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Join us to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 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.

Tuesday 19 November: Connectivity

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.

Wednesday 20 November: Mobile Gaming

Discover new trends in the industry, focusing mostly on educational gaming, and engage with various experts and disruptive start-ups.

Friday 22 November: End of Year Celebration.

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

Dozens of world leaders support the GEW and this year’s event at 22 on Sloane aims to attract some 1200 delegates, averaging about 300 per day.

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.

 Kizito Okechukwu is the co-Chair of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Africa – 22 on Sloane is Africa’s largest startup campus.

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