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Student Entrepreneurship Week

When: Monday, 28 August 2017 - Thursday, 31 August 2017
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Wits Tshimologong Precinct and the Transnet Matlafatso Centre
Start time:10:00
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Cost: Free

Themed iEntrepreneur, the week aims to raise awareness of entrepreneurship as a career.

Unemployment among the youth of South Africa has reached an ‘all time high’ and young people need to step out and make their own way in the economy. This is according to various stakeholders at Wits University involved in entrepreneurship.

In response to this imperative, Wits is pleased to announce the launch of Student Entrepreneurship Week (SEW) 2017 in order to raise awareness of entrepreneurship as a career. The project is an initiative of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to increase the focus on entrepreneurial education at universities to develop entrepreneurial skills and encourage entrepreneurship as a choice of career.

Running from 28 to 31 August, the programme includes 15 events focusing on all things entrepreneurial.

Framed as ‘iEntrepreneur’, the programme will focus on the following ‘I’s’: 


  • information – answering questions on where entrepreneurial support exists at Wits and elsewhere, start-up toolkits, compliance guidance and funding options;
  • ideas and innovations -  focusing on business ideas that are making waves at present; simple solutions that have been built into successful start-ups, and national initiatives and agencies that support innovation;
  • implementation and impact – how to make those ‘out there’ ideas concrete and gain maximum impact in the market.

SEW is driven by Wits Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurship.

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