Global Entrepreneurship Week Kicks Off in South Africa



The Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), widely known as the largest gathering of innovators and entrepreneurs who launch startups that bring ideas to life, is set to take place this week, 14 to 20 November.

The week is meant to inspire millions of people from over 160 countries through local, national and global activities designed to help them unleash their potential as entrepreneurs and innovators.

The Innovation Hub, sub-Saharan Africa’s first internationally accredited and leading science and technology park, will also be hosting an event as part of the GEW calendar.

The event will welcome national representatives from large state owned Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies, Universities, SMME’s, ICT focused businesses as well as national government.

Officially launched on the 11th by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, this year’s event is part of a build-up programme towards South Africa hosting the 1st entrepreneurship congress on the African continent in March 2017.

“It is informed by an understanding that countries that do not invest in entrepreneurial development hinder their own growth potential and limit the prosperity of their people. It is informed by an understanding that it is Africa’s innovative and resilient entrepreneurs that will solve the continent’s socio economic challenges and determine its destiny,” said Ramaphosa, delivering the keynote address during the official launch in Sandton, Johannesburg.

“To defeat poverty, unemployment and inequality, entrepreneurship must be part of the daily conversations in our homes, around the dinner table, in community halls and classrooms, and on radio stations. This is a country and a continent alive with possibility,” Ramaphosa emphasised.

More than 80 partner events will be taking place across South Africa this week, as part of GEW.