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Building successful and sustainable innovative technology businesses

Aurik CEO and co-founder Pavlo Phitidis was the keynote speaker at the Innovation Bridge event in Midrand recently. With his constant exposure to the changing face of business, Pavlo shared some of his insights on how businesses around the world are adapting their thinking and finding new ways to use technology to reap the rewards of their vision. How can South Africans benefit in a similar way?

Building the future we want as business owners in SA

South African entrepreneurs can play a big role in bringing the promises made during this year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2018 to life. The peaceful transition between Presidents, the content and promises of #SONA2018 and the measured budget2018 has reignited an atmosphere of opportunity and hope within the country. The edge of chaos we have lived in for the last 3 years may well recede if we all help make it so: our new President cannot do it alone.

Business trends from New York and London 2017

By Pavlo Phitidis

Take five days in New York, and five days in London, add in thirty-one meetings and, what do you get? You get my whirlwind trip that saw me meeting with some of the world’s most aggressive start-ups, to learn more about their businesses, funding approaches, and current trends.

On this week’s The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield, we talked about what I learnt:

How to Turn a Struggling Business Around

By Pavlo Phitidis 

Turning a struggling business around isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible. Currently, many businesses are implementing turn-around strategies to revive ailing operations, or increase their attractiveness to customers. If you’re facing a dead-end in your growing business, on The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield, we considered ways you can turn your business around:

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

I recently hosted an innovation workshop for more than 100 franchisees and a franchisor of a well-established, successful franchise brand. Attendees included seasoned, smart business builders and operators, but the environment within which they operate has significantly changed.

Jobs created in SA while all else fails

In the same period that saw the South African economy contract, the Rand depreciate, the Consumer Confidence Index plunge, and Eskom gear-up load-shedding, 63 jobs were created by 27 start-up and early-stage businesses located mainly but not only in Gauteng.

Part 2: How to protect your growing business from big business theft

The tender trap


After the launch of the BLSA, and the commitments made by big business to entrepreneurs, it sparked a train of thought about the intentions of big business in the tendering process.


It got me thinking that over the last year, many entrepreneurs have spoken to me about tenders and the tender procedures from public and private big business that were issued, but not implemented. Why is this? Could it be because of flexing budgets? After all, operational needs do change.

What Entrepreneurial Opportunities Await in 2018?

The tumultuous events of 2017 have already shaped the entrepreneurial opportunities for 2018. The innovators respond first, and then the thinkers and actors catch on. Soon thereafter, the early adopters are hopping on and, before you know it, the legislators and regulators are taking notice. Look at cryptocurrencies as an example! Big businesses, bound by bureaucracy and legacy systems, too much comfort and layers of fragmented communication mostly follow last. And, of course, these waves of incredible change are propelled by our always-on, instant media universe that has become an essential part of our daily lives. Set yourself up to be one of the first to act on entrepreneurial opportunities that arise in 2018, and you’ll have a winning business in your sector by the end of the year. On this week’s The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield, we considered four big trends from 2017, and the momentum behind them:

What to do when you’ve made the wrong investment for business growth

Earlier this week, the South African Minister of Finance presented the Medium-term Budget, and the news was somewhat disheartening. Government’s plan to dispose of some of its well-performing shares in Telkom, to offset its recapitalisation of South African Airways and the South African Post Office, is just bad planning. It’s akin to avid entrepreneurs who believe wholeheartedly in their business, but can’t let go of investing time and money into a bad idea, no matter the consequences. Time and money are finite resources, and pouring them into a bad investment can destroy your business. On this week’sThe Money Show, we looked at how you can hit the brakes on a bad investment and start making the right type of investment for business growth: