Student Entrepreneurship Week (SEW)
Entrepreneurship is a career – and like any career, it requires hard work, preparation and education to make the most of it. UWC’s Student Entrepreneurship Week aims to help students do just that.
“We need to produce a generation of job takers, rather than job makers – a generation of innovators who will look at the world in a different way and come up with new ways of doing things. We need a generation of entrepreneurs.” – Charleen Duncan, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI)
South Africa has a high unemployment rate (particularly among youth) and sluggish economic growth. To help, the Department of Higher Education and Training devised SEW as a national campaign for entrepreneurship development aimed at supporting all students considering entrepreneurship as a potential career.
The UWC SEW is to raise awareness of entrepreneurship as a career option, while imparting basic entrepreneurship skills to students from all disciplines, and exploring the importance of entrepreneurship to the economy.
“Youth unemployment is very high for those aged 15-34, so job creation is absolutely necessary, The CEI is doing extremely good work by having entrepreneurship expos such as the SEW, allowing students to be exposed to established entrepreneurs and information about access to funding and support opportunities.”
– Professor Pamela Dube, UWC’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Development and Support
“Most universities are structured to produce job seekers rather than job creators – and that isn’t in line with trends in the job market, both locally and globally. Students need to start thinking about becoming entrepreneurs as there are fewer and fewer job opportunities in the private sector. You need to think outside of the box and start thinking like entrepreneurs while studying.”
– Dr Abdullah Bayat (Senior Lecturer at UWC’s School of Business and Finance);
“Become the CEO of your own life, take charge, start your businesses and be successful. Many entrepreneurs often choose the safety and security of a job rather than following their passion and dreams – and many regret it in the end.” – Faith Tererai-Ngam
Entrepreneurial activity isn’t just about apps and finances – traditional careers can also benefit from entrepreneurial thinking.
“Dentistry is a profession that is entrepreneurial by nature’” UWC (which houses the largest Dental School in Africa) is concerned about qualified dentists who start their own practises and run the risk of business failure early in their careers. It is for this reason that CEI and the Faculty of Dentistry have since partnered to help students become properly prepared for running their own practices.” – Carol Cloete