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The Growth Challenge: Best outtakes

It was quite a ride. The 2012 Investec Entrepreneurs’ Summit on June 13 was an inspiring day, full of riveting discussion and fascinating anecdotes. Our focus was the  challenge of building a high-growth business in a low-expectation climate. We brought together 30 superb speakers and an audience of 200-plus to share stories and advice, explore risks and opportunities, and do some serious networking.

If you couldn’t join us, don’t worry – we will be bringing you all the stories, pictures, videos and highlights right here on Real Business. Until then, here are some of the best quotes of the Entrepreneurs’ Summit put together by the Real Business team: 

“It comes down to celebrating success. The challenge to entrepreneurs is to become role models and encourage others to do the same.” – Errol Damelin, CEO, Wonga

“You don’t need to take risks to have risks hurtling towards you; there’s risk absolutely everywhere!” – Jon Moulton, Alchemy Partners

“Companies should be more forceful about building a market – we are outstripped by entrepreneurs in other countries who build momentum by putting themselves out there.” – Julie Meyer, founder, Ariadne Capital

“When you swim among the big fish, you have to think like a shark.” – Farida Gibbs, CEO, Gibbs S3

“You have to go where the action is and currently that is outside of Europe.” – Lloyd Dorfman, founder, Travelex

“As a CEO, you have to occasionally redesign your own job.” – Martin Leuw, chairman, Incube8it

“We never accept that we have something that’s good enough. Success is based on the relentless pursuit of excellence.” – Geoff McGrath, MD, McLaren Applied Technologies

“Blaming the banks is a thing of the past.” – Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Business Secretary

“The day I say I’m satisfied is the day we start going backwards.” – Surinder Arora, founder, Arora Hotels



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