Join us to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019
KIZITO OKECHUKWU | SEPTEMBER 09, 2019
The Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators who bring ideas to life and improve human welfare. For over a decade, the GEW has inspired entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurship ecosystem at large to start and scale, launch new programmes, advance progressive SME policies, run entrepreneurship competitions and even award seed grants to various startups.
Annually, over 173 nations, 10 000 partners and ten million people around the world participate in this much anticipated inspiring event. This year, the GEW will take place from 18-24 November 2019.
22 on Sloane, the headquarters of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Africa, will be hosting GEW activities from 18-22 November 2019 and we invite private and public sector partners, entrepreneurs and all involved in the entrepreneurial environment to join us.
Our week’s agenda includes:
Monday 18 November: Agro-processing, Energy, Manufacturing, Water.
Learn from various experts, get informed on the latest industry trends and engage with innovative start-ups.
Find out more about Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Internet of Things and meet various disruptive start-ups in the tech space, including FinTech, EdTech, HealthTech and InsureTech.
Discover new trends in the industry, focusing mostly on educational gaming, and engage with various experts and disruptive start-ups.
This by-invite-only event will showcase the various start-ups in the 22 on Sloane network, share plans for 2020, and reflect on and acknowledge the efforts of Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem during 2019
In closing, we must never forget or lose sight of the globally-proven fact that entrepreneurs are the backbone of any country’s economy. They are the primary problem-solvers when it comes to eradicating our economic and social challenges.
We encourage all ecosystem stakeholders across South Africa and the continent to also gather their communities and find ways to better support entrepreneurs and keep their spirit strong and their dreams alive.
The theme of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019 is centralized around the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) which the globe is moving towards. Building capabilities may be a requirement for growing economic aggressiveness or effectively applying technologies to fulfil human development aims. Businesses are great platforms for change and each leader can have a direct role in creating economic opportunities for people by investing in education and training programmes for existing and potential 4IR talent
The Gen Africa Growth Challenge will be launched on the 14th November 2019 at 22 On Sloane. This Growth Challenge aims to cultivate; resiliency, a thoughtful long-term approach; mirror market challenges; lastly to acknowledge and celebrate positive performance.
Recently, I attended the second SA Investment Conference in Sandton, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa. I instantly felt a strong sense of positivity, hope and togetherness in the room and, although a few major CEO’s faces were missing, the gathering still had the bulk of the economic who’s-who in attendance.