The Gordon Institute of Business Science Entrepreneurship Development Academy have pledged their continued support to capacitating township entrepreneurs following the successful implementation of their Khulisanani/ Godisanang and GrowYourBiz initiatives that were aimed at assisting retail entrepreneurs in township businesses across South Africa. They have extended their programme to Chatsworth.
The GrowYourBiz programme, made possible again by a grant from the Walmart Foundation, will provide free support to growing small businesses, owned by youth (anyone between the ages of 18 and 35) and women (of all ages), through business training and peer-to-peer coaching aimed at helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses into viable entities.
Director of the Entrepreneurship Development Academy at GIBS, Miranda Hosking said, “We are excited to once again embark on this programme and we would like to touch as many budding entrepreneurs as we can. We look forward to engaging the next cohort of entrepreneurs to help them take their businesses to the next level. Township businesses are key to the economy and it is imperative that entrepreneurs are encouraged and assisted in order to overcome the myriad of challenges that they may be faced with during their entrepreneurship journey. This programme aims to assist individuals in finding lasting solutions that will help them thrive. GrowYourBiz aims to offer real-life support that is practical and implementable to its participants.”
The two groups will go through a customized intervention catering for the different needs of women entrepreneurs and youth. The programme will combine a blended learning model, with content being covered in masterclass format and blending in online or mobile learning. Peer-to-peer coaching will form an important part of the programme to ensure post-programmatic impact for delegates and their communities.
Pitching sessions will take place on October 15 and 16. Interested applicants can apply via this LINK and will be invited to the pitching sessions for the Chatsworth programme that will kick-off in October 2020.