The Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE) recently celebrated its first graduation, where 16 beneficiaries received certificates in acknowledgement of their entrepreneurial journey, which culminated in the completion of the GrowthWheel™ programme and engagement activations.
GrowthWheel™ is a tool for decision-making in start-up and growth companies. It helps entrepreneurs and advisers get focus, set agenda, and take next steps.
A visual toolkit, it assists both new and existing entrepreneurs by building their businesses through a simple action-oriented process, determining which areas require their immediate attention and focus. GrowthWheel™ is outcome-oriented: Make Decisions, Take Action.
The celebration was attended by the key partners that have made the journey of such beneficiaries possible.
The College’s strategic commitment was evidenced in the attendance of the College Acting Principal, Ms Karin Hendricks and the Deputy Principal for Innovation and Development, Ms Christiana Nel. The mentoring support provided by Rotary International, and the financial support of Business was also seen in the representatives of these two key partners.
A keynote speech was given by a member of its Centre for Entrepreneurship / Rapid Incubator Advisory Committee, Mr Jonathan Jacobs, who is an entrepreneur and leader in his own right. His talk about starting from the bottom; rising through the journey and raising a key team, left an indelible mark on all beneficiaries and those attending the event.
Most of the graduating beneficiaries also had family and friends present; a vital support to budding entrepreneurs. The beneficiaries have achieved significant milestones both individually and collectively. In the light of high unemployment figures in South Africa, it is gratifying to note that these young people collectively helped establish a total of 43 jobs in 2017.
The CfE has enjoyed good traction and success in 2017, and would like to thank all of the partners and individuals who have helped to serve the beneficiaries in this manner. Lessons from 2017 will stand us in good stead to increase impact in 2018.