2020 & BEYOND!

5 March 2020 | The Empire Conference & Events Venue, Johannesburg

R795 ex VAT per Ticket


The Standard Bank SME Summit in partnership with Business Day TV is back and provides you – the SME owner and entrepreneur, with smart strategies and practical tools to take your business to the next level!


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!


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!


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


Registration, refreshments and networking in exhibition area

Welcome by Master of Ceremonies – Dominic Gaobepe

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!

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.

Refreshment break and networking in exhibition area

Prize giveaways

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

Moderated by Dominic Gaobepe

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
Verushen Reddy, Head of Digital Strategy, Promise Group

Moderated by Phumi Mashigo

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
Lynette Magasa, Founder and CEO, Boniswa Corporate Solutions
Idan Jaan, co-founder & CEO, Fundrr

Moderated by Kenzi Mohapi

Lunch and Networking


Dion Chang
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Pavlo Phitidis
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Keneilwe Mohapi
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Phumi Mashigo
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Jonathan Smit
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Pierre Cassuto
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Tshibvumo Sikhwivhilu
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Rapelang Rabana
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Lynette Magasa
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Idan Jaan
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Exhibitor & Partnership Enquiries

Stephen Horszowski
082 650 9002

General Enquiries & Ticket Bookings

Tanja du Plessis
011 280 3530

The Empire Conference and Events Venue

16 Empire Road, Parktown