With the National Development Plan (NDP) estimating that SMMEs will generate a whopping 90% of the 11 million new jobs expected to be created in South Africa by 2030, the rate of established businesses currently sits at a low 2.2%, with a high unemployment rate marked at 26, 7%, remaining unchanged throughout the first quarter of 2018 as compared to the last quarter of 2017.
The 67CEOs Foundation will host the second edition of its Global Entrepreneurship Week programme, themed « Advancing Inclusive Ecosystems », which is free and open to the public. The organisation, which provides mentorship and impactful entrepreneurship workshops to newly-established industrialists and SMMEs in partnership with CEOs and seasoned entrepreneurs who volunteer their skills in service to inspire, mentor, coach and teach, will hold events as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week from 11-16 November 2018. The annual programme will engage in impact focused entrepreneurial activities and connect SMMEs to potential collaborators, mentors, policymakers and even investors.
« For us as a nation to see high-growth businesses emerge and thrive, the entrepreneurship ecosystem must be inclusive at all socio-economic levels. Public and private institutional policies and support should be designed and executed so they close historical gaps, alleviate poverty and create sustainable employments, » says Sam Apata, convener of 67CEOs Foundation.
Headed by Sam Apata, 67CEOs Foundation is an independent, South African registered, non-profit organisation that hosts GEW initiatives annually. In partnership with title sponsor, Exxaro Resources, 67CEOs Foundation will host over 500 SMMEs during GEW 2018 at Workshop 17, 138 West Street, Sandton from 9am – 3pm.
« We operate in an environment of vast inequality, poverty and unemployment, and we are mindful of the fact that we can only bring about change if we all work together. That is why we are delighted to partner with 67CEOs Foundation to help nurture small and medium sized businesses. »
« Exxaro believes that unless we can power better lives for people, then we have not lived our purpose. Exxaro will lead economic transformation by investing in black youth owned small businesses that will create jobs in host com-munities and beyond, » says Mxolisi Mgojo, CEO of Exxaro.
With the support of corporate entities to deliver its mandate to advance inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems and increased economic inclusion while expanding financial and human capital for SMMEs; 67CEOs prides itself on creating avenues that seek to support, carry and advance ecosystems for budding entrepreneurs that continue to face systemic barriers to economic empowerment and independence.
Recognised by GEN Africa, the African chapter of Global Entrepreneurship Network based in Johannesburg, 67 CEOs is one of many event organisers during Global Entrepreneurship Week in Africa.
There will be parallel masterclass sessions on SMME Financial Management, Business Model Canvas, BBBEE Compliance and Access to ESD, 4th Industrial Revolution, Leadership, and Emotional Intelligence.
« SMMEs are invited to join great leaders in business at 67CEOs GEW2018. This is a great platform for education, inspiration, reflection, celebration, dialogue, networking and investment. Come and acquire the right knowledge that will position you for success in 2019 and beyond, » says Apata.
Date: 12 November 2018 to 16 November 2018
Time: 09:00 – 15:00
Venue: Workshop 17, 138 West Street, Sandton, Johannesburg
More info: Situated in the heart of of the business precinct at 138 West Street, Workshop17 West Street is conveniently located opposite the Gautrain Station and Nelson Mandela Square.
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