Dr Alex Antonites

Alex Antonites
Dr Alex Antonites
​Dr Antonites is currently a senior lecturer in the Chair for Entrepreneurship at the University of Pretoria, as well as adjunct faculty on the Gibs MBA.

Alex also started and heading the UP Business Incubator that is currently churning a number of new innovative start-ups. He is directly involved in the world of true entrepreneurship in an array of business ventures coupled with an extreme passion to facilitate the entrepreneurial process.

Alex won an international award with his CIO model (Entrepreneurial Creativity, Innovation and Opportunity finding).

Several papers were presented at national and international conferences within the context of entrepreneurship. He is recently appointed as a research associate at the Royal Docks Business School, London, in the Innovation Management Centre. 

His current involvement (both on shareholding and director level) covers an array of industries. He eats and sleeps entrepreneurship and developed a passion to transfer alike.


​Adjunct faculty

Consulting Involvement
The entire entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

Advisor for McKinsey & Company (Sub-Saharan Africa office). Influence of entrepreneurship on economic growth; job creation and the transformation of necessity entrepreneurs into opportunity entrepreneurs in Africa. 2012

Project leader: The implementation of a Geographical Indications (GI) register for South Africa. Client – The Department of Trade and Industry. 2012

Project leader for the assessment of Centers of Excellence at tertiary institutions for and on behalf of the Department Trade and Industry, 2012.

Facilitator in entrepreneurship and business strategy for the Goldman Sachs 10 000 Women Entrepreneurs, global project. 2012

Keynote speaker: Investec. The status of Entrepreneurship in South Africa. 2012

Assistance in the restructuring of the strategic intent, business model and strategic plan of the Gauteng Economic and Development Agency (GEDA). 2012

Advisor on the enterprise development unit of Exxaro pertaining to the development of a national business acceleration and incubation program. 2011 – 2012

Strategic facilitation and senior management alignment. South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). 2012

Advisor. Small enterprise development: the concept of inclusive business within the value chain of larger organisations. Tushiyah Advisory Services for economic development. 2012

Facilitator: Creative sales techniques. Enermatics Energy Pty Limited. 2012

Strategic facilitator for the National Small Business Advisory Council (NSBAC) an advising unit to the minister of Trade and Industry. 2011

Advisor to the Nation Credit Regulator’s facilitation guide on debt counseling. 2011

Advisor on the Bankseta Microfinance Research project. 2011 

Developer of AIDS and Entrepreneurship Incubation model for the STH Consortium

Banking sector:
“Benchmarking the soft skills in the South African banking
“Benchmarking the information technology skills in the
South African banking sector”

(Co – author: Prof Tom Cronje)

“Assessing the Implementation of the RSO-Model in the Western Cape  Province”. Ntsika Enterprises South Africa

Restructuring the Johannesburg Social Housing Company (JOSHCO). 

Organisational diagnosis of Social Housing Institutions. On behalf of the PMU, a European Union affiliate.

Design organisational transformation processes and intervention for selected Social Housing Institutions, on behalf of the European Union. 

Business planning framework and complete plan for The Sethokga Hostels Development. For the Land and Housing Support Group.

Significant Achievements
Nominated to attend: The official opening of the Maputo Corridor, Ressano Garcia, Mozambique. 1998/06/06

Academical Merit Bursaries — University of Pretoria
  • 1996
  • 1997
  • 1998                                                                                    
  • 2001

CSD (Centre for Science Development) — "Scholarship for master's degree"

SASOL - Achievement prize for the most eminent postgraduate student

Best paper award at the International Entrepreneurship Education Conference (IntEnt).  The conference took place from 5 to 7 July in Naples, Italy, 2004. 150 papers on entrepreneurship and related issues were presented.

Acknowledged researcher award: School for Business Management, 21 October 2004. 

Top three. “Assesing The Effectiveness Of A Smme Regional Supply Chain Model – A South African Case: 3rd International Conference, Entrepreneurship in Africa: Sustainable Globalisation. Tshwane University of Technology. 3-4 November 2004. 

B de Loor Prize for the best DCom student in Business Management during 2003, University of Pretoria.

Merit research award for highest research output in the conference papers section, UNISA, School for Economic and Management Sciences, 2005

Researcher of the year. 2011. Department of Business Management, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of Pretoria 

Achievement award, 2011. Second year studies

Achievement award, 2011. First year studies

Best presenter and paper award.  The Economics, Finance and International Business Research Conference, Miami, Florida. Dec. 2011

Contact Details


  • ​BCom (cum laude) (UP)
  • BCom (Hons) (UP)
  • MCom (UP)
  • DCom (UP)
Fields of Interest
  • ​Entrepreneurship
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Business modelling
  • Incubation


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