Seda Nelson Mandela Bay ICT Incubator (SNII) has appointed Scott Zambonini as its enterprise development manager.
In a statement, SNII says Zambonini will oversee the incubator’s enterprise development unit and manage end-to-end enterprise development. His portfolio includes marketing and public relations to recruit prospective clients.
He will provide general business mentorship to technology start-ups and young small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) clients enrolled in SNII incubation programmes.
Prior to this role, Zambonini was associate MD of SOC Sports International, now trading as Space Sports, an import and export business providing carbon-racing technology products.
He is also founder and owner of Spacebrother Productions, a project management services company specialising in recording, producing, mixing and mastering for local and international artists.
Zambonini also has experience in a skills development and training capacity, as he was an entrepreneurship and music production part-time lecturer at Damelin.
According to Zambonini, with the advent of exponential technological advances, smartphones and increasing Internet access, there is a great deal of untapped techno-entrepreneur potential in Nelson Mandela Bay.
He points out there is a united vision between the private and public sectors to transform the area into a smart city.
“SNII has come a long way since its inception. The incubator’s commitment and deep understanding of incubation, successful enterprise development and bringing innovative SMME technology ideas into the market have been inspiring.”
Technology is evolving at a rapid rate and it is crucial for new ICT and technology firms to embrace a “lean start-up” approach, says Zambonini.
“Entrepreneurs need to be aware of the disruptive nature of global ICT innovations such as Uber and Airbnb. This calls for them to adopt a futurist outlook to anticipate market shifts and trends.”
Zambonini says South African ICT and technology entrepreneurs have to continue to think big and bold, and new product and service offerings have to be globally relevant.
Zambonini’s appointment is a perfect fit for the growing incubator, says centre manager Sipelo Lopodwana.
“Zambonini’s practical and hand-on experience exposed him to many challenges and obstacles, which our ICT SMMEs and start-up business clients have to face and overcome.
“He ran multiple technology businesses successfully and simultaneously, illustrating to us that the entrepreneurial spirit within him is strong, and that he has a passion for and proclivity to success in business.”
Zambonini holds a post-graduate diploma in business administration, and a BMus Education and Audio Technology degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
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