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SAP Africa will host the SAP SME Forum on 21 August 2013 in Sandton, Johannesburg. (Image source: File)
SAP Africa will host the SAP SME Forum on 21 August 2013 in Sandton, Johannesburg. (Image source: File)

SAP Africa will host the SAP SME Forum on 21 August 2013 at the Holiday Inn, Sandton, Johannesburg, providing decision makers in business with insight into how to make the most out of entrepreneurial networks.


Entrepreneurs and Small and Midsize Enterprises (SMEs) find themselves in an exciting position: they have the potential not only to significantly drive economic growth in Africa but also to contribute towards skills development and job creation.

However, driving a successful enterprise in today’s competitive environment is challenging and access to capital, technology and a supportive network are important prerequisites to success.

The 2013 SAP Africa SME Forum will provide a forum for interactive discussion about these challenges and opportunities.

Derek Kudsee, SAP Africa’s Chief Operating Officer, will open the day by sharing the interesting South African survey results of a global study recently conducted by Oxford Economics titled “How successful SMEs are reinventing their businesses around the world”.

Simon Carpenter, Chief Customer Officer, SAP Africa is scheduled to moderate an interactive panel discussion, with a range of spokespeople from various sectors, on “How to foster entrepreneurship through meaningful and powerful entrepreneurial networks”.

In the context of this discussion, we also hope to hear your views on how the private and public sector together can collaborate to unlock prospects for co-innovation in support of entrepreneurs and SMEs in Africa today.

Panellists include:

  • SAP Africa:                                                         Derek Kudsee
  • Endeavor  South Africa:                                   Catherine Townshend
  • Emerging Entrepreneur and SME Owner:   Kumaran Padayachee
  • Government Representative

The panel discussion will be followed by a series of interactive innovation sessions, which will showcase how SAP Africa SME customers and partners are effectively using innovative technology like mobility, analytics and cloud technologies to secure a competitive advantage and stimulate business growth.

These sessions are all focused on real business issues and helping SMEs in Africa to grow and be empowered to contribute to Africa’s economic growth and stability.

Staff Writer

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