Head of NextGen, Kim Willoughby speaks to 702’s Relebogile Mabotja

Head of NextGen, Kim Willoughby speaks to 702’s Relebogile Mabotja

The Nextgen Academy is a business and entrepreneurship development training organisation geared towards the advancement of entrepreneurs. Nextgen Academy is uniquely placed to develop the skills of entrepreneurs in the beginning or established stages of their business through their reputable programmes.

Kim Willoughby, Head of The NextGen Academy, spoke to Relebogile Mabtja about what up and coming entrepreneurs as well as establised entrepreneurs can expect from their academy.

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Enterprise development contributions that count

It’s never too late to start making Enterprise Development (ED) contributions to Shanduka Black Umbrellas. You can become a monthly donor or make a single donation. Our Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) status enables measured enterprises that place bona fide ED donations with us qualify for a section 18A certificate as allowed by the Tax Exemption Unit (TEU) within SARS. For enquiries or to make a contribution, please contact Kim English at kim@blackumbrellas.org

Recycle 1st – saving the environment whilst making a profit

How can any business save the environment whilst making a profit at the same time? We caught up with Recycle 1st, a company that joined the Shanduka Black Umbrellas (SBU) programme in July 2016. Anthea Fransman’s dream was spurred on when she discovered that there was no one collecting recycling from homes in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. She established Recycle 1st which presented her with an opportunity to go on an entrepreneurial journey with a brand promise to deliver a greener future for all.

When she finally made a decision that she wants to see business growth being injected in her company, her automatic choice was to contact SBU. She knew that enrolling into the SBU programme would afford her the much needed mentorship, knowledge and business development to grow her business. Anthea’s sheer determination and focus led her to being one of the few small businesses that were further selected for the SBU/Sanlam programme.

Over the past year Recycle 1st, has delivered a healthy turnover and good job creation. From one person’s dream of saving the environment and starting a small business, today Recycle 1st employs 25 people. “Shanduka Black Umbrellas has opened my eyes to the need to constantly monitor the performance of my business and to develop my leadership ability. They have also shown me that I can take greater risks,” says Fransman. From serving residential areas, the company has now increased its revenue streams to include businesses and apartment complexes.

Become a Shanduka Black Umbrellas supporter

Never has it been more important for Corporate South Africa to play a meaningful role in Enterprise Development. Why not partner with us to develop qualifying black-owned businesses? We are suitably placed to develop a mutually beneficial programme to suit our entrepreneurs and to suit your business needs. Find out how you can support small business development through Shanduka Black Umbrellas and be a supporter of meaningful entrepreneurial activity in South Africa.

For more information please contact Lillian Mlambo on lillian@blackumbrellas.org

Botsalanong Traders gets 20k seed capital to kick-start business idea

November 2016 saw Shanduka Black Umbrellas and Exxaro Grootegeluk running an innovators and start up competition to cultivate entrepreneurial drive in the Lephalale region ahead of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurs.

Members of the community from the Lephalale region and surrounding areas were invited to share innovative business ideas with the prospect of obtaining finance to start or expand their business ideas.

Out of the 14 Innovators and start-ups who submitted their business ideas for considerations, 10 were shortlisted and were given an opportunity to pitch to a panel made up of representatives from Medupi Leadership Initiative, Exxaro, Lephalale TVET College and SBU.

“Thanks to Exxaro Grootegeluk, Hula Minerals Processing, Debar Ceramics and Lephalale TVET College who continue to work with us in cultivating the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Lephalale region, “says Mathebe Mhlongo, SBU Lephalale Enterprise Development Manager.

Peter Senoamadi of Botsalong Traders impressed the judges with his winning idea of opening an internet Cafe and Mobile ATM machine in Witpoort (Ga-Seleka) where villagers are forced to travel between 30 to 60 kms to access an ATM. Witpoort, is centrally located and easily accessible to scholars, graduates and other professionals or entrepreneurs in need of internet and ATM facilities. Peter received R20K worth of seed-capital to kick start his business venture.

Runners up of the competition: Puno Business (owned by Olivia Moila) walked away with a laptop while St. Vincent Pizza (co-owned by Vincent Magwai and Williamson Banda) received a Pre Incubation training voucher.

Richards Bay Global Entrepreneurship Celebration a raving success

SBU Richards Bay celebrated Global Entrepreneurs week on the 17 November by hosting a Procurement Workshop at the Premier Hotel Richards Bay. The workshop comprised of speakers from Transnet Engineering and the Zululand Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Transnet Engineering presented on procurement policies and procedures of the entity including opportunities within the division.

In addition to the workshop, attendees also participated in an Elevator Pitch competition. Participants were given 60 seconds to pitch their business in line with the Business model canvas to a panel of judges. We commend the judging panel, representatives from Transnet, SBU and the Zululand Chamber of Commerce who comprehensively assessed the elevator pitches of the small business owners who were in attendance.

David Khwela of FMC Engineering is the winner of the Richard Bay Elevator Pitch competition walking away with a prize to the value of R35000. This includes a three month Bootcamp that will develop his skills as an Entrepreneur and assist him to understand and develop his company’s business goals, strategic objectives and assist him with the drafting of a bankable business plan. “We would like to commend all the brave and courageous business owners who participated in the competition” commented Monique Grobler, SBU Richards Bay Enterprise Development Manager.

Mooinooi celebrates women entrepreneurs

Lonmin and Shanduka Black Umbrellas (SBU) recently hosted an event at Lega Roi in Mooinooi to celebrate women entrepreneurs. The event was graced by 22 women and the theme was to highlight the milestones achieved by women in entrepreneurship.

Discussions that were ignited around the table include money management, and striking the balance between family life and professional life. Lonmin procurement professionals, Hannelie Van Der Walt, Antonette Hunter, Lawreen Kutch and Rita Gopalgister, presented on opportunities at Lonmin and also shared business advice with the ladies.

The event was also a great networking opportunity as the ladies got to network with each other and also benefitted from the presentations. “We would like to thank Lonmin who partnered with us to uplift and pamper our women entrepreneurs,” says Wendy Ngobeni, SBU Mooinooi Enterprise Development Manager.