As part of a long-term commitment to help educate, develop and stimulate the small business sector in South Africa, FNB is extending its partnership with I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR for another three years.
Jesse Weinberg, Head of the SME Segment at FNB Business says the impact of the I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR summits hosted last year, in select provinces across the country, exceeded their expectations. “Not only were we afforded the opportunity to have insightful dialogue with SMEs across all walks of life, we further acknowledged the amount of work that still needs to be done to nurture and stimulate the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst SA communities,” says Weinberg.
“I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR further complements our broader SME strategy and ongoing initiatives aimed at providing meaningful solutions to help support and grow this incredibly important segment of our economy,” adds Weinberg.
Founder of I AM AN ENTREPRENUER, Andile Khumalo, is delighted to extend their partnership with FNB on this journey to create an environment that is conducive to the growth and development of entrepreneurs in all nine provinces of South Africa. “It is only through the relevant partnerships, collaboration and networks that we can truly achieve our ultimate objective to pave the way for our entrepreneurs to actively contribute to economic growth and job creation,” says Khumalo.
I AM AN ENTERPRENEUR caters for all classes of entrepreneurs, from start-ups to well established businesses, as well as anyone who wants to start a business. The format includes training workshops and masterclasses from experts in business disciplines such as sales, finance, marketing, as well as lessons from the inspirational journeys of successful entrepreneurs.
FNB believes that more platforms like I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR are needed to empower SMEs to come together, get guidance from industry experts, share knowledge, learn from each other, while creating meaningful dialogue. “SMEs are often closer to communities that they serve and hold the solution to some of the critical issues that we currently face as a country. They also share common challenges which cannot be overcome in isolation,” concludes Weinberg.
The 2019 summits kicked off in Johannesburg on 16 March 2019, and will be followed by Rustenburg on 13 April, Bloemfontein on 18 May, a special youth entrepreneurship summit in Polokwane on 22 June, Durban on 20 July, a special women entrepreneurship summit in East London on 17 August, Cape Town 14 September and closing the year with Nelspruit on 19 October.