Through a partnership between Wits Business School and the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI), the Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE) has opened to develop, promote and improve the culture of entrepreneurship among different communities in South Africa.
“CfE has one purpose – to make start-up businesses sustainable and to focus on finding what’s unique about African entrepreneurship,” says Professor Boris Urban, acting director of Wits Business School. “The centre will also help the DTI meet its vision to support and grow entrepreneurs. The idea is to provide strong partnership networks using the considerable resources of Wits Business School and to teach skills which are lacking in order to help people establish sustainable businesses,” says Urban.
Certificate programmes such as Start your own Venture, Build your own Venture, Grow your own Venture and Plan your Venture are supplemented by workshops designed to develop specific skills,including business planning, finance, business strategy, marketing and selling.CfE will also offer coaching, mentoring and peer support courses through its Business Clinic Programme. But most importantly, entrepreneurs will haveregular face-to-face access to information and guidance.
Course costs are available from theCfE. The centre is subsidised by donors, but fees will be assessed on a needsbasis.
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