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Ready to make your business stand out and fast track your ambitions?

The Vodacom Business Fast Forward Series Season 3 is back by popular demand.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of our interactive workshop sessions and masterclasses designed to give your business the power to be a force for change in your community and the economy of our country.

Get a front-row seat experience to engage with industry experts that understand your passion and commitment, gaining insights to enable you to innovate and grow your business through technology

Business Fundamentals First

Often SME’s jump straight into ideation and neglect to implement good business practices that protect them and their customers.  This section considers what is required to build a stable foundation from which the business can grow, expand and rebuild.

Date Time Session Presented Virtually
19 August 10:00 – 11:00 Business Builder & Diagnostics Business Doctors
16 September 10:00 – 11:00 Business Planning & participant interactive sense making of results  
14 October 10:00 – 11:00 Finance Infrastructure & refinement of existing practises  
18 November 10:00 – 11:00 Organisation Design & Development  
14 December 10:00 – 11:00 Governance, Process & Technology  
13 January 10:00 – 11:00 Execution & Measurement  


Christo Olwagen

Christo is a consultant and executive coach who brings passion, creativity and focus on commercial value to his work with his clients. He has broad local and international experience in many different management roles. He excels at integration and decision making with incomplete and ambiguous information and has a knack for spotting connections and opportunities. He has spent the last 5 years working with SMEs in various stages of growth, from idea incubation to growth acceleration, and has delivered a number of Supplier Development Programs on behalf of large corporate clients of Business Doctors South Africa.

Future Forward with National Small Business Chamber

SMEs face challenges from increased competition, the ability to adapt to rapidly changing market demand, technological change, and capacity constraints relating to knowledge, innovation, and creativity. For many SMEs, the potential is often not fully advanced due to a lack of understanding on the importance of technology and the efficiencies that SMEs can benefit from when introducing SMART, simple and cost-effective technology solutions to their organizations.   These sessions introduce you to digital tools and its role to help your business evolve and at the same time enable you to remain competitive and take your business further

Date Time Presented Virtually
1 September What does a good CRM system looks like? Pine Tree Marketing
21 September Demystifying the Cloud / e-commerce AWS

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Ines Rosef-Ingram

Ines Rosef-Ingram is the CEO and Founder of Pine3 Marketing. She has an extensive background in various fields of marketing and focuses on giving clients advice and recommendations that are aligned with long and short-term growth goals, and budget. By working with both big and small clients, she can utilize the budget mind from the small clients with the creativity often allowed with the bigger clients. Ines is also passionate about entrepreneurs and is involved in various initiatives for entrepreneurial growth around the world, where she contributes with knowledge and implementation of commercialization strategies, sales and marketing.

Smart Connections Masterclasses

Appreciating the complex world, we live in today and how many messages people are consuming, it is essential for SMEs to understand how to effectively connect with their customers. Additionally, they need to understand how to grow their new business pipeline while turning employees into brand champions.  With our masterclasses SME’s can learn from their peers, get advice and insights from those who have walked the paths of success and applied the knowledge and skills gain to reap the benefits of becoming innovative and competitive.

Date Time Topic Presented Virtually by
26 August 10:00 – 11:00 Rebuilding a business during difficult times Monwabisi
23 September 10:00 – 11:00 Things Exceptionally Smart Entrepreneurs Do to Be Successful Farhad Suleman:  CEO SimpliConnect
21 October 10:00 – 11:00 Planning for your Future Upcoming
25 November 10:00 – 11:00 Making the most of opportunities Upcoming
9 December 10:00 – 11:00 How Self Care Benefits You and your business Upcoming
20 January 10:00 – 11:00 Communicate and collaborate effectively digitally Upcoming


Monwabisi Thethe

Monwabisi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and Business Systems from the University of Pretoria, as well as a Post-Graduate BA Honours in Brand Leadership and Communications from VEGA. An avid sports enthusiast, previously representing his province in cricket and soccer, Monwabisi’s love of sport keeps him physically fit and mentally disciplined. He is the Co-founder and Editor Director at BLQ (formerly, Blaque) Magazine which is aimed at the discerning global African and focuses on African lifestyle, creativity and aspirations. He also owns Brand Contact, a brand activations and marketing agency, as well as a number of restaurants. Monwabisi is a passionate and tenacious all-rounder, who inspires and motivates the people around him. He is a great connector who builds strong working relationships with his peers and colleagues and excels in environments which challenge him.

Farhad Suleiman

Farhad Suleman is an award winning 'Maverick' Techpreneur with 20 years of experience in the telecoms industry spanning B2B and B2C roles at OEM's, ISP's and currently CEO of SimpliConnect.

He has solid experience conceptualizing, commercialising and executing Fixed / Mobile / Cloud solutions within strategic accounts and a focus on creating sustainable and mutually-beneficial relationships with customers, partners and vendors.

His goal is to ultimately become the trusted adviser to partners and clients.  Being future focused he has a genuine passion for leadership, always looking to uncover and leverage opportunities for future profitable growth.  Further to this he also has a keen interest in assisting businesses not only address their basic technology needs but to also help them achieve their Digital Transformation ambitions in an agile and efficient way.

His specialises in the field of Aggregation, Partnerships, Commercial negotiations, Channel development and enablement, Strategy, Innovation, OEM/Telco relationships, Fixed and Mobile services, Enterprise mobility, IoT and M2M.

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