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Clive Butkow
CEO at Kalon Venture Partners


Clive is the former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Accenture South Africa, he has 28 years management consulting experience. During his tenure at Accenture (formally Arthur Anderson and Anderson Consulting), he played numerous leadership roles, including Managing Director of Accenture’s Technology budiness as well as Managing Director of Accenture's Resources business. Since being promoted to partner in 1997, Clive led sales for various divisions including SAP, Resources and Accenture’s Technology business, cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset
which helped grow Accenture into one of the top emerging markets globally.
Clive is currently CEO of Kalon Venture Partners (one of South Africa's first Disruptive Technology Venture Capital Fund incorporated under Section 12 J of income tax act). He sits on various boards of the Venture Capital’s underlying investee companies including chairman of two of the companies.
During his Accenture and subsequent entrepreneurial career, he modeled and studied hundreds of successful businesses, both corporate and entrepreneurial, to understand and learn the skills and tools that differentiates successful people and businesses from the rest. He also learnt many of his teachings from being exposed to some of the top entrepreneurs and business coaches across the globe.
Clive leverages these experiences, tools and best practices to mentor and support many start-ups, small and medium size entrepreneurial businesses do real transformation in; marketing, sales, communication, leadership, teaming, operations, etc. to achieve step change improvements in their businesses performance. He is currently applying these principles and learnings to many incubators, accelerators and educational institutions across South Africa.

He is also supporting numerous organizations/companies with their Entrepreneurial Development initiatives, including, Da Vinci Institute, Endeavor (assisting high growth South African entrepreneurs),  various GIBS Enterprise Development initiatives, Microsoft Bizpark Enterprise Development programme, SAB Miller Kickstart Enterprise Development programme, SAB Miller Foundation Corporate Social Investment programmes; etc. .
Clive also judges numerous entrepreneurial competitions including the PWC Vision to Reality Entrepreneurial competition, Accenture Innovation Awards, EY Global Entrepreneurial awards, Da Vinci Technology 100 awards, Liberty Life ORTJET entrepreneurial awards; University of Johannesburg MBA programme entrepreneurial awards; etc.
Since making partner, Clive led Accenture internal and
external Sales Development training programmes. He attended various sales training courses across the globe and leveraged these experiences to train thousands of Accenture personnel into High Performance Selling in South Africa and across the globe. Clive also conducted various sales training courses for many blue chip clients across South Africa. He currently runs sales training for numerous entrepreneurial organizations including ORTJET, EO, YPO, Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship and many others.
Clive  has  a  passion  for  personal  and  leadership development. Since  1997, Clive  led Accenture South Africa’s Leadership Development programme [and attended various training  courses  across  the  globe].  His  leadership mantra  of  educating,  energising  and inspiring people has contributed  to  Accenture and  many  other  companies becoming high performing businesses. In addition to his internal Leadership responsibilities, Clive also conducted numerous  training  and  coaching  programmes  for  various blue  chip  clients across South Africa.

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  • PANEL: Africa – An Incubator for Innovation improving financial inclusion