Business Plan Coaching Bootcamp to help entrepreneurs at Propella

A good business plan is needed to attract financiers and investors to any project – be it a start-up or expansion, according to business coach Sanville Moses.

"One of the issues small businesses face when putting together a business plan is quality business plans with sound financials" he says.
He will be presenting at free two day business plan coaching boot camp at the Propella Futuremakers Hub on May 17 and May 18.
The boot camp will give attendees understanding to what investors and funders are looking for. It will explain why funders want a business plan, how to build relationships that leverage their business plan, and will give a better understanding of the process of writing a business plan, according to Moses.

Hackathon to reinvent the SMS

hackathonEastern Cape programmers are being challenged to take SMS communication to a new level at the next Propella Futuremakers Hub hackathon.

Hosted in the Propella Futuremakers ICT hub on April 22, the hackathon is challenging programmers to think outside the box to create a marketable bulk SMS service.

“The intellectual property will remain with theprogrammer or team which develops the apps, and they are encouraged to make them available to the market,” says EllenFischat, business support manager at thePropella Futuremakers Hub.

Mara Jacobs – the friendly (and very efficient) face of Propella

Mara_JacobsMeet the Propella Business Incubator's "wonder-woman" Mara Jacobs.
It's her responsibility to ensure that everything flows smoothly in the high-energy hub in Humerail, Port Elizabeth.
She is the friendly voice of Propella, and does her best to help inventive entrepreneurs who want to be part of the growing innovation hub.
Jacobs started her journey at Propella in October 2015 as the innovation hub's receptionist and administrator.
If you need a meeting scheduled, documents, more information about the workshops, boot camps or other events taking place, Jacobs has the information at her fingertips.

 

Breaking the small business innovation block

MaryAnn-ChettyOne of the biggest innovative thinking issues that face small businesses is that “entrepreneurs are solution-driven but many small businesses do not have sufficient capacity to devise innovative solutions for their customers,” says Mary-Ann Chetty, senior innovation manager at the Innovation Office of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

She will be presenting a free one day Innovative Thinking workshop for small business leaders at the Propella Futuremakers Hub on Wednesday, May 4 from 9am until 12pm.

The Hub invites all small to medium size business in the area to attend this workshop, which will teach them how to enable a culture which fosters creativity in their companies.

Girls for STEM programme hosted at Propella

Girls-for-STEM-GroupGrade nine girl students in the Metro are being helped to prepare for a career in the sciences and technology through a partnership between the Propella Business Incubator and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

The "Girls for STEM" programme co-funded by the US Department of State, focuses on empowering grade nine girls towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers. It will be hosted at Propella Business Incubator in Humerail.
Selected grade nine girls from four schools around Nelson Mandela Bay will be taking part in workshops and tours at no cost to the schools or the pupils.
The programme is comprised of workshops, coding lessons, and "Aspire to STEM" talks which are all delivered by leading local women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.There will also be field trips to various companies and localities to observe how STEM skills are practised.

A home for disruptive technology

Propella Futuremakers hubPropella Futuremakers Hub is the first business hub in South Africa to be fully geared for the disruptive technology that is fuelling the fourth industrial revolution, or “Business 4.0”. The name “Propella” captures what the centre strives to achieve – propellers disrupt the air or water around them while pulling or pushing the craft forward.At thePropella Futuremakers Hub we incubate, accelerate and graduate. Incubatees from both the IT and advanced manufacturing sectors are housed in the same building to encourage cooperation between innovators in a world where the divide between information and physical operations is becoming more and more blurred.

Eastern Cape-developed app will help connect communities

Thulisile Volwana and Sabeo SibandaCommunities, schools, hospitals and other organisations may be able to communicate for free using standard wireless technology built into cellphones, laptops and other devices.

They will be do so through an app developed and being refined by three Port Elizabeth-based Internet entrepreneurs who have been selected to take part in the Founders Space accelerator programme in San Francisco, which is ranked among the top 10 Silicon Valley technology incubators in the world by Forbes magazine.

Lateral Thinking workshop facilitated by Maureen Crangle

Ellen and MaureenTo be successful in business today one has to be able to think laterally – or out of the box. This is particularly true of small businesses in the Eastern Cape, says specialist trainer Maureen Crangle.
She will be presenting a free workshop on lateral thinking at the Propella Futuremakers Hub in Humerail.
This workshop will enable participants to begin to develop the lateral thinking skills necessary to be effective, relevant and competitive in today's economy, she says.

Selwyn Willis facilitates Business Game workshop at Propella

SelwynWillisOwners of small businesses will be able to up their game by attending a series of free workshops being hosted at the Propella Business Incubator this April.

The first in the series of workshops will be facilitated by Selwyn Willis, who will be talking about the business game on Wednesday, April 13.

Willis, known to many as a local radio and television personality, is a qualified trainer/facilitator who specialises in Social Enterprises and was accredited by the International Labour Organisation in 2015.Workshops start at 9am.

Contacts

For general information about the Propella Business Incubator, please contact us at:
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  +27 41 502 3700
  0861 55 55 33
 Humerail Business Park, Oakworth Drive, Humewood 6001

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