REGISTRATION 08h00 – 09h30

Welcome 09h00 – 09h40

Welcome Address

Tafadzwa Madavo, COO, Riversands Incubation Hub

Madavo outlines the rationale for FundEX 2018 as an important event to build bridges and understanding between funders and entrepreneurs seeking funding.

Session 1 09h40 – 10h20

Keynote Address

Andile Khumalo, Founder, I am an Entrepreneur

Khumalo’s opening address draws on his experience in attracting investment and scaling a company into a new media player to be reckoned with. At just 40, he is the former chief investment officer at MSG Afrika Group, the media and communications group he co-founded with businessman Given Mkhari.

Session 2 10h20 – 10h50

Short-term funding in under seven days

Andrew Maren, CEO, Profit Share Partners

Access to funding is challenging, especially considering the state of the economy. SMEs particularly face serious risk when working on major contracts for large corporates – immediate access to funding is important. ProfitShare Partners offers funding solutions that enables them to deliver on their contracts, and support them in the delivery of their orders. The business model is designed to respond to funding applications within 24 hours, issue a terms sheet within 48 hours and pay out the order in seven days for new clients and 48 hours for existing clients.

 Session 3  10h50 – 11h30

Access to Finance: Challenges & Solutions

Brett Nadasen, Investment Officer, Finfind

Access to finance is one of the biggest constraints to the survival and growth of small businesses. Many entrepreneurs don’t know where to start when applying for funding. Brett will discuss how to find the right funders and finance products to fit your needs, and explain what funders require from you to qualify for finance.

TEA BREAK 11h30 – 12h00

Session 4 12h00 – 12h50

Funders Panel

Moderator: Tafadzwa Madavo, COO, Riversands Incubation Hub
  • Abu Cassim, Founder, Jozi Angels Network
  • Regina Gounden, Provincial Manager: Retail Relationship Banking, Gauteng Central, Nedbank
  • Altaaf Aboo, Investment Associate, Edge Growth
  • Trevor Conradie, Regional Investment Director, GroFin

Knowing who the lenders are and what they’re looking for is the first step to funding success. This panel features a four different senior finance professional who approach funding from different perspectives. They’ll discuss what they look for, what they won’t accept and the common mistakes that entrepreneurs make when approaching them. This discussion covers angel investment, bank finance, enterprise development funding and impact investment.

Session 5 12h50 – 13h30

Funding Options for SMEs

David Morobe, Regional General Manager, Business Partners Limited

Don’t waste time and effort approaching the wrong funders, applying for funding products that don’t meet your meets, or funding you don’t qualify for. Find out what the options are for your type and stage of business.

LUNCH 13h30 – 14h30

WORKSHOP: FundEX 2018 presents Digital Tools to Scale 13h30 – 14h30

FundEX 2018 has secured the services of Marang Marekimane, the founder of Business Process Mechanics, to run a practical workshop for 100 entrepreneurs called Digital Tools to Scale. Marang will introduce you to digital tools that you can use to manage and grow your business, attract customers and secure funding.
The digital age is upon us – don’t get left behind.

This workshop runs in parallel with the main speaking programme during the lunch break – seating space for 100 entrepreneurs.

Session 6 14h30 – 15h20

Crowd Funding – What are the possibilities?

Inge Prins, Chief Marketing Officer, Uprise.Africa

Local entrepreneurs are turning to crowdfunding to catalyse a new project or raise start-up capital for a business. Uprise.Africa, which was launched in 2017, is the first equity crowdfunding platform in South Africa. It allows private individuals to invest in early-stage businesses in exchange for equity.

Session 7 15h20 – 16h00

Entrepreneurs Panel

Moderator: Marang Marekimane Founder: Business Process Mechanics

This panel discussion features entrepreneurs that have successfully raised funding for their business or big idea. They address the funding challenges and how they overcome them.

  • Leah Bessa, Co-Founder & Head of Product Development, Gourmet Grubb
  • Dr Nthabiseng Legoete, Founder, Quali Health
  • Vije Vijendranath, Co-Founder and CEO, Tapsnapp

CLOSE 16h00 – Networking