GEW 2016: Becoming an entrepreneurial explorer in our own cities | By Dinika Govender

GEW 2016: Becoming an entrepreneurial explorer in our own cities | By Dinika Govender


Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job-creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. The global event is anchored by five specific themes: Youth, Women, Cities, Scale-Ups and Investors.

This year the Association of Allan Gray Fellows curated a multi-city experience of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). The experience was called Imbizo Junction, so named for its focus on gathering like minds in the same spaces in the city.

In the spirit of connecting to the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem and strengthening the networks and opportunities for our Fellows, the Association mapped entrepreneurial events that took place during GEW in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. The aim was to map a diverse range of events across the five themes and to encourage Fellows and their own social networks to become “entrepreneurial explorers” in their cities.

To this end, the Association produced the Imbizo Junction site – which provided a Fellow-curated event guide that could make entrepreneurial explorations easier and more trusted both for Fellows and the general public. For a first version of this initiative, the site was a hit – 31 000 hits to be exact.

Fellows Nkgopoleng Moloi and Adhila Mayet hosted another successful Talk Series JHB on the topic of “Intersectionality in Entrepreneurship”. It was great to see a Fellow-run event on the GEW map. The Association wrapped up GEW with a pitching competition in which Fellows had the opportunity to win seed funding by submitting a business pitch via social media. Candidate Fellow Foyinsola Ogunrombi had the winning pitch and received R5000 to activate her idea.

With the Global Entrepreneurship Conference (GEC) coming up in March 2017, we look forward to getting more Fellow-run events and businesses on the map.

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