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Allon Raiz is regarded both locally and globally as a pioneer and maverick in the business-incubation industry.

He is the founder and CEO of Raizcorp which, according to The Economist, is the only genuine incubator in Africa and which currently supports over 500 businesses.

Allon is the author of two best-selling entrepreneurial books – Lose the Business Plan and What to Do When You Want to Give Up.

He hosted the first national radio show on entrepreneurship in South Africa in 2004; wrote and hosted the first South African prime-time entrepreneurship reality television show; and

Created and published an ongoing entrepreneurial cartoon strip.

Allon is currently hosting his eighth season of the popular The Big Small Business Show on Business Day TV, and is a regular columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine.

He is a co-founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation South Africa and Rural Roots, and is on the advisory and judging boards of numerous local and international NGOs and entrepreneurial awards.

His passion for and focus on the development of entrepreneurs attracted the attention of the World Economic Forum (WEF) which, in 2008, recognised Allon as a Young Global Leader.

As an accomplished international speaker, Allon was invited to speak at the 2011 WEF Annual Meeting held in Davos, Switzerland.

Inspire is a division of Raizcorp which is, according to The Economist, the only genuine incubator in Africa that provides full-service enterprise development programmes that guide entrepreneurs to profitability (The Economist, April 8th–4th 2017).

Inspire cultivates entrepreneurial thinking by offering a range of sponsored engagements including entrepreneurial workshops and talks by Raizcorp CEO, Allon Raiz.

Inspire’s talks and workshops are designed to stimulate a sense of “intrapreneurship” in corporate employees.

The value of fostering intrapreneurship is that it creates a “start-up” style of management which is characterised by flexibility, innovation and risk taking.

This style allows established firms to fast track new product development because entrepreneurially-minded employees are more likely to circumvent bureaucracy,

And also have the ability to take advantage of new opportunities in a more agile fashion.

Allon Raiz



Allon Raiz is noted globally and locally as a thought leader and innovator in the field of entrepreneurial development and business incubation.

He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council as well as their Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship.

Allon’s entrepreneurial and business talks that include:

Lose the business plan: what they don’t teach you about being an entrepreneur
Aimed at entrepreneurs and corporate clients who would like their staff to think more entrepreneurial

What to do when you want to give up: help for entrepreneurs in tough times
Aimed at entrepreneurs who are in a funk and thinking about giving up

Characteristics of successful entrepreneurs Aimed at entrepreneurs and corporate clients who would like their staff to think more entrepreneurial.

Dancing for sharks and dragons: the 12 dos and don’ts of pitching to potential funders Aimed at aspiring and existing entrepreneurs who are looking for funding solutions

A case for quality in enterprise and supplier development
Aimed at corporate clients who are considering their enterprise development strategies

Perspectives on failure
Aimed at individuals, small businesses and corporates that are experiencing failure on a personal, project or company level

Getting the most out of your enterprise and supplier development programme
Aimed at corporates

Fostering entrepreneurship in the South African economy: a ten-point plan
Aimed at corporate clients for both internal and client engagement purposes

Why small businesses fail
Aimed at entrepreneurs and small business owners; also offers corporates the opportunity to understand the challenges faced by their client base

Participants collaborate during a Shift Questions workshop.


In addition to the above talks, Allon Raiz also facilitates the entrepreneurial workshops below:

Building an entrepreneurial culture in a corporate environment
Aimed at corporate clients who would like their teams to become more entrepreneurial in their thinking.

Shift Questions
Aimed at teaching corporate managers and employees to think differently about the business and their own departments.


Should your organisation wish to have Allon Raiz speak about an entrepreneurial-related topic that is not covered in his standard series of talks,

We encourage you to engage with our Inspire manager (contact details may be found at the end of this proposal).

Allon's passion and focus on the development of entrepreneurs attracted the attention of the World Economic Forum (WEF) which awarded Allon as a Young Global Leader on the 11th of March 2008.

Whilst working towards a Doctorate in Entrepreneurial Studies and Innovation, Allon is an accomplished international speaker. He was invited to speak at the 2011 WEF Annual Meeting, held in Switzerland.

In 2011, Allon was invited to become a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship. He is one of 15 recognised global experts in this field.

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