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Female founders month, is held across the world by all Startup Grind Chapter in over 350 cities in 100 countries. The Month of May features and highlights female entrepreneurs and business owners. Startup Grind Bloemfontein will be hosting a number of local entrepreneurs and two guest speakers from out of town. The format of the event, is outside the conventional fireside chat style that the chapter often presents its events as. This event will be held at Sterkinerkor in Mimosa Mall, on Wednesday 30th May, from 5pm - 9pm.
#SGWomen comprises of several women, as we had a really tough time deciding on just one, the guest speakers at this event will be: Dawn Nathan-Jones, Winlove Kamolane, Somaya Marais, Tina Thoma, Charlene McKenzie, Louwna Erasmus, Ruwaidah Henney, Irene Matzouris.
The program is loaded with tons of valuable content and opportunities to engage for startups and entrepreneurs. The first thirty minutes will be registration, tickets are available from the Startup Grind website (www.startupgrind.com/bloemfontein) and can be paid for using a debit/credit card, alternative payment options are available if you contact the organisers directly. Upon arrival, you will be registered with your pre-sold ticket or given the opportunity to buy one at the door. From 17:30, the first session will commence with two stages featuring speakers, entrepreneurs who have registered to pitch their companies during this event will then be given an opportunity to pitch in front of the audience at the two stages, votes will be collected and counted. The next session with speakers will continue at 18:00, ending at 18:30, with the next round of entrepreneurs pitching, once votes are tallied, the final 5 will be given an opportunity to pitch for the win. There will be a brief break and the final interview will be held at 19:00 with Dawn Nathan-Jones (Shark Tank SA).
This fully loaded event, promises to highlight the women within our community that are the driving force of businesses and families in Bloemfontein and the greater Free State. This event is not exclusive to women, as we have heard over time that women have been the pillar of strength for many successful men, we would encourage all members of the community to attend, young, old, men and women!
"From Leadership, Customer Relationships, HR and People Development, Corporate Governance, Sales/Marketing and General Financial and business skills. With strong leadership abilities, strategic implementing, financial understanding, planning and considerable communication skills, as well as a proven ability to manage and lead teams, has enabled me to make substantial contributions to my people."
Nathan-Jones is CEO of one of South Africa’s biggest car rental businesses – Europcar – a key strategic division of JSE-listed transport company Imperial Holdings and franchisee of the international car rental giant. She’s directed all her ambitions and considerable amount of personal drive at the business for more than 30 years but says she still gets excited to go to work each morning. The ironic part is that she ended up at Imperial by accident.
“After school I wasn’t interested in academia,” she says. “I just wanted to make quick money and travel.” Those plans were shelved after life intervened in the form of Carol Scott – the head of a recently established car rental company called Imperial Car Rental. Scott hired the 20-year-old Nathan-Jones – who was working behind the counter of a major competitor at the time – to set up Imperial Car Rental’s Durban branch.
My business experience is diverse, from Leadership, Customer Relationships, HR and People Development, Corporate Governance, Sales/Marketing and General Financial and business skills. With strong leadership abilities, strategic implementing, financial understanding, planning and considerable communication skills, as well as a proven ability to manage and lead teams, has enabled me to make substantial contributions to my people, the Imperial Board, and all Imperial shareholders; both in terms of sustainable profit and growth.
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