Up Close & Personal With Fabio Petroni

The Threads curriculum is created with academic partners Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and E4 Impact. Institutions that are best known for their innovative programs in various fields from Economics and Business to Philosophy and the Arts. And when it to unpacking the entrepreneurs’ final assessment, we’ve asked E4 Impact Director of Programs Fabio Petroni to unpack ‘The Business Plan’. From launching MBA’s in new countries to teaching strategy courses. All driven by a passion to build the next African Multinationals. We knew our entrepreneurs were in great hands.

Why are you excited about #ThreadsBySB?

Fashion and Entrepreneurship is a fantastic mix: a way to unleash creativity as well as create unique growth opportunities. In addition, fashion is one of our biggest industries in Italy. I believe it’s a great area to create oversea collaborations.


What are you expecting from the entrepreneurs?

To ask me for links & tips! They need to make the most of these resources available to them.

How do you feel you can support them?

By enabling them to build links overseas and advise on them on their business model.


As an entrepreneur, what does leadership mean to you?

Leadership is about capturing an opportunity and driving it to success.


What is your favourite business quote?

“Every social problem is a business opportunity in disguise” – P. Druker.


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Which book would you recommend to entrepreneurs? And why?

‘The Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers’ by Alexander Osterwalder. It’s a great tool on how to start your business in a frugal way!


What is the best business advice you have received?

Listen to everybody, don’t shut the door to any opportunity.


What advice do you have for Threads 12 participants?

Build a big vision that excites people and yourself. Follow it until you reach success.


Threads Team

We believe in change. We believe in leaving a lasting impact. That's why threads mission is to empower the next of South African fashion entrepreneurs by providing them with the tools, resources, and networks to run a sustainable business operation and thrive internationally.