This platform is to enable you as corporate South Africa to take your place in the rebuilding of our communities in a sustainable and effective manner, this is a safe environment for you to make your contributions of support. Vetting, allocation, monitoring, and evaluation will be taken care of through tried and tested entrepreneurship development infrastructure, and you can get involved in a variety of ways according to your capacity and goals
Entrepreneurship To The Point (eTTP) exists to create economic inclusion through entrepreneurship. The creation of a robust SMME ecosystem through business networking, access to information and business resources, learning opportunities and inspiration is how we will come closer to achieving equal economic opportunities for all in South Africa and beyond.
eTTP was formed seven years ago under the umbrella of the award-winning business accelerator programme, Property Point, which was founded in 2008. This key relationship allows eTTP to leverage the data, knowledge and insights gained from Property Point’s engagements with entrepreneurs over the last decade to provide relevant content.
Unpacking the African Continental Free Trade Agreement for smme’s
Are we as African entrepreneurs ready to make the most of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement? How can the entrepreneurship community take it into their own hands to ensure there is a material benefit for entrepreneurs as a result of this agreement?
The overarching objective of the AfCFTA is the elimination or reduction of tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade amongst the countries that agreed to be members of the agreement, therefore creating a more enabling environment for intercontinental trade. For small and growing businesses, this is a game-changer!
Bernadette Zeiler is the CEO and Head of International Trade at the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She joined the JCCI in 2006, looking for an expansion plan for her business. She participated in a programme, “Access for Women” at the JCCI. Through this programme and other programmes at the JCCI, Bernadette travelled to 20 countries in Africa and Cuba, exhibiting at Arab Health in 2016, India and America. We are privileged to be hosting Bernadette at this session and cannot wait to hear her advice for entrepreneurs trying to grow their international footprint.
Our guest from Botswana is Katlego Mokgethi, Founder and Executive Director of Market Players. Market Players Botswana is an entrepreneurship development program committed to reducing the failure rate of citizen-owned businesses in Botswana.
Katlego is passionate about the prosperity of Botswana entrepreneurs and has an in-depth understanding of how business is done in her country. We look forward to engaging her on what symbiotic opportunities there are for African entrepreneurs in Botswana.
Lehlé Baldé is a global citizen actively contributing to Agendas 2030 and 2063 with a specialization in communication for development, journalism with a focus on business, entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, impact investing amongst others. She was named top 50 women in media in Africa by the Media Awards and was selected to be 1 of 23 Acumen fellows a group of impact-driven leaders tackling the world’s greatest problems. Lehlè currently works at West Africa’s leading provider of business intelligence and news, Business Day Media Limited, as the editor of the Weekender.
Azola Mzekandaba is a Mandela Washington Fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative 2019, Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2019 and also a Programme Manager in the Local Economic Development Division at Property Point. One of his notable achievements was as project manager for an organisation working on the provision of mobile health care services for former mine workers in rural and remote areas in South Africa. The programme was so well-received that in 2016 and 2017 it was scaled up to include other SADC regions, specifically Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana. He is passionate and well versed about the prosperity of the African
The impact of compulsory vaccination on small businesses
To get the jab or not to get the jab, that is the question. Last week one of the biggest health brands, Discovery, announced that vaccination will be compulsory for all of their staff as well as service providers. There has been a lot of talk about the ethics of compulsory vaccination, but what happens when the jab is what is standing between you and your next big contract? Join us this Thursday as we get to the point about the reality of vaccination and its impact on small businesses.
The #Inform sessions provide entrepreneurs with crucial information that they can use within their businesses. This information is usually aligned with current affairs, opportunities and threats that SMMEs should be aware of, which would have an immediate impact on their businesses. Our strength is in ensuring we timeously get hold of subject-matter experts and decision-makers to provide the highest quality of information. For E.g. The webinars we hosted which unpack the various COVID-19 relief funding packages available for small businesses.
The #Equip sessions go into further detail and provide masterclasses, and ‘How to’ guidelines on various topics, from strategy and performance management to health and safety. These are topics that will usually have a medium to long -term impact on a business and are likely to affect its overall strategy if implemented. Equipping takes information one step further and seeks to enable action. At the end of each session, tangible information is provided through resources, practical tools and exercises for entrepreneurs to implement within their businesses.
The #Inspire sessions are aimed at creating an opportunity for entrepreneurs to hear stories of challenges, success and innovation from fellow entrepreneurs, and also from successful entrepreneurs whose levels of self and business-elevation they aspire to reach. Entrepreneurship can be a lonely journey, and sessions such as our #InConversation series of webinars is a powerful tool to create a sense of community, support and inspiration.