Paul Smith confirmed as a speaker at Women in Business Seminar 2019

Paul Smith is an entrepreneur, writer and researcher. He is the founder of 7 percent, a start-up and innovation consultancy which helps entrepreneurs and corporate innovators launch and scale new products and Civitas a CEO peer group organisation.

He has coached hundreds of entrepreneurs and product managers. In addition, he has worked with multiple executives to design and roll out corporate innovation strategies. His primary research interests include new product development methodology, strategy and disruptive entrepreneurship, as well as, how to support high potential start-ups and corporate innovators most effectively.

He has a BCom from Rhodes University and a Masters in Entrepreneurship from the University of Pretoria.

“We are exceptionally honoured to have Paul Smith join our panel of speakers at our upcoming Women in Business Seminar taking place 26 April 2019 in Honeydew Johannesburg, as he has a wealth of information and experience and our delegates will surely learn a great deal from him,” says Karabo Keepile, Managing Director of Nasedi Media & Communications, event organisers of Women in Business Seminar.

This year’s theme at Women in Business Seminar 2019 is New Business Development, How to source new clients, retain clients and win back lost clients.

“We would like to invite female entrepreneurs as well as women in sales to attend the seminar, as we learn, share and network,” adds Keepile.

Paul is an innovation and start up advisor. In 2018 he assisted BCX design and roll out an internal innovation programme. In the same year he assisted

Transnet design a corporate venturing, innovation strategy and innovation framework. Paul helps Hollard and Yellowwoods coach multiple Insure Tech and new product teams. In 2017 he helped Services Seta design their R1, 5 billion institute of entrepreneurship, as well as Alexander Forbes set up an innovation lab and coach product teams (2017).In addition he trained and coached 50 start-ups on behalf of Orange Corners.


Paul was accepted to complete his Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship at the University of Pretoria and graduates top of his class (2007 to 2009).

Paul was accepted into the University of Pretoria PhD programme to develop new statistical models that can more accurately predict start up success (2011).

Paul was invited to serve as an expert advisor on the Human Resource Development Council Entrepreneurship and Education Technical Task Team, under the chairmanship of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe (2012).

Paul is selected to do a study on behalf of the HRDC to look at the effectiveness of entrepreneurship training programmes around the world (2013).

Paul sits on various advisory and judging boards. For example he was invited to present at the Fintech Africa rising conference in 2017. He was a judge ON ort Jet entrepreneurship competition in 2015 and was also invited to be a mentor at Lean Startup Machine Johannesburg in 2014.

Paul is also a sought after speaker, who has presented training and talks for organisations such as ABSA Bank, AFDA, Africa Bank, Black Management Forum, Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, Seed Engine and Goldman Sachs 10 000 Women amongst others.

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