“The presentations of all the participants were very good. You could see that a lot of work and passion has gone into it, and that’s the key of entrepreneurship. You need to sell yourself, and people need to see the personality behind the product,” Craig Uren ISUZU CEO furthered after all the presentations. After each entrepreneur was granted five minutes on the dot to do their presentations, the room was opened up to a networking session, where entrepreneurs also exhibited their products and services. “From my perspective we all had to start somewhere, so we need to give these guys a chance. In the end we are all partners, and in the end without them we won’t be able to sustain our business,” Craig explained ISUZU’s involvement in the company.
On 21 August six budding entrepreneurs had five minutes to sell their various businesses to a room full of executives, experts and potential investors. They just finished the MEDO Business Skills Foundations course, sponsored by MEDO and before pitches even began, MEDO CEO Judi Sandrock warned, “Be careful of these entrepreneurs, they have been trained to network!”
Khethi Ngwenya, founder of Schoolmedia furthered on his experience of the day, “As a small business it’s a dream for me. I’m not able to speak directly to or get all these corporates in one room, so it can easily become very difficult on your own. I now look forward to further communicating with these big guys.” Judi Sandrock, MEDO CEO explains that all businesses, even the giants of today started small, “businesses don’t arrive fully hatched” and it’s exactly for this reason that it is important to develop small businesses. “Being part of this programme was really a privilege,” Natasha van Niekerk from PCD Assessments furthered, “I have learnt so much not only about my business, but actually how to do it and even more importantly how to speak to people.” The Business Skills Foundations course is specifically aimed at entrepreneurs in this regard to improve the basics of business management.
“Our success is their success,” ISUZU CEO Craig Uren furthers, “You have to feed off partnerships, alliances, suppliers, and customers, all interlinked, it’s a process and I believe the process is working.”