The GEW is a lead-up to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) which South Africa will host in March 2017. Building from the momentum of previous GECs and the recent Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) held at Silicon Valley in June 2016, the GEC will be held in Johannesburg for the first time on the African continent and will host over 5,000 delegates from 160 countries.
Minister Lindiwe Zulu stated: “The Department of Small Business Development is committed to collaborating with various organisations to ensure that entrepreneurship remains on the radar of all stakeholders in South Africa and the continent. We aim to connect our African entrepreneurs with investment opportunities, market access and platforms for knowledge exchange needed to create, innovate, and unleash their power to create jobs and sustain Africa’s developmental project.”
Young entrepreneurs willing to pitch are also encouraged to register to pitch their ideas at the Idea Space Fair at GEW. Winners will be selected and have the opportunity to pitch at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in March 2017.
To attend the GEW South Africa 2016 launch taking place on Friday, 11 November, visit www.za.gew.co and register. Over 80 partner events will take place in South Africa during the Global Entrepreneurship Week (14-20 November). Stakeholders are encouraged to register their event on www.za.gew.co.