Posted on 23rd May 2017
The ‘Shark’ focuses the mind at BITE!
Who better to speak at the BITE 2017 event in Brighton than one of the world’s most famous ‘sharks’?
Marnus Broodryk stars in ‘Shark Tank’ – the South African equivalent of Dragon’s Den – and took centre stage at BITE 2017, hosted by Sussex-based MHA Carpenter Box at the Amex Stadium, and provided a fascinating insight into the mind of a highly successful entrepreneur.
Marnus started his first business at the age of 14 and became a self-made millionaire by the age of 24, building one of the most valued and successful accounting firms in South Africa – ‘The Beancounter’. He explained how adopting a positive mind-set every day is fundamental to spotting new opportunities…and he urged both the delegates and exhibitors to enjoy the daily challenge of developing their businesses.
The event also provided insight from a panel of experts into the growing range of alternative funding options available for businesses of every size – from crowdfunding and business angel finance through to single invoice discounting.
Nathan Keeley, Partner at MHA Carpenter Box and the driving force behind the BITE (Business, Information, Technology & Efficiency) event, commented: “Marnus was an inspirational speaker and his involvement, together with some very practical advice from break-out sessions and exhibitors, created a real buzz throughout the day.”
Our picture shows Marnus Broodryk (centre), with MHA Carpenter Box Practice Director Chris Coopey (left), and the inspiration behind BITE, MHA Carpenter Box Partner Nathan Keeley.
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