Velly Bosega, CEO and Founder, Adclick Africa Group

Ndaba Mncube, Founder, Finding Moola

Zandile Mabena, Sponsorship and Partnership Manager, Nunnovation

REGISTRATION 08h00 – 09h00

 09h00 – 09h05

Welcome Address

Tafadzwa Madavo, COO of Riversands Incubation Hub

Madavo outlines the rationale for FundEX 2017 as an important event to build bridges and understanding between funders and entrepreneurs seeking funding


Session 1
 09h05 – 09h45

Building an Investable Business

Ran Neu-Ner, Co-Founder and CEO of The Creative Counsel

Neu-Ner’s opening address draws on his experience in scaling and selling a company to inspire entrepreneurs to build highly attractive businesses. Neu-Ner is the co-founder of The Creative Counsel (TCC), an activations company which was reportedly acquired in a deal worth upwards of a billion rand. He is also a venture capitalist, investing in young entrepreneurs in the marketing industry.


Session 2
09h45 – 10h20

Show me the money

Liezl van Staden, Regional Business Development Manager Finfind

Research confirms that the biggest constraint to the survival and growth of small business is access to finance. Many entrepreneurs don’t know where to start when applying for finance – who the lenders are, how to access them or what the lenders need from them to qualify for finance. Finfind was specifically developed to address these challenges – it provides entrepreneurs with easy, free access to a simple one stop platform to assist with access to finance. This presentation will assist you overcome these common challenges, equip you to become finance ready and help connect you with the lenders in the market that match your needs.

Session 3
10h20 – 11h00

Backing the SME

Zizipho Nyanga, Chief Executive Officer, Masisizane

Established in 2007 by Old Mutual, Masisizane is a non-profit company that provides loan financing, business support and mentorship to high-potential black-owned SMMEs. Nyanga discusses the company’s investment criteria, relevant sectors and insights from almost a decade of investing in small business.


TEA BREAK 11h00 – 11h15

Session 4

11h15 – 11h50

How to become an inner-city property entrepreneur

Linda Dotwana, TUHF

Property entrepreneurs see opportunities where others don’t. Dotwana explains how TUHF provides access to finance aspirant property entrepreneurs while redefining South Africa’s inner cities and creating affordable living spaces. He will reveal their funding criteria and what types of entrepreneurs and building they work with. Over the past 13 years, TUHF has provided over R4bn in funding to successful entrepreneurs, boosting employment and creating thriving property businesses.


Session 5
11h50 – 12h30

Financing SMEs : An insider view

Nirmala Reddy, Senior Manager: Enterprise Development, Nedbank  

Reddy gives a banker’s perspective on financing the SMEs sector. What types of businesses do banks finance, what entrepreneurs should do to secure finance and what are the common red flags that bankers look out for.


LUNCH BREAK 12h30 – 13h30

Session 6

13h30 – 14h15

Government incentives unpacked

Nadia Rawjee, Director of Strategy and Finance Uzenzele Holdings

Government offers exciting funding avenues for ambitious entrepreneurs looking to scale their businesses. Rawjee discusses two newer Department of Trade and Industry incentive schemes that offer funding for black-owned business. Touted as a life jacket for the manufacturing sector, the Black Industrialists Programme (BIP) funds projects in excess of R30 million and provides opportunities for established black-owned enterprises with grant funding up to R50 million. The Agro-processing Support Scheme (APSS) providing grant funding for agricultural projects up to R20 million with the aim of revitalising the agro-processing sector. Rawjee will provide advice on how to best prepare your application.


Session 7
14h15 – 15h00

Panel Discussion: Funded – Cracking the funding code

Moderated by Donna Rachelson, CEO of SEED Engine
Aisha Pandor, Founder, SweepSouth
Peter Frolich, Director, Nesa Investment Holdings
Jan de Kock, Head of Private Sector Origination at ABSA

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.

TEA BREAK 15h00 – 15h20

Session 8

15h20 – 16h00

Innovative funding for start-ups

Gideon Potgieter, Entrepreneur in Residence, Resolution Circle

Funding remains a challenge for many technology start-ups. Potgieter draws on his experience working with promising tech companies to give entrepreneurs practical insights on how to bridge the funding gap. This includes public funds available for innovative ideas and how to navigate the application process. He will showcase how they have assisted technology start-ups to raise fund from both the public and private sector.


Session 9

16h00 – 16h30

Digital disruption and your business

Vernon de Wet, Head of Business Development, Retail Capital

The funding landscape is ever changing with the acceleration and adoption of financial technology. Fintech companies are making access to funding much easier for savvy entrepreneurs looking to raise capital. As a business owner, gaining a better understanding of the future of digital disruption will also help you meet evolving customer needs.


Session 10

16h30 – 17h00

Edge Growth – topic to be confirmed

CLOSE 17h00