. LeaderEx Programme – Simodisa's Events
Time Topic
10:15 - 10:45 Keynote by a well-known and inspirational South African entrepreneur

Unleashing Disruptive Innovations - Disruptive innovations are shaping the world and are repurposing existing infrastructure to create socio-economic efficiency. To kick start this year’s LeaderEX, a renowned South African entrepreneur will give a keynote address on how South Africa is gearing itself up as Africa's innovation Hub. The session will discuss South African innovations that shaped the world and what is required for us to lead in the 4th Industrial Revolution

11:00 - 11:45 Panel discussion with local VCs, Angels and thought leaders.  

What Investors look for in Start-up - A panel discussion on how to craft a winning investment pitching proposal. The panellists will address key areas that investors look for in business plan. The panel will include speakers from different spheres of funding, such as Venture Capitalists (VCS), Development Funding Institutions (DFIs) and alternative funding organisations.

12:00 - 12:45 A series of fireside chats about the emerging FinTech industry in Africa

The Rise of Fin Tech in Africa – With one of the most buoyant global financial services industry, South Africa is leading the way in creating world class pan African fin tech businesses. This session will consist of a series of fireside chats that will discuss starting up a fin tech business in Africa. What are the opportunities that exist; the funding landscape and support that exists in South Africa for fintech entrepreneurs. One of South Africa's Bit Coin pioneers will discuss and unpack what Bit Coin really is. A fad or the future?

13:00 -13:45 E-commerce: The modern day brokers -Two of South Africa's business pioneers will discuss how to establish, grow and scale an ecommerce business. They will do a deep dive on how to build scalable business models in the industry.
14:00 - 14:30 Keynote address by a global entrepreneur: Insights into running a digitally smart business 

The Digital Entrepreneur - The 4th Industrial Revolution, which is described as a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, will have a disruptive impact on all disciplines, economies and industries. Business value chains will be digitized and this presents an opportunity for great technological innovations. A world renowned digital entrepreneur will give a keynote address on his journey and also provide insights on how to build a digitally smart business.

14:45 - 15:30 Building your business using digital tools - In this fast paced world of business, efficiency and scale is of key importance. This session will be a panel that will discuss current global trends and also digital tools that are available to help you digitize your business.
A discussion around digital tools available for businesses
15:45 - 16:00 A practical How-To guide on cloud-based infrastructure requirements for start-ups. 

Get Your Head in the cloud - Cloud based computing is a new way of using the Internet to deliver hardware and software services instead of keeping physical hardware and software at your office. This reduces costs and provides instant business scale. The session will be a fireside chat that will give you a How-To guide on using cloud based infrastructure for your start-up.

16:15 - 17:00 A fireside chat with thought leaders in the Mobile Technology space.

Transforming business through Mobile Technology - South Africa has 65% mobile penetration and 85.5 million mobile connections. This session will deliver two fireside chats from an ICT industry leader and mobile technology pioneer and will teach start-ups on how to leverage the growing trends in mobile technology.