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8:20
May 25, 2007

Local incubation model gains momentum

A uniquely African approach to business incubation is attracting interest from around the world, says Leon Lourens, CEO of SoftstartBTI.

3:40
Jul 20, 2006

Risk-takers don`t last long

Contrary to popular opinion, being an entrepreneur is not about taking excessive risks, but calculated ones, says Leon Lourens, CEO of SoftstartBTI.

5:00
Oct 22, 2004

Encouraging entrepreneurs is essential

The government should address obstacles that prevent SMEs from contributing to overall economic growth.

4:30
Aug 25, 2004

How do South African SMEs compare?

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) contribute significantly to job creation, social stability and economic welfare across the globe. Are South African SMEs doing the same?

4:20
Jul 6, 2004

Backing the right SMME

True entrepreneurs, who are always on the lookout for new opportunities, know that size doesn`t count when it comes to business.

Leon Lourens
CEO of Bodibeng Technology Incubator

Leon Lourens, CEO of Bodibeng Technology Incubator, is directly responsible for the initiative. He has a BEng (Industrial) degree and studied business administration at Pretoria University. With 20 years of experience in SMME development, he has been a project manager, programme manager and general manager, and was a product and marketing director of a listed IT company. Lourens was also the GM for what could be considered to be the first successful incubation programme in SA, namely Technotron Industrial Developments (previously the Laboratory for Advanced Engineering) at the University of Pretoria.