From Shark Tank to BITE…South Africa’s best known entrepreneur will be helping local business people think their way to success when he delivers a keynote address in Sussex later this month.


Marnus Broodryk is a shark in ‘Shark Tank’ – the South African equivalent of Dragon’s Den – and will talk about ‘The Mind of a Successful Entrepreneur’ at the BITE 2017 (Business, Innovation, Technology & Efficiency) event hosted by MHA Carpenter Box on Thursday 27 April at the Amex Stadium, Brighton.


He started his first business at the age of 14, which helped pay for his own school fees, and by the age of 24 had become became a self-made millionaire, building one of the most valued and successful accounting firms in South Africa – ‘The Beancounter’.


He’s also actively involved in many other business projects and dedicates much of his time to helping entrepreneurs reach their dreams by providing seed capital and mentoring.


Drawing on his own experience, Marnus’ presentation at BITE will focus in on three common characteristics of a successful entrepreneur: how to conquer the mind to conquer anything; embracing change whenever it’s needed and being happy in business – the last principle based on the fact that everyone dies in the end, so best enjoy life on the way!


Marnus commented: “To be successful, entrepreneurs need to have a positive outlook, plenty of get-up and go and be ready for a lot of hard work.


“BITE brings together all types of businesses run by like-minded people eager to learn. It’s also an event which looks ahead and responds to emerging trends in business – and one of the big requirements in the future will be the need for everyone to switch to an entrepreneurial mind-set to succeed.”


Another theme of the free one-day conference is Alternative Funding and the afternoon keynote session will see a panel of industry experts taking questions from the audience around funding in general and alternative funding in particular.


In addition to the keynotes, there will be six breakout sessions covering key business themes, as well as an exhibition featuring companies offering services and advice to help businesses to become more productive and stand out from the crowd.


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