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  • Are you paralysed by indecision because you don’t know where to start? Gain kick-off insights from an expert with decades of experience

  • Already online? This session will help you stress test and refocus your strategy

  • Learn how to de-risk your business by covering all the bases


Donald Valoyi

Founder & CEO | Zulzi

Donald is a man who took a calculated risk and left his high flying job at FNB to invest more time into his start-up company. Through hard work, dedication, and strategic thinking, Donald turned his business dream into the successful reality it is today.

Zulzi originated out of which was an e-Commerce platform focusing on students. Donald saw a gap in the market when they started selling books and electronics to students, delivering them within an hour. That’s when the idea of starting an on-demand delivery platform started. Zulzi is an on-demand delivery platform that enables people to buy anything from groceries, liquor, pharmaceuticals and food, and have them delivered within an hour.

Chae Francis

Co-founder | MyBruRetail

With his vast experience in networks, smart automation and business development, Chae Francis identified a gap in the market and decided to build and launch a successful business during the global COVID-19 pandemic.


MyBru retail is a customer-centric e-commerce store that houses brands like Apple, Samsung, Xbox, Hisense, Sony and Skyworth, to name a few. Within six months of being live, the company accomplished its first million rand in turnover and secured nationwide delivery options for its online shoppers.


Nicola van Ast

Co-founder & director | Growthink Marketing

Nicola van Ast is an experienced CMO and customer acquisition specialist with a demonstrated high performance history working with leading brands in the entertainment, digital and telco industries across Africa and the world.  


She has built and managed high performance teams across brand, digital marketing, commercial partnerships, in-house creative, design, online and offline media management.


Covid-19 caught many companies off guard. Over the last year, businesses have been scrambling to launch ecommerce businesses. 


Some have been successful, a lot have failed.


In their haste to capitalise on the ecommerce boom, many companies rushed to launch online businesses - without the proper planning. 


So, what do you need to know before you take the leap? And how do you set yourself up for success? It is critical to understand the factors that make (or break!) an ecommerce business.

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In this session we will discover:


  • How to assess the demand for your product

  • How to conduct competitor analysis

  • How to unlock your unique selling proposition



  • How to choose the right website integration or marketplace for your product.

  • The opportunities and challenges of social shopping


  • Resource planning

  • Costing your build, operations, marketing and delivery solutions

Plan is part 1 in a six-part series, check out the rest of the gem packed sessions below!

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