Entrepreneurs urged to refresh old ideas and make them new
IT was an unwelcome “guest” in the form of Eskom load-shedding that put a damper on the mood for some of those attending the first Giants on Success development summit to be held in Port Elizabeth.
Taking place at Fathers House Church in North End on Saturday, an impressive lineup of national and international motivational speakers took to the stage.
They included writer, speaker and life coach Myan Subrayan, business innovation coach and renowned trainer Mike Handcock and life coach Colleen Qvist.
The initiative, which is the first of five international marketing and business events planned for the Bay this year, focused on personal development and business strategy. About 500 people attended.
Among the invited guests and speakers was the portfolio chairman of infrastructure, electricity and energy and member of the Nelson Mandela Bay mayoral committee, Andile Mfunda, who presented a welcome speech on behalf of mayor Ben Fihla who was out of town.
Mfunda said such initiatives were important for the Bay as they helped in promoting human capital development … in the midst of the current tough economic climate.
Speaking during an impromptu tea break, thanks to load-shedding, Mfunda said he was impressed with the turnout and hoped to see similar initiatives take place in the future.
The highlight of the event for many was business innovator and professional conference presenter Handcock. The New Zealand-born Handcock, who was accompanied by his partner, entrepreneur Landi Jac, said he was surprised by the amount of entrepreneurial thinking in Port Elizabeth.
He said residents should look at recycling some old ideas and make them fresh and new. Bay owner of Your Money Publishing and Events Lynn van Vuuren said she was impressed with the event.
Second-year Varsity College BA corporate communications student Gary Blom said he found the event insightful and that he had found out more about how to make business ideas work.
Professional business trainer and author Subrayan, who also addressed the event, said he felt passionate about uplifting and encouraging South Africans to be motivated in business.
Subrayan, who was born in Durban, recently moved back to South Africa after spending 12 years in New Zealand.
Event organiser Jade de Vega from Geo Yayga Wealth Events said he was pleased with the turnout.
“This is a very good start,” he said, adding that Port Elizabeth was a city where you get to take the initiative and go against the current.
De Vega said that through events like this it was hoped that more entrepreneurs would take the proverbial bull by the horns and move away from handouts and grants.