JOHANNEBURG PROGRAMME

DAY TWO

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ROOM 1

ROOM 2

LAB

ROOM 3

ROOM 4

An introduction to SME finance, with a focus on BBBEE (double session)

9:00 – 10:45

Speaker: Alana Bond, Impact Hub and Simanye

Do you need to raise funding for your start-up but just not sure where to start? This session will introduce you to the different funding options (grants, debt, equity), when they are typically most relevant, and the pros and cons of each option.

The session also helps you navigate the BBBEE landscape.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

Top 10 mistakes entrepreneurs make when looking for funding

9:00 – 9:45

Speaker: Roche Mamabolo, LORA Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Most entrepreneurs have little clue how and who to approach when looking for funding. In fact, the business landscape is littered with would-be entrepreneurs who’ve stumbled in their search for startup capital. In this session, Roche Mamabolo explores the ten common mistakes made by entrepreneurs when looking and applying for funding and how you can avoid them.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

Innovative finance lab (double workshop)

9:00 – 10:45

Facilitators: 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

Identifying and Protecting Your Intellectual Property

9:00 – 9:45

Speaker: Nic Rosslee, Adams & Adams

You have done the hard work, come up with the brilliant idea and are now are wondering what the legalities are involved to protect them? Intellectual property (“IP”) rights covers just that. Join Nic Rosslee, associate at leading intellectual property law firm Adams & Adams for a practical class which will help you identify your intellectual property as well as provide with practical tools for protecting and managing your IP portfolio in a cost effective manner.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

Getting it done – how to make sure your strategy rolls out

9:00 – 09:45

Speaker: Nicci Stewart, nnfinity

It’s all very well setting goals or a strategy, but how do you ensure it actually rolls out successfully? This session will help you put tools in place to make sure you get those plans and strategies implemented.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

An introduction to SME finance, with a focus on BBBEE CONTINUED...

– 10:45

Starting up with Social Impact

10:00 – 10:45

Speaker: Sandile Shabangu (StartupGuy), Startup Mzansi Foundation

Join the StartupGuy to learn how to get started in building a social impact startup – from structure and financing, to mentors and educational programmes. Bring all of your questions on starting a social enterprise!

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

Innovative finance lab CONTINUED...

– 10:45

Financial modeling 101 (a double-session on storytelling your finances)

10:00 – 11:45

Speaker: Neo Ratau and Sahana Vaidya, Everest Ventures 

This practical financial modeling workshop will help you visualize and stress test your financial plan. The workshop will enable you to develop a powerful, practical, financial model for your key business decisions.

Finance de-mystified!

Tracks: INCUBATION – GROWTH

Will debt do us part? A specialised session on debt finance

10:00 – 10:45

Speaker: Jeremy Lang, Business Partners

Having explored why debt can be good for you, and why your finance teacher used to insist it is cheaper than equity, we will discuss the D word as applied to social entrepreneurs and impactful businesses. Our next stop will be to establish who can and who should consider adding a pinch of that good stuff to their capital structure.

Tracks: GROWTH

Why I turned down 2 investors

11:00 – 11:45

Speaker: Zuko Mandlakazi, Senso

When raising funds for an early stage concept or early stage start-up, that very same needed funding may easily sink the potential of the concept or of that early stage start-up. Zuko Mandlakazi has been on quite a journey raising R1.5m for Senso’s seed funding round, learning many lessons along the way. In this session, he’ll share his perspectives on how to identify the good from the bad funding, how and why he said NO.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION

South Africa’s digital home for entrepreneurs

11:00 – 11:45

Speaker: Matsi Modise, Simodisa

In this session, Matsi Modise introduces Simodise’s new Venture Portal, an online portal that connects your business to opportunities, information, funding, markets, mentorship, tools and templates.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

Your space to network

11:00- 11:45

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

Financial modeling 101 CONTINUED...

– 11:45

Ideation/ Incubation seed funding – what's out there.

11:00 – 11:45

Speaker: Ntandokazi Nodada, SAB Foundation

Get insights into very early-stage funding – where to turn when you’re still working on the idea or just getting off the ground? What to think about and what to avoid?

Tracks: IDEATION-INCUBATION

LUNCH

ROOM 1

ROOM 2

LAB

ROOM 3

ROOM 4

Why do businesses fail?

13:00 – 13:45

Speaker: Allon Raiz, Raizcorp

In this session, Allon will explore some of the key reasons businesses in South Africa fail, drawing on Raizcorp’s experience working with over 1500 startups across the country.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

Finding innovative solutions to solve the challenges faced by township entrepreneurs? (double workshop)

13:00 – 14:45

Speaker: Elvis Sekhaolelo, eKasi Entrepreneurs

Township entrepreneurs face a whole host of challenges when establishing and growing their business. How do we come up with innovative solutions to solve these challenges? Join Elvis for an energised and interactive workshop that will explore some of these challenges and the innovative approaches being taken to overcome these.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION 

Design the perfect social enterprise fund (double workshop)

13:00 – 14:45

Facilitators: Bertha Centre Innovative Finance team

In this workshop, you’ll work through a design thinking process to conceptualise an effective social enterprise in the South African context. Come and co-create this concept with us! Space is limited, there will be a sign-up sheet outside the door.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

Women in entrepreneurship

13:00 – 13:45

Speaker: Nicci Stewart, nnfinity 

Being a entrepreneur is tough, but undeniably tough for women. Join this informal discussion around the challenges female entrepreneurs face and how to overcome them.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

The SA impact investing & innovative finance landscape

13:00 – 13:45

Speaker: Tine Fisker Henriksen, Bertha Centre

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

Get a mentor

14:00 – 14:45

Speaker: Nicole Petersen, Head of Strategic Projects Global Partnerships at BusinessPROS

A good mentor’s advice will help you take action on your imperfect “good plans” because they can give you extra confidence to move forward without hesitation. Join this session for a discussion around the benefits of having a mentor, and who or how you can approach someone to mentor you as an entrepreneur.

Finding innovative solutions to solve the challenges faced by township entrepreneurs? CONTINUED...

– 14:45

Design your perfect social enterprise fund CONTINUED...

– 14:45

Financial sustainability for non-profit social enterprises

14:00 – 14:45

Speaker: Sawa Nakagawa, Esquared

As the funding landscape becomes increasingly competitive in South Africa, focusing on income generation and sustainability is becoming a desirable alternative to donor dependency for many existing NPOs. This session looks at the convergence between NPO sustainability and innovative finance.

Tracks: IDEATION – INCUBATION – GROWTH

Why your startup won't get financing

14:00 – 14:45

Speaker: Patrick Ache, Founders’ Mettle

Startups face numerous challenges when it comes to getting financing. In this session, Patrick will explore 4 reasons why your startup might fail to access funding.

Peer nominations, pitches and party!

15:00 – 17:00

 ROOM 2

Join this final session to share your business or hear from other entrepreneurs in a quick 60 second pitch to your peers.

And join us for a drink and some final networkings before we wrap up 2017’s Do-ference!