MEET THE TEAM

THE BOSS

Dagmar Breiling is the driving force behind our private firm. She is a serial entrepreneur and an international Funding Strategist with a master’s degree in economics from the University of Kiel, Germany. Dagmar has worked as a project manager at the German Economic Development Corporation. She has given support to start-up and expanding businesses. Dagmar has diverged into the lecturing scene, conducting and organising various workshops. Dagmar Breiling has also offered a variety of internships and apprenticeships for the disadvantaged youth to share her skills and expertise. After establishing an extensive and reputable career in Germany, Dagmar relocated to South Africa and started Funding Connection, where she now aims to grow the South African economy one business at the time.

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OFFICE MANAGER

Cindy joined Funding Connection in September 2017 as the Office Manager. She is a highly organised administrator with proven management skills and initiative. Cindy is able to deal with people at all levels and maintains customer care to ensure a happy clientele. She is experienced in organising and supervising administrative activities around the office and keeps it running like clockwork. When not in the office, Cindy is home with her loving family.

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PROJECT MANAGER

Stephen Thring is a Rhodes University graduate with a Master’s degree in Economics. He is one of our expert project managers and business plan writers with a passion for development economics. This passion pulled him away from an initial career in the financial services industry. Now, Stephen aspires to fulfill the role of helping South Africans develop their entrepreneurial dreams. When not at work, Stephen maintains his strong ‘Durbanite’ persona with early morning surfs at the local Durban beaches.

STEPHEN THRING
CAITLIN MILLAR

As a business and marketing graduate with a creative touch, Caitlin Millar is one of our expert project managers. She is also our marketing expert with a clear flair for realising business visions and brands. She is passionate about growing your business venture. When out of the office, Caitlin loves staying fit with paddling and cycling activities.

PROJECT MANAGER
WADE OSBORNE

Wade is a University of Cape Town graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Economics and a Bachelor of Laws. He is a project manager here at Funding Connection and is interested in the emerging green economy, the fourth industrial revolution, and their implications for the economy and businesses. In Wade’s spare time, he enjoys watching movies, scuba diving and brewing beer.

PROJECT MANAGER
LÉSLE BLAINE

Lésle is our Applications Administrator, responsible for supporting clients through the application process of finding funding. She is also the person clients turn to for assistance in dealing with funding questions. Lésle always brings laughter to the office and is always happy to help clients where she can.

HEAD OF APPLICATIONS
SHANNON BEUKES

Shannon is our Business Development Manager. She is your first contact within the company and answers your first questions and evaluates how Funding Connection can assist you.

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MEET THE TEAM

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THE BOSS

Dagmar Breiling is the driving force behind our private firm. She is a serial entrepreneur and an international Funding Strategist with a master’s degree in economics from the University of Kiel, Germany. Dagmar has worked as a project manager at the German Economic Development Corporation. She has given support to start-up and expanding businesses. Dagmar has diverged into the lecturing scene, conducting and organising various workshops. Dagmar Breiling has also offered a variety of internships and apprenticeships for the disadvantaged youth to share her skills and expertise. After establishing an extensive and reputable career in Germany, Dagmar relocated to South Africa and started Funding Connection, where she now aims to grow the South African economy one business at the time.

DAGMAR BREILING
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ADMINISTRATOR

Brenden is responsible for the back office and he makes sure all our processes are running smoothly. He is highly organised and results orientated, with a proven track record. Brenden is also responsible for your application. He enjoys martial arts and has successfully attained his 3rd dan in Judo.

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PROJECT MANAGER

Martin Ost holds a degree in Production Engineering (B-tech Mech.Eng.) from Germany, a post graduate educations for Asia Business and completed different courses for Executive Coaching and Business Systems Analysis from UTC. He started as certified Precision Mechanic and has a hands on practical approach for problems and solutions in the business world. Since 2011 he works as a LEAN business coach & consultant mentor in KZN. In recent years he worked also in Supplier and Enterprise Development Programmes as business for sponsors like CocaCola & OUTsurance.

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ROXANNE WESSELS

Roxanne is one of our Business Plan Writers & developers, she graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in clinical psychology. Roxanne has a passion for dealing with people. She gained most of her working experience in consultancy and sales. Her vibrant energy and personality makes her unique, giving clients a professional service. Her hobbies include going to the beach, hiking, outdoor activities and spending time with her children (dogs).

BUSINESS PLAN WRITER
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Jennifer Lenz

Jen is helping our office to run smoothly, answering emails and telephone calls.

She supports the team in relation to client matters, including providing clients with updates and responding to queries. She is a sporty young lady with a passion for team sports like Soccer, Hockey and Touch Rugby. She rescued 2 little kittens and spoils them.

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GIANLUCA SEGALLA

Gianluca Segalla is a Varsity College Graduate with an Honours Degree in Communications. He is one of our business plan writer and researcher with a passion for research and marketing. He has a particular interest in how marketing has developed and how it can continue to be developed utilising new methods. In his time away from work, he enjoys going to the beach, watching football and Formula 1, being active and generally trying to spend as much time outside the house as possible.

BUSINESS PLAN WRITER
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STHANBIWE MSOMI

Sthandiwe Msomi is currently in her third year of study at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is doing her Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Finance and Management. She assists the business plan writers and our research specialist by compiling extra research, putting together financial forecasts, investor pitch decks and amendment of business plans. When she’s not at work, she spends time working in the community of Molweni through her NPO, Khanyisa Foundation.

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KYLE MAARTENS

Kyle Maartens is a University of KwaZulu-Natal student, currently studying a degree in Political Sciences. He is one of our Research Specialists, who holds a devotion for Industry Analysis and Target Market Analysis. Kyle aspires to be of aid to South African entrepreneurs in the fulfillment of their future endeavors. When not in the office, Kyle likes to keep an active lifestyle by heading to the gym or for a run.

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Brent is our Business Development Manager. He is your first contact within the company and answers your first questions and evaluates how Funding Connection can assist you. He holds a 3rd Dan in karate and loves to teach kids and adults in this art.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
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