There are plenty of events for business owners and start-ups in the months ahead. These conferences, seminars and events are a great place to look to educate yourself and your staff, and to network with your peers.
Our list is by no means exhaustive, but is a great place to start.
If you are involved in hosting an event of interest to SMEs or start-ups, send details to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 19 to 20 – Retail Indaba
For existing retailers or those looking to get into the retail sector, this conference will be a great source of information. Also look out for the sessions on online shopping in South Africa and the opportunities and challenges it offers.
JULY 21 – TEDxCapeTown
TEDxCapeTown showcases inspirational ideas, but these are not just good ideas. These are ideas that challenge our very assumptions of the system we see ourselves a part of. Confirmed speakers for TEDxCapeTown 2012 ‘What We Play Is Life’ include:
• Lauren Gillis Social Entrepreneur
• Emma Kaye Founder and CEO of Bozza
• Alan Knott-Craig Founder of World of Avatar, CEO of Mxit.
• Chris Loker Financial services consultant
• Justin R Melville Designer, intelletual capitalist
• Warren Nilsson Social Innovation Researcher
• Shannon Royden-Turner Urban Planner
• Monique Schiess Incubator of creative projects, including AfrikaBurn
• Louise van Rhyn Educational Entrepreneur
July 25 & 26 – Doing Business in Africa, Cape Town
The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with First National Bank/Rand Merchant Bank will be hosting a Doing Business in Africa seminar. To book your seat and to be part of the debate, please contact Denise on 021 402 4300 or email email@example.com.
July 26 – Making Social Entrepreneurship Practical
The event, hosted by Behold SA and the Hub Johannesburg, will focus on running a profitable business whilst maintaining a positive social impact on your community and broader society. RSVP: Johannesburg.firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 2 – TourismBiz Conference
The programme focuses on increasing the bottom line and is suitable for everyone who owns, works at or manages hotels, accommodation establishments, function facilities, events, restaurants, marketing organisations, tour businesses and hospitality and travel businesses in general.
August 4 – Getaway Travel Blog Conference
The second Getaway Travel Blog Conference will offer practical advice for travel bloggers and tourism professionals on everything from starting a blog, how to gain an audience, building up a social media following, and designing a blog.
August 28 to 30 – The SA Innovation Summit
The 5th SA Innovation Summit will take place on August 29 and 30 August, 2012, in Johannesburg. Pre-Summit Workshops run on August 28. The Summit brings together today’s leading companies and visionaries; showcasing the sought-after opportunities, profound innovations and trends accelerating to create Africa’s Competitive Edge. Activities include pre-summit workshops, keynote presentations, facilitated experiential workshops, deep dive content workshops, networking (connectworking), experiential break out sessions, compelling thought leader panels, pioneering thinkers and facilitators, Innovation Lab, teenpreneur workshops.
August 30 – Getaway Travel & Tourism Conference
This year’s conference will focus on the crucial skills required to help you market your travel or tourism business successfully through the recession and give you the tools to enable you to ‘Turn Slow into Dough’ by maximising your marketing efforts to increase occupancy and revenue.
August 30 – WineBiz Conference
The conference promises to inspire and transfer knowledge that can be used in the wine industry. The programme will focus on strategy, marketing, sales and sustainability. The conference will bring together local industry leaders and offer great networking opportunities.