High-grade thinking and execution capability in all aspects of small business development.
Leverage expertise, experience and innovative thinking in small business incubation, investment readiness, growth acceleration and capacity-building.
Data-driven programmes designed and implemented to emphasise measurement and number-focused impact tracking.
Hands-on project management with strong private and public sector experience and access to extensive academic, advisory, financial and policy networks.
GALESHEWE SMME VILLAGE
Designed, set up and operated this multi-purpose incubator in Kimberley for the Sol Plaatje Municipality, in partnership with De Beers Mines Ltd and Droogfontein Solar Power Company..
SEDA NATIONAL GAZELLES
Co-designer and co-implementer, with Mtiya Dynamics, of this national 10-year multi-sector small business acceleration programme, supporting 200 businesses per annum with an integrated package of incentives, funding and market opportunities.
PREMIER’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP RECOGNITION AWARDS
Project manager and adjudication adviser for this prestigious Western Cape entrepreneur recognition programme, attracting an average 400 applications per year.
support small and emerging community radio businesses in a city or province
drive community radio marketing and revenues through a unique shared ownership structure
build sales and marketing skills, capacity and professionalism in the community radio sector
Psycho-social programme that acts as “onramp” to entrepreneurial thinking and confidence in rural and economically marginalized communities
Develops individual understanding of entrepreneurship as a path to economic self-sufficiency
Assists with identification of local micro and small business ideas and equips individuals to start these enterprises
Identify mobile app development talent, ideas and start-ups in your area to leverage this booming sector
Entrepreneurship training and development to help take these ideas and start-ups to market
Support with app development feasibility, commercialisation and business planning
SME growth acceleration programme for a specific group of businesses
Integrated approach from diagnostic roadmap to addressing business growth challenges and constraints
Aims to ensure each business operates as close as possible to its maximum potential
Center the project design and outcomes around the entrepreneurs
Quality programme participants to grow, innovate and break through constraints .
Strength impact of all projects by tracking and measuring.
Leverage and link with existing stakeholders, networks and ecosystems
Carmen was a co-director of the Concept Group and founder of Creative Publishing. A serial entrepreneur, she launched SABC’s TV Talk magazine, SA’s first programme guide, with a print run of more than 1.3-million copies per month, making it SA’s largest selling consumer magazine. Carmen also directed the highly successful Shell Road to Fame music talent competition in the early 1990s, is a published author and is active in various womens’ entrepreneur organisations. She oversees the project operations of Traction, and is also MD of Bla Bla Bla Studios, a fast-growing global creative on-line game animation studio.
Rhodes graduate Martin was MD and Chairman of the Concept Group for 15 years, prior to launching and establishing the joint government, business and labour campaign, Proudly South African, in 2001. He founded the pan-African Enablis entrepreneur network, helped found the EKLF small business fund, and went on to run the Business Place Network and play a strategic Board role at the Small Enterprise Development Agency. He is acknowledged as a leading expert in small business development strategy and project design and implementation.
-Head office and provincial project teams made up of dedicated managers and co-ordinators
-On-the-ground experience combined with strong development agenda and SME ecosystem knowledge
-Full spectrum capacity: project design, implementation, communication and content, stakeholder and partner management, SME impact tracking and M&E