Vanderbijlpark, Thursday 20 September, 2018: A national entrepreneurship roadshow for students that will visit universities in Gauteng, North West Province, the Free State, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo during September and October was successfully launched at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) on Thursday.
Building on the Student Entrepreneurship Week (#SEW2018) hosted at public universities countrywide throughout August, the roadshow comprises one day interactive workshops and is organised by Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE).
Using the theme ‘Student entrepreneurship – the best of both worlds’, the project raises awareness of entrepreneurship as a career and a means of participating in the economy to remedy the current levels of high levels of graduate and youth unemployment.
The first interactive workshop saw more than 100 students inspired and guided on how to create sustainable enterprises by high profile role-models including Pride Factor MD Dene Botha, founder of Sumting Fresh gourmet street food Hezron Louw and Future Leaders ambassador Lihle Nkosi.
Students were also invited pitch their business ideas to a panel of experts who evaluated the 10 presentations and awarded R10,000 to Nonkululoko Ndlovu as seed finance to develop her device to measure personal electricity usage.
“The first day of the official #SEW2018 Roadshow was inspirational,” said Dr Norah Clarke, Programme Director: Entrepreneurship. “It is encouraging to see how many students are already entrepreneurs, solving real problems in the Vaal.
“Student entrepreneurs demonstrate an awareness of society and its needs and they are certainly equipped to address these needs through innovative solutions.”
The edutainment programme presented by the Pride Factor Life Skills Academy is designed to motivate participants to try their hand at entrepreneurship while pursuing their studies as this could provide them with a springboard into the world of business upon graduating.
The SEW Roadshow visits the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal next week, the Eastern Cape in the first week of October and Limpopo and Gauteng from 8 to 12 October.
Additional high-profile presenters passing their personal experiences on the next generation during the roadshow include TV celebrity Candice Modiselle, motivational speaker Fred Bohasu and author and M&G Top 200 Young South African Zareef Minty.
#SEW2018 Roadshow dates and destinations:
- 20 September – Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark campus
- 21 September – North-West University, Mafikeng campus
- 25 September – University of the Free State
- 26 September – University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg
- 27 September – Mangosuthu University of Technology
- 28 September – University of Zululand, Empangeni campus
- 1 October – University of Fort Hare, East London
- 2 October – Walter Sisulu University, Butterworth Campus
- 3 October – Rhodes University
- 8 October – University of Venda
- 9 October – University of Limpopo, Polokwane
- 10 October – University of Pretoria
- 12 October – Sefako Makgatho University of Health Sciences
The SEW Roadshow is presented in partnership with Pride Factor, BeBold, ENACTUS, Start-up Academy, It’s a Breeze, among others.
Caption: Nonkululoko Ndlovu (left) was awarded seed finance by Ms Onica Matsheke, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at VUT, when her device to measure personal electricity usage was judged the best entrepreneurial project at the #SEW2018 workshop at the Vaal University of Technology on Thursday.
Photo: Courtesy Pride Factor
Background information on EDHE
Established at the end of 2016 within the University Education Branch of the Department Higher Education and Training (DHET), EDHE was inspired by the growing graduate and youth unemployment, the resources available at universities, the national drive for SMEs and the need for third-stream income at universities. The programme was also motivated by the imperative to drive student and graduate entrepreneurship. The programme has since been included (from a funding perspective) in the University Capacity Development Programme (UCDP) of the DHET.
Recognising that universities as centres of entrepreneurship development are at the heart of the EDHE initiative, the programme has now been located within Universities South Africa (USAf) as the implementing body. Thus EDHE represents a partnership between USAf and DHET through a grant made to the former.
Dr Norah Clarke
Programme Director: Entrepreneurship
Universities South Africa (USAf) & Department Higher Education and Training
Tel.: 021 030 0671 | 083 654 4228
Rudi van der Merwe
Project Manager: Entrepreneurship
Tel.: 021 030 0672 | 082 406 2869