DEMO Africa to host Knowledge Session Masterclasses on Venture Growth Strategies

DEMO Africa in partnership with the World Bank will host a Knowledge Session Masterclasses on Venture Growth Strategies – Scaling Your Business with the Right Team  at the sidelines of the 2016 edition of the DEMO Africa main event in Johannesburg, South Africa in September.

The session is designed for entrepreneurs and start-up managers who are developing strategies to manage company growth. Underlying any company’s business objectives are identifying skilled talent to contribute to long-term goals and retaining the company culture during the growth process. The goal of the session is to realize the importance of team and teamwork from the perspective of efficiency.

As small companies grow and scale, they face inevitable hiring, managerial and organizational challenges. Identifying and establishing your company culture will define your organization’s values and help lean teams attract and retain crucial talent. This session will focus on techniques to retain company culture during growth including setting medium-term and long-term objectives and discuss best-practices around HR and team management to help companies achieve these goals. The session will briefly cover use of legal agreements, alternative compensation mechanisms, the role of advisory boards and board agreements.

By the end of this session, participants will have a strong understanding of how to manage their firm’s growth without compromising key values.

The session will be led by Toni Eliasz (who works within World Bank’s Digital Entrepreneurship Program and a  Technology go-to-market strategist with deep expertise in designing, building, merchandising and marketing Online & Mobile software products and services (B2B, B2C, B2B2C)) and Justin Coetzee (founder of GoMetro, a mobile start-up based in Cape Town. GoMetro is essentially a mobile app aimed at improving the public transport experience in large cities by connecting public transport agencies, commuters and brands in a location-aware platform).

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