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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 Recap On Business Fundamental Sessions 1-4  
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.

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 Standard Bank
25 November 10:00 – 11:00 Making the most of opportunities Nthabe Zondo: CEO and Co-founder of Bumbles
20 January 10:00 – 11:00 From Dreaming about a Business to Owning One Theo Baloyi: Founder of sneaker brand Bathu
24 February 10:00 – 11:00 Doing Business in a Digital Economy Upcoming


Smart Connections Masterclasses Episodes

    In this Masterclass of the Fast Forward Series, Monwabisi Thethe, Co-founder and Editor Director at BLQ (formerly, Blaque) Magazine and owner of Brand Contact, a brand activations and marketing agency, presents his views on what it takes to Rebuild a future-proof business and to reimagine outdated business models and marketing strategies. He explains the concept of HACK which stands for: Honest with yourself, Actionable in the market, Champion something, Kick it off. This masterclass will leave you thinking of how to do things differently, not just in your business, but your everyday life.

    In this Masterclass of the Fast Forward Series, Farhad Suleman, CEO of Simpliconnect and Techpreneur, presents insights on how to hustle everyday of your life as an Entrepreneur and the importance of a customer life-cycle. He describes 8 steps to becoming more resilient and end of with wise words about the one thing that keeps your business ahead of the competition. This masterclass will leave you thinking of the things you do and steps you take, not just in your business, but your everyday life, to be successful.

    In this Masterclass of the Fast Forward Series, Joret Olivier , presents insights on The 7 BIG things to consider as a business owner and Jenine Zachar 5 things to consider when seeking funding. You will hear about key considerations that impact the financial health of your business and ultimately impacts how “investable” your business appear to funders.

    In this Masterclass of the Fast Forward Series, Nthabe talks to us about making the most of opportunities when you need to get your business on the go and take growth further. Being the CEO and Co-Owner of Bumbles, a fast growing premium baby food company in Africa, you will hear about the kind of challenges she experienced as a SME and also key learnings to take home.

    In this Masterclass of the Fast Forward Series, Theo Baloyi, Founder of Bathu Pty Ltd talks to us about being the product of opportunities as he calls it himself. He takes us on a journey of dreaming to owning Bathu, a proudly SA sneaker brand. He also share some key learnings for entrepreneurs.

    Theo Baloyi

    Theo Baloyi is the founder of Bathu, a proudly South African sneaker brand that many resonate with. Having lived most of his life in Alexandra with his uncle, Theo had a constant desire to realize his vision of creating a true authentic South African brand. To date Bathu have employed over 200+ people, and when you buy a pair of Bathu you are not just buying a sneaker but you are contributing to a bigger cause which is reflective in the company’s mission;  to reignite hope in local communities and create sustainable jobs in the economy. Theo lives by the values of honesty, loyalty and humility.

    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 Topic Presented Virtually
    1 September What does a good CRM system looks like? Pine Tree Marketing
    26 October Demystifying the Cloud / e-commerce AWS
    30 November IoT Technology for Small Businesses IoT.nxt

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    Future Forward with National Small Business Chamber Episodes

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