South Africa’s business leaders step up to help aspiring entrepreneurs

South Africa’s business leaders step up to help aspiring entrepreneurs
Luvuyo Rani: CEO of Silulo Ulutho Technologies

Speakers and judges’ line-up announced for DCC Business Accelerator Programme

The DCC Business Accelerator Programme is delivering on its promise to bring South Africa’s top business leaders to its two-day workshop, where aspiring entrepreneurs will be vying for a share of the R85 000 prize money and the opportunity to work with a business mentor.

Meghan King, Executive of the DCC Business Accelerator Programme, says the exciting variety of speakers and judges will provide a massive business boost for the 20 qualifiers.

“The Programme starts with a full-day, highly interactive session and offers an extraordinary opportunity for our candidates to network with leading business people. Our exciting line-up of speakers will be sharing their trade secrets about launching and building successful businesses,” she explains.

The speakers for the first day of the DCC Business Accelerator Programme are:

Luvuyo Rani: CEO of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, a visionary leader who has grown his IT business to 43 stores in rural areas, townships and small towns across 3 provinces, affording access to IT training and services for thousands of residents of these communities.

Paul Vermaak: Human Resources Director at Smiths Manufacturing, a HR guru with more than 20 years’ experience in the Automotive industry.
Rudi van Niekerk: Regional General Manager at H&R Africa holds overall responsibility for spearheading a successful growth drive into Africa.

These experts will also be helping the entrepreneurs in a practical session to fine-tune their business pitches – which the entrants will then present during the final hours of the workshop. The Top 10 businesses will qualify for the second round of judging on Thursday, 9 December.

“This is our Dragons’ Den where each entrepreneur will have the opportunity to pitch their business idea to our Dragons, who will evaluate the entries and select the three winners as well as nominate their top candidates for business mentorship,” Meghan adds.

The Programme’s illustrious Dragons are:

Luvuyo Rani: CEO of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, a visionary social entrepreneur
Daniel Souchon: Managing Director of Ferro Coating Resins, an influential industrial leader.

Ravesha Govender: Programme Manager (Manufacturing) for the Economic Development and Investment Promotion Unit at the eThekwini Municipality, a new business development specialist

Trevor I’Ons: Managing Director of NCS Resins, a committed business leader driven to disrupt markets.

With this line-up of speakers and judges, the third year of the DCC Business Accelerator Programme is going to provide an unparalleled growth opportunity for all the qualifiers. Open to entrepreneurs, small businesses and established SMME’s nationwide, entries are available online at

“We’ve been inundated with submissions for the Programme and the quality of the proposals we have received is incredible. With entries closing on Friday, 4 December, it’s not too late to submit your innovative idea and put yourself in the running to be a part of this incredible opportunity,” Meghan concludes