DURBAN PROGRAMME

DAY ONE

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Please arrive for registration at 9! 

Welcome!

10:00 – 10:45

ROOM 3

What’s happening? Who’s here? In the welcome session, we’ll explore what lies ahead over the next 2 days and the opportunities to network and get advice for your business. And a couple of surprises… 

ROOM 1

LAB

ROOM 2

ROOM 3

Lessons learned in the (social) business of music

11:00 – 11:45

Speaker: Sibusiso Nyamakazi, Philippi Music Project

Join Sibusiso as he shares his journey and the lessons learned along the way while building a social enterprise that offers infrastructure and training for musicians in Cape Town’s townships.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION

Your networking space

11:00 – 12:45

Come on in and share ideas and experience with other entrepreneurs.

5 key financial management considerations for startups

11:00 – 11:45

Speaker: Fanie Nothnagel, Dalmeny Consulting

Establishing strong financial infrastructure is critical for startups, yet it is often an afterthought – particularly businesses focussing on social impact. In this session, Fanie will explore 5 key points startups should consider for sound financial management – exploring what “good financial management” really is,; the key internal controls to ensure good financial managament; and procurement and fraud mitigation.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

Preparing for funding and finding the right lender (DOUBLE SESSION)

11:00 – 12:45

Speaker: Darlene Menzies, Finfind

Accessing finance for your business in South Africa is challenging. What does “investment ready” mean? And what sort of funding is right for your business? In this session, Darlene Menzies will explore how you prepare and position your business to secure finance; and how to navigate the funding landscape to ensure you’re approaching the right funders for your business. 

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

Lessons from a traffic light for entrepreneurs

12:00 – 12:45

Speaker: Grant Gavin, Durban Entrepreneurs Club

In 2016, Grant Gavin spent a day on the streets disguised as a street beggar. What he didn’t expect was that this experience would prove to be one of the most powerful learning experiences of his life. In this session, you will learn how to break out of your own comfort zones, challenge your fears head on, and completely rethink the way you approach your business so that you can become the best possible version of yourself – and set yourself up for breakthrough success in your business.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

Your networking space CONTINUED...

– 12:45

Come join!

Talking to Investors: How to take a successful pitch to a closed deal

12:00 – 12:45

Speaker: Natasha Suchecki, Bertha Centre

From first impressions to negotiating terms, tips and tricks for engaging with your potential investor. You’ve pitched, it was fantastic, and now an investor wants to take the discussion further. What now? This session dives into guidelines on how to approach and engage with potential investors to close the best deal possible.

Tracks: INCUBATION – GROWTH

Preparing your business for funding CONTINUED...

– 12:45

LUNCH

ROOM 1

LAB

ROOM 2

ROOM 3

What exactly is your enterprise trying to achieve?

14:00 – 14:45

Speaker: Bathabile Mpofu, Nkazimulo Applied Sciences

As social entrepreneurs, we embark on addressing social and environmental issues, but how do we measure that our enterprises are meeting objectives? In this session, Bathabile will explore how to clearly define your final impact outcome, and how to use the indicators and tools available for measuring the change that leads to that outcome, drawing from her own experience building a social enterprise. 

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION 

Innovative finance lab

14:00 – 15:45

Facilitators: The Bertha Centre Innovative Finance team

Join this workshop with the Bertha Centre team to discover the emerging innovative methods and tools for financing your business, which are right for you, and how to approach them.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

Creating inclusive businesses through technology

14:00 – 14:45

Speaker: Richard Gevers, Open Data Durban

Technology and the rise of the information age has seen many high-impact global innovations. Yet, technology alone can not solve our problems, but rather allows human-focused solutions to connect and scale. How do we approach the challenges of our communities and cities, and set up sustainable, social ventures that will result in a future inclusive and productive Durban?

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

What's the right legal structure for your social enterprise?

14:00 – 14:45

Speaker: Nicole Copley, NGO Law SA

Should I register my social enterprise as an NPO, for-profit organisation or a co-operative? How does this affect my fundraising abilities? How will it affect profit distribution? What are the tax implications? All these and other legal structure implications will be explored in this session.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION

Be the hero of your story

15:00 – 15:45

Speaker: Gaelene Risk, The Trauma Coach

How do you move beyond the limitations of your personal experience and draw strength from this as entrepreneur? In this interactive session, Gaelene will go through some practical steps on how to change your outlook on life and attract positive experiences and business opportunities. 

 

Innovative Finance Lab CONTINUED...

– 15:45

How to Grow Your Business Digitally

15:00 – 15:45

Speaker: Atul Padalkar, BizFarm

In this session Atul will explore how you can successfully leverage digital to access markets, finance, skills and workspace to grow your business in the context of a digital 4.0 world.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

Your successful (and fundable) business idea

15:00 – 15:45

Speaker: Dagmar Breiling, Funding Connection

There are lots of business ideas out there and most of them are not profitable and even profitable business ideas are not fundable because you can’t proof the viability required by the financiers. So, what do financiers really need to fund your business?

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

What types of government funding are available for early-stage entrepreneurs?

 16:00 – 16:45

Speakers: Cedric Mnguni, Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda).

In this session, you’ll be introduced to some of the support opportunities provided by the small enterprise development agency (seda) and lots of time to ask your questions!

 Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

Your networking space

 16:00- 16:45

Come on in and share ideas and experience with other entrepreneurs.

Innovative finance and impact investing: An intro

16:00 – 16:45

Speaker: Tine Henriksen, Bertha Centre Team

While social enterprises develop new ways of doing business, social investors are creating flexible financing solutions to help them grow. This session aims to help social entrepreneurs match their business model with the available funding streams.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH