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Monday, 12 August – Thursday, 15 August 2019
Venue: Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House, Braamfontein Campus East, Wits University

Booking is essential!!!! Please click here to register.

Monday, 12 August 2019

14:00 – 16:00    Commercialisation in relation to innovation-driven businesses. Tumi Ngqondo, Wits Enterprise

16:00 – 17:30    Personal Branding and presentation skills. Donna Rachelson, Owner of Branding and Marketing You

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

09:00 – 11:00    Business Plan 101. Gamuchirai Mutezo, COO of 22onSloane

12:00 – 14:30   Reimagining the Narrative: A consideration of SMME’s development as a viable means to address youth unemployment : The keynote considers the impact culture and background has on the perspective of entrepreneurship as a career with the comparative argument of the cultural dogma that a tertiary . It further takes into account the recent statistics pertaining to youth unemployment rate in South Africa. An argument for small businesses being a viable means to address the job deficient amongst primarily the youth in South Africa. However, there is a challenge, the small businesses have a high failure rate. Could they then be a viable route to take?” Presenter, Khanyisile Madonko-Nderezina, Sakhile Madonko Enterprises

14:30 - 16:00    Access to Market. Lerato Dontache, Thriving.Network

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

10:00 - 13:00    Pitch Deck Fundamentals/Journey of an entrepreneur. Nhlakanipho Shange

13:00 - 14:30    Business Model Innovation/Ideation (How to change an idea to a potential business). Dr Jabulile Msimango-Galawe, Wits Business School

16:00 - 18:00    Woman Entrepreneurs Panel: Are you a woman entrepreneur? Join a panel of woman entrepreneurs in celebrating women's month and share ideas and experiences of your entrepreneurship journey as a woman

Thursday 15th August

08:30 - 09:30    Funding options for businesses.  Brett Nadasen, FinFind

09:30 - 10:30    What venture capital funders look for and their expectations when investing in a business. Tanya van Lill, CEO @The Southern Africa Venture Capital Association (SAVCA)

11:00 – 12:00    Breaking the entry wall into the Diamond Industry. State Diamond Trader

12:00 – 13:00    How Opportunity Centres contribute to the development and support of SMMEs. Themba Skhosana, City of Johannesburg


Friday 16th August
Venue: Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House, Braamfontein Campus East, Wits University

For shortlisted candidates

Friday 16th August

07:30 – 08:15    Arrival tea/coffee/finger snacks

08:15 – 08:30    Welcome and opening – Jerome September, Dean of Student Affairs, Wits University.

08:30 – 12:30    Pitching competition 

12:30 – 13:00    Prizegiving – Jerome September, Dean of Student Affairs, and Acting Director-General, Lindokuhle Mkhumanei, Department of Small Business Development

13:15 – 16:00    Roundtable/Q&A/3:1 Session

Session Panel