Pavlo Phitidis is a business growth expert and author of Sweat Scale $ell. Joint headline partners of the Standard Bank SME Summit include Hewlett Packard Enterprise and SYSDBA. The corporate partners include Adams & Adams, BDO, FPD Business School, Payfast and Santam.

Other confirmed speakers and panellists at the SME Summit include:
  • Dion Chang — founder of Flux Trends
  • Dominic Gaobepe — author of Change your Story, Change your Life
  • Keneilwe 'Kenzy' Mohapi — Host of the Weekends with Kenzy Show on Jacaranda FM
  • Phumi Mashigo — MD of Ignitive
  • Jonathan Smit — founder and MD of PayFast
  • Rapaleng Rabana— founder of Rekindle Learning
  • Ernest North— co-founder of Naked
  • Pierre Cassuto — global CMO and CEO for Africa at Humanz
  • Verushen Reddy — head of digital strategy at Promise Group
  • Brett St Clair — digital disruptor and co-founder of Teraflow
  • Tshibvumo Sikhwivhilu — CEO of Lamo Solar
  • Lynette Magasa — CEO of Boniswa Corporate Solutions
Fifty copies of Phitidis's book Sweat Scale $ell, which is described as "a playbook on how any business owner can find growth in a low-growth economy" will be given to the first 50 tickets purchased in January.

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