Arena Holdings (formerly Tiso Blackstar), publishers of South Africa’s leading business titles, including Business Day, Financial Mail and BusinessLIVE, proudly hosts the annual Standard Bank SME Summit in partnership with Business Day TV.
This cutting edge conference and exhibition is where South Africa’s leading entrepreneurs and business personalities share their knowledge and insights to help you grow your business and stay ahead of the pack!
Attend the conference for insights into the latest trends and opportunities to take your SME to the next level
Meet suppliers at the expo providing everything you need to accelerate your business
Network with professionals across the SME, franchising, finance and enterprise development sectors
Connect with the experts – get your business ahead of the competition!
THE IMPORTANCE OF A STRONG SME SECTOR
SMEs have the advantage of being innovative and incredibly nimble – allowing them to disrupt the bigger players
SMEs make fast decisions – a massive advantage when it comes to implementing new technology
According to the National Development Plan, 90% of new jobs will be created by SMEs by 2030.
Given the huge growth of SMEs, now contributing a massive 42% of GDP, this sector is simply the future!
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2020
The 2020 Standard Bank SME Summit in partnership with Business Day TV will bring you up close and personal with South Africa’s leading entrepreneurs and business personalities as we dive into these and other topics:
– How to harness technology
– Scaling for growth
– Smart marketing and sales strategies
– Funding for success
– Protecting your IP
– South African entrepreneurial success stories
07h30 – Registration, refreshments and networking in exhibition area
08h30 – Welcome by Master of Ceremonies – Dominic Gaobepe
08h40 – Trend Spotting and How to Identify the Next Opportunity
One of the keys to remaining relevant is to stay on top of business trends. Hear from strategic thinker and futurist, Dion Chang as he tells us what’s next….and how you can capitalise on the opportunity!
09h30 – Growing in a non-growth economy
Every business owner should be looking to the future and that means the ability to scale. Given the tight economy, however, South African business owners need to be particularly smart. Despite these headwinds, countless entrepreneurs are bucking the trend and growing thriving businesses.
Join Alishia Seckam as she interviews, Pavlo Phitidis, business growth expert, 702 radio personality and publisher of Sweat, Scale, $ell, as he helps you navigate through the challenges and opportunities that come with growing your business. Importantly, Pavlo will talk you through Building Your Business Into An Asset Of Value.
10h05 – Optimising the funding and lending options to gear your business up for maximum success
All SMEs face similar economic and market challenges. Given all things equal (i.e skills, great customer service level, quality products etc), the SMEs that get access to additional working capital or asset funding/ financing at the critical point of need will have a competitive advantage.
Hear from April Baloyi, head of business and commercial lending products at Standard Bank on how to take advantage of funding and lending options and particularly how to get maximum lending from the commercial banks.
10h30 – Refreshment break and networking in exhibition area
11h10 – Digital Readiness as a competitive advantage
A huge advantage of SMEs is their ability to move fast, free of cumbersome legacy systems that often slow down large corporates.
Hear from the experts on how to harness technology to take your business to the next level and disrupt the bigger players.
Brett StClair, Digital Disruptor
Jonathan Smit, Founder & MD of PayFast
Rapaleng Rabana, Founder, Rekindle Learning
Stephan Steyn, Sales Lead, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Belinda Rathogwa, Head of Client Solutions- Small Enterprises, Standard Bank
Moderated by Dominic Gaobepe
12h00 – IP meets AI: challenges in patent inventorship
As computerisation and digitisation continue to form the basis of the information age, new technologies have created new challenges. With the rise of the AI revolution comes the question of patentability of AI created inventions. The question on everyone’s minds – do inventors have to be human?
When AI starts producing an invention, issues arise as to who should be named the inventor in a patent application, and if naming AI as the inventor will see the patent application refused by the patent office.
Thapelo Montong, Associate, Adams & Adams
12h15 – Social Selling: The Future of Sales and Marketing
An effective marketing and sales strategy is critical to the success any business. However the game of marketing has swiftly moved on from the old “Four Ps”. Furthermore, with customers living largely online lives, the era of the classic sales force is largely over.
The pros will share practical advice on how to embrace the new rules of the marketing game and how to effectively differentiate your business from the rest.
Pierre Cassuto, Global CMO and CEO for Africa, Humanz
Chris Bamber, Managing Director, SYSDBA
Andrew Watson, Co-founder, Watson Ferguson Marketing Agency
Moderated by Phumi Mashigo
12h50 – Celebrating The Game Changers: Home Grown Success Stories
Most people who pursue entrepreneurship say it’s the hardest thing they have ever done. However, most also say that it was the best decision they ever made.
Some of South Africa’s best known entrepreneurs will share their roller-coaster journeys and impart some of their learnings to inspire your own business success.
Ernest North, co-founder, Naked
Tshibvumo Sikhwivhilu, CEO, Lamo Solar
Idan Jaan, co-founder & CEO, Fundrr
Carien Engelbrecht, Co-founder and Director of Operations, Aurik Services (Pty) Limited
Moderated by Kenzi Mohapi