2013 Expo

The fourth annual Entrepreneur Expo once again showcased why Cape Town is the entrepreneurial capital of South Africa. The expo took place 26 – 27 October at the Muizenberg Civic Centre and brought together entrepreneurs from all over the City.

Highlights of the Expo include the Investors Breakfast sponsored by Standard Bank. Speakers included Cllr Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environmental & Spatial Planning for the City of Cape Town, Margaret Hirsch, Chief Operations Officer of the mega appliance store, Hirsch’s International and Mike Purdham of the Cape Town Partnership and Creative Cape Town.

Cllr Bloor focussed on what the City is doing to support entrepreneurs as well as highlighting areas of growth and development. It was clear from his presentation that the City is firmly behind entrepreneurship.

Representing Standard Bank, Kgotso Masekwameng spoke about how the bank supports small business and briefly explained the value of having a business banker and the importance of managing your relationship with your bank.

Margaret Hirsch shared her journey from when they opened their first very small shop in 1979 to the present where they have several shops all over the country and internationally, with a turnover of over R1bn. A true entrepreneurial success story.

Wrapping up the breakfast was Mike Purdham. With Cape Town being the 2014 Design Capital it was very interesting to see what is going on in the creative side of the city. His presentation showed how rich Cape Town is with talent and passion. Cape Town is sure to impress come 2014.

After the breakfast, the Expo was officially opened by Cllr Bloor with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

On the first evening of the Expo the Awards and Networking Cocktail Party sponsored by Checkers was held. The keynote address was done by Alan Winde, the Western Cape Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism. Minister Winde had the audience entranced as he outlined the lengths the Province is going to in their efforts to reduce red tape. His practical presentation removed the illusion of the government being an ineffective watch dog that just wants our tax money and gave deep insight into what the Western Cape Government is doing to ensure that an environment is created that is conducive to conducting business.

Naturally Good were the worthy winners of the Best Exhibitor Award.

There were also a number of activities for the kids as well as food stalls and a craft beer garden hosted by Boston Breweries. The 2013 Expo organisers and staff would like to thank all who visited the expo as well as those who made the expo possible through exhibiting and sponsoring the event.

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2013 sponsor page