Celebrating youth in June, Property Point, a Growthpoint Properties initiative, is hosting a To The Point live workshop focusing on innovation and fresh new approaches to managing a young business.
#YouthMustRise will be an interactive session focusing on young innovators, with guest speaker Ludwick Marishane, inventor of DryBath and MD at Headboy Inc. Marishane was South Africa’s youngest patent filer when he invented DryBath at the age of 17.
“There aren’t enough entrepreneurs to implement the use of innovative technologies, and South Africa has one of the highest rates of innovative ideas in the world,” Marishane says.
Marishane believes that one of the biggest challenges young entrepreneurs are faced with is the challenge of learning on their own. This is why he started the Excel@Uni programme, which provides students with added support for their studies, and particularly for students on a bursary programme.
The Property Point team is committed to empowering entrepreneurs with the skills and training needed to succeed. Exposing small businesses to leading minds, such as Marishane, is one way they put their passion into action.
The #YouthMustRise workshop will focus on the pros and cons of being an entrepreneur versus an employee, how to position yourself for success as a youth-owned enterprise, and how to compete with more experienced businesses.
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The workshop will address the development of these skills and techniques, provide practical insight for implementing them, and facilitate a question and answer opportunity for those in attendance to discuss the relevance to their particular business situations.
In 2013, Frost & Sullivan awarded Marishane, alongside Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with the Growth Innovation & Leadership Africa Award (GIL 2013) and his business, Headboy Industries was also selected as the overall winner at the Inaugural Western Cape Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards in 2013.
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The Property Point ‘#YouthMustRise’ workshop will take place at the Southern Sun Hotel, Hyde Park, on 23 June 2016. It will start promptly at 5:45pm and finish at 8:30pm with drinks and finger snacks being served. The investment cost is R100 and as seating is limited, advance booking is essential and can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.