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USB Lion's Den 2020


  via Livestream   18 November 2020

Witness great business ideas come to life

A single, insightful business idea can change the way we live forever. Join us as promising entrepreneurs put their current or new business ideas to the ultimate test, as they pitch for glory in this year’s Lion’s Den.

Our Lions, a panel of seasoned investors, will assess the potential of these enterprising ideas against the rest. They will also provide insightful pitch training as our candidates progress through the competition.

The idea that conquers all and emerges victorious from the den, will take home R50 000, plus a share of over R220 000 worth of prizes – including entry into the Virtual International Study Module on Entrepreneurship, run by the ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. There is also a healthy second prize of R30 000 courtesy of SU LaunchLab and services from Centuro Global and O’Reilley Law.

Date:               Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Time:              14:00 – 18:00

Enquiries:   [email protected]


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Dr Jan Brinckmann

Dr Jan Brinckmann
Professor, Researcher, Business Angel

Dr. Jan Brinckmann is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at ESADE Business School in the Strategy and General Management Department. He is Academic Director of the Entrepreneurship Research Group at ESADE as well as ESADE’s business creation activities called EWorks. Before coming to ESADE, he taught at Loyola University Chicago and Cornell University and was a visiting scholar at Stanford University and Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Brinckmann co-founded four companies, is an active business angel and board member of several high-growth companies. His investments include Aklamio, Bloobirds, Evermood, First Stop Health, Juniqe, Pinterest, Pridatect, Margin, Methinks, Red Points, Savedo, Semalytix and Valuedesk. His mission is to empower entrepreneurs



Miles KubhekaMiles Kubheka
Business Founder and Philantrepreneur

Miles Kubheka, the entrepreneur, refreshing keynote speaker and author, is the poster child for the audacity of hope. Having once been employed by a leading multinational, he went out on a limb and ingeniously created a restaurant with the same name and branding as a fictional restaurant portrayed in a famous ‘beeg beeg dreamer’ TV ad campaign. In doing so, he catapulted into media stardom, and soon translated his innovative thinking into entrepreneurial success.

Miles is the founder of Wakanda, Africa’s first food accelerator. Wakanda finds high impact food businesses and helps them scale and grow. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business from Wits University and post-graduate Business Diploma from GIBS Business School, host of At The Table TV show, SABC 3 20:30, writes for Entrepreneur magazine and is the auther of From A Big Big Dreamer to Living the Dream – Vuyo’s.



Asma BashierAsma Bashir
Investor, Speaker, Judge and Chairperson

Asma Bashir is a legal professional with over 20 years’ experience within the legal services industry. She started her career within one of the largest law firms in the world before she became an entrepreneur herself. She grew her business from a start up to a global business within 10 years, offering services to multinational companies around the world. In 2015, her business was acquired by a US firm, after which she continued to help expand the business into multiple jurisdictions.

Asma then worked on acquiring new companies and integrating them into the existing teams before she departed to set up a new entrepreneurial venture at Centuro Global. She now helps founders grow their businesses and scale into other regions across the globe. She is part of the Mayor’s International Business Programme in London and a Senator with the World Business Angel Forum (G20 Summit). She has also invested in a number of technology companies and serves as a judge on many business awards including the Great British Entrepreneur, Go Tech, UK Business and the Mayor’s International Business Awards.

Tags  Entrepreneurship, Business investment pitches, Career Leadership


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