eKasi Week

Elvis Sekhaolelo, founder of the eKasi Entrepreneurship movement

The eKasi Entrepreneurship Week, to be held next month in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, is will help shape a new breed of South African business leaders.

Township entrepreneurship has been on the rise where we see a lot of young intellectual business leaders shaping their communities, changing the world and the way we do things through business. They are coming up with innovative ideas and solutions to many challenges that South Africa currently faces, from chronic medication delivery system to dry bath solutions and from medical detection kits to new incubations.

This year’s eKasi Entrepreneurship Week, happening during the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Cape Town Khayelitsha, will feature key elements including a Conference, a Business Venture Competition, eKasi Business Awards and eKasi Entrepreneurship Expo among others.

The eKasi entrepreneurs will also suggest new solutions to enterprise development, funding models, mentorship and incubation.

Five of the 30 Forbes entrepreneurs under 30 hail from Cape Town. This conference will feature all 5 of them and having a dialogue discussion on their initiatives and their global recognition. This will highlight the power of recognition and networks.

Young community builders and entrepreneurs from different industries and professions such as international public speaker Vusi Thembekwayo, co-founder and chief executive of Yeigo Communications, Rapelang Rabana, and head of corporate affairs at Capitec, Sibusiso Khumalo and Western Cape Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Alland Winde, will all attend the eKasi Entrepreneurship Week. 

The eKasi Entrepreneurship movement is a non profit company that was started by Elvis Sekhaolelo, who was named one of the Global Shapers at the 2011 World Economic Forum. The eKasi Entrepreneurship Week is committed to shaping the state of the townships and rural areas in South Africa through entrepreneurship development, collaboration, social innovation and skills development. 

With only a few months having started they have made waves in different parts of the country. Some of their supporters who valued their work in building an entrepreneurial nation include: The National Youth Development Agency, Western Cape Provincial Government, South African Breweries, Cape Chamber, Silulo Ulutho Technologies, GX Securities, The Power of Youth, The World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers, just to list a few.

This event is scheduled to take place on 21 and  22 November 2013 at the Look-Out Hill in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

Contact the organizers on access@ekasientrepreneurs.co.za or 079 439 5266

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