Entrepreneurship “do-ference” to hit Joburg, CT, Durban


The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a specialised unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School of Business, has partnered the Awethu Project and LifeCo UnLtd SA to take its “Pathways to Funding Do-ference” to Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The Bertha Centre first held the event, which aims to connect early-stage entrepreneurs with successful entrepreneurs, investors, business development experts and lawyers from across the country, in Cape Town last year.

This year, it is partnering with the Awethu Project and LifeCo UnLtd SA to take the Pathways to Funding Do-ference to Durban and Johannesburg as well, with the goal of teaching delegates how to raise funding through practical mini-workshops, inspirational talks, and one-on-one sessions.

The event seeks to equip these early stage entrepreneurs, and potential entrepreneurs, with the tools they need to secure funding to start, incubate or grow their business. The focus on practical fundraising tools aims to contribute to an increased understanding of the funding landscape in South Africa and improve the entrepreneurs’ effectiveness in accessing funding.

“If you are you trying to seed or scale your enterprise, then our do-ference is designed for you,” said Tine Fisker Henriksen, impact investing project manager at the Bertha Centre.

“The do-ference is designed to help you “do” – to go out and raise funding. Whether your business is in the ideation, incubation, implementation or scale phase, our mix of content and speakers will help answer your exact needs and questions.”

The two-day event has been designed to deliver practical knowledge and tools through interactive workshops, specialised one-on-one sessions and TED-style talks around raising early-stage finance that can advance the growth of a business.

Interested parties can register to attend the event in Durban (September 7-8), Johannesburg (September 12-13) or Cape Town (September 15-16).


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