The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation offers programmes to support entrepreneurs at various stages of the entrepreneurial journey to establish them as sustainable businesses that have potential to be key players in their markets. There are two main departments, namely Student Entrepreneurship for registered students of the University of the Western Cape and Enterprise Development for the outside SMME business community.

business coaching

We partner with entrepreneurs by offering them a collaborative one-to-one thinking environment in order to refine their business ideas, and develop sustainable business models. Through coaching, entrepreneurs have the opportunity to not only focus on their business strategies but to also develop the self-efficacy to take action.


In addition to the entrepreneurship programmes, there are a number of events to support entrepreneurs. These include webinars and targeted workshops in collaboration with skilled partners that is focused on business skills development and knowledge transfer. There are also two annual market days and a fashion show for students to gain experience in selling their products and services to customers and to develop critical skills.

What People Say About Us

We are pleased that through our intervention with UWC's CEI, 30 emerging sub-contractors have been able to proceed through the inaugural entrepreneurship programme, adding their talent to a much needed sector.
Letitia van Rensburg
Training Officer
Master Builder
In my year of being part of the CEI, I have developed as an entrepreneur. I gained access to different business tools which has advanced and fast tracked my entrepreneurial journey. I never imagined that I would become an executive member of the Enactus Social Entrepreneurship Programme, co-founding a society called WomenInTech with a fellow student, as well as starting my own business (Bomvu) but here I am! #CEIrocks
Thobeka Nkabinde
UWC Student
Founder of Bomvu |
Deputy President of Enactus UWC| Co-founder of UWC Women-in-Tech
The CEI have added incredible value to our Practice Management Module by bringing in expertise in both finance and taxation and have included alternative problem solving techniques, specifically, design thinking, in a hands-on approach for our students.
Dr. Carol Cloete
UWC Conservative Dentistry Department

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