Growing Hands Entrepreneurial Training for StartUp and Established Businesses

The successful entrepreneurship program run by Growing Hands, is back for 2015. The program has been a success for two years. The organisers attribute the success as follows:

Join our expert business presenters for practical and empowering live workshops. These training sessions are designed to increase your sales, improve your bottom line profitability, enhance your financial acumen and most importantly, position your business for growth. They will present winning ideas, deliver interactive training and provide coaching to assist you with practical and implementable business solutions.

Startups and Established Businesses

This year, the organisers are offering two programs:

    Designed for the aspirant entrepreneur wanting to enter the business environment and learn what is required to succeed in business.
    Six to seven weekly sessions of two and half hours are planned from 31 January 2015 till 14 March 2014. These sessions will cover
    Am I ready for business and entrepreneurship? An introspection workshop.
     Starting-up my new business and making the move;
     Business planning & financing;
    Sales and the use of technology to grow sales;
    Marketing including digital marketing;
     Effective small business leadership;
    Growing your Start-up business with control.
    Cost: Nominal or sponsored. Your financial can help fund and empower!
    A screening process will be undertaken to identify suitable candidates to participate in the program.
    Designed for established entrepreneurs wanting to make their businesses more sustainable, develop growth acceleration strategies, and receive mentoring and improving their business and management skills.
    Six weekly sessions of two and half hours are planned from 9 May 2015 till 13 June 2015. These sessions will cover
    Personal development, positive attitude, change management and personal branding.
    Leadership (with delegation, mentoring and building organisational capacity.)
    Financial control and management
    Growth strategies and seeking business opportunities.
    The use of technology for business development and financing.
    Digital marketing including Social media, email and video marketing.
    Cost: An affordable fee will be levied for this program
    A screening process will have to be undertaken to identify candidates suitable to participate the program.

Due to tremendous demand, applications to the programmes have been closed. The organisers have however created a waiting list, and will (hopefully) be able to extend training to even more entrepreneurs. The program is also calling for voluntary contributions from presenters, and those wanting to financially support the program.
All sessions will be held at  Auditorium at the University of Johannesburg (Bunting Road Campus). Directions will be available on registration.
To register your interest in the program or to provide voluntary support, please complete the form below. Please note that bookings for Established Business Sessions will only be opening in early March.
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South African Startup Survey (Plus Applications Open for Seed Academy)

Seed Academy is running South Africa’s first startup survey.  The survey can be accessed by clicking here. As an incentive to complete the survey, may win one of three places on the Seed Academy training programme, which is worth R 48 000-00. The focus of the Seed Academy training is on personal and leadership development, sound business skills, creation of a business plan as well as pitching skills to attract funding.  Entrepreneurs are offered experiential learning and are equipped to either launch or improve their own businesses. The practical programme which runs over ten weeks, once a week in the evening, is facilitated by entrepreneurs giving the programme credibility and relevant insight.
The survey is an important one, as it aims to get a national picture of startup entrepreneurs, the challenges they face and what interventions are needed. Equally important, will create an impetus for industry and government to align efforts. Jeff Miller, the non-executive chairman of See Academy says:

The survey aims to get a national picture of startup entrepreneurs, what challenges they face, what issues relate to funding, what sort of additional support is needed to increase success rates. We hope to get up to 1000 responses and we will share our findings. This national survey will develop impetus for industry and government to align efforts to create a more sustainable and successful startup culture in South Africa. It’s essential that we succeed to create an economically successful country and to reduce our high unemployment rate.

The survey, which targets startup entrepreneurs who have been in business for less than five years, should take about five minutes to complete here. Those that participate could win one of three places at Seed Academy’s entrepreneur training programme valued at R48 000.
The results will be revealed at Seed Engine’s SA Entrepreneur Funding Summit 2015. This one day summit will involve all stakeholders in the SA entrepreneur funding ecosystem and will come up with practical ideas to enhance, grow and develop the funding networks for entrepreneurs in South Africa.

Applications Open

Seed Academy has also opened applications for 2015, and plans to train 150 early stage entrepreneurs. This extremely valuable opportunity to join the Seed Academy entrepreneurial programme in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Seed Academy provides after hours training, once a week, over ten weeks with support for up to 18 months post programme.  Entrepreneurs are invited to apply via