Media release

Media release

Absa’s WorkInProgress Launches Webinar Series Featuring Real-Life SME Stories

25 June 2020

WorkInProgress (WIP), an Absa innovation lab, will be hosting a webinar series called ‘Wise-Up Wednesday’ sessions, featuring the real-life successes and lockdown challenges of South African small and medium enterprises.  

Charmaine Lambert, head of WIP, says that, while there have been many casualties of the COVID-19 lockdown, there have also been inspiring stories of hope, persistence and innovation.

“It’s been a dark time for many small business owners. Our intention with this webinar series is to provide inspiration and guidance by providing a platform for SMEs to share their stories.”

The webinar series launches on Wednesday, 1 July with Abe Cambridge, CEO of The Sun Exchange, a South African-based renewable energy startup that recently closed a successful funding round, totaling $4 million. In the session, WIP general manager Freya Bell-Dreyer will talk to Abe about running a peer-to-peer, crypto-enabled business and the opportunities that come with solar infrastructure in Africa.

Wise-Up Wednesday sessions will run weekly on the WorkInProgress Facebook page: @WIPCapeTown.

Upcoming Wise-Up Wednesday Sessions:

Wednesday 1 July 13:00

WIP Wise-Up Wednesday Sessions with The Sun Exchange
WorkInProgress member and The Sun Exchange CEO Abe Cambridge, talks about his recent $4 million funding round, lockdown wins and more.

Wednesday 8 July 13:00

WIP Wise-Up Wednesday Sessions with Pragmattica
WorkInProgress member and Pragmattica founder Amanda Bester, shares her lockdown tales, views on office sharing and coming runner-up in the Accenture Rising Star awards 2020.

Wednesday 15 July 13:00

WIP Wise-Up Wednesday Sessions with DORP
DORP CEO Nick Dreyer shares his lockdown pivot tales of VELDSKOENÔ and the creation of the DORP agency to assist start-ups getting online.

Wednesday 22 July 13:00

WIP Wise-Up Wednesday Sessions with HYBR
Serial entrepreneur and Partner at HYBR, Vuyisa Qabaka shares his journey through turbulent 2020.

Wednesday 29 July 13:00

WIP Wise-Up Wednesday Sessions with GovChat
WorkInProgress member and GovChat CEO Eldrid Jordaan talks about identifying opportunity amidst uncertainty.

About WorkInProgress
WorkInProgress (WIP) is an Absa innovation lab, located in Cape Town, South Africa. WIP is a co-working space that provides top facilities, including an event space, to facilitate and nurture collaboration, co-creation and ideation among entrepreneurs, start-ups (at various stages), innovators, companies, investors and thought leaders.