Written by Eileen Reynolds – 24 August 2017

FundEX 2017 saw hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners and funding professionals gathered at the Riversands Incubation Hub to attend South Africa’s premier funding event. Comprising a daylong event of talks, panel discussions, workshops and one-on-one sessions, FundEX 2017drew participants from all walks of life and provided an ideal opportunity for businesses and start-ups to broaden their knowledge of South Africa’s current funding landscape. If you weren’t there, then you missed out on a brilliant networking opportunity.

Ran Neu-Ner delivered the opening address.

Ran Neu-Ner delivered the opening address.

Count your Wealth in Experience

In an inspirational opening address, co-founder and CEO of The Creative Counsel Ran Neu-Ner took the stage to recount this very own rags to riches story. The charismatic entrepreneur and investor, who has an estimated worth of R1.5 billion and up, offered valuable advice to members of the audience; addressing the loss of confidence Neu-Ner explained the value of failure saying, “Count your wealth in experience

An Incredible Line-up of Guest Speakers

In addition to Ran Neu-Ner, a number of notable speakers were incorporated in the line-up including:

Tafadzwa Madavo – COO of Riversands Incubation Hub

Liezl van Staden – Regional Business Development Manager of Finfind

Zizipho Nyanga – Chief Executive Officer at Masisizane

Nirmala Reddy – Senior Manager: Enterprise Development at Nedbank

Linda Dotwana – Portfolio Manager at TUHF

Nadia Rawjee– Director of Uzenzele Holdings

Aisha Pandor– Co-Founder of SweepSouth

Peter Frolich– Managing Director of Creovision and Directorof Nesa Investment Holdings

Gideon Potgieter – Entrepreneur in Residence at Resolution Circle

Seola Mashamaite – Founder of Montech Calibration Services

Vernon de Wet – Head of Business Development at Retail Capital

Marang Marekimane – Managing Director of Business Process Mechanics

FundEX 2017’s speakers delivered quality first-hand knowledge covering an array of areas including how to access funding, what funders are looking for, how to prepare for your application, why an application might be declined as well as the many funding opportunities available to SMEs and entrepreneurs in South Africa.

Regional Business Development Manager of Finfind Liezl van Staden.

Regional Business Development Manager of Finfind Liezl van Staden.

Session topics included:

Building an Investable Business

Show me the money

Backing the SME

How to become an inner-city property entrepreneur

Financing SMEs: An insider view


nt incentives unpacked

Cracking the funding code

Innovative funding for start-ups

Digital disruption and your business

Sponsored by Riversands Incubation Hub, Kaya FM, SME South Africa, Nunnovation Africa Foundation, Finfind and Finding Moola, FundEX 2017 proved to be an incredible success, helping attendees connect with potential funders and teaching the vital skills necessary to attract the right funder. For more on South Africa’s premier events and entertainment, visit the Ticketstroom website, follow us on Twitter and give our Facebook page a like.

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