Champ Thekiso is a Chartered Accountant and has spent over 10 years working with and for SMMEs. He is the founder of Thekvest Group (Pty) Ltd, which focuses on investing in high growth potential SMMEs and Advisory Services (i.e. legal advisory and economic inclusion solutions). The Group has interests is in different industries, namely, Agro-processing and value add product to financial services. It is also exploring investments in steel structuring, technology and renewable energy.
Champ has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, local procurement, economic transformation and social performance mostly within the resources sector. He has been an advisor and has served as trustee on various boards.
Bongani Gosa is the Owner and Creative Director of BWD. Established in 2006, BWD (www.bwd.co.za) is a full service digital communication agency that helps clients leverage digital communication as a tool in driving tangible business results. Under Bongani’s leadership, the company has shown extraordinary growth for a business of its size and today.
BWD has an impressive portfolio of key clients that includes a conglomerate like T-Systems as well as the University of Witwatersrand. BWD now officially also creates award-winning work. During 2015, the company produced a promotional video to help UJ grow their alumni member base, which won a MACE award.
Yolelwa Sikunyana is a founder and director of Sikunyana Incorporated Attorneys situated in Midrand, Gauteng. She has over 13 years’ experience as an in house legal counsel and has worked for both the private and public sector, in companies such as Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Tasima, SABC, BP SA and Transnet SOC.
She holds an LLB from Vista University, a PG Dip in Drafting and Interpretation of Contracts and a Certificate in Compliance Management both from the University of Johannesburg. Curretly studying for LLM in Law of Contract at the University of Pretoria, Yolelwa also holds a Certificate in Advanced Company Law Certificate.
Siya Bacela is the founder and Managing Director of Bacela Consulting, a business development entity based in Johannesburg, Gauteng which was founded in 2014. He holds an MTec in Chemistry from Nelson Mandela Metropole University and an MBL from UNISA.
He has 14 years’ experience in the corporate world through his previous employment at Sasol. Currently, his work is focused on providing sustainable business solutions for clients to enhance the competitiveness of their value propositions. His services include support in implementation of Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD), coaching and mentoring of SMEs and business advisory on growth strategies.