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Scaling Through Collaboration: Lessons from Explore Protech

How Does One Go About Scaling a Business? How Can Collaboration be the Key to Success?

In a recent podcast episode, Ethan of Baird Media and Nestene Botha of Explore Protech, explored the power of collaboration and how it can be the key to scaling your business.

This article delves into their conversation, providing insights into the importance of collaboration, building relationships, and finding like-minded entrepreneurs to thrive in today’s economy.

Building a Haven for Entrepreneurs

Nestene, co-founder of Explore Protech Entrepreneurial Haven, shared her journey from the corporate accounting world to the creation of an entrepreneurial accelerator.

Recognizing the challenges faced by small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Nestene and her team sought to build a community that would provide support and opportunities for entrepreneurs worldwide.

Explore Protech became a haven, a place where entrepreneurs could find refuge, forge relationships, and grow their businesses even in uncertain times.


Photo of Nestene Botha of Explore Protech who participated in a Baird Media podcast
Nestene Botha is a co-founder of Explore Protech

The Power of Relationships

One of the fundamental aspects of Explore Protech is the emphasis on building and strengthening relationships.

Nestene highlighted the importance of forming bonds with clients and going above and beyond to help them in times of crisis.

By proactively supporting clients during challenging periods, entrepreneurs can solidify these relationships and position themselves as trusted partners.

The idea of making money with each other, rather than from each other, fosters a collaborative mindset and cultivates a sense of community within Explore Protech.


Creating Opportunities through Collaboration

Collaboration lies at the heart of scaling businesses effectively.

Ethan mentioned the challenges faced by himself and Hendrik, emphasizing the limitations imposed by their individual capacities and skill sets.

Instead of solely focusing on acquiring new clients or hiring staff, they explored the concept of collaborating with other entrepreneurs who possess complementary skills.

Nestene shared her own experience of almost bankrupting her business by hiring the wrong people and how Explore Protech’s collaborative approach changed everything.


The Magic of Collaborative Scaling

Nestene’s entrepreneurial journey led her to realize that scaling successfully required building relationships with the right people.

Explore Protech’s community provided a fertile ground for entrepreneurs to connect with like-minded individuals who shared common values and integrity.

Through collaborations and joint ventures, entrepreneurs can leverage the strengths of others and create mutually beneficial opportunities.

The existing relationships within the community foster trust, enabling entrepreneurs to delegate tasks and focus on their core competencies.


The Freedom to Pursue Passions

Collaboration not only allows entrepreneurs to tap into the strengths of others but also enables them to focus on what they truly love.

By delegating tasks that are not their strong suits, entrepreneurs can concentrate on their areas of expertise and passion.

This shift allows for greater productivity, efficiency, and enjoyment of the work.

Trust plays a crucial role in letting go and allowing professionals to handle certain aspects of the business, enabling entrepreneurs to scale without being overwhelmed.


The Value of Joint Projects

Engaging in joint projects and collaborations provides a unique opportunity to assess potential partners’ skills and capabilities before fully integrating them into one’s business.

This process helps build trust and minimizes the risks associated with outsourcing or hiring.

Entrepreneurs can observe the expertise of others in action, witness their commitment to excellence, and ensure alignment with their own business values before committing to long-term collaborations.



The power of content marketing lies not only in the creation and dissemination of valuable content but also in the collaborative approach to scaling businesses.

Explore Protech Entrepreneurial Haven serves as a testament to the potential of building a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, fostering relationships, and unlocking opportunities through collaboration.

By embracing this approach, entrepreneurs can focus on their core strengths.


Are you ready to embrace the power of podcasting?

When you are ready to start your own podcast, join the Baird Media Mentorship program, and let Ethan and Hendrik give you all the help and support to start your own podcast.

You can also read Hendrik’s book, “Become a Podmaster: Everything You Need to Know to Master the Art of Podcasting” to help you understand what you are letting yourself in for.

Baird Media’s “Become A Podmaster” podcast offers valuable insights, tips, and inspiration from experienced podcasters.

Whether you’re a hobbyist seeking artistic expression or an entrepreneur looking to amplify your business, this podcast has something for you.

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