Panel of Entrepreneurs Inspires SME’s at #StartupGrind Durban

#Startupgrind Durban hosted a Panel Discussion at the Pavillion Hotel for its third anniversary.  Last night the panel of entrepreneurs featured Justin Clarke (Private Property), Aisha Pandor (SweepSouth), Darlene Menzies (FinFind) and Ramsay Daly (iKhokha).

Together, the Durban Entrepreneurs  explored these topics:

  • What is the future of the Durban Entrepreneurial Ecosystem?
  • How do we create a culture of Durbanites starting tech startups?
  • Is it in disrupting the banking industry with Fintech?
  • Or the use of Blockchain to change the way we purchase property?
  • Or the adoption on demand business models like Uber to drastically change how we hire services?

Global Community of Entrepreneurs

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It hosts a monthly event series that happens in 200 cities and 85 countries.

According to the Real State of Entrepreneurship in South Africa 2017 more impactful business development support that provides entrepreneurs with robust business basics is needed to increase small business success rates. It states that “33% of entrepreneurs that have been in business for more than two and half years attribute the primary reason for their success to cultivating strong personal networks. This finding bears some correlation to the fact that 95% of businesses are funded by a combination of owner’s funds and funds from owner’s friends and family.”

Once a month Durban’s aspiring entrepreneurs get together  at #StartpupGrind Durban to network, learn and share and pick the brains of business founders and successful entrepreneurs. The events also feature local founders, innovators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learnt on the road to building great companies.