Are you an entrepreneur? Do you need funding to grow your business?

Sometimes as entrepreneurs, lack of access to funds stops us from growing our businesses. If you or someone you know is in such a position, join us on Wednesday, 11 March at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein and get all the info you need to take your business forward. Find out what funds the IDC and Old Mutual have on offer for you to grow your business.

Enquiries on the event or to book a seat: Contact: Ms Pelmar Mamburu Tel: 081 312 1821 E-mail:

RSVP by the 2nd of March 2015.

I will also be there to talk to you about how to ensure that once you receive the funding, you put it into good use so your business grows in leaps and bounds. To be a successful entrepreneur, you need financial discipline. My favourite saying is “a successful entrepreneur with no financial discipline is an oxymoron”

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And oh, you will receive a goodie bag with a wonderful gift in it – I’m not supposed to tell what’s in the goodie bag 🙂


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Closing the funding gap

Seminar to address the challenges entrepreneurs face

By Staff Writer

Published: 24 Feb, 2015 02:13 PM

The entrepreneurs’ struggle with securing funding is a long a difficult one.

Everything from lack of knowledge about various funding options, difficulties in meeting the set requirements, to connecting with the right funding institution or an individual financing an SME is not easy.

Pelmar Mamburu is a Soweto-born entrepreneur, she founded PELMAR Corporate Conferences and Events, an events management company. She is also an alumna of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship.

Closing the gap

Mamburu says she saw first-hand the trials that many entrepreneurs in the country experience, including gaining access to seed funding.

“I’ve seen South African entrepreneurs struggle with lack of research on business information including funding, lack of appropriate business skills, and a lack of confidence to ask for assistance and also access to markets,” she says.

“Entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to meet face to face with experts from the funding companies”

This frustration is what led her to establish a series of funding seminars for entrepreneurs and SMEs, the first of which is set to take place in Braamfontien, Johannesburg.

Mamburu’s key focus for the seminar is to close the gap between entrepreneurs and funding institutions.

“Entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to meet face to face with experts from the funding companies. They will have an opportunity to interact directly with more than one funding specialist from funding companies,” she adds.

Knowledge bank

The funding seminars will feature speakers from various funding organisations. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network and share their business financial challenges and ideas with various organisations including Kalvenie Raja representing the IDC. Raja will be speaking on the types of funding IDC provides and how entrepreneurs can secure funding.

Also in attendance will be the Masisizane Fund, an initiative of Old Mutual. The fund focuses on small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) development and promotion of entrepreneurship. Mmathebe Lobega will be give attendees insight into the criteria that the fund uses to approve funding for entrepreneurs and SMEs.

Also presenting will be Phumelele Ndumo, a financial advisor and author of the book Debt to Riches and founder of ThuthukaSA, a financial management firm. She will be advising entrepreneurs on proper personal and business financial management. 


Funding seminar for entrepreneurs and SMEs


Mar 11, 2015 10:00 AM until 03:00 PM


Are you an Entrepreneur or a Small Medium-Sized Enterprise Owner who needs funding assistance to grow and develop your business to another level?

PELMAR CORPORATE CONFERENCES AND EVENTS and media partner SME South Africa is inviting you to attend a Funding Seminar to receive and gain valuable financial information from some of South Africa’s leading funding companies.

Entrepreneurs and SME’s will be informed on how they can access funding directly from funding companies.

Some of our Speakers from Funding Companies are:

  • Ms Kalvenie Raja – IDC – Industry Champion: Development Funds Department

She will be clearly inform attendees on the types of funding IDC provides and how they can secure funding

  • Ms Mmathebe Lobega – Masisizane Fund – Chartered Accountant and an Enterprise

Support Specialist She will be discussing the types of funding they fund and the criteria they use to approve funding for entrepreneurs and SMEs. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network and share their business financial challenges and ideas with:

  • Financial Advisor and Author of SA best seller book From Debt to Riches

– Ms Phumelele Ndumo from ThuthukaSA who is also one of the speakers

– She will be speaking and encouraging entrepreneurs and SMEs to begin investing in debt free concept for both their businesses and personal lives

Date: 11 March 2015

Time: 10h00 – 15h00

Venue: Constitution Hill – The Old Fort Building 11 Kotze Street Braamfontein Johannesburg

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Cost: R350.00 pp. (incl. finger lunch, goodie bag with a book)


Please be advised that Booking is Essential and Pre-Payment is Necessary as NO CASH will be accepted at the venue.

To book a seat please RSVP by the 2nd of March 2015 at: Contact: Ms Pelmar Mamburu Tel: 081 312 1821081 312 1821 E-mail:


Cost: R350.00 pp. (incl. finger lunch, goodie bag with a book)


Constitution Hill, The Old Fort Building


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