One of the most useful practices any startup owner or entrepreneur can adopt is to attend as many relevant networking events as possible. The value you can get from Startup Grind events is enormous. Communicating with like-minded, motivated and active people can take your game to another level.
One big reason to attend: Sharing knowledge as an entrepreneur is key - regardless of what stage you are at in your journey. Startup Grind brings everyone together in a low-key environment where all ideas are welcome, you’re a part of the global startup community and you have the ability to connect and learn from several heavy hitters in the scene.
Every month we invite you to better understand and to embrace Startup Grind’s Values:
Give First (before you ask)
Make Friends (not just contacts)
Help Others (before you help yourself)
And to broadcast Startup Grind’s Mission:
To Educate, Inspire, and Connect Entrepreneurs
Our global community of 300+ chapters in 110 countries worldwide is here for you. Let us know... How may we best assist you? (I.e. - Can we help facilitate warm introductions to businesses, mentors, and/or investors to grow your startup here or elsewhere?)
Ways You Can Participate this Month:
On your mark, get set, GO! - Every month we invite local “Entrepreneur Partners” (Funded Startup, Growth & Enterprise Business Leaders) within our local ecosystem to kick off the event. Sharing accomplishments, values or needs with attendees, while connecting with our local team and featured guest demonstrates your commitment to our area's innovators. Entrepreneur Partners are also able to exhibit products and/or services after our signature Fireside Chat. This opportunity is available for a limited number of businesses, Apply Today!
Listen & Learn - Are you a member of our local entrepreneurial ecosystem? We encourage you to come meet, learn from and have the chance to ask questions to Romeo Khumalo, CEO of Washirika Holdings.
Spread the Word - Startup Grind Johannesburg's monthly events are an effective and valuable opportunity to share your brand and message with our local entrepreneurial community. Startup Grind’s events regularly attract many influential Founders, Professionals, and Investors. We have several options available, starting at only R500. (Connect Here)
Identify opportunities for dynamic conversations and encounters.
Absorb new information from our guest’s and your peer’s expertise.
Implement & Test an idea so you are utilizing good startup practices of validation.
Accomplished and seasoned entrepreneur, venture capitalist, co-founder and CEO of Washirika Holdings, Romeo Kumalo has for over two decades been a formidable force in the media, telecommunications and information sectors. The Shark Tank investor will share with us his journey during our Fireside chat.
Romeo Kumalo’s name is synonymous with the Media and Telecommunications throughout Africa. Having achieved great success in the media and broadcasting industry, Romeo transitioned into the Information, Communications and Telecoms sector as a highly successful CEO of Vodacom/Vodafone International holding the positions accountable for commercial development and managing the cellular giant’s interest in African markets. He is now the CEO and co-founder of Washirika Holdings, a pan-African investment holding and private equity company. Recently, Romeo also appeared on Shark Tank South Africa, where entrepreneurs go up in front of a panel of esteemed successful South African business moguls, known as the “sharks”, who are willing to invest their own money and time potentially lucrative business ideas. “If we are to empower our children, we need to start with changing the types of conversations we have around the dinner table” said Romeo.