Over 130 Kenyans chosen for the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme 2019

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) has announced that it has chosen over 130 Kenyans for its annual TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. The Kenyans are among 3,050 African entrepreneurs drawn from all 54 African countries who will join the 5th cycle of its USD100 million initiative.

They also announced that the annual TEF Entrepreneurship Forum will be held on 26-27 July 2019. The announcement was made at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja, following a presentation of the selection process by Accenture Development Partners.

This year, over 216,000 applications were received which represents an increase from last year’s 151,000. Nearly 90,000 were submitted by female entrepreneurs, an increase of 45%. The selected Entrepreneurs will each receive non- refundable amount of USD5,000 in seed capital, access to mentors, and a 12-week business training programme. On 26-27 July 2019, all the selected entrepreneurs will attend the TEF Entrepreneurship Forum.

Over 130 Kenyan entrepreneurs were selected in this year’s TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, nearly double the 74 that were selected last year. This brings the total number of Kenyan entrepreneur beneficiaries from the programme to over 480 over the last 5 years.

Marking the fifth anniversary of the 10-year programme, this year’s selection includes 2,050 entrepreneurs, supported by the Foundation’s partners. This is in addition to the Foundation’s annual commitment of 1,000, bringing the total number of entrepreneurs empowered by the Foundation to date to 7,520. Last year, the organization launched TEFConnect, a digital networking platform for African entrepreneurs.

The Foundation’s partners include; the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Federal Republic of Benin (Seme City), the Anambra State Government, Indorama, the Government of Botswana and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Investour on safe travel, resilience, digital transformation and innovation

More than 20 tourism ministers from various African countries attended INVESTOUR, the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa, now a well-established event celebrating its tenth edition. Organized jointly by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Casa África and FITUR, INVESTOUR promotes sustainable development in Africa and facilitates meetings on investment and business opportunities in the continent.

The tenth edition of INVESTOUR consisted of two round tables and a session of business-to-business meetings. This strategic platform is held every year within the framework of the FITUR tourism fair in Madrid, and puts African entities with tourism projects in direct contact with potential international partners.

The sessions covered topics such as safety and security challenges and their impact on the development of the tourism sector, as well as the issues of crime, health hazards, natural disasters, violence and political instability, which affect the image of a destination. Participants also discussed the promotion of tourism through innovation and digital transformation and diversification through niche tourism products.

As a new feature in this year’s edition, the UNWTO launched the Tourism Startup Competition for Africa devoted to identifying emerging companies that will lead the transformation of the tourism sector in the region. The objective of this initiative is to challenge young African entrepreneurs to design new innovative companies that contribute positively to the facilitation of travel and tourism in their respective countries or in the region in general. The five winners gave presentations to pitch their ideas.

AkooBooks Audio, Neat Eco-Feeds awarded at African Entrepreneurship Awards

The African Entrepreneurship Award Program held in Casablanca, Morocco, is a Moroccan based awards organization.  Its objective is to honour African entrepreneurship.

This year’s event was the 4th edition so far. It had a prize pool of USD1million, and the two Ghanaian start-ups won USD125,000.

Ama Dadson’s start-up, AkooBooks Audio, won in the High Potential Innovation Award in this this year’s edition of the Annual African Entrepreneurship Award Program. Miss Dadson took away USD25,000 from the High Potential Innovation Projects category.

AkooBooks Audio CEO, Ama Dadson said, “I am so grateful to the AEA Presidential Jury for their support and belief in our businesses.  The untapped potential of digital distribution on mobile devices, to provide access to all the African books.” Miss Dadson continued that these books are “needed by young Africans for their growth and inspiration is enormous. Audiobooks can be listened to anytime, anywhere.”

Lincoln Peedah, CEO of Neat Eco Feeds also remarked, “Build a heart to contain the shocks and glory when they come on your entrepreneurial journey!”

The African Entrepreneurship Award Program board

The African Entrepreneurship Award Program has a Presidential Jury, which nominates and selects the AEA Winners. The jury is comprised of industry doyens.

They include Othman Benjelloun (Morocco), chairman & CEO of BMCE Bank of Africa, Deborah Ahenkorah (Ghana), Founder of Golden Baobab. Also, Amadou Gallo Fall (South Africa), NBA Managing Director for Africa, Gong Li (USA), Retired Chairman Accenture Technology Innovation,

The others are JB Duler, (France/Silicon Valley), French-American Silicon Valley Executive and Aubrey Kent (USA), Founder of Sports Industry Research Center.

African youth the future of the world economy and entrepreneurship – Al Sisi

With a majority of African nations diversifying from traditional sources of income, entrepreneurship is increasingly seen as a key to economic growth. Leading business forum Africa 2018, which kicked off in Sharm El Sheikh today recognised this fact by hosting Young Entrepreneurs Day (YED) which brought Africa’s most inspiring business leaders as well as renowned captains of industries and key actors from the tech world to provide first-hand insights on business, leadership, technology and disruptive business models to support young entrepreneurs developing their business skills.

Finding the right partners, mentors and investors is paramount for successfully scaling up your business. YED offered young entrepreneurs several opportunities to meet leading angel investors, venture capital firms, accelerators, incubators and policy-makers via its spectacular DealRoom.

The YED concluded with an intergenerational dialogue attended by 5 start-ups and also Presidents Al Sisi of Egypt and President Kagame of Rwanda.

President Al Sisi said that “we are increasingly sending a clear message to the world that Africa is the future of the world economy and more so entrepreneurship.”

He highlighted the laws that have been promulgated in the country had been done to encourage youth to establish companies and empower them, and called for the youth to never waver from following their dreams.

President Kagame said the growth of Africa’s population was really not a threat but an advantage for Africa, but right investments are required to make it work. “The right investments are in our people but we need facilitation to get us where we want to go.”

With more than 60% of its population under the age of 25, sub-Saharan Africa is already the world’s youngest region today – and, by 2030, will be home to more than one-quarter of the world’s under-25 population. As this young population, the best-educated and globally connected the continent has ever had, enters the world of work, the region has a demographic opportunity.

“Today more than ever, we need to realize the economic potential of the continent’s young entrepreneurs and innovators to create millions of high quality jobs and promote inclusive economic growth continent-wide”, said Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation about the importance of nurturing and promoting young entrepreneurs.

It is evident that the African entrepreneurship scene is sizzling and a lot of foreign and local players are helping to spice it up. Rebecca Enonchong, Founder and CEO, AppsTech said, “What I would look for in an entrepreneur is grit, because I think being able to sustain in a very difficult business environment is essential. Business environment in the continent is quite challenging. You need to spend your blood, sweat and tears to succeed.”

President Sisi concluded “We know you face challenges but these can be overcome with perseverance and creativity and by being self confident and your determination to turn these dreams into reality,”

 

A Look Back at #GEW2018 in Africa

EGYPT

In Cairo, Minister Sahar Nasr, Egyptian Department of Investment and International Cooperation, broke ground on GEN@Bloomfields – a 90-acre entrepreneurship and innovation hub expected to be operational by 2021. The new hub, led by a partnership between GEN and Tatweer Misr, will host several technology labs, work stations, co-working spaces and event space while providing access to global and experienced entrepreneurs, mentors and funders under one roof.

GEW Egypt

SOUTH AFRICA

In Durban, Microsoft launched Head Start, an accelerator program that boosts tech startups by giving them open access to skills development resources, coaches and a customer network. In Johannesburg, Minister Lindiwe Zulu, with the South African Department of Small Business Development launched the country’s Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration. The kick-off event took place at GEN’s first startup campus, 22 on Sloane, where more than 300 startups pitched throughout GEW with 100 selected for residency starting in January 2019.

GEW South Africa

The African Youth Development Summit

This youth summit, co-hosted by the Africa80 & JCI and in partnership with the APRM & Global Citizens Festival will feature a 3 day conference starting at the Pan African Parliament to identify the greatest challenges we face as youth; speak on collaborative opportunities and hindrances; as well as identifying actionable solutions to co-create the AFRICA WE WANT!

The Summit will bring together not only young leaders from across Africa in an assortment of industries and professions, but also current leaders in governance; civil society; and business in order to engage in an intergenerational dialogue & co-creation of solutions. The #AYDSummit is FREE entry, but ONLY 100 YOUNG LEADERS will be selected to attend. All participants/delegates will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation fees; and though this is the case, we are happy to send formal invitation letters to selected participants looking to secure sponsorship.

After the conference, each participant will be given a complimentary ticket to attend the Global Citizens Festival celebrating Nelson Mandela’s centenary on the 2nd December 2018 at FNB Stadium. The Festival will feature international & continental artists such as Beyoncé; Jay-Z; Wizkid; Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams; Cassper Nyovest; D’ Banj; Usher, but to name a few.

Accenture set to showcase Open Innovation Africa programme at DEMO Africa

The Open Innovation leadership team at Accenture joined the league of DEMO Africa partner organizations and will be showcasing their programme at the 7th edition of DEMO Africa in Casablanca, Morocco.This relationship with Lions@frica will allow the startup finalists at DEMO Africa to gain direct insights and benefits from Accenture’s unique network of resources.

The 30 start-up finalists at DEMO Africa aim to develop unique products and services that will disrupt existing industries and create new markets. However, like many other entrepreneurs, they require expertise and resources needed to refine and improve their business models to the point where they are commercially viable, scalable and sustainable. By facilitating collaboration between large corporations and some of these start-ups, and contributing Accenture’s broad and deep technology and business capabilities, the Open Innovation program is designed to co-create solutions that solve tough business problems while also providing the selected start-ups with the support they need to grow.

Sandiso Sibisi, Accenture’s Open Innovation Africa Lead commented – “Accenture Open Innovation creates a vital bridge between Accenture’s clients and the start-up community. We connect clients to enterprise-relevant innovators and provide the consulting, technology and operations skills needed to help them achieve their objectives.”

Over two days of exciting programming including pitches from the 30 selected finalists, and pre-show activities around the Angel Investor Summit, Casablanca will be home to an array of innovation activities especially as some of the leading global venture luminaries join their African counterparts to explore investment opportunities, broaden their knowledge of African startup ecosystems and share best practices on global venture creation.

Accenture’s presence at this year’s conference, through the Open Innovation Africa program also offers a tremendous opportunity for delegates to learn more about the program and explore some of their case studies. The team works closely with the firm’s clients, using design thinking to define their business problems. Following their analysis, they then identify start-ups, labs or universities that can help solve the problem. Finally, working with the client and start-up, they embark on co-creating a solution and developing a proof of concept in the shortest possible time.

Harry Hare, Executive Producer, DEMO Africa commented – “Our corporate innovation programs at DEMO Africa have always
welcomed ecosystem stakeholders that are willing to partner with creative entrepreneurs, startups and organisations from diverse backgrounds to discover new and better ways to unlock venture creation resources and meet the growing market demand.​We are thrilled to have Accenture as a partner, and look forward to supporting their efforts to empower African entrepreneurs.”

The 2018 edition of DEMO Africa will see a combination of startup pitches, fireside chats and industry side events that are geared towards ensuring ecosystem wide discovery of sustainable economic opportunities. The conference will comprise of the following elements:

The DEMO Main Stage - Over 2 days of engagement, all of the 30 startup finalists will get six minutes to pitch and demonstrate their products to the general audience and an expert panel of judges for feedback and queries.
The DEMO Pit - Event attendees, technology buyers and the media will get an opportunity to meet the DEMO Africa startups at their individual booths which will be located at the DEMO Pit.
The Ecosystem Enabler Series - Through a combination of keynotes, panels and fireside chats, the Ecosystem Enabler Series will enable productive dialogue between industry leaders and innovation actors about the future of the African technology ecosystem.
The Investor Round-tables - In partnership with the African Business Angels Network we will convene an Investor Round-table to evaluate the current African investment and venture creation landscape and share best practices.
The African Future of X – The first in the series, the U.S State Department will lead discussions around the African Future of Infrastructure.
Workshops and Masterclasses - We will host a number of workshops and masterclasses across the venture creation value chain.
The LIONS@frica Innovation Awards - Five (5) Startups will be chosen as winners of the DEMO Africa and will proceed to Silicon Valley, California for the Lions Innovation Tour.

As an innovative company, Accenture is on the hunt to find Africa’s top tech start-ups – the digital pioneers solving critical challenges with technology across the continent. It’s a search for Africa’s big thinkers and big doers – visionaries who fearlessly push the boundaries of progress to shift African innovation to the next level. The Open Innovation leadership team will be on hand to meet with startups and delegates and to announce Accenture’s Africatop30 program as well.

To meet with the Accenture team, register to attend DEMO Africa – Register here: https://bit.ly/2NMWjPl

Do you want to export to Southern Africa?

According to the CEO of Sanlam Africa Investments, St. John Bungey, the subtleties of investing in Africa should be respected. The growth path and the demographics are solid reasons to invest in Africa but specific strategies are needed. He notes three (3) key ingredients: respect for local knowledge, understanding the local environment, and partnering with the right local people. (Sunday Times)

In an article by the Global Africa Network, fully 30% of South Africa’s exports are to other countries in Africa, but a massive 83% of this volume is into Southern Africa. This means that the potential for South Africa to grow its exports into other parts of Africa is enormous. While South Africa is still seen as a good staging post for international firms to base their Africa strategies, some industries have refined that process. In the automotive industry, for example, head offices in Europe and the US have mandated their South African operations to lead the drive into Africa.

The above is one of the motivations for our hosting quarterly sessions focused on the Southern Africa region, each focusing on different aspects that would allow South African based enterprises and initiatives the opportunity to build and expand their networks for business growth.

Close to our passion as The Business Development Agency (Pty) Ltd is to help develop enterprises across Africa, and the realization that networks can indeed become the one thing required to kick-start a business’s next level of growth. The Doing Business in Southern Africa: Understanding Markets & Opportunities session is the 1st of a series of gatherings centered around the business opportunities and activities in this very region.

As an entity that also offers advisory services to big and small businesses alike, these platforms also serve as a great way to gather data from investors, business leaders, entrepreneurs, public sector entities, and other stakeholders in order to play our part effectively to developing and scaling businesses on the continent.

WHY ATTEND?

  • Understand the economic landscape of & opportunities within the Southern Africa markets.
  • Learn about effective marketing from experts.
  • Network with like-minded entrepreneurs and professionals.
  • Access to researcher; consultants; business developer; and risk managers.
  • Access to investors and other financiers.
  • Understand compliance needed to do business.
  • Access to public sector stakeholders.
  • Have access to business consulting services. [20% discounted fee post this event]

We are only aiming on having a maximum of 40 delegates in order to make it as interactive as possible.

To find out more about this event, or book your seat, contact: info@thebda.co.za

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Small business funding gets innovative

South African entrepreneurs and small business owners have long cited a lack of funding as the biggest hurdle in the way of their business success. But many are overlooking a multitude of traditional and disruptive funding opportunities available, say business and finance experts.

Speaking ahead of the annual Small Business Expo, small business and finance experts report that the funding challenge is often a perceived, rather than a genuine one. And small business owners have it in their power to overcome the challenge through proper planning, preparation and research.

Nedbank Group economist Busisiwe Radebe says many small business owners still see ‘traditional’ funding – a loan from a bank – as the only option for business finance. “But traditional funding is not for everyone. It’s an older model, with an important place in financing, but for younger, disruptive players or those with no track record, disruptive funding might well be the way to go for start-up finance.”

Radebe notes that banks are built on risk management, and they are in fact custodians of other people’s money, therefore they will not always be willing to lend money to newcomers with no business plan, assets or credit history. “This should not stop people from asking, however. Large banks have business divisions, where even a potential start-up can get advice and find out what they need to put in place in order to qualify for a loan in future.”

“Many entrepreneurs are ill-prepared when they approach banks for funding,” says Thapelo Tsui, relationship banking manager and small business development expert at Nedbank. “In our experience, a certain amount of hand-holding is necessary to help would-be entrepreneurs prepare to apply for funding and manage their finances responsibly. As a result, Nedbank is working to help small businesses understand the processes and manage their finances more effectively.”

Darlene Menzies, CEO of Fin Find, says: “Too many people think banks are the only place to go for finance. They aren’t. There are numerous, VC funds, crowdfunds and grants available to small businesses in South Africa.” The Fin Find platform aggregates over 450 funding products available to local small businesses.

Megan Dedekind, senior investment manager at Business Partners, echoes this view: “In addition to the challenge of finding the funders, many new businesses do not understand what funders are looking for. In addition, many are inclined to over-extend themselves in terms of debt.” 

Disruptive funder ProfitShare Partners is one example of new models for business financing available in South Africa. Founder and CEO Andrew Maren explains that the model aims to close the gap between start-up finance and growth funding for those businesses struggling to secure traditional loans. ProfitShare Partners offers small businesses 100% funding on valid purchase orders, allowing them to compete for larger contracts. This transaction-based loan does not incur interest, but rather a share in the profit from the transaction. It’s a low-risk model for the lender, says Maren, and it also reduces risk for the small business, since ProfitShare Partners carefully assesses the transaction before approving the funding. “We are inundated with applications, but since our platform is tech-based, we are able to keep the costs of delivering the service manageable,” he says. “ProfitShare Partners has helped at least 40 clients grow from turnover in the hundreds of thousands to turnover in the millions, with one growing to over R35 million turnover in just two years. For many small businesses, this support bridges the gap and almost grooms them to become bankable, and once they have a track record and a financial history, they move on to traditional business banking models.”

Nokwazi Mzobe, Founder of Matoyana Business Solutions, author of the Small Business Handbook and driver of the Fearless Women campaign, adds that disruptive funding options also include stokvels and crowdfunding. “Platforms such as Thundafund or even smaller initiatives through platforms like BackaBuddy are proving very successful in raising funds to empower and help people,” she says. 

Beyond traditional lending and disruptive funding lies a model for sustainable business development that rests heavily on responsible, involved support for viable small business models. “You might term this model ‘responsible funding’,” says Eskom Foundation CEO Cecil Ramonotsi.

Eskom Development Foundation, through myriad interventions, has invested heavily in small business development across the country in recent years. However, Ramonotsi notes that the investments were never traditional loans or disruptive funding – they were always strategic and fiscally responsible investments made with a view to delivering maximum socio-economic returns for the country. 

Eskom Foundation’s business development efforts include the Simama Ranta Schools competition to spark entrepreneurial development at an early age, and its annual Business Investment Competition (BIC), for black-owned SMEs in the engineering and construction, trade and services, manufacturing and agriculture/agro-processing sectors. BIC, which was launched in 2008, has attracted entries from over 357 businesses in the past five years alone.  In addition, Eskom’s Contractor Academy has issued contracts to the value of R2,6 billion. 

 “We believe that simply allocating a loan or a grant to any start-up that applies for funding is not enough to assure their sustainability or economic development for South Africa,” says Ramonotsi. “Eskom’s responsible funding approach takes into account the fact that the four sectors we focus on in the BIC contribute the most to the GDP and play a very instrumental role in the country’s economic growth. In addition, entries are carefully assessed for their viability and sustainability, ensuring that the winners are truly capable of growth and job creation. And to help BIC winners deliver on their potential, we remain engaged and follow up with them, to ensure they have the best possible chance of business success.”

Funding for start-ups and small business will come under the spotlight at the Small Business Expo in Northriding next month, when experts in the fields of small business management, financial management and funding will deliver talks and host workshops throughout the three days of the event.

The Small Business Expo will be staged in partnership with the Eskom Development Foundation from 6 – 8 September at the Ticketpro Dome. Online registration by 2 September is free, or R70 at the door, and visitors will benefit from free training in the Standard Bank Women in Business theatre, the Nedbank Money Matters theatre, Business Services theatre and the Eskom Powering your World theatres. Register today at www.smallbizexpo.co.za

 

About the Small Business Expo

The Small Business Expo, running alongside #BuyaBusiness Expo, is devoted to the development of small and medium sized enterprises, providing an invaluable platform for small businesses to market their businesses and interact with business leaders and corporate companies. This expo exposes visitors to a wide range of business models, incubation programmes, business contacts, speakers and other entrepreneurs who will engage them on starting or growing their business.

The Small Business Expo features numerous highlights, including free workshops and talks in the Nedbank Money Matters Theatre, Standard Bank Women in Business Theatre, Eskom Powering Your World theatre and Business Services theatre. Explore exhibits, visit the #BuyaBusiness expo alongside, and explore new business opportunities. 

The Small Business Expo is presented by Reed Exhibitions in partnership with the Eskom Development Ticketpro Dome, Northgate. The expo is supported by the Randburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Minara Chamber of Commerce, and is endorsed by the Black Management Forum (BMF) and approved by AAXO.

For more information, visit https://www.smallbizexpo.co.za/

 

The big issues facing SA’s small business

There’s no lack of entrepreneurial spirit in SA, but start-ups and small businesses need skills, social capital and a supportive environment in order to succeed.

It’s a popular misconception that funding is the biggest hurdle in the way of small business success: in fact, knowledge and networks may be more important. This is according to small business experts and members of the Small Business Expo expert advisory board, speaking ahead of South Africa’s premier small business development platform – Small Business Expo 2018.

The expo, taking place from 6 – 8 September at the TicketPro Dome is an annual opportunity showcase and knowledge-sharing platform for local small and medium sized businesses, is presented by Reed Exhibitions in partnership with the Eskom Development Foundation. It is further supported by the Randburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Minara Chamber of Commerce; endorsed by the Black Management Forum (BMF) and approved by AAXO.

According to Langa Manqele, FinTech businessman and chairman of the Black Management Forum (BMF) in Gauteng, entrepreneurial spirit is flourishing across South Africa, including in the townships and rural areas. 

“A trend we’re seeing emerging is for entrepreneurs to launch small scale manufacturing and agro-processing operations around the country.” This is in line with the government’s hopes for a more industrial economy, and presents many opportunities for job creation, he notes. 

“Unfortunately, though, many start-ups are failing to break through into big business, and many are failing to comply with testing and safety standards. This may be partly due to a lack of awareness and information, and also because safety and standards infrastructure is out of reach of rural business, as well as being prohibitively expensive.”

Manqele believes that stepped up information sharing, skills development and networking, such as that available at the Small Business Expo, may help these start-ups break through into the big business league.

“This is why the BMF is endorsing the Small Business Expo,” he says. “Because of its focus on the development of black business in particular, along with its three days of in-depth workshops and opportunities to network, we believe it’s an invaluable platform for small businesses to gain the knowledge and social capital they need to grow. Capacity building is a major challenge, and the number of startups able to be absorbed by incubators doesn’t meet the national needs; therefore events like these fill the gap for critical business skills development.”

Linda Blackbeard, CEO of the Randburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), which represents businesses in Randburg, Fourways and Lanseria, echoes this sentiment. “Small businesses need partner networks in order to grow. Joint ventures, for example, allow them to take on bigger projects than they might manage alone. And through partnerships with large business, they stand to gain viable income streams.” But many do not know how to tap in to this ‘social capital’ or partner networks.

Blackbeard says belonging to an industry body such as the local Chamber of Commerce is a key first step to expanding partner networks. Another is to participate in industry events.

“The Small Business Expo is a very important platform for networking, learning and skills development,” she says. “No matter how long you’ve been in business, systems and markets change and there’s always something new for us to learn so that we can operate more effectively.” She notes that marketing is another area where many small businesses fall short, making the networking and exposure opportunities at the Small Business Expo invaluable for small businesses.

BMF and RCCI will be present at the Small Business Expo, where small business can discover the benefits of joining the organisations.

Carol Weaving, MD of Reed Exhibitions, says building social capital and business capacity is the primary function of the Small Business Expo and co-located #BuyaBusiness expo. “Empowering small businesses to grow, has always been the focus of this event, which is closely aligned with the work of show partner, the Eskom Development Foundation. As the expo has evolved, we have increased our efforts to deliver a practical development forum that delivers tangible results for all participants. This year, the programme has been shaped with input from business experts across small business umbrella bodies, chambers of commerce, banks and entrepreneurs, all working towards a common goal of growing businesses in South Africa.”

Small Business Expo will include multiple development forums and workshops, including the Creative Business Cup, Nedbank Money Matters Workshops; Standard Bank Women in Business Theatre; Eskom  “Powering your World Indaba” and a Business Services Theatre.  In addition, the expo will showcase the Business Services Expo & #BuyABusiness Expo as well as offers #THEClub VIP investors’ programme, business speed dating, online business matchmaking and dedicated networking areas.

About the Small Business Expo

The Small Business Expo, showcasing the Business Services Expo and #BuyaBusiness Expo, is devoted to the development of small and medium sized enterprises, providing an invaluable platform for small and medium businesses to market themselves, network and connect with entrepreneurs and interact with prominent business leaders and representatives from a number of corporate companies. The Small Business Expo is presented by Reed Exhibitions in partnership with the Eskom Development Foundation and will be held from 6 – 8 September 2018 at the Ticketpro Dome, Northgate.

The expo is supported by the Randburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Minara Chamber of Commerce, and is endorsed by the Black Management Forum (BMF) and approved by AAXO.

For more information, visit https://www.smallbizexpo.co.za/