About Us

The people behind the Entrepreneur Expo:

JARED PILLAI
DIRECTOR

Jared is a serial entrepreneur, an eccentric, fast-paced marketing professional, advisor to emerging companies, a speaker on entrepreneurship, marketing, social media and product development, founder of Million Baby, inventor of TodPod and is passionate about Innovation, web technology and startups.

A runner up in season 2 of the Big Break Legacy reality TV show and a national finalist in the 2013 step-up technology innovation awards, He is also the founder of @PreneursUnite movement which is about creating a global entrepreneur society bringing entrepreneurs together in promoting entrepreneurship via networking events locally and soon globally.

Jared is a founding member of the African Toy Fair that offers manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their products to both a local and an international market which is a first international toy and game fair to be held in Africa that will be hosted in Cape Town in 2015.

His specialties include: Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO, SEM, CRM, Public Relations, Social Media Marketing, Online Brand Management, Product Innovation, Product Design, Rapid Prototyping, Entrepreneurship, Web Technology and Tech Innovation.


DAVE ROMERO
DIRECTOR

Dave qualified as a Professional Accountant (SA) in 1987. He Joined a Corporate Finance Company after qualifying where he got the first taste of Venture Capital. Dave became the Financial Director and later, the Managing Director of Equivest, a Venture Capital Group.

During 1991, Dave established his own Venture Capital Company which was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on the 25th of November 1997. REF Finance and Investment Corporation Ltd focussed on the ICT industry. Highlights of this company include being ranked 21st in a Business Times Top 100 Companies survey during 1998, ranked the 40th fastest growing company in South Africa, with investors receiving a 1,800% return over a five year period.

During 2005, Dave bought into Isibane Holdings (Pty) Ltd, formed a Private Equity company called Isibane Capital Ltd and was elected as the Joint CEO. 2009 saw the merger of the company with Pulse Private Equity.

In 2012 Dave founded the Caban Group of Companies to help entrepreneurs succeed by providing a comprehensive service offering to small businesses as risk in return for equity. The success of this model lead to the founding of Caban Capital, the Group Holding company, in the UK through which the business model is being applied internationally.

Dave’s passion for developing entrepreneurs often takes him out of the boardroom and into the local communities where he can be found offering advice as well as creating innovative solutions to the funding requirements of public benefit organisations. He has over the course of his career helped hundreds of companies to get started.