We chat to Beth Malatji, the chapter director of Startup Grind Johannesburg, about how this organisation helps entrepreneurs.
By Fundiswa Nkwanyana
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events where successful local business people, innovators, educators and investors discuss entrepreneurship in depth. As they share their knowledge in their areas of expertise, guests get an opportunity to ask questions. We provide an interactive platform where people share personal stories and lessons learnt on the road to building great companies.
There are two common mistakes that entrepreneurs make. Firstly, they expect success right away. Little do they know that it takes a long time to grow a business, and even longer to make money from a business. But, people starting businesses need to be realistic about their expectations and be patient. Secondly, most people do not invest in human resources, marketing or learning. Investing in human resources could help the business grow, while marketing may propel it. Lastly, you must be willing to learn in order to grow.
People who attend our events walk away with a wealth of knowledge.
We hold 12 interactive events a year, and we have been getting positive responses. Those who attend acquire business skills knowledge that help them become successful entrepreneurs.