Michal Szymanski

Michal was in the teaching profession for nearly 6 years, before being head hunted to join one of the leading incubators in South Africa. He was there for two years, and oversaw the screening and selection of all the entrepreneurs across all the industries and sectors. Michal personally interviewed over 2200 entrepreneurs, and was a guest speaker for MTN Business and Destiny Magazine workshops hosted across 9 provinces. Michal was part of the team that built incubators in the less well known parts of South Africa, in places such as Rustenburg, Uitenhage, Witbank(eMalahleni) etc. working closely with both grass roots businesses, as well as established businesses. Michal was also involved in the JP Morgan business accelerator programme from the onset, screening and identifying high growth entrepreneurs. After this, Michal started this own business in the FMCG sector, and after 3 entrepreneurial years, returned back into the incubation arena. Realising his passion for entrepreneurship, Michal joined another incubator as a Product Development Manager, working once again with B-BBEE and small business incubation. Working with clients such as Telesure, VISA, Honeywell, Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCS) Bidvest Bank etc. Michal again had the opportunity to travel throughout South Africa and do presentations on the challenges facing SMME’s and the value adds for these small businesses. Michal was also involved in the mentoring of the small businesses at the Emerald Casino incubation centre, in Vereeniging Gauteng. Before joining CITI, Michal was part of a team that successfully built and developed B-BBEE strategies for multinational and JSE listed companies, as well as building a model for developing black industrialists.