CITI Upcoming events and seminars

by oneafrikan on March 22, 2005

There are some upcoming events happening at the CITI, so check this out if you’re in Cape Town and you’re interested…

Upcoming events and seminars

Dear CITI Community,

March is the month
for improving your business and skills sets by attending our Listening
Breakfast with Richard Holt, or by wrapping your mind around key issues
regarding press releases at our Media Liaison workshop. We’ve also got
information regarding the upcoming BIG IDEA workshops in JHB and Cape
Town. This should keep you busy for the month. Enjoy!

Breakfast with Richard Holt (Qualia Group)

you think you’re an Entrepreneur” – but in striving for success
does your business display the characteristics of a Lion a Mule or a Turkey?

“So you think
you’re an Entrepreneur” is a fun and highly interactive session
that explores and offers insights into the world of the business owner
and asks you to look at yourself, your business and your development needs
from a different angle.


Then why not take the chance to spend a couple of hours working “on
your business” rather than “in your business”,
discuss some of your live issues and pick up some new ideas, and inspiration.

Richard Holt is a
serial entrepreneur himself, eager to assist business leaders develop
their strengths and capabilities. Most recently Richard facilitated Business
Quest, and international entrepreneurial development programme, which
brought together 12 UK and 50 SA companies to develop innovation and seeks
ways of doing competitive global business.

sure to book early as there is only 20 seats available for this unique
and fun event!

31 March 2005
Time: 09h00 for 09h30
Venue: UUNET Bandwidth Barn, 5th Floor, 125 Buitengracht
Street, Cape Town
Cost: R75 for non-members and R50 for CITI members

or 021 409 7000

media and your business

A half day
workshop on how to successfully work with journalists

You should attend if:

  • You or your business have
    a story to tell
  • You want to use the media
    to promote your business but don’t know how
  • You want to develop good
    relationships with journalists but don’t want to employ a media

You will learn:

  • How to identify which media
    are important to your business
  • What you need to know before
    you contact the media
  • How to go about introducing
    your business and yourself to important media
  • The do’s and don’ts
    of working with the media
  • The different ways to get
    information to the media
  • Interviews/ relationship
    building meetings
  • Press releases
  • Thought leadership pieces
  • Exclusives
  • Advertorials
  • How to know when to do
    an interview and when to write a press release
  • How to know if your story
    is newsworthy and what to do if it isn’t
  • The basics of writing a
    press release
  • Why what you write or said
    and what gets printed are often not the same
  • What to do when it all
    goes terribly wrong – how to avoid it and how to turn it to your

Join Sarah
, the director of local IT specialist PR agency, Sentient
, for a half day workshop that will include a 30
minute presentation by respected ITWeb journalist Paul Vecchiatto.

Please note that only
15 companies may attend this interactive workshop
so book early
to secure your place! In order to secure your booking, please make an
EFT to the Cape IT Initiative’s bank account and fax or email the
payment confirmation slips to Leigh Holt no later than Friday,
01 April 2005.

Cape IT Initiative’s
banking details
Bank: Nedbank
Account number: 1009 693 735
Branch: Cape Town
Branch code: 100909
Type of account: Cheque account

Workshop details:

Date: 5
April 2005
Time: 09h00/09h30 – 13h00
Venue: UUNET Bandwidth Barn, Level 5, 125 Buitengracht
Centre, Cape Town
Cost: R250.00 per person R200.00 for Cape IT Initiative
members and UUNET Bandwidth Barn tenants.

Leigh Holt on
or (021) 409-7000 and fax: (021) 409 7050.


Workshops to help Entrepreneurs develop and grow their Businesses.

Mark Shuttleworths’ HBD
Venture Capital, together with the Innovation Fund, are subsidizing a
series of exciting and informative interactive Workshops and Conferences
nationally throughout 2005. As the events are subsidized, fees are as
low as R395 for a full day workshop.


Lots of different one-day practical workshops for Entrepreneurs that focus
on developing personal and business skills. Participants will enjoy and
benefit from the personalized attention that is provided during the workshops.

The following BIG
IDEA workshops (and more) will take place:

Wed. 6th April
Wynand Coetzer, Business Mentor, Cape Town

Sat. 16th

Allon Raiz, Serial
Entrepreneur, JHB

Sat. 16th

Potgieter, “Sensemaker” – Gryphontech, Cape Town

Sat. 23rd

Murray Kilgour, Transform Consulting International,
Cape Town.

The workshop presenters
are all experts in their particular fields.
For enquiries, workshop fees and bookings contact Louise on (021)
970 1050 or Wendy (021) 970 1010
or visit,
If you find that the BIG IDEA is not running a workshop
that covers your specific needs or interests please let them know!

CITI Member
In ancient times
maps depicting unchartered territories contained depictions of monsters
with the words ‘Here Be Dragons’. Mariners made it their goal to conquer
the unknown – to discover new lands and make them known to the world.

HBD explores new territory by discovering innovative South African
companies and people. HBD was founded by South African businessman
Mark Shuttleworth in September 2000. The company has since developed
into two separate units, HBD Venture Capital and HBD Asset Management.

HBD Venture Capital is
a full-service Venture Capital company. Our aim is to create powerful
global companies from a South African base, through investment in
seed and start-up companies. To achieve this we invest in and provide
business finance to innovative South African companies that have
global potential. We also develop new internal business ideas from
scratch, trying to capitalise on local skills and taking advantage
of global trends and new technologies.

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