Max is an experienced professional, driving sustainable market based solutions to developmental challenges. He graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BCom Finance, Economics degree before moving to the UK. He spent over 5 years in Corporate, Business and Investment Banking, starting his career as a Business Consultant at Lloyds TSB and ending up as an analyst at Schroders Asset Management.
In 2006, Max returned to South Africa seeking to drive the impact economy in the continent, and went on co-founding Africa’s first social enterprise incubator alongside setting up an innovation hub for small businesses. He was also responsible for establishing the South African ANDE (Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs) Chapter, part of the Aspen Institute in Washington DC. ANDE is a global network of organizations that invest money and expertise to propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets.
In 2010, Max was selected as one of Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans. In 2011 he went on to co-founding Impact Amplifier, an investment, supply chain and sustainability advisory firm based in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Max speaks at numerous conferences on impact investing, business incubation, social entrepreneurship, high growth business ecosystems and writes opinion pieces for The Daily Maverick and Next Billion. He is also an Endeavor South Africa Venture Corps member, supporting their interview and selection process for entrepreneurs.
Specialties: Social entrepreneurship, Impact Investing, small business incubation and acceleration, enabling environments for small business, entrepreneurship, management consulting, business development services, Africa
Follow him on Twitter @maxpichulik
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