Profile

Allon Raiz is the CEO of Raizcorp. In 2008, Raiz was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and in 2011 he was appointed for the first time as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship. Following a series of entrepreneurship master classes delivered at Oxford University in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Raiz has been recognised as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School.
#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 9: The simpler, the better

In the last of this series of articles, Allon Raiz shares his tips to help any entrepreneur to navigate their way around pitching to investors to scale their business...

By Allon Raiz 20 Jul 2021

#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 8: Be specific

Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz has identified a number of pitching techniques critical to attracting investors and funders looking to back small businesses...

By Allon Raiz 13 Jul 2021

#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 7: Certainty in language

In this series of articles, Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz shares important tips to help any entrepreneur to navigate their way around pitching to investors to scale their business...

By Allon Raiz 1 Jul 2021

#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 6: Research the 'flavour' and stage of investors

Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz provides a number of pitching techniques critical to attracting investors and funders looking to back small businesses...

By Allon Raiz 29 Jun 2021

#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 5: You need to have "skin in the game"

Over the past 11 years, Raizcorp has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs who have participated in the ENGEN Pitch & Polish business pitching competition, sponsored by Engen and Nedbank...

By Allon Raiz 15 Jun 2021

#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 4: Always know your competition

Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz has identified a number of pitching techniques critical to attracting investors and funders looking to back small businesses...

By Allon Raiz 10 Jun 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 20: Legacy

Over the past 20 years, Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz has learned many tough lessons and overcome many entrepreneurial challenges. In the last of this series, Raiz tackles the topic of legacy...

By Allon Raiz 9 Jun 2021

#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 3: Sell your experience, sell your team

Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz has identified a number of pitching techniques critical to attracting investors and funders looking to back small businesses...

By Allon Raiz 8 Jun 2021

#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 2: Don't forget your pen

Through years of experience, Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz has identified a number of pitching techniques critical to attracting investors and funders looking to back small businesses...

By Allon Raiz 3 Jun 2021

#PolishYourPitch: Pitching Tip 1: Stop "thumb-sucking" numbers

Through years of experience, Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz has identified a number of pitching techniques critical to attracting investors and funders looking to back small businesses...

By Allon Raiz 1 Jun 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 19: Succession; it's hiding in your business

Succession seems like such a grown-up term - something you would hear in the corridors of a large corporate or a family business...

By Allon Raiz 31 May 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 18: Complacency, the rule of doubling efforts

I often tell the story about my mentor who, in my early years as an entrepreneur, gave me the sage advice not to let any positive press I received go to my head...

By Allon Raiz 28 May 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 17: Our journey towards becoming unimportant

I used to have someone at Raizcorp who was really good at his job; let's call him Tshepo (not his real name). Tshepo was not only really good at his job, he was also incredibly loyal and willing to step in to help wherever help was needed...

By Allon Raiz 4 May 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 16: Lack of rhythmic, well-designed meetings

So many small businesses neglect the power of rhythmic meetings. Here's why they are so important...

By Allon Raiz 28 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 15: The lazy vision statement

Let's be honest. At the beginning of our entrepreneurial journeys, the first few months, if not years, are just about making month-end...

By Allon Raiz 19 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 14: Fear of conflict

In the early years of startups, especially for first-time entrepreneurs, there is a novelty associated with having people work for you for the first time...

By Allon Raiz 14 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 13: Delegation vs. abdication

Over the past 20 years, I've has learned many tough lessons and overcome many entrepreneurial challenges...

By Allon Raiz 6 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 12: Make time to think

As entrepreneurs, we need to be making the right decisions for right now to ensure that our businesses and our people's livelihoods do not become another casualty of the virus...

By Allon Raiz 1 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 11: Developing a competitive mindset

I remember clearly the first day I realised someone hated me - not for my personality (or not that I know of), not for something I had done to them, but simply because I competed with them...

By Allon Raiz 17 Mar 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 10: Hiring mistakes

There are many reasons a hire could be inappropriate for your organisation. The two main reasons, though, are bad performance and lack of alignment...

By Allon Raiz 11 Mar 2021

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