As experts on Supplier and Enterprise Development, MEDO is well known for providing entrepreneurs with highly successful and potentially business changing opportunities. Perhaps the most notable of these opportunities is the International Trade Programme run by the organisation. Those selected to go on this programme first go through a demanding International Trade Boot Camp which culminates in a final Big Pitch session where successful applicants are chosen for the big trip!
Following an initial selection process of hundreds of applicants, a week long Boot Camp, made possible by BT Communication Services, recently took place and was followed by a Big Pitch session in Cape Town. This saw participants from a wide range of sectors demonstrating their readiness to take on trade on an international level by pitching their businesses to members of the British Chamber of Business, company CEOs and supply chain managers, both in the private and public sector.
The entrepreneurs who made it through the Boot Camp will now pitch at a final session in Johannesburg on the 20th of January 2106. A select number of entrepreneurs will be chosen at this session to visit – at no cost to themselves – the UK in March 2016 on a business and trade delegation aimed at developing trade relations with UK-based businesses.
In its fifth year, this programme has been sponsored by UK multinationals and each time the successful businesses in the Big Pitch session have been able to develop trade relationships in the UK.
The participating entrepreneurs are:
Maredi Thema of Maredi Technologies:
Maredi Technologies is Telecoms, IT and Last Mile Solutions products and services provider. The company plays in all three segments of ICT Infrastructure, which means their customers benefit from getting a turnkey service from one provider.
Mbali Nkabinde of ClientScape:
A 702 Small Business Awards finalist, ClientScape is a talent organisation that focuses on the SMME niche market by strategically enhancing their Human Capital services function with the aim of building sustainable businesses.
Mudzimu Mate of Multi-Pek Power Systems:
Multi-Pek Power Systems is a Data Center Software Solutions Company, a manufacturer’s representative and partner of industry leading software and energy management companies.
Kearabetswe Mokoka of GSC Projects:
Go-sedimogile Construction & Projects cc founded in 2009, is 100% black female owned. GSC Projects provides the supply and delivery of petroleum, bulk logistics of commodities and construction services.
Thabo Moodie of Matla Risk Management Services:
Matla Risk Management Services is a fully integrated risk management firm, offering risk consultancy, insurance broking services and investment management services. The organisation’s target markets include corporates, SMME’s, and affinity groups.
Sihle Hlophe of Passion Seed Communications:
Passion Seed Communications is a film and TV production company that raises awareness about socially relevant issues in an engaging and provocative manner. With numerous accolades and international screenings under her belt, Hlophe looks set to leave an indelible mark on the South African TV and film industry
Lisa and Jody van Heerden of CAD4ALL Design Training and Software:
CAD4ALL was established in 2007 with the aim of delivering and offering quality educational initiatives & construction related software applications to a market that is currently looking for alternative solutions.
Mpho Phantshang of Mzhayalethu Pty Ltd :
Car Parlour is a mechanical workshop based in Langa with a vision to make quality service available to the community. The company offers variety of services including Services, Engine Overhauls, Gearbox Overhauls and Body work.
Fanyana Mfene of Waste Rethink Pty Ltd:
Waste Rethink Pty Ltd is a wholly 100% black-owned company whose business include business and domestic round waste collection, area cleaning, recycling (on-site sorting included) and PET bottles processing for export.