Township Business Investment Summit and Expo

Inaugural township business investment summit and expo – a pipeline for township entrepreneurs into procurement opportunities to launch at Soweto Theatre during the youth month

Township Business Investment Summit and Expo also known as #ToBISE is a platform that aim to connect township entrepreneurs with opportunities that are being offered by corporate South Africa. The event will be hosted on the 6th – 7th of June at the Soweto Theatre.

Township entrepreneurs are faced with many challenges in them not having access to information, opportunities, resources, funding and more importantly markets. Access to procurement opportunities and supply chain of both private sectors and government departments will be a great leap in supporting the township entrepreneurs.

eKasi Entrepreneurs aim to bring about 500 innovative businesses from the township to engage and discuss pertinent issues facing and affecting township business. The discussion will include

  • research findings into the township businesses and state of being
  • Innovative solutions into solving some of the challenges
  • Digitalizing the township economy,
  • Innovative investment through Enterprise Supplier Development & Socio Economic Development Programmes,
  • Incubation VS Co-Working VS Co-production spaces,
  • Corporate SA Investing in Township Businesses – Case Studies. Pros and Cons of ACCESSING funding from Funding institutions,
  • Alternative methods of funding – Cooperative Banks and Crowd-funding changing the way we access finance, industry specific funding etc)
  • Pitching challenges for township businesses – carefully selected businesses to pitch

Entrepreneurs are invited to attend the event to ensure that they engage with industry leaders, procurement managers, supply chain managers, corporate buyers, investors and support institutions.

Some of the speakers include Mayor Herman Mashaba, Director General of the Department of Trade and industry Mr Sipho Zikode, Township Entrepreneurs like Max Lichaba just to list a few.

Essentially the summit and expo aim at unearthing great businesses from the townships and in so doing creating a developmental pathway for them to succeed with their ventures – this pathways is developed by having a detailed diagnostic into their business and finding gaps that are needed for their business to grow – eKasi Entrepreneurs ensure that the township entrepreneurs are plugged into different procurement opportunities of different private sectors that they partner with. Some of the partners include Gauteng Economic Development, The Masisizane Fund, 1life Insurance, The City of Johannesburg,

The Department of Trade and Industry, Tshimologong Digital Precinct, The BEE Commission, Bowmans Law, My SME Tools  just to list a few.

eKasi Entrepreneurs has engaged with many stakeholders across South Africa in trying to understand innovative solutions and implementation plan for challenges that are face by township entrepreneurs.

Event Details

6 – 7 June, 8am – 5pm

Soweto Theatre, Jabulani, Soweto

Corporate can partner with the summit and expo as well as partner in developing long term developmental projects for township entrepreneurs.

Exhibitions stands are available for both corporate and entrepreneurs – email [email protected]

Tickets on sale at R150 for each day or R250 for a 2 days pass from

Tickets can also be found at the following stores
• Edgars
• Edgars Active
• Edgars Connect
• Jet
• Jet Mart
• Spar

About eKasi Entrepreneurs

eKasi Entrepreneurs is a registered public benefit organization (PBO) that develops platforms that allow township entrepreneurs gain access to opportunities and resources that are offered by corporate South Africa. These include access to markets, information, training and development, funding and mentors.

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