There are a number of exciting activities and events taking place in Johannesburg during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Critical Thinking Forum on financial inclusion
Nedbank, Old Mutual and the Mail & Guardian are hosting a Critical Thinking Forum at the SABC in Auckland Park that will address the question: “How can we include more South Africans in the financial mainstream?”
Present at the forum will be a panel of thought leaders that includes:
- Dr Mamphele Ramphela (medical doctor, director of companies and civic activis)
- Ingrid Goodspeed (National Treasury)
- Thami Bolani (National Consumer Forum)
- Lyndwill Clarke (Financial Services Board).
The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship
The Branson Centre in Johannesburg is hosting various events dealing with Global Entrepreneurship Week.
The Hub in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, is holding a series of workshops and events, including:
- Get yourself investor ready
- Opportunities in the green economy
- Thought leader dialogue
- Women & entrepreneurship
- Purpose and career opportunity
- Exclusive branding training
Gauteng Enterprise Propeller
The five-day One Corporate One Entrepreneur event, sponsored by the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP), takes place in Soweto.
During the week industry experts and professionals will share knowledge with entrepreneurs on personal branding, innovation and creativity, product development and sustainability entrepreneurship.
All participants will have an opportunity to refine their business ideas and concept before presenting them to the panel of judges for the business idea elevator pitch competition on the last day of the event.
The SAB KickStart panel discussion and exhibition at Gallagher Estate in Midrand will focus on successful and practical roles that must be played by different industry sectors to increase the rate of entrepreneurship in SA.
The Cultunet Foundation will be hosting numerous events including a discussion round the question “What is Entrepreneurship?”, the prelaunch of the Global Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders coffee table book, as well as various workshops in the townships.
Zazida Institute of Entrepreneurship
The Zazida Institute of Entrepreneurship, based in Parktown, Johannesburg, is Africa’s only accredited higher education institution dedicated solely to developing entrepreneurs in Africa.
The institute will be hosting various events dealing with Global Entrepreneurship Week:
- Personal finance management workshop for entrepreneurs
- How to start a business with no cash
- Launch of Zazida Entrepreneur Support Club.
South African Innovation Network
The South African Innovation Network (SAINE) will be hosting a business breakfast in Sandton in partnership with the Department of Economic Development, Sasol Chemcity, Sanlam, African Entrepreneur, SEA Africa and HaveKnot.
Absa Enterprise Development
Absa Enterprise Development will be hosting the first ever Global Entrepreneurship Week event in Polokwane.
The event will be attended by various stakeholders:
- Emergent Africa
- the Polokwane Municipality
- Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism
- Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda)
- National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)
- Polokwane Chamber of Business (PCOB)
- Walkin 25 Management Services
- Limpopo Development Agency (LIMDEV).
Growthpoint Properties will be hosting a discussion by Herman Mashaba that will include his newly-released autobiography Black Like Me.
Mashaba was one of the country’s earliest black entrepreneurs who built a successful business during apartheid and today his investment company has a string of diverse holdings.