Our Mission

The University of the Western Cape’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) exists to consolidate, coordinate and synergise entrepreneurship activities at UWC in order to:  

  • Highlight the successes of UWC more prominently with respect to current and future entrepreneurship-related activities.
  • Fulfill a co-ordinating role for the current and new entrepreneurship related activities at UWC and external stakeholders.
  • Fundraise and develop a long-term sustainable financial model for the Centre by developing projects in entrepreneurship.
  • Provide the environment with a fellowship of support to new and existing entrepreneurs.
  • Build a research program in Entrepreneurship relevant to the needs of South Africa and that can drive relevant policy development.
  • Collaborate with national and international partners active in the area of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship development.

Our vision is to develop and grow entrepreneurial thinking and acting within all disciplines across campus, the city and nation.

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The team that makes it all happen…

Charleen Duncan

Charleen Duncan

director

Charleen Duncan is the Director for the CEI. She also serves as the chairperson of board of directors of Community Chest of the Western Cape. Charleen has developed a global network for Centres for Entrepreneurship on the African Continent, USA and Europe. She is the co-convenor of the Community of Practise: The Entrepreneurial University, for the national platform representing the 26 SA universities, Entrepreneurial Development in Higher Education reporting into Universities South Africa (USAF). Charleen recently completed a Master’s degree (cum laude) in development studies with a focus on the informal economy.

Contact: cduncan@uwc.ac.za

Wesley Clarence

enterprise development

Wesley Clarence works as an Enterprise Development Consultant and a Student Entrepreneurship Facilitator with the CEI. He is also a business management lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and Unisa. His previous teaching experience includes Tsiba Business School, University of Cape Town  and Univesity of the Western Cape. Wesley holds a B.Com(Hons) and MSc in Business Administration.

Contact: wclarence@uwc.ac.za

Wendy Mehl

enterprise development

Wendy Mehl is employed as the enterprise development coordinator at the CEI. Her formal qualifications are in Civil Engineering, Bookkeeping and Business Management as well as Public Relations and Event Management. Her experience is broad and varies across different Industries from media house to civils and event management. Wendy demonstrates a strong background in  administration management.

Contact:  wmehl@uwc.ac.za

Lana Franks

Student Entrepreneurship

Lana Franks works as the student entrepreneurship and innovation programme lead at the CEI. Her praxis includes the use of Human-Centred Design, and the Lean Startup Methodology for new venture creation. She holds a BSc in Electro-Mechanical Engineering, a Masters in Energy and Development Studies from the University of Cape Town and qualified as Coach at the South African College of Applied Psychology. She is a creative problem-solver and a social entrepreneur with a passion to mobilise youth-led innovation across universities in South Africa. Lana has also recently co-founded CodeYourFuture South Africa, an organisation that addresses unemployment by repositioning adults for a future in tech .

Contact: lfranks@uwc.ac.za

"We love helping entrepreneurs turn ideas
into sustainable enterprises."

Our Partners