Vusi Thembekwayo, the rockstar of public speaking, delivered a powerful speech on Monday afternoon at the opening day of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is being held at the GEN Africa Campus (also known as 22 On Sloane).
Thembekwayo spoke of the global and local challenges facing entrepreneurs, how they can scale-up and move forward even during these tough times. He was addressing a master class attended by hundreds of entrepreneurs.
Last week Friday 10th November, Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, officially opened the 10th anniversary celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) where he also participated in the launch of the GEN Africa Campus.
The campus is the first one opened by the Global Entrepreneurship Network and it offers direct and virtual support services to entrepreneurs throughout Africa as well as access to an international network of mentors, investors and entrepreneurial support organizations.
“Entrepreneurs are the life blood of any economy, and the South Africa economy is in dire need of quality job creators. Today, we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Global Entrepreneurship Week and my message is that young people need to embrace this space and make use of 22 on Sloane to connect, share, learn and grow”, says Thembekwayo.
For one week each November, roughly 10 million participants take part in 40,000 events, activities and competitions in more than 165 countries around the world. In the first 10 years of celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week, more learning about the potential of entrepreneurs and the ability of societies to work together and create great value has been uncovered by the GEN universe. Through broad support from the government of South Africa and the rest of the African continent as well as private sector leaders, 22 on Sloane aims to shape a community of promising entrepreneurs and connect them to the resources they need to succeed.
This week candidates will be competing for residency through a pitching competition. Short-listed applicants will gain a 12-month residency at the startup campus.