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Join us in our next event as we get into conversation with Business Strategist and Founder of SHAPE CAFE coffee shop , Mr Itumeleng Hlapane. The following will be unpacked to help you align your business strategy and get you ready to grow your business in 2020.
1. How to gain a competitive edge
2. Researching new products and services to expand your business
3. To tackle or not to tackle huge markets in the beginning
4. How to build your business for global-local readiness
5. Dealing with customer feedback and adapting your business to it
6. Responding to change
7. Building a business case to get funding
Itumeleng Hlapane is a dynamic Gordon Institute of Business Science’s (GIBS) graduate, social entrepreneurship facilitator, business mentor at GIBS, National Youth Development Agency and WITS University Tshimologong Digital Precinct, a social enterprise SHAPE Café Coffee Shop & SHAPE Café Fitness Bar’s founder & Chief Executive Officer, professional dancer/choreographer and a qualified facilitator with years of experience in business administration education training.
Join us as we get educated, inspired and connect with other entrepreneurs, Session will be hosted by Ms Lungiswa Mzimba.
See you there!
Itumeleng Hlapane is a dynamic Gordon Institute of Business Science’s (GIBS) graduate, social entrepreneurship facilitator, business mentor at GIBS, NYDA and WITS Tshimologong Digital Precinct, a social enterprise SHAPE Café Coffee Shop & SHAPE Café Fitness Bar’s founder & Chief Executive Officer, qualified facilitator with years of experience in business administration education training.Read More
Social Entrepreneur, business mentor and facilitator
Upon graduating from Social Entrepreneurship Programme at the prestigious Gordon Institute of Business Science, Itumeleng’s commitment and hard work to establish the fastest growing township based social enterprise coffee shop and recently opened fitness bar; saw him being appointed by the Gordon of Institute of Business Science as the institution’s youngest business mentor for Enterprise Development Academy. His mentorship appointment came shortly after he was asked to be GIBS brand ambassador motivated by his influence in township and rural area based business administration workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs in social and creative sphere.
“My appointment as GIBS business mentor and brand ambassador came as a surprise to me as a young black rural born and township raised social entrepreneur who was constantly intimidated by his peers during my GIBS studies” Hlapane says. It is all evident that his growth in the social entrepreneurship mentorship and facilitation in disadvantaged communities is highly recognised by many, including WITS University and National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). In a space of 40 days, Hlapane was appointed by Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Precicnt and NYDA as their business mentor.
Thus far, he has shown a great deal of commitment to achieving and exceeding demanding targets and business objectives while remaining focused on creating a platform for township’s economic growth by providing an exceptional standard of service married with business administration assistance on pro-bono basis for township aspiring entrepreneurs through SHAPE Café.
Since SHAPE Café’s inception, as the CEO and a leader, Hlapane has shown a great deal of excellent interpersonal, communication, leadership, business and negotiation skills by creating sustainable relationships with giants such as Rand Merchant Bank, Wits University, Safari Investment Holding, Slater Gym, Business and Arts South Africa, YOCO and Southern African Association of Youth Clubs. His ability to influence decisions internally and externally has been SHAPE Café’s key ingredient to sales growth, social impact and sustainability.