Entrepreneurship and Cooperative Development Institute Conference 2018 (Sponsored by the Services SETA)

On 1 March, Darlene Menzies, CEO of Finfind will be addressing The Entrepreneurship and Cooperative Development Institute Conference 2018 in Fourways, Johannesburg.

This one-day action-packed inaugural conference is set to determine what is in the pipeline, what comes next and importantly, how to connect and where to engage.

Developing Entrepreneurs

Darlene Menzies, CEO of Finfind says: If you’re serious about developing entrepreneurs and are committed to supporting small business growth in South Africa, then I strongly encourage you to prioritise this ground-breaking conference. It is by far the most authentic collaboration and promising initiative I’ve seen in the country to date. Action focused, more doing than talking. Don’t miss it. Book now!

If you are driven by passion and inspired by impact. Attendance is free of charge. This important event is fully sponsored by the Services SETA. Space is limited, do not delay registration.

Programme of Action

Solution specialists and innovation experts have analysed supply and demand within the South African Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, and after months of critical engagement and in-depth consultation have developed A PIONEERING JOINT PROGRAMME OF ACTION designed to deliver substantial change through practical, relevant solutions that drive meaningful entrepreneurial growth. Solutions that enable, embrace and enhance skills, competencies, and capacity.

If you have been part of the early conversations, come and find out more about the outcomes and next steps. If you have missed these early conversations, make sure you join the dialogue going forward.

It is not the individual parts of the Programme of Action that make it ground-breaking but the combination, collaboration, scale and approach, a first of its kind, that offers massive potential to shift the status quo as we know it.

Speakers at the ECDI Conference

The list of speakers is impressive, featuring thought leaders in the field of Entrepreneurship, SME, Education and Training and Small Business in South Africa.

Speaker Programme

Mr Gwebinkundla Qonde – Director-General: Department of Higher Education and Training

Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize – Minister of Higher Education and Training

Ms Lindiwe Zulu – Minister of Small Business Development

Mr Themba Mhambi – Chairperson of the Board: Services SETA

Mr Andile Nongogo – Chief Executive Officer: Services SETA

Professor Edith Vries – Director-General: Department of Small Business Development

Mr Septi Bukula – Chief Executive Officer: Osiba Management

Ms Kate Moloto – Board Member and Chairperson of Entrepreneurship and Cooperative Development Initiative: Services SETA

Dr Taddy Blecher – Founder and Chief Executive Officer: Maharishi Institute

Ms Darlene Menzies – Chief Executive Officer: FinFind

Mr Joseph Tshiwilowilo – Chief Executive Officer: Institute of Business Advisors Southern Africa

Mr Tsietsi Maleho – General Manager: Skills Development,  M&E and Partnerships: The Innovation Hub

Ms Matsi Modise – Managing Director: SiMODiSA START-UP

Dr Khotso de Wee – Executive Director: Fort Hare Trading Solutions

Dr Sizeka Magwentshu-Rensburg – Managing Director: Rensiza Business Partners

Ms Christiana Nel –Deputy Principal Innovation and Development: False Bay TVET College

Ms Liesel Köstlich – Executive Manager Planning: Services SETA

Mr Vikesh Roopchand – Board Member and Member of the Entrepreneurship and Cooperative Development Initiative: Services SETA

Ms Ruth Bhengu – Chairperson: Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development

Mr Mzi Memani – Director Cooperative Development: Department of Small Business Development

Mr Jonathan Goldberg – Chief Executive Officer: Global Business Solutions

Ms Kgotoki Nhlapo – Executive Director: Pickup and Rise

Dr Marius Venter – Director Centre for Local Economic Development (CENLED): University of Johannesburg

Mr Khutso Ramontja – Director Centre for Entrepreneurship: Ekurhuleni West TVET College (EWC)

Mr Rest Kanju – South Africa Coordinator: SEED hosted by INdalo Inclusive

Mr Sindiso Malaku – Executive Manager SME Support: W&RSETA

Mr Mojalefa Mohoto – Deputy Director General (Acting): Department of Small Business Development

Mr Lusapho Njenge –  Chief Strategy and Information Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA)

Mr Alroy Dirks – Head of Strategy Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA)

Mr Quinton Dicks – Chief Executive Officer: SA SME Fund

Ms Lindiwe Ndlela – Acting Head: Government Technical Advisory Centre ‘Startup Fund’ National Treasury

Conference Venue

The conference venue is open from 7am on the 1st of March  at The Riversands Incubation Hub in Fourways for delegates to visit the exhibitions. Registration takes place from 8am – 9am and the first session kicks off at 9.30am.

Attendance is free, but you do need to book so that you can be added to the guest list. This is strictly on a first come, first serve basis. Limited places available, so register early.

Visit the conference website for more info and to reserve your spot.

Please note: this event is designed for the intermediaries and organisations that work with SMEs to attend (not for SMEs themselves).