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City assists young entrepreneurs in overcoming economic challenges

The City of Cape Town is proud to host the Telkom Cape Town Entrepreneurship Week Youth Entrepreneurship Conference. The conference will take place at the Bellville Campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology on Friday and Saturday this week.

Youth Entrepreneurship is crucial to the City’s drive to tackle unemployment, and reflects its commitment to making Cape Town into an opportunity city for all. The entire spectrum of business support services in Cape Town will be accessible via this conference and attendance will be invaluable for any existing or aspirant young entrepreneur.

The conference also offers young entrepreneurs a platform to engage with each other and make their voices heard.

“We need to hear from entrepreneurs what they require from the Cape Town environment to get their businesses growing,” says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Alderman Belinda Walker.

The conference starts at 08:00 on Friday, 9 November and continues on Saturday, 10 November. The programme includes practical workshops, debating forums and presentations by entrepreneurs and top economic development practitioners.

Ten reasons why you can’t miss the conference:

  • HEAR leaders from the main small business support agencies talk about their latest programmes and plans
  • MEET exciting young entrepreneurs who are starting or running innovative new businesses
  • NETWORK with funders, angel investors, entrepreneurs, mentors, advisers and buyers
  • UNDERSTAND what the Cape Town Activa programme is and how to get involved
  • TALK face-to-face with banks and small business support agency staff;
  • SHARE ideas and opportunities with people who believe in entrepreneurship in Cape Town
  • FORGE partnerships with like-minded organisations, NGOs, people and businesses
  • PITCH your business idea at one of our pitch sessions and get real-time feedback and advice;
  • FIND OUT what bursary, internship and other opportunities are offered by the City of Cape Town
  • RE-MOTIVATE yourself by making new connections and seeing new ideas and case studies.

“Cape Town is known to be the entrepreneurship capital of South Africa, but economic migration to the city as reflected in the latest census figures means that local efforts to support entrepreneurship must be redoubled,” said Alderman Walker, referring to the recent release of the Census 2011 statistics which showed that the Western Cape has the fastest-growing population in South Africa.

The Conference and Expo mark the start of Telkom Cape Town Entrepreneurship Week which will feature entrepreneurship events throughout the city running during Global Entrepreneurship Week until 18 November 2012.

For further information on Cape Town Entrepreneurship Week and the conference programme, visit: Cape Town Entrepreneurship Week’s newly-launched website is set up so that organisations can submit their own events on a calendar which contributes to the official programme of the week.

Published by the City of Cape Town.
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