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Become a ‘Pitch Addict’


“First I was afraid; I was petrified” … Gloria Gaynor certainly did not have entrepreneurs in mind when she sang these words, in her classic disco hit “I will survive”. But the opening words of the song could very well describe the feelings of most entrepreneurs when they first begin pitching their business to potential investors and clients. Fear is certainly the order of the day. However, like Gaynor, survival is also the order of the day and entrepreneurs who are unable to master the art of the pitch are unlikely to master the art of survival. In fact, having overcome the fear, and having moved past being petrified, successful entrepreneurs become addicted to pitching. How, one may ask, is it possible to become a pitch-addict?

Nelson Mandela Bay Tech Entrepreneurs and ICT Small Business Start-ups get R&D Lab


SEDA Nelson Mandela Bay ICT Incubator (SNII) today announced the opening of a new technology research and development (R&D) centre, located on-site at its Newton Park technology office business park in Port Elizabeth.

The SNII R&D Lab offers assistance and support to creatives, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in PE to design and develop apps, software solutions, as well as electronic and mechanical device prototypes. It forms part of SNII’s technology infrastructure support service to clients enrolled in the centre’s incubation programme and for small businesses and entrepreneurs in Nelson Mandela Bay.

“This is a giant step forward for sustainable SMME development in the ICT sector in Nelson Mandela Bay,” said Scott Zambonini, Enterprise Development Manager at SNII.

Eastern Cape Development Corporation disburses R72,1 million to 198 small businesses in first three quarters of 2015/16


Development financier, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) says it has disbursed R72,1 million to 198 small businesses which created some 1,415 jobs by the end of the third quarter of the 2015/16 financial year.

Delivering the development financier’s performance report for the first three quarters of 2015/16 business and stakeholders in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro this morning, recently-appointed chief executive officer Buhle Dlulane says 21% or R15,5 million of the disbursements went to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro region.

SMME’s flourish in the Coega IDZ


The success of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) has had a positive spin-off for small businesses in the Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) by creating employment for the local residents and surrounding areas.

The Coega Dairy and Cheese expansion, worth R25 million in zone 3 of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) continues to benefit Small Micro Medium Enterprises (SMMEs), thus contributing to the local economy of the Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB).

Bay entrepreneurs expected at first UDDI SMME Indaba


Two-hundred entrepreneurs from Nelson Mandela Bay are expected at the first ever Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative SMME Indaba.

The Indaba is hosted in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape Development...

SMME Baseline Study


Jupilog Development is undertaking a baseline study of small businesses in the Eastern Cape on behalf of the provincial Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

The purpose of the study is to generate information that...