Entrepreneurship in the Minerals Industry Conference 2019

  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • May 16, 2019
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The adoption of the Mining Charter 3 and refined policies in South Africa presents a new dawn for SMEs and entrepreneurs in the Minerals and Metals sector. While large business is changing their operating models to remain competitive, there is a firm belief that small-scale and emerging business will unlock future employment opportunities and drive economic activity both locally and globally.


This conference seeks to provide a platform for stakeholders to broaden their view of the industry and identify and leverage on available opportunities.
The various conference sessions are aimed at highlighting how mining companies and OEMs are currently adapting and applying their supplier development strategies and how SMEs, emerging business and entrepreneurs can leverage from these initiatives. The objectives of the conference will be achieved through the following four Forums:

➢ Supplier Development
➢ Finance
➢ Innovation
➢ Turning ideas into business opportunities

Who should attend

This event will appeal to young professionals, SMEs, junior miners and entrepreneurs in the metals and metals minerals sectors, mining industry leaders, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) both local and international, researchers, government departments and funding agencies

Innovation Competition

  • Call to action to innovative thinkers who are able to provide a solution to one of the stated business challenges related to the minerals industry
  • Competition entries will open on the 25th April and close on the 30th June 2019
  • The submissions can be done as follows:
    • Video Pitch summarising the proposed solution (maximum 2 minutes)
    • PowerPoint presentation detailing the concept or idea (maximum 12 slides)
  • The two best submissions will have an opportunity to present their ideas at the Entrepreneurship in the Minerals Industry Conference
  • The winner will get an opportunity to be mentored on how to turn their idea into a business plan to secure funding to commercialise their idea

Event Start Date: 31 July 2019
Event End Date: 01 August 2019
Location: The Canvas Riversands, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa

Experience level of the applicant we want

Some work experience, Graduate, Undergraduate, College / Sixth form, High School