FundEX 2016

Wed Nov 16, 08:30 - Wed Nov 16, 19:00

Riversands Incubation Hub


FundEX 2016 is the premier funding and investment showcase for entrepreneurs. The one-day conference and expo draws together the a wide spectrum of commercial, government and non-traditional funders and providers of easily accessible investment opportunities with advice from credible personal finance experts. FundEX 2016 is brought to you by Riversands Incubation Hub and the National Empowerment Fund. 

More than 20 funding and personal finance experts will present on the day! 

Seeking funding for your business? 
  • Learn first-hand what funders look for
  • Know why applications are declined
  • Match funding needs with funders
  • Get funding ready
  • Hear from successful business owners who have secured funding 
Want to start investing? 
  • Learn more about investing
  • Explore investment opportunities
  • Engage with investment providers
  • Learn more about available BEE schemes 
The format 
  • An expo where exhibitors will be able to set up stands and interact with delegates
  • A formal programme of presentations and panel discussions 
  • A funding lounge where delegates are able to engage with funders privately
Funders’ insights – beyond the brochure

Funding experts will explain how to get funding ready, what are the most common funding gaps and why applications are declined.Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to ‘hear from the horse’s mouth’ from the funders on what they are looking for. Further product information will be available from expo stands and one-on-one interaction with government funders, banks, business advisors, and investment decision-makers in the funding lounge. 
Topics covered
  • Red flags and ticked boxes – what informs funders decision-making
  • It’s a match - what funding is right for my business
  • Fundable - getting funding ready
  • Funded – showcasing the impact of funding for entrepreneurs
  • Dragons and angels – what venture capitalists and angel investors look for
  • Next level growth – Private equity and your established business 
Some of our confirmed speakers 

For more information on our speakers visit: 

Darlene Menzies,CEO and Founder SmEasy
Nirmala Reddy, Nedbank Senior Manager: Enterprise Development
Jeremy Lang, Regional General Manager, Business partners
Mohammed Sabir, Director Sphere Investment Holdings
Nhlanhla Nyembe, Imbewu Fund Manager, National Empowerment Fund
Janice Johnson, Investment Officer at Vumela Enterprise Development Fund 
Robynne Erwin, Operations Manager,   FinFind
Abu Cassim, Founder, Jozi Angels Network 
Andrew Louw, CEO +LOUW
Edwell Gumbo, Deputy Director of Skills Development in the Sustainable Employment Facilitation directorate, City of Johannesburg
Mamosa Motjope, Finance Director, Thuso Risk Advisors and Associate Mentor at Fetola
Setlakalane Molepo, Divisional Executive SME & Rural & Community Development Fund, National Empowerment Fund

Organisations represented in the funding lounge
  • National Empowerment Fund 
  • Nedbank 
  • Jozi SME Hub 
  • Vumela Enterpise Development Fund
  • Edge Action Fund 
Investments & Saving - credible, accessible finance 
Topic covered 
  • The passive investment revolution – investing through exchange traded funds
  • How much is enough? - planning for financial freedom
  • Common investment pitfalls - avoiding common investment mistakes
  • BEE schemes – What are the opportunities and what to watch out for
  • Seeking advice – finding the right professionals for your financial needs 

Some of our confirmed speakers

For more information about our speakers visit 

Investments & Savings programme
Riaz Gardee, Mergers & Acquisitions Principal at MMI Holdings 
Craig Gradidge, CFP, Investment and Retirement Planning Expert Gradidge Mahura Investments
Charles Savage, Group CEO, Purple Capital Group
Marc Ashton, Managing Director, Moneyweb
Mark Corbett, CEO, Century Property Developments
Michelle Dickens, Managing Director, TPN
Mike Brown, Managing Director, ETFSA 
Andile Fulane, Managing Director, Seed of Prosperity
Morongwa Makakane, Entrepreneur and author - how she came back from a business failure and multi-million Rand debt

Delegate information 

We look forward to hosting you at the first ever FundEX 2016 on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 hosted by Riversands Incubation Hub in partnership with the National Empowerment Fund. Please present your ticket at the door to gain access to the conference – we have recorded your name on our guest list. Please tell the guards at the access points that you are coming to FundEX to allow easy entry.
Registration opens at 7h30 on the day and the speaking programme kicks off at 8h45. Our registration desk remains open all day – you can register at any time during the day to attend the sessions that interest you the most.
Read more about Programme 1: Funding here  
The funding programme runs from 08h45 until 17h00 on the day.
Read more about Programme 2: Investments & Saving here 
Our Investment Programme runs from 09h30 until 19h00 on the day.
Speaker bios 
We have secured over 20 senior funding and investment experts for the two tracks. Read more about our speakers here.
A few programme highlights include: 
Tips and perspectives from an entrepreneur who has raised significant start-up capital 
11h00 – 11h45 
Darlene Menzies, Founder, SMEasy and FinFind
Menzies has raised over R30 million from eight separate venture capital and angel investors over the past five years and over R5 million in bridging finance from debt and contract financiers to manage cash flow. As a successful entrepreneur, she will speak about the challenges faced by those raising capital for start-up businesses and how these can be overcome.
Develop an investment strategy that works for you      
10h15 – 11h00
Craig Gradidge, CFP, Investment and Retirement Planning Expert, Gradidge Mahura Investments
Investment jargon can make starting to plan for your financial future intimidating. Yet the principles of investing are not as complex as they seem. Respected financial planner Gradidge will unpack the fundamentals of investing and how an individual can plan for investing success.
How to access grant funding                                                   
11h45 – 12h30
Mamosa Motjope, Finance Director, Thuso Risk Advisors and Associate Mentor at Fetola
Grant funding may seem like ‘free money’. However, when grants are not well managed, they can easily hide fundamental problems in the company. Join this session to find out the tools and tips to look to in order to access grant finance, how to avoid the potholes through improved financial management, and how to make the most of grants.
Investing in a franchise                                                                            
14h15 – 15h00
Laurette Pienaar, National Franchise Manager at Nedbank   
Want to be your own boss but still enjoy a high level of support from a dedicated franchisor? Then investing in a franchise might be the perfect fit for you. Pienaar will talk about the pros and cons of franchising and Nedbank’s funding requirements for the dynamic franchising sector.
Opportunities & Funding in the Retail Fuel Sector   
15h00 – 15h45 
Nhlanhla Nyembe, Imbewu Fund Manager, National Empowerment Fund
The National Empowerment Fund is actively driving an initiative aimed at increasing black entrepreneurial ownership of petrol service stations. In this session, Nyembe will address the funding opportunities for black entrepreneurs in this dynamic industry.
Funders Lounge 
The Funders Lounge opens from 10h00 and runs until 15h00 – we have secured funders and funding experts from the following organisations. You can book a one-on-one interview with a funder at the reception desk outside of the Funders Lounge.
  • Edge Action Fund
  • Jozi SME Hub
  • Jozi Angels Network
  • The National Empowerment Fund
  • Nedbank
  • Vumela Enterprise Development Fund
  • SEFA
We will also be demonstrating the innovative platform which is designed to connect entrepreneurs with the more than 200 funding organisations that operate in South Africa.
Lunch and refreshments 
We have vendors on site to provide affordable refreshments, snacks and lunch on the day. Grab a free coffee or tea on arrival from premium coffee provider Bean There.
Click here to download a map to Riversands Incubation Hub. We are a new venue and we aren’t picked up on all GPS systems – we can be found on Google Maps. We will have signage and people stationed along the road to Riversands to direct you.
Ample, secure and free parking is available at the venue. 
The FundEX Team
Riversands Incubation Hub
011 012 4600
[email protected]

Media partners

Kaya FM                                            Destiny & Destiny Man                                    SME South Africa

Industry partners
Finding Moola                                 FindFind 


FundEX 2016
Riversands Incubation Hub
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