Sage Summit Tour comes to Johannesburg: Set to be largest gathering of entrepreneurs from Africa and the Middle East

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Published February 20th, 2017 - 07:14 GMT

Sage, the market and technology leader for integrated accounting, payroll & HR, and payment systems, will welcome over 1000 entrepreneurs, Small & Medium Business owners and Sage Business Partners from around Africa and Middle East at the Sage Summit Tour in South Africa. The event takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg from 7-9 March.

Sage Summit Tour was traditionally an annual event held in the US, but this year, Sage is bringing its personalised and interactive experience to cities and business builders around the world. Sage partners and customers will gather in Johannesburg to learn about new technologies, digital transformation and the future of work. Top speakers, including Sage CEO Stephen Kelly, will share insights about how entrepreneurs can energise the success of their businesses.

Sage is expected to unveil new products, with Kelly using his keynote speech to announce new tools, technologies and partnerships. He will also unveil Sage’s plans to use the Sage Foundation Enterprise Fund to change the lives of young people, women and military veterans around the region.

Joining Stephen Kelly are:

  • Anton van Heerden, Managing Director and Executive Vice President, Africa & Middle East at Sage
  • Nick Goode, Executive Vice President: Product Management, Sage
  • Ivan Epstein, Chairman of Sage Foundation
  • Dr. Cheick Diarra, Astrophysicist, Businessman and Malian Politician
  • Luke McKend, Country Director at Google South Africa

Bringing together Sage’s customers, partners, and colleagues, the Sage Summit Tour is designed to encourage learning and networking, while celebrating the power of the global entrepreneurial business community.

Anton van Heerden, Managing Director and Executive Vice President, Africa & Middle East at Sage said: “During Sage Summit, Johannesburg becomes the hub for the region’s entrepreneurs. This community is the most powerful driver of economic prosperity in the Africa and Middle East’s economy, creating more than two thirds of all jobs. We will celebrate these business builders, support them with the technology of tomorrow and seek to give them a voice on the world stage.”

Sage Summit is being supported by AccTech Systems, Norming, and iVend Retail as gold sponsors; silver sponsors are Peresoft Software, Moditar, Technisoft, AutoSimply, Flowgear, OrgChart Hosting and Orchid Systems.

To learn more about Sage’s thinking and the sort of insights to expect at the Sage Summit Tour, check out Invisible Admin: Conversations about the future of work - a series of podcasts from Sage and Inquisition.

Background Information

Sage Group

Sage is the market and technology leader for integrated accounting, payroll, and payment systems, supporting the ambition of entrepreneurs and business builders. Today, business builders measure success in strong relationships, partnerships, and communities. It‘s why Sage helps drive today’s business builders with the most intelligent and flexible cloud-enabled software, support, and advice to manage everything from money to people. Daily, more than 13,000 Sage colleagues in 23 countries work with a thriving global community of over 3 million entrepreneurs, business owners, tradespeople, accountants, partners, and developers to champion the success of business builders everywhere

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