The GEW celebratory activities (which started yesterday) at the 22 on Sloane startup campus are:
Monday 18 November: Agro-processing, Energy, Manufacturing, Water
The opportunity to learn from experts, get informed on the latest industry trends and engage with various stakeholders.
Tuesday 19 November: Connectivity
Find out more about Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data and the Internet of Things from IBM and Microsoft experts and also engage with disruptive tech start-ups in the FinTech, EdTech, HealthTech and InsureTech space.
Wednesday 20 November: Mobile Gaming
Discover new trends in the gaming industry (mostly educational platforms) and engage with various experts and disruptive start-ups. Hack a Game – and learn how to build a game in just three hours!
Thursday 21 November: JSE
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange and 22 on Sloane are delighted to be a part of the official bell ringing session to open the markets – and hopefully this will be symbolic of new markets and opportunities opening for entrepreneurs all over the world.
Friday 22 November: Celebrating Entrepreneurs in Fashion and Design
This by-invite-only evening fashion show, hosted in partnership with Edcon and Proudly SA, will showcase graduates from the Edcon Design Innovation Challenge and promises to dazzle with exhibits from South Africa’s young and upcoming talent.
With dozens of world leaders joining in to celebrate entrepreneurs during GEW, we encourage various ecosystem stakeholders, supporters and policymakers to fast-track sustainable efforts to ensure that innovative businesses in their communities and at large can start and scale, especially amidst the burgeoning youth unemployment crisis in South Africa.
On the whole, Africa’s youth population is set to skyrocket over the next few years and is predicted to become the highest on the planet. This means relevant interventions across the continent must start immediately to ensure the development, reskilling and capitalisation of young people to make a meaningful living, while playing a sustainable role in their country’s economy.