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At this Entrepreneurship To The Point session, you will have the chance to ask industry experts all those questions you lie awake at night pondering over:
Do I qualify for funding? Where can I get funding for my great business idea or to grow my business? Am I market access ready? How do we actually access markets?!
We promise to get to the point on access to markets and funding at this jam packed session we have become known for.
Vusi has over 20 years’ experience in delivering optimal results and business value. He is experienced in supply chain, strategic sourcing, quality control, administration, logistics, supplier development, sustainability and Black Economic Empowerment from diverse industrial sectors.
Three Arrows Impact Partner A specialized advisory firm focused on impact investing and social innovation. She has over 15 years of financial services experience across impact investing, general management, investment banking, and strategy. Originally from Japan, she has worked in Asia, Europe, Africa, U.S. and Latin America.
Naomi has a career that spans more than 20 years in various positions in the IDC (Industrial Development Co-operation), ranging from Client Care Administrator, to Senior Account Manager and Senior Associate. She has experience in deal development and deal structuring as well as in post investment transaction management. She is currently the Manager in the Pre-Investment Business Centre within the Industrial Development Corporation of SA (IDC).
Hank is a strategic thinker who is passionate about the role he fulfils. He has held senior management positions in the area of supply chain and supplier diversity and he has been an active solutions implementer who has brought growth to the organisations he has been a part of. Hank has worked for large corporations such as Cell C, MTN and IBM. He is currently the head of supplier development at ABSA.
Kumaran Padayachee has been funding SMEs for the past 22 years and has intimate understanding & expertise in SME financing. He is CEO of Spartan SME Finance (Pty) Ltd, an independent financier that only focusses on SMEs. Spartan’s niche financing covers Growth Finance, Specialized Finance and Bridging Finance. Kumaran is a co-panellist on both the popular Big Small Business Show and the SME Funding Show on Business Day TV.
Holds a Divisional Executive role as Director: Enterprise and Supplier Development at Tiger Brands, Africa’s largest Food Manufacturing company and the only food company in the JSE Top 40. Litha Kutta was brought in at Tiger Brands to setup its Enterprise Development portfolio, develop Tiger Brands ESD strategy, to transform Tiger Brand supply and value chain through re-engineering procurement strategies to unlock opportunities for black owned and black women owned supplier, develop ESD programmes to support black suppliers, farmers and distributors.
Bishen is an experienced Director of Procurement with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer goods industry. He is skilled in marketing management, product management, marketing strategy, and business strategy.
Leonah has a wealth of experience within the supply chain departments of leading organisations such as Liberty Group and MTN South Africa. Over the past seven years she has become skilled in vendor preparation and management, demand management, strategic analysis of demand trends and procurement advisory. Leonah is well informed about opportunities in this specialist sector and will be able to provide entrepreneurs with insights on how to make the most of this space.
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