OctoberFirst Consulting is a firm that specializes in helping Australian businesses expand into emerging markets in Africa.  We also assist African countries seeking to promote investment opportunities in Australia attract more foreign direct investment into their country.

Our Business Development Services

Africa Market Entry Solutions – Whether you addressing a mass market need or a niche market, we help you identify the right distributor or niche markets, search for joint ventures or acquisition opportunities and find investment prospects – all in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Africa Market Research Solutions – We partner with leading global research firms with and help you answer the critical questions like size of the market, consumer trends, needs and perceptions of products, competition and regulatory requirements so you can make the best decisions and succeed.

Inbound Investment Promotion in Australia – We help African countries promote their business and investment opportunities to prospective Australian businesses. Our solutions include arranging C-Level executive direct marketing and investment promotion forums.

Our Marketing Services

We also offer the ability to conduct surveys, direct marketing, cold-calling and event management.

As an example of our expertise, we launched an annual Africa Australia Renewable Energy/ Infrastructure Conference series which attracted key decision-makers from more than twenty-five African countries including Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Angola, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Namibia and Mauritius. The event attracted leading Australian firms, Chambers of Commerce and Government representatives such as Macquarie Bank, SMEC, Worley Parsons, Regen Power, UON, Austrade, Export Council of Australia, DFAT, Vic Govt among many others.

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Meet our Team

Mr Frank Aneke, Principal of OctoberFirst Consulting Sydney

Mr Frank AnekeFrank is known for his experience, credibility, and passion for identifying, building and facilitating business relationships between Australians and their counterparts in Africa. Frank’s business development career spans more than 25 years with vast experience in business development, relationship-building, marketing communications, advertising, public relations, and broadcasting.

Frank has many accomplishments as an entrepreneur having successfully started a number of firms including an independent broadcast content development firm, Anekx Productions in Lagos, Nigeria. He also launched Fieldwork Limousines and OctoberFirst Consulting Sydney, both in Australia.

Frank is actively involved in business matchmaking, international conference management and Africa investment promotion consulting in Australia. Frank acquired his initial tertiary education in Nigeria and further undertook post-graduate studies at University of Technology Sydney.

Nakul Syal, Head of Market Research & Feasibility Studies

Nakul SyalWith experience in market research, feasibility studies, land economics and due diligence studies, Nakul has been involved with a wide array of industrial and manufacturing mandates in various countries including Nigeria, Congo, Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Mexico, Oman, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Previously, Nakul was instrumental in handling business plan formulation studies, financial feasibility studies, optimal development strategies, location decision studies for large scale industry specific clusters including port clusters, integrated industrial townships, industrial parks and free zones.

Some of his key clients with include government and prominent global private sector players such as the governments of Nigeria, Congo, Russia, and Kazakhstan, JICA / JETRO, Surbana Jurong, Dalian Wanda Group, Sembcorp, Sumitomo, Tata Steel, Jindal Stainless, Warburg Pincus and Apple India.

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