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University of KwaZulu-Natal Westville Campus, GSB&L Building

Westville Campus


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University Road
Westville
Durban


GPS co-ordinates

-29.817897,
30.942771

 


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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

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Schedule

Friday

Sep 27
  • Registration Starts
  • Official opening and programme
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Teams start forming, discussing ideas, working together and planning
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday

Sep 28
  • Teams arrive, simple breakfast and coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Sep 29
  • Teams arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don't be shy)
  • Coaches arrive…ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Lunch
  • FINAL Presentations
  • Judging and Awards
  • Wrap up, programme closure, Light Snacks
  • Go home!
Organizers
Shahida Cassim
Atul Padalkar
Judges

Akash Singh

Mr

Mr Akash Singh is a registered Chartered Accountant and has completed his MBA (in Strategic Planning). He is the Chief Executive Officer at Sigma International, a Global consulting business with offices in South Africa and the USA. He has been a member of the Board of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the last 8 years. This places Akash at the forefront of local (and global) economic development for small, medium and large businesses.

Akash has recently been appointed President of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Africa’s largest and oldest Metropolitan Chamber. He is also a member of the Board and Council of the South African Chambers of Commerce and Industry (SACCI). Akash is the Honorary Consulate to Republic of Philippines for Kwazulu Natal.

Prior to joining Sigma International, Akash was the General Manager: Product at Nedcor as well as General Manager: Finance at BoE Bank. Prior to banking, he was a Dispute Analysis and Investigations Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers (Durban) where he had undertaken a series of investigations both in the private and public sector. Akash completed his articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Akash has extensive experience in business strategy, mentoring, coupled with strong commercial skills, particularly with regard to business turnarounds and capital restructuring. He has trained in excess of 4 000 small, medium and large businesses on various practical subjects. Akash has also been selected as a representative to PUM, a Netherlands government programme that provides global mentorship.

Coaches

Jonathan Naidoo

Mr

Jonathan Naidoo is employed as the Chief Executive Officer at SmartXchange. Jonathan is an economics graduate with post graduate specialization in research methods, political and economic geography. Jonathan also holds certificate courses in Imports & Exports, Project Financing for Public Private Partnerships, Conflict Management, Program Management, Financial Modeling, an Estate Agents Diploma and an Education Diploma specializing in Mathematics. Jonathan also completed a “Trade Promotion for South Africa” course in Japan. Jonathan has extensive experience on trade and investment related activities, having led and accompanied a number of outward and inward business missions. Jonathan’s vast business experiences coupled with his connectivity both domestically and internationally has earned him a reputation of an astute “deal maker”.

Jonathan was previously the head of Economic Research, Policy and Lobbying at the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry and after restructuring he became the Team Leader of Trade & Investment, which also included the economic portfolio. Jonathan then went on to be the Chief Operations Officer at Trade and Investment KwaZulu Natal from 2004 to 2009 and thereafter became the Sales and Marketing Director for the Sub-Saharan Africa Region for the Austrian Tolling company, EFKON AG. Jonathan served as President of the Hibiscus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as an Executive member of both the UGU District Council and the Port Shepstone Transitional Local Council. Jonathan is currently appointed onto the Hibiscus Coast Mayoral Economic Advisory Committee.

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