is a seasoned advisor, award-winning development finance professional, pitch judge and founder of Capital Unlocked. Her expertise has propelled numerous entrepreneurs towards achieving their funding goals and beyond. With a career highlighted by the successful completion of hundreds of transaction reviews ranging from $200k to $24mil per transaction, her proficiency in navigating the complex landscape of impact funding is unparalleled.

Leading a team of dedicated impact finance and sustainability professionals, she has been at the forefront of creating innovative impact investing strategies and frameworks. Her work involves sourcing scalable impact investment opportunities, conducting rigorous due diligence, and identifying beneficial co-investment opportunities, thereby driving forward the agenda of sustainable impact investing.

As a Funding Journey Advisor, she has dedicated herself to guiding ambitious high-impact entrepreneurs through the intricacies of capital raising. Her approach is not just about connecting entrepreneurs with the right funders but ensuring sustainable, profitable growth for the entrepreneurs she advises. With proven strategies, personalized support, and an extensive global funder network, she equips entrepreneurs with the necessary tools and connections to secure capital and ensures a strong return on investment for all parties involved.

Sibongile is a GIBS MBA Ambassador and is an executive member of the GIBS Alumni Business Club. She is also part of Oxford’s Said Business School Impact Investing Alumni. Her company is also a member of the UN Global Compact, providing insights from an SME perspective.

Brandon Siyabonga Mnisi

Brandon Siyabonga Mnisi

Managing Director, SAKA ISIMO

Brandon Mnisi is a visionary South African entrepreneur, is at the forefront of driving transformative change across the African continent. With a keen focus on innovation, sustainability, and social impact, he is dedicated to developing practical and profitable solutions that address the unique challenges faced by African communities.

Professional Background:

As the Founder and CEO of SAKA ISIMO, Brandon Mnisi brings a wealth of experience in various industries such as; technology, agriculture and education. He is renowned for his ability to conceptualize and implement ground-breaking initiatives that not only address immediate needs but also contribute to the long-term development of the African continent.

My entrepreneurial endeavours and professional background have not just been business pursuits; they are heartfelt commitments to reshaping the narrative of how we conduct business and create value. Through innovation, collaboration, and a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities present, I am determined to contribute to a brighter and more prosperous future for the African and its people.

Masa Mlamla

Masa Mlamla

Business Incubation Manager, Propella Business Incubator

Masa is the Head of Propella Business Incubator, the High-Tech Incubator and Accelerator for innovators and ventures delivering Smart City Solutions and Industry 4.0 Technologies. Before joining Propella, Masa was a Programme Lead at International Youth Foundation (IYF) leading High Gear’s work to demonstrate a model for greater industry involvement in TVET course design and delivery that generates enthusiasm from TVET educators and industry, while advocating for income earning pathways for young people and also generating positive returns for young people and employers.

Over 15 years Masa has worked for various national organizations in multiple sectors across a number of provinces in South Africa serving at different leadership levels. In the last 10 years he has held a number of positions in Human Capital Development, before joining IYF his last role was serving as Provincial Executive Eastern Cape at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator .

He provided leadership to set up and to evolve the organizations business model and strategy in increasing impact, building efficiencies and influence in the labor market. Over the years Masa has built strong strategic partnerships which are central to organizational development, stakeholder and donor management. He has also been involved in providing though leadership on youth opportunity transitions in platforms such as National Manufacturing Indaba, COGTA BRICS Summit, ICT Summit, Nelson Mandela Youth Summit etc.

Masa is also appointed by the Minister in the Department of Higher Education and Training to serve as a Council member providing governance oversight and strategic direction to one of the TVET Colleges in South Africa serving as chairperson of ICT Commitee, Student Support Committee and Donor Commitee.

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Charles Wyeth

ESD Manager, Heineken Beverages

BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION
Charles grew up on the Cape Flats in Cape Town, and completed his schooling at Kensington High School. He completed his B.SC at the University of Cape Town in 1990, and his MBA at the University of Stellenbosch in 2000.

WORK EXPERIENCE
Charles is currently the Enterprise and Supplier Development Manager at Heineken Beverages in Stellenbosch. Charles has amongst other roles, previously worked as a Project Leader at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), Business Development Manager at the CSIR, CEO of the GODISA Trust, and COO of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA).

ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AND INCUBATION EXPERIENCE
Charles has over 20 years’ experience in business incubation, enterprise and supplier development, and as CEO of the GODISA Trust, in just four years, Charles helped to build the GODISA Trust from a R24 million operation supporting 8 business incubators to a R100 million incubation support programme supporting 20 business incubators and technology demonstration centres.

Charles represented SEDA and was the first chairperson of the Technology Working Group of the IBSA (India-Brazil-South Africa) SMME Working Group. Charles represented South Africa and the SA incubation fraternity at many international conferences, including the NBIA in the United States, China, India, Jamaica and Brazil.

Charles was directly involved in the establishment of a number of business incubators, and served as the incubator manager for the Seda Essential Oils Business Incubator during its early establishment phase. He is an ex-chairperson of the Southern African Business and Technology Incubation Association (SABTIA) and an African Incubation Network (AIN) founding member. He has also been responsible for the management of the Technology Transfer Fund of the Department of Science and Innovation.

Audrey Verhaeghe

Audrey Verhaeghe

CEO, Anza Capital

Creativity and innovation is our untapped and unlimited resource. I am privileged to lead initiatives that assist our nation to use it better as individuals and as collectives to improve our position in the world. As an Executive Chairman leveraging close to three decades of global industry expertise in the science, technology and innovation landscape, my experience has enabled me to successfully provide innovative consulting services to both the public and private sectors. My area of accountability includes directing the development and implementation of ground-breaking projects and programmes as well as constructing strategic policies and frameworks to ensure that tech entrepreneurs move forward. Due to my drive and passion, I embarked on a 10-year journey to establish the SA Innovation Summit which is now recognised as the largest innovation event in South Africa that integrates business, academia, and government. I have successfully concluded over 50 innovation challenges that are technology-based, I enjoy identifying business opportunities, invest in them and grow them.

Thandiwe Maqetuka

Thandiwe Maqetuka

Venture Capital Investment Associate HAVAÍC

Thandi is a senior associate at HAVAÍC looking after West Africa as a primary region of investment and South Africa as a secondary region. She represents HAVAIC as a non-executive director on the ShopEx board with her role encompassing financial due diligence, corporate governance, reporting and brand equity amongst others.

Sthe Zwane

Sthe Zwane

Co-Founder & Director, GoGetta

Sthembiso holds a B.Com Financial Management degree from Varsity College, completed the GIBS Foundation Programme in Private Equity, the FSCA RE01 and RE05 exams, with c.6 years’ experience acting as a Key Individual and Representative on various FSP Licenses. Sthembiso worked at Grovest for 6 years in the Corporate Finance department. Sthembiso played a critical role in scaling the business from c.10 clients (with just under R100m assets under administration) to over 40 clients (with assets under administration of c. R3.5bn). He is competent in structuring, due diligence, corporate finance transaction support services, and valuation of businesses across various sectors. Sthembiso has an undying love for starting, scaling and growing businesses that provide solutions to African problems.

Salu Yekela

Salu Yekela

Founder & Chair · Funds For Women Club

Salu Yekela is a seasoned entrepreneurial ecosystem player. Her passion for developing entrepreneurs soared whilst conducting her MBA research on women entrepreneurship and finance at GIBS. The findings of her study revealed that much remained to be done as far as the support for women in business was concerned. She is the founder and chair of the Funds For Women Club, which was established in October 2017 and has accumulated over R1 million in funds. The club was recently selected as one of the beneficiaries of the prestigious Sanlam Enterprise Development Leruo Programme in partnership with Zevoli Growth Partners. The programme is designed to escalate stokvels and financial clubs to the next level with a wide array of offerings. In 2022, Salu was afforded the opportunity to play a pivotal role in the national award winning Nedbank, SA Tourism and McGeralds Entrepreneurship Centre – Women in Tourism Programme, which saw her travel to all nine provinces to deliver key insights on marketing, strategy and finance to the 225 national women participants. It resulted in a number of participants taking their businesses to the next level, some even creating brand new products and ending up in the shelves of some of the country’s top retail stores. Prior to this, Salu had her hands full as a business mentorship service provider for The Innovation Hub where she fostered a certain aggressiveness for success within female mentees, some of which had tremendous turnarounds and access to finance in their small start-ups.

Salu has also served as part of the ECPACC (Eastern Cape Provincial Arts & Culture Council) Funding Appeals Committee, which was a great opportunity to work with ECPACC on their quest to transform their artists to not only think of themselves as artists, but as entrepreneurs.

Salu remains a passionate and committed sister, contributor, researcher, educator and game changer in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and is more committed than ever to #EmpowaringWomen.

Thandi started her career in listed equities at Investec Asset Management (now Ninety One) after earning her degree in economics and Finance. Her CA designation followed soon after and once attained she sought exposure to unlisted equity investments, joining the venture capital industry and HAVAÍC in 2023. Thandi is knowledgeable and experienced with broad-based project management, investment analysis, and strategic input expertise. A strict professional with a strong work ethic, she initiates and cultivates conditions conducive to growth and performance. Thandi is an excellent communicator, particularly when engaging with cross-functional teams and portfolio companies and their stakeholders. 

Nick Allen

Nick Allen

Founder & Executive Director, Savant

Nick is the founder and executive director of Savant, South Africa’s only commercial hardware technology and deeptech Incubator, Seed Fund and Venture Capital Fund. An engineer with an MBA, Nick has spent 22 years working with startup companies that are founded on strong scientific and engineering intellectual property with global relevance. At Savant Nick has supported companies with technologies ranging from sports safety equipment to food science and advanced materials. Companies supported by Savant have successfully launched products onto both local and international markets.

Mxolisi D Matshamba

Mxolisi D Matshamba

Chief Executive Officer, Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA),

Mxolisi D Matshamba is the Chief Executive Officer of the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa), overseeing functions to support Small Medium & Micro Enterprises and Cooperatives, contributing to poverty alleviation, job creation, and economic growth. Since November 2020, over R7 billion has been disbursed to SMMEs and Cooperatives, with R6 billion to black SMMEs, and R4 billion to women, youth, and differently enabled persons. He previously served as CEO at the Eastern Cape Development Corporation, where he focused on inclusive economic development. His career includes roles at the Department of Trade and Industry, and two Fortune 500 companies. In addition to technical certifications, he holds an MBA from Milpark Business School and Thames Valley University – UK, as well as a BCom degree from the University of Lesotho. He serves as a non-executive Director for Business Partners Limited and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Wits Business School.

Clive Butkow

Clive Butkow

Managing Partner of Conducive Capital

A Technology Venture Capatalist and business builder transforming the economy by investing in one startup at a time. Lessons from a venture captalist : CEOs who refuse to change course and are defensive with the board should be considered warning signs of serious mismanagement problems. The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. Attracting and hiring A Players, at all levels of the organization, is as critical as landing the right customers.

Babylon-Mukunga

Babylon Mukunga

Managing Director, Fin South Africa

Babylon is the Managing Director for Fin South Africa, a local embedded-credit provider which specialises in developmental housing finance and medical finance. He is a seasoned Banking and Investment professional with over 15 years of experience across the African continent, notably in Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. His previous roles have focused on transaction execution, strategy formulation and enterprise development. He is the holder of a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe and a MPhil in Development Finance from the Stellenbosch University Business School.

kilekile-mteto

Kile Mteto

Founder and CEO , Ntando-Thando Group

Kile Mteto, Kile as she is affectionately known, is the Founder and CEO of Ntando-Thando Group. She is a wife and mother of two daughters, Thando and Ntando. Kile is a self-taught serial entrepreneur in Property Development, Construction, Manufacturing and Enterprise Skills Development. She is known for her role as an activist for equal opportunities for Women, Youth, and vulnerable society groups, advocating for equitable share participation in the mainstream of the economy. She is a qualified Professional Nurse and Human Resource Manager, with extensive skills acquired in Business, Project, Contracts, and Construction Management, respectively. Kile has worked in blue chip Corporations as a Senior Management before venturing into the business world in 2004. To date, Kile has worked with the SMMEs and Co-Operatives within the Build Environment where she has made extensive contributions towards the government’s policies for transformation, designed skills development frameworks, and facilitated access to funding and markets for the emerging sector of enterprises. She has served and continues to serve in various Companies, SOEs, Voluntary Associations, and Advisory Council as an Executive and NED. Her leadership roles include Former President of SAWIC&BE, Deputy President of SA Women in Plumbing and Trades, and Chairperson of Committees where she serves, amongst others.

Ajay Wasserman

Ajay Wasserman

Chief Executive Officer, Fio Capital

Ajay is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Fio Capital Group and its subsidiaries, a private investment holding company investing in entrepreneurs and ensuring their success by supporting the implementation of the required strategies through internal service departments and specialists. He is also an International Partner at the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF). Ajay is also a member at the Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa. Ajay believes, marrying smart entrepreneurs with smart money is crucial for the future of global economies. He believes, without the world’s entrepreneurs and leaders there will be no action taken to improve and change life as we know it.

Tonderai Kariwo

Tonderai Kariwo

Solving SME Funding, Old Mutual

Tonderai Kariwo is a seasoned technology expert overseeing the Funding Solutions implementation and roll-out within Old Mutual’s SME division. With a background in Finance and Technology, his career expands over several industries including banking, insurance, healthcare, and the public sector. And more importantly he is passionate about helping his clients learn and understand how funding operates as a virtuous cycle within their businesses, backed with the right knowledge, education, and informational tools.

Maseabi-Marageni

Maseabi Marageni

Head: Business Development: Futuregrowth Asset Management

Maseabi Marageni is a proven leader with a successful track record of managing teams both nationally and globally. As Head of Business Development at Futuregrowth Asset Management, a leading South African investment firm, she has spearheaded the growth of AUM from 192 billion to 202 billion, demonstrating her exceptional talent in client acquisition and relationship management. With over 20 years of experience in financial services, Maseabi is passionate about responsible investing and works closely with pension funds to guide them towards infrastructure, private equity, and venture capital opportunities.

Her expertise spans across:

  • Business development and client relationship management
  • Institutional and retail investment strategies
  • Responsible investment in infrastructure and alternative assets
  • Women’s development and leadership advancement

Maseabi is a sought-after speaker, frequently addressing audiences globally and locally on topics including pension funds, infrastructure, impact investing, gender-based investing, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I), and women’s empowerment. She is also actively involved in industry leadership, having served on the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA), ABSIP, and now the Young Leaders Committee (YLC).
A champion for women’s advancement, Maseabi co-leads the Board Leadership Committee at YLC, a program dedicated to nurturing future generations of ethical women leaders. In this role, she has successfully secured the participation of over 400 women in the prestigious Veblen Directors’ programme masterclasses. Maseabi is also as Deputy General Secretary of ABSIP and previously held a leadership position within the Women in Focus Chapter, where she now serves in an advisory capacity. Maseabi received recognition for being on advisory council of ABSIP and YLC Ideal Ambassador 2023.
Beyond her professional success, Maseabi finds balance as a wife, mother of three (a son and two daughters) and an intercessor at her church.

Santhuri Thaver

Santhuri Thaver

Head: Credit, Ashburton Investments

Santhuri Thaver has over a decade of experience in the credit industry , having worked at some of the leading financial institutions in the country. She is currently Head of Credit at Ashburton Investments , the asset management arm of the FirstRand group. Santhuri has extensive experience in leading credit research and portfolio management teams, which includes evaluating deals for listed, unlisted businesses and infrastructure projects. She is a passionate advocate for impact investing and the Ashburton Jobs fund has funded a number of businesses in South Africa and built a proud track record of creating over 17 000 sustainable jobs through innovative blended finance mechanisms in partnership with the National Treasury. With almost two decades of experience in debt financing, Santhuri is a sought-after public speaker and is a trailblazer in contributing towards the advancement of women in financial services through various ABSIP Women in Focus (AWIF) initiatives. Santhuri is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA Charterholder.

Xolani Qubeka

Xolani Qubeka

Founder and Managing Director: SBDI AGRI VILLAGES

INSEAD in Fontainebleau in France Corporate Strategy Certificate Year 1993 (short programme)
Xolani Qubeka Is Self-Taught and a Passionate Self-Starter and Entrepreneur, he spent the last 35 years operating in both the formal corporate sectors as well as organised black business formations focusing on economic transformation and driving policy changes aimed at changing the apartheid economic architecture and fighting social justice and inclusive growth.
Xolani served in the first board of MTN as non-executive director, and has previously for the following: INFOPLAN (Now restructured as SITA), M-NET: Divisional Manager: AFRICA responsible for market expansion for MTN, GIJIMA TECHNOLOGIES: Group Executive: Strategy and E-Commerce, BLACK BUSINESS COUNCIL: Former Founding CEO

Sihle Gumede

Sihle Gumede

Partner and Executive Director, Sanari Capital

Sihle is a Partner and Executive Director at Sanari Capital, a private equity firm investing in growth companies in South Africa and the rest of the continent, with specialisation in founder-run, owner managed and family-owned businesses. Sihle has over 15 years of financial services experience including investment banking, private equity and financial consulting. Prior to joining Sanari, Sihle spent almost 2 years as an independent business consultant assisting businesses with financial strategies and fundraising readiness. Sihle spent 6 years at Convergence Partners focusing on new project development, deal execution and post investment monitoring. Prior to Convergence Partners Sihle worked at Investec Bank’s Corporate Finance division. She is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).

Keshni Morar

Keshni Morar

Managing Partner: Investable

Keshni Morar is an influential figure in the tech startup ecosystem and a true champion of founder empowerment. With over two decades of executive leadership experience, Keshni is a remarkable mentor and angel investor who personifies excellence and success. Throughout her distinguished career, she has worked for and collaborated closely with organizations such as Oracle, Accenture, Vodacom, and major global investment banks. Keshni’s strategic insight and tenacity have led her to play an integral role in closing over $4.5 billion in game-changing M&A deals across Africa.

As the Managing Director of Founder Institute South Africa, the world’s largest pre-seed accelerator, a tech startup advisor, and an angel investor, Keshni has nurtured and guided hundreds of tech startups towards exceptional achievements. Her passion for empowering entrepreneurs is evident through her mentorship of countless startup founders, aiding their growth through prestigious programs and organizations such as Founder Institute, Techstars, Google for Startups, The Jack Ma Foundation’s Africa’s Business Heroes, The Venture Mentoring Team, the Hultz Prize Foundation, The Graca Machel Trust and WomHub. She serves on the Investment Committee of Jozi Angels, actively searching for early-stage tech businesses to invest in.

Keshni’s approach to building high-performing teams and forging strategic partnerships has resulted in significant growth and success for numerous organizations. With a portfolio that boasts securing over $10 million in funding for early-stage startups, she has achieved financial milestones and touched countless aspiring entrepreneurs’ lives. Through Investable, Keshni is actively dedicated to bridging the gap between the tech startup world and corporates, driving innovation and financial inclusion through focused corporate venture-building programs.

Rushil Vallabh

Rushil Vallabh

Managing Director, Secha Capital

Secha Capital is a growth equity fund in Southern Africa employing an Operator-Investor model and investing in traditional industries making the green economy, tech-enabled transition.

Rushil was previously a consultant with Bain & Company in its Johannesburg office. He started his career as an Aeronautical Engineer at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) but found the allure of the finance world compelling and subsequently shifted careers with a move the First National Bank (eWallet). Rushil holds a BSc. Engineering (Aero) from the University of Witwatersrand and an MBA from the University of Cambridge.

Mabutho-Khumalo

Mabutho Khumalo

IEDF SA President

Mabutho Khumalo, a remarkable man, is widely regarded as a great leader in the informal economy. As President of the Informal Economy Development Forum (IEDF)SA, he inspires many with his unwavering commitment to excellence. Khumalo’s signature phrase, “At the heart of the Bugatti Veyron lies a marvel of engineering and so is the heart of the informal economy,” speaks to the incredible potential of this sector and the importance of recognizing its true value.

Upon completing his qualification in Electrical Engineering at Natal Technikon and Information Technology at Technikon SA, Mr Khumalo has spent a significant part of his career serving as a Service Provider in various institutions, including but not limited to, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Small Business Development, the Department of Economic Development & Tourism (MPG), Nkangala District Municipality, Victor Khanye, Emalahleni, Steve Tshwete & Govan Mbeki Municipality, National Youth Development Agency, and Small Enterprise Development Agency. In addition, Mr Khumalo holds the position of Managing Director at Uxololwethu Projects SPV (Pty) Ltd. Along with his current responsibilities, Mr Khumalo serves as the President of IEDF SA.

Mr Khumalo has proven to be an adept executor of growth opportunities both within and between organizations. He exhibits visionary leadership, fosters innovative thinking, and empowers his team to deliver high-quality outcomes. Mr Khumalo is a leader who has a deep appreciation for the importance of recognition in driving organizational success. He firmly believes that sustainable growth is not a one-off event. As such, he plays a key role in guiding the development and implementation of IEDF initiatives, with a strong focus on analyzing their long-term impact on the informal economy. Mr Khumalo is passionate about IEDF SA’s vision of driving economic transformation through the systematic and sustainable formalization of the informal economy, in close collaboration with both the private sector and government stakeholders.

Ndumiso-Zulu

Ndumiso Zulu

CEO, Masisizane Fund

Ndumiso Zulu is a qualified Chartered Accountant who joined the Masisizane Fund
team as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in March 2022. In April 2023, he
was appointed at the CEO of Masisizane Fund.

Ndumiso holds a Master of Science degree in Finance and Financial Law from SOAS,
University of London, a B. Com Honours in Accounting from Nelson Mandela
Metropolitan University, a PG Diploma in Tax from UNISA, an Advanced Diploma in
Financial Markets (cum laude) from the University of Johannesburg, and
a B.Com degree in Financial Accounting from University of Cape Town. He did his CA
training with the IDC, where he also got exposure to the deal making in the SMME
space as a Senior Investment Analyst.

Before joining Masisizane Fund, he was working at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) where he was the Project Development Specialist. Prior to that, he was a Transaction Manager as well as a Relationship Executive for ABSA Corporate and Investment Banking. He also served as the Senior Finance Manager for Barclays Investment Bank (New York).

Thabo-Hleza

Thabo Hleza

Executive Head of Investments and Business Development, Masisizane Fund

Thabo Hleza is an Executive Head of Investments and Business Development at Old Mutual’s Masisizane Fund. He is an experienced Investment professional, passionate about SME development and value creation. Prior to joining Masisizane Fund, Thabo held various roles in development finance and private equity, where he was responsible for the strategic, operational, and financial performance of several portfolios. He also boasts experience in post-investment, due diligence, deal structuring, and the implementation of value-creation opportunities within portfolio companies. With his passion and extensive experience working with SMEs, Thabo is committed to creating greater impact and sustainable development of SMEs.

Qualifications:

  • B Com Acc (UCT)
  • MBA (University of Pretoria)
  • Executive Leadership Program (Oxford)
  • Mechanics in Private Equity (Middlesex University)
Yaeesh Moosa

Yaeesh Moosa

Head of Marketplace, Takealot.com

Yaeesh Moosa is the Head of Marketplace at takealot.com, South Africa’s leading online retailer. With a foundational background in engineering and industrial process design, Yaeesh has specialized in eCommerce, particularly in marketplace dynamics, for the past 5 years. His focus on developing exceptional seller experiences has been pivotal in enhancing the platform’s user engagement and satisfaction. Yaeesh’s unique blend of technical expertise and digital commerce acumen makes him a valuable contributor to discussions on the evolution of online marketplaces,

PROGRAMME

Delegates have an opportunity to curate their own programme, with various different activities after the main programme.
SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED MID-JANUARY 2024

Industry Networking Lounges:

Industry Networking Lounges:

Designated themed lounges (Fintech, Green Energy, Health & Wellness, etc.) for focused networking among entrepreneurs and funders.

Funding Application Clinics:

Funding Application Clinics:

Hands-on sessions guiding entrepreneurs through the funding application process.

Legal and Financial Workshops:

Legal and Financial Workshops:

Legal and financial experts available for entrepreneurs to consult, addressing concerns about contracts, compliance, and financial planning.

Innovation Alley:

Innovation Alley:

A space where entrepreneurs showcase prototypes, products, or innovations to both funders and other attendees.

Women Only:

Women Only:

Boardroom dedicated to women entrepreneurs and women-led funders, or funds that specifically want to fund women

One-on-one Funding Discussions:

One-on-one Funding Discussions:

Opportunity to book a 5 minute session with a fund manager.

Interactive Tech Demos:

Interactive Tech Demos:

Interactive demo booths where entrepreneurs can display their tech solutions and funders can explore real-time applications.

MAIN STAGE PROGRAMME

08:00-08:10

Welcoming Remarks

Bruce Whitfield – Financial journalist, author & speaker

08:10-08:20

Welcome Address

Dumi Le Roux – Acting General Manager and Head of EmpowaYouth

08:20-08:30

About Empowaworx

Kirsten Alexander – Creative Strategist

08:30-08:45

Sponsors Opening Address

Kgalaletso Tlhoaelev – Head: Enterprise Development
Relationship Banking, ABSA

08:45-09:15

Masterclass | Mastering the Art of Strategic Funding: Insights from Visionary Investors and Savvy Entrepreneurs

Khudusela M Pitje – Group CEO, New GX Capital

09:15- 09:45

Keynote Address

Tryphosa Ramano – Board member, Public Investment Corporation SOC Ltd (PIC)

Stages

Over and above the different fund types, we’ve identified nine industries that are geared for growth and offer opportunities for Entrepreneurs. There will be an opportunity to chat with funders and other entrepreneurs in our Industry Networking Rooms, as well as to book one-on-one sessions if you choose not to Apply to Pitch.

VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDING

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LOAN FINANCING

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EQUITY FUNDING

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THE WOMAN’S ROOM

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VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDING

9:30

Programme Director & Facilitator

Bronwyn Nielsen CEO The Nielsen Network

10:00-10:20

OPENING ADDRESS

Gregg Barrett – CEO, Cirrus
Keet van Zyl – Co-founder and Partner, Knife Capital

10:20-11:20

PANEL DISCUSSION | Venture Vision: SMEs in 2025 and Beyond

Thandiwe Maqetuka – Venture Capital Investment Associate, HAVAÍC
Jeff Miller – CEO & Co-Founder, Twelve B Green Energy Fund & Grovest

All

Q&A’s

 

11:30-12:15

DIALOGUE | Venture Vision: Accessing Capital and Evading challenges

Stem Zwane – Founder and Director, GoGetta
Clive Butkow – Managing Partner, Conducive Capital

All

Q&A’s

 

12:15-13:15

PANEL DISCUSSION | VENTURE VELOCITY: NAVIGATING THE DYNAMICS OF SME FINANCING

Mathew Palin – Partner, Hlayisani Capital
Nick Allen – Founding Partner, Savant Capital Partners
Audrey Verhaeghe – CEO, Anza Capital

All

Q&A’s

 

CLOSE OFF FUND STAGE, ACTIVATE INDUSTRY ROOM

 

13:15-13:45

INDUSTRY KEY NOTE | Wellness Wealth: Securing Funding for Health and Wellness Ventures in a Health-Conscious Nation

Stavros Nicolau – Group Senior Executive, Strategic Trade Aspen Pharma Group

13:45-14:15

LUNCH

14:15-16:45

PITCHING & EXPERIENCES

LOAN FINANCING

9:30

Programme Director

Zimasa “Mooshtaffa” Vabaza – Chief media and advertising
strategist; a digital & media maven

10:00-10:20

OPENING ADDRESS

ABSA Managing Executive

10:20-11:20

PANEL DISCUSSION | Financing Horizons: The Future of SME Loans

Cas Coovadia – CEO, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)
Elias Monage – President, Black Business Council

All

Q&A’s

11:30-12:15

DIALOGUE | Financing Flux: Navigating the Dynamics of SME Loans

Eunice Cross – Non-Executive Director, Equites Property Fund Limited
Tonderai Kariwo – Solution Owner | Business Analyst, Old Mutual

All

Q&A’s

12:15-13:15

PANEL DISCUSSION | Financing Wisdom: Strategies to Secure Loans and hurdles to Dodge

Kumaran Padayachee – CEO, Spartan Financing SMEs
Santhuri Thaver – Head, Credit Ashburton Investments

CLOSE OFF FUND STAGE, ACTIVATE
INDUSTRY ROOM

13:15-13:45

INDUSTRY KEY NOTE | E-commerce Evolution: Capitalising on the Surge in South Africa’s Online Market

Yaeesh Moosa – Head of Marketplace, Takealot

13:45-14:15

LUNCH

14:15-16:45

PITCHING & EXPERIENCES

EQUITY FUNDING

9:30

Programme Director

Bruce Whitfield – Financial journalist, author & speaker

10:00-10:20

OPENING ADDRESS

10:20-11:20

DIALOGUE | Equity Evolution: SME Funding Beyond 2025

Rushil Vallabh – Managing Director, Secha Capital
Ajay Wasserman – Chief Executive Officer, Fio Capital
Sechaba Selemela – InvInvestment Principal, African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM)

All

Q&A’s

11:30-12:15

Masterclass | Mastering Fundraising Excellence: Navigating Due Diligence with Finesse and Building Successful Angel Alliances

Brandon S Mnisi – Managing Director, Mnisi Capital.

12:15-13:15

Panel| Private Equity Expedition: Navigating SME Financing Dynamics

Steve Goeiema – CEO, Sagan C Pty Ltd( AsOne)
Sihle Gumede – Partner and Executive Director, Sanari Capital

Q&A’s

All

CLOSE OFF FUND STAGE, ACTIVATE INDUSTRY ROOM

13:15-13:45

INDUSTRY KEY NOTE | Powering the Future: Funding Opportunities in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Sector

Rudi Dicks – Head: Project Management Office, Presidency

13:45-14:15

LUNCH

14:15-16:45

PITCHING & EXPERIENCES

THE WOMAN'S ROOM

09:30

Programme Director

Zinathi Gquma – Business News Anchor

10:00-10:20

OPENING ADDRESS

Dr Anna Theresa Mokgokong – Executive Chairperson, Community Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd

10:20-11:20

PANEL DISCUSSION | Empowering Tomorrow: Women’s Funds and SMEs Beyond 2025

Salu Yekela – Founder & Chair, Funds For Women Club
Ms Ayşegül Kandaş – Ambassador, Embassy of Turkey in Pretoria

Q&A’s

All

11:30-12:15

DIALOGUE | EMPOWERING FINANCES: STRATEGIES FOR WOMEN’S FUNDS AND PITFALLS TO AVOID

Mbali Sibisi – Non-Executive Director, South African Women in Mining Investment Holdings
Kile Kwinana – Founder and CEO, Ntando-Thando Group

Q&A’s

All

12:15-13:15

Panel Discussion| Investing in Women’s Potential: Enhancing Entrepreneurial Skills for Lasting Financial Impact

Laylah Kara – Chief Purchasing, leader: Sub Sahara Africa Procter & Gamble
Tsungai Masendeke – Franchise Principal, IWCP Proventus
Ayanda Mvimbi – Programme Specialist: Women Economic Empowerment UN, Women

Q&A’s

All

CLOSE OFF FUND STAGE, ACTIVATE INDUSTRY ROOM

13:15-13:45

INDUSTRY KEYNOTE | REEL TO REAL: UNLOCKING INVESTMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA’S FILM INDUSTRY

Onke Dumeko – Head of Operations, National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF)

13:45-14:15

LUNCH

14:15-16:45

PITCHING & EXPERIENCES

IMPACT FUNDS

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Development finance institutions (DFIs)

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Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) FUNDS

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BUSINESS GRANTS

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IMPACT FUNDS

09:00

Programme Director

Kirsten Alexander

10:00-10:20

OPENING ADDRESS

Bronwyn Slater – General Manager HR Business Development, Mercedes-Benz South Africa

10:20-11:20

PANEL DISCUSSION | IMPACT INVESTMENT
TRENDS: IDENTIFYING OPPORTUNITIES AND EMERGING SECTORS FOR ENTREPRENEURS SEEKING IMPACT FUNDING

Llewellyn Fredericks – Executive Director, Innovation Edge

Q&A’s

All

11:30-12:15

WORKSHOP | IMPACTFUL STRATEGIES: ACCESSING IMPACT FUNDS AND STEERING CLEAR OF PITFALLS

Sibongile Zulu – Founder & MD, Capital Unlocked

Q&A’s

All

12:15-13:15

PANEL DISCUSSION | IMPACTFUL STRATEGIES: NAVIGATING DYNAMICS WITH IMPACT FUNDS

Maseabi Marageni – Head: Business Development, Futuregrowth Asset Management
Itayi Daringo – Chief Financial Officer, Nelson Mandela Foundation

CLOSE OFF FUND STAGE, ACTIVATE INDUSTRY ROOM

13:15-13:45

Funding Readiness- Building A Fertile Ground For Funding

Thabo Hleza – Executive Head of Investments and Business
Development, Masisizane Fund

13:45-14:15

LUNCH

14:15-16:45

PITCHING & EXPERIENCES

Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) FUNDS

09:00

Programme Director

Litha Kutta – LandBank

10:00-10:20

OPENING ADDRESS

Kgalaletso Tlhoaele – Head: Enterprise Development Relationship Banking, ABSA

10:20-11:20

PANEL DISCUSSION | SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: SMES AND ESD FUNDS IN 2025

Sanele Gumede – Collaborative and syndicated lending
portfolio manager, ABSA
Abey Kgotle – Executive Director of Human Resources and
Corporate Affairs, Mercedes-Benz South Africa
Xolani Qubeka – Managing Director & CEO, SBDI Social Enterprise Management Corporation (PTY)LTD
Trevor Msimang – GM, BBBEE MTN

Q&A’s

All

11:30-12:15

DIALOGUE | SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS:
ACCESSING ESD FUNDS AND NAVIGATING
PITFALLS

Dr Alistair Mokoena – Country Director, Google

Q&A’s

All

12:15-13:15

PANEL DISCUSSION | ESD FUND READINESS: PREPARING ENTREPRENEURS TO MEET THE CRITERIA AND REQUIREMENTS FOR FUNDING

Masa Mlamla – Business Incubation Manager, Propella Platform
Mr. Mabutho Khumalo – President, IEDF SA

CLOSE OFF FUND STAGE, ACTIVATE INDUSTRY ROOM

13:15-14:15

Access to Capital/Funding

Mr George Sebulela – President, African United Business Confederation (AUBC)

13:45-14:15

LUNCH

14:15-16:45

PITCHING & EXPERIENCES

Development finance institutions (DFIS)

09:00

Programme Director

Ancillar Nombewu – Multi-award-winning journalist, speaker,
moderator, entrepreneur

10:00-10:20

OPENING ADDRESS

10:20-11:20

PANEL DISCUSSION | FINANCING FUTURES: SMES IN 2025 AND DFIS

Mxolisi D Matshamba – Chief Executive Officer, Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa)
Ndumiso Zulu – CEO, Masisizane Fund

Q&A’s

All

11:30-12:15

DIALOGUE | FRONTIERS IN FINANCING: ACCESSING DFIS AND AVOIDING PITFALLS

Manoj Seonath – Acting Executive: PP & SBF Executive Management, IDC

12:15-13:15

PANEL DISCUSSION | FINANCING FRONTIERS: NAVIGATING SME FINANCING DYNAMICS WITH DFIS

Tiisetso Saul – Head: Growth Capital Solutions, ABSA

Q&A’s

All

13:15-13:45

CLOSE OFF FUND STAGE, ACTIVATE INDUSTRY ROOM

13:15-13:45

Mastering the Funding Labyrinth

Keshni Morar – Managing Director, Founder Institute South Africa

13:45-14:15

LUNCH

14:15-16:45

PITCHING & EXPERIENCES

BUSINESS GRANTS

09:00

Programme Director

Milton Nkosi – Political analyst

10:00

OPENING ADDRESS

Jeff Nene – W&R SETA

10:20-11:20

PANEL DISCUSSION | GRANTING TOMORROW: SMES IN 2025

Ms Lebogang Leshika – Chairperson, The Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP)
Tom Mkhwanazi – CEO, W&R SETA
Dr Anthony Costa – Investments Lead, The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa

Q&A’s

All

11:30-12:15

DIALOGUE | GRANTING SUCCESS: NAVIGATING ACCESS AND AVOIDING PITFALLS

Vusi Skosana – Executive: Innovation and Enabling Support, Technology Innovation Agency
Mr Mzi Dayimani – Acting CEO, National Empowerment Fund(NEF)
Rebone Majola – Regional Manager, National Youth Development Fund (NYDA)

12:15-13:15

PANEL DISCUSSION | GRANTING INSIGHT:
NAVIGATING SME FINANCING DYNAMICS

Mvuyisi Vusikaya Macikama – Executive Officer at Higher Education & Training: National Skills Fund, Skills Funds

13:15-13:45

INDUSTRY KEY NOTE | Fintech Revolution: Navigating Funding Challenges & Opportunities in South Africa’s Booming Financial Technology Landscape

Entrepreneurs gain insights into tailored funding strategies, regulatory challenges, and innovative solutions, fostering a robust fintech ecosystem.

CLOSE OFF FUND STAGE, ACTIVATE INDUSTRY ROOM

13:15-13:45

MASTERCLASS| Unveiling the Role of Angel Investors in Tech Start-ups

Sanjay Soni – Entrepreneur | Venture Builder | Business Strategist, Jozi Angels

13:45-14:15

LUNCH

14:15-16:45

PITCHING & EXPERIENCES

ANGEL INVESTING

9:30

Programme Director

Bruce Whitfield – Financial journalist, author & speaker

10:00-10:20

OPENING ADDRESS

 

10:20-11:20

PANEL DISCUSSION | Angel Advances: SME Funding Beyond the future

Explore the future of SME angel investment funding, examining anticipated trends, challenges, and opportunities that will shape the landscape for small and medium enterprises in the the future, including how technology is changing the business landscape.

11:30-12:15

DIALOGUE | Navigating Angel Alliances: Access Strategies and obstacles to Sidestep

Discuss effective approaches to secure funding from angel investors and explore common obstacles to avoid, empowering entrepreneurs in navigating the complexities of angel investment.

12:15-13:15

PANEL DISCUSSION | Angel Avenues: Navigating SME Financing Dynamics

Acquire valuable insights into the dynamic landscape of SME angel investment financing, examining the challenges faced by small and medium enterprises. Uncover a plethora of opportunities to effectively address the financial needs of SMEs.

13:15-13:45

INDUSTRY KEY NOTE | nnovating Agriculture: Nurturing Entrepreneurial Growth in South Africa

Insights into adopting AgriTech for enhanced efficiency, promoting sustainable farming practices, addressing funding challenges, and gaining financial literacy specific to agriculture. Strategies for market expansion, both locally and internationally, and the potential social impact entrepreneurs can achieve through community engagement in agricultural initiatives.

13:45-14:15

LUNCH

14:15-16:45

PITCHING & EXPERIENCES

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Masterclasses

Delegates are given the opportunity to meet with fund managers one-on-one, engage with exhibitors, attend a masterclass, showcase their innovations through an exhibition stand, and are encouraged to network with peers and leaders.

Strategic Deal Crafting

Strategic Deal Crafting

Maximizing Value Through Deal Structure and Terms

Mastering Fundraising Excellence

Mastering Fundraising Excellence

Navigating Due Diligence with Finesse

Navigating Venture Capital

Navigating Venture Capital

Securing Funding for High-Growth Start-ups

Access to Capital

Access to Capital

Investor Insights Decoded

Investor Insights Decoded

Understanding the Investment Mindset

Mastering the Pitch Deck

Mastering the Pitch Deck

Crafting a Compelling Narrative for Funding Success

Ecosystem Empowerment

Ecosystem Empowerment

Building a Fertile Ground for Funding

Entrepreneurial Odyssey

Entrepreneurial Odyssey

Valuable Insights from the Journey

Stokvels Unveiled

Stokvels Unveiled

Financing SMMEs Through Community Support

Bankable Business Plans

Bankable Business Plans

Crafting Compelling Narratives for Funding Triumph

Microfinance Unleashed

Microfinance Unleashed

Realizing its Full Impact

Crowdfunding Dynamics

Crowdfunding Dynamics

Mobilizing Support for Start-up Success

FROM IDEA TO INVESTMENT

FROM IDEA TO INVESTMENT

Navigating the World of Business Financing

Health Equity Entrepreneurship

Health Equity Entrepreneurship

Bridging Gaps in Healthcare Access

Funds

There are numerous funds that exist to capacitate and grow businesses – we have them all represented, giving you the choices you need to grow and expand.

Venture capital

funding supports early-stage, high-growth businesses by providing equity investments, usually sought by firms with potential for substantial returns.

Loan financing

involves borrowing money from lenders like banks, with an obligation to repay the borrowed amount along with interest over a specified period.

Equity funding

entails selling a portion of a business’s ownership to investors, who then share in the business’s profits and losses.

Women-centric

funds are organizations dedicated to supporting women-led businesses, providing funding to companies and organizations working to empower women economically.

Impact funds

invest in companies and organizations aiming to make positive social or environmental changes, addressing problems like poverty and climate change.

ESD funds

offer small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access to capital, technical assistance, and mentoring, aiding their growth and success, especially when traditional lenders might be inaccessible.

Development finance institutions

(DFIs) provide loans and equity financing to businesses in developing countries, supporting economic development.

Business grants

are non-repayable funds provided to support specific initiatives or programs undertaken by businesses and organizations.

Team Members

Meet Our Team

The core team on this project are all passionate professionals that care deeply about making a sustainable impact.

SIMPHIWE MASIZA

SIMPHIWE MASIZA

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Mr Simphiwe Masiza is an accomplished entrepreneur, distinguished business leader, and the Chief Executive Officer of Empowaworx Group. Holding qualifications from WITS and GIBS, among other esteemed institutions, Masiza is proficient in project management, strategy, organizational development, organizational management, event management, reputation management, business management, governance, and executive leadership. As the founder and dedicated leader of Empowaworx, he is deeply passionate about driving the organization’s success.

ZAZINI MOLO

ZAZINI MOLO

EVENTS AND PARTNERSHIP LEAD

As the Lead of The Speakers Firm and a seasoned speaker, Zazini orchestrates narratives that resonate with power and purpose. She also spearheads Special Projects within Empowaworx, and is intricately involved in the planning and execution of transformational streams, showcasing her expertise in project administration, media engagements, and sponsorship management. Her strategic prowess in relationship building and thought leadership sets her apart in the industry.

DUMISILE LEROUX

DUMISILE LEROUX

ACTING GM & EMPOWAYOUTH LEAD

Dumi holds an Honours Degree in Corporate Communications and assumes the role of Acting General Manager and Head of EmpowaYouth at Empowaworx. She is an event manager and PR nomad with over a decade of experience in the PR and events industry. A fervent advocate for making a meaningful impact in people’s lives, Dumi brings a wealth of expertise to her role.

KIRSTEN ALEXANDER

KIRSTEN ALEXANDER

SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Kirsten, with qualifications in Marketing Management, Creative Writing and Psychology is a seasoned communications professional and marketing strategist with over 25 years of experience. She plays a crucial role at Empowaworx in creative strategy, content creation, event ideation and marketing.

Neo Mathebe

Neo Mathebe

EVENTS ADMINISTRATOR

Neo holds a Diploma in Marketing and Business Management. He has worked in administration in both banking and education for 18 years, and has 13 years experience in customer care within the aviation sector.

MBALI MAVUSO

MBALI MAVUSO

EVENT MANAGER

Mbali holds a media studies Diploma specialising in Marketing. Her experience includes cost-effective budgeting, exceptional time management and event marketing skills. Mbali is able to handle multiple projects simultaneously with a high degree of accuracy, and she is the events lead for EmpowaEntrepreneurs, EmpowaWomen, EmpowaMen, and EmpowaYouth Industry summits at Empowaworx, contributing to the seamless execution of these vital platforms.

JESSEY MATLOU

JESSEY MATLOU

Events and Leadership Lead

With a BA in Media studies and Phycology, and a Certificate in Strategic Brand and Marketing Management, Jessey is an events specialist and strategist with over 15 years of experience, serves as the Speaker’s Management and Project Coordination lead at Empowaworx. Demonstrating passion and excellence in her role, Jessey contributes significantly to the success of the organization.

ANITA TIRKEY

ANITA TIRKEY

EVENTS ADMINISTRATOR

Anita holds an MBA and is a professional with extensive experience in event coordination and supplier evaluation. She is a skilled Cross-Functional Business Specialist. Anita possesses the expertise to seamlessly bridge different facets of a business, ensuring harmonious operations and collaborative synergy. At Empowaworx, Anita specialises in seamless speaker confirmation and event execution, playing a vital role in the organization’s success.

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EmpowaEntrepreneur Funding Summit 2024:
Bridging the Divide Between Entrepreneurs and Funders

Announcing the EmpowaEntrepreneur Funding Summit, set to take place on Thursday, 18th April 2024, at The Forum in Bryanston. Tailored for vetted entrepreneurs in the early growth to expansion phase, this summit aims to bridge the gap between funders and entrepreneurs, acting as a catalyst for sustainable, strategic, and impactful partnerships.

Simphiwe Masiza, Founder and Executive Producer of the EmpowaEntrepreneur Funding Summit, emphasizes the summit’s significance in connecting 1,500 entrepreneurs with a diverse range of funding options. Going beyond national borders, the summit holds a vision of driving positive change on a pan-African scale.

The summit provides a unique platform for entrepreneurs to explore funding avenues such as Venture Capital, Angel Investment, Development Finance Institutions, Women-centric Funds, Impact Funds, and more. Through interactive exhibitions and dynamic pitching sessions, attending entrepreneurs will have unparalleled opportunities to secure funding for their ventures.

Beyond facilitating funding opportunities, the EmpowaEntrepreneur Funding Summit aims to enrich the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Networking opportunities will empower entrepreneurs with the connections they need to propel their ventures forward, contributing to the overall vitality of the entrepreneurial landscape.

Kirsten Alexander, spokesperson for the EmpowaEntrepreneur Funding Summit, highlights their commitment to delivering essential resources and fostering meaningful networking opportunities tailored to meet the unique needs of entrepreneurs as they navigate their growth trajectory.

With comprehensive support and a focus on collaboration, the EmpowaEntrepreneur Funding Summit is poised to stimulate vital economic growth. For media accreditation and interview opportunities, please contact Kirsten@empowaworx.co.za.

Questions? Look Here.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve answered some of the most common questions, but if you don’t find yours here, feel free to reach out – we’d love to chat.

Why is the registration process so detailed?

It’s important for us to ensure that all delegates are what our funders are looking for – so that we can see strategic partnerships formed and entrepreneurs funded.

Can entrepreneurs apply to pitch without registering for the summit?

No, pitching is only open to registered attendees. Entrepreneurs must first complete the registration process before applying to pitch.

What happens after I apply to pitch?

Applications will be shared with partner funders, and if selected, you will be given a specific time slot. Pitching is free but requires prior registration.

Why should entrepreneurs attend the EmpowaEntrepreneur Funding Summit?

Join the summit for a transformative journey to success! Connect with investors, explore funding avenues, and refine your pitch with expert guidance. Gain insights from influential speakers, meet like-minded entrepreneurs, and secure your business’s future.

What are the benefits of attending for entrepreneurs?

Attendees can elevate their innovations, expand their network, navigate funding possibilities, perfect their pitch, gain expert insights, access funding opportunities, cultivate long-term partnerships, stay ahead of market trends, boost entrepreneurial confidence, and accelerate business growth.

Is there an opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their innovations or prototypes at the summit?

Yes, entrepreneurs can book an exhibition space to showcase their innovations or prototypes. The cost is R25,000, and only registered delegates can book limited spaces.

Why should funders attend and participate in the EmpowaEntrepreneur Funding Summit?

Funders can invest in innovation, talent, and transformative ideas, connecting with vetted entrepreneurs through panel discussions, insightful talks, and live pitches. Discover promising ventures, build alliances, and shape South Africa’s entrepreneurial landscape.

What are the benefits for funders participating in the summit?

Funders can explore innovation ecosystems, gain in-depth investment insights, identify promising ventures, gain a first-mover advantage, support entrepreneurial growth, stay ahead of market trends, build a diverse portfolio, contribute to economic growth, and invest in sustainable ventures.

How can funders participate in the summit?

Please get in touch with Anastacia Martin, or fill in our contact form for more information about how you can participate.

GET INVOLVED

We would love to answer any questions you have, so if there is anything not covered in our FAQs, please get in touch.

If you would like to partner with us, please get in touch with Anastacia Martin to discover our partnership packages.

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EmpowaMen is one of Empowaworx’ Transformational Platforms – other platforms include EmpowaYouth, EmpowaWomen and EmpowaEntrepreneurs, covering a diverse eco-system for high impact and positive transformation.

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EMPOWAYOUTH

EmpowaYouth is a highly effective platform that brings real and relevant opportunities to where the youth are, across the nation. We know that our young people desire to be viable contributors to society and their communities – all they need is an opportunity. In addition to the EmpowaYouth Week, where we host 20,000 youth, with over 200 speakers, the EmpowaYouth Weekends that are activated nationally, this platform offers insight and trends within the context of semi-rural and peri-urban township youth, bespoke youth activations and campaigns and so much more. We know what the youth of our country want and need, and we know how to deliver it to them in a way that resonates with them – fundamentally transforming their lives. We have numerous case studies and testimonials from the young people we have impacted, which you can view here: https://shorturl.at/dfgmv

To date, EmpowaYouth has impacted over 60,000 youth around the country with real and relevant opportunities for jobs, training, and entrepreneurial funding through our dedicated partners. EmpowaYouth’s success lies in the fact that we bring opportunities to where the youth are, not just giving them inspiration and information, but connecting them to people, organisations and opportunities that will fundamentally transform their lives.
To find out more, visit the website: www.empowayouth.co.za

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EMPOWAWOMEN

The EmpowaWomen Summit aims to break barriers, shatter glass ceilings, and inspire change by providing a space for women leaders to connect, learn, and amplify their voices. The underrepresentation of women in key sectors not only hinders progress towards gender equality but also deprives these industries of the diverse perspectives and innovative ideas that women bring. By addressing the specific challenges faced by women in diverse industries, this summit seeks to foster a collective determination towards creating a more inclusive and equitable future.

With day one reaching 1,000 women leaders and focussing on leadership, our gala dinner will host 1,000 women, and day two is an exploration of 20 different industry sectors, enabling the 8,000 women in attendance to unpack their industries in terms of transformation, as well as network across industry sectors. Our speakers will inspire the audience and galvanize change. To get a sense of what can be expected, please view this short video from the 2023 Annual Leadership Summit, where we focussed on eight industry sectors with an audience of 1,000 women: https://n9.cl/rk3b6

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EMPOWAMEN

Launched in 2019, EmpowaMen has become an important platform for men to share and confront the issues they face in today’s world – from ‘men are trash’ to perfection pressure.

Issues impacting society are systemic – EmpowaMen conversations address numerous social issues through the lens of different aspects of life, and we have identified nine themes that address the eco-system of men’s issues – from Man and Family and Man and Wealth to Man and Identity and Man and Substance Abuse.

The term redefining lends itself to a process – EmpowaMen is a platform that enables frank and honest conversations with men so that they can explore and discuss the issues facing them in today’s world, with a focus on bringing about change.

In a world where the prevailing discourse paints men with a broad brush of being labelled as “trash” and infected with “toxic masculinity,” we are compelled to question the validity of such sweeping generalizations. Is this truly the case, and if so, how can we bring about lasting and positive change in both men’s perception and their actions? The answer lies in open and extensive dialogue—a dedicated conversation that resonates far and wide.

The Speakers Firm

The Speakers Firm

The Speakers Firm represents the country’s leading thought engineers.
This includes professional key-note speakers, facilitators, motivational speakers, academics, coaches, consultants, best-selling authors, CEO’s and executives of multi-national corporations, internationally acclaimed thought leaders, entrepreneurs, celebrities, comedians, economists, and analysts. All are able to speak on topics across all industry sectors and within specific themes.
In short, we deliver. Whatever you need.
The Speaker’s Firm is your partner in creating a memorable event that is exceptionally valuable to all who attend and ensures high audience impact.
To explore our exceptional speakers, or to book a speaker, please visit www.thespeakersfirm.co.za