The next installment of I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR is on its way to Athlone, Cape Town, with Sibusiso (Sbu) Shabalala, the CEO of JSE Listed ICT firm, Adapt IT as the guest entrepreneur of the month.

The workshop will be focused on the ICT sector and will be held in partnership with Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs), a global movement and social enterprise that delivers high impact, innovative solutions to empower local communities in the Western Cape through innovation.

As the ‘Guest Entrepreneur’ Mr. Shabalala will share his insights, journey and critical building blocks to his success in this sector. A representative from the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEDA) that will inform entrepreneurs on the funding products available to them as their start or build their businesses will join him on stage.

The hosts of the workshops are MyStartUpSA and IgniteSA, through their founders Andile Khumalo (CIO of MSG Afrika Group) and Lynette Ntuli (CEO of Innate Investment Solutions). They will share insights and practical tools on how to deal with challenges encountered by emerging entrepreneurs as they establish and grow their businesses.

I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR with Sbu Shabalala will be held on Saturday 30 May 2015 at Eros School, Tarentaal Road, Athlone, Cape Town at 08:30. Tickets are R150 each and are available at Computicket, Shoprite/ Checkers. Only 100 seats available. Email info@mystartupsa.com for more information

About ‘Guest Entrepreneur’ Sbu Shabalala

Sbu Shabalala is CEO of JSE listed Adapt IT. Shabalala has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a postgraduate diploma in Financial Information Systems. With more than 19 years of IT experience, Sbu began his IT career at InfoWave where he gained Project Management experience in the implementation of Oracle Applications throughout the Illovo Group, with operations in various African countries.

InfoWave initially supported him, as an employee, to start his own business, Adapt-IT (Pty) Ltd in 2004. Sbu’s entrepreneurial skills blossomed, and in a short 4-year period he grew the SMME into a thriving ICT business. As a Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sbu has continued to grow Adapt IT exponentially, first through a merger with InfoWave Holdings in 2007, which effected the listing of Adapt IT on the JSE, and later through several acquisitions and expansions over the years.

About the I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR workshops

I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR has since 2013, covered 9 cities and 8 provinces annually across South Africa. It has brought together in excess of 2,000 young entrepreneurs with well-established South African business leaders. Previous guest entrepreneurs include Khanyi Dhlomo (Ndalo Media), Ipeleng Mkhari (Motseng Investment Holdings) Tim Tebeila (Sekoko Resources) Ronnie Apteker (Internet Solutions), David Kau (Disadvantaged Background Productions) and Dr. Bridgette Gasa (The Elilox Group), Herman Mashaba (of Black Like Me fame), Dr. Thandi Ndlovu (Motheo Construction Group), Lindani Dhlamini (SekelaXabiso), Alan Knott Craig Jnr (Project Isizwe) and Ian Fuhr (Sorbet Group) amongst others.

Each I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR session is focused on a key economic sector in South Africa, lead by a guest entrepreneur in that sector. In addition to the guest entrepreneur’s insights, we have introduced exciting Mentorship sessions that assist entrepreneurs with Funding, Market Access and other topical industry related developments.

I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR is delivered in association with Renault South Africa and MTN Business.


Enquiries:         Thabani Khumalo

Email               thabani@mystartupsa.com

Website          www.mystartupsa.com and www.ignitesa.com

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