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Enactus Univen in collaboration with Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) and Univen’s Department of Business Management launched the first ever entrepreneurship week. The entrepreneurship week was officially launched at Univen’s Art gallery on Wednesday, 02 August 2017.

We can do it – Dr Richard Shambare.

The HoD: Business Management and Enactus Co-Faculty advisor, Dr. Richard Shambare said that that the main purpose of the event is to educate students about entrepreneurship paths and to alert students about advantages and opportunities available for emerging entrepreneurs. “Entrepreneurship is a career that grant you a brighter future than being just an employee. It has many benefits. Do not wait for someone to give you opportunities, you can create opportunities for yourselves” said Dr. Shambare.

Enactus is an international nonprofit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. It provides a platform for teams of outstanding university students to create community development projects that put people’s own ingenuity and talents at the center of improving their livelihoods. Enactus transforms both the lives of the people they serve, and in turn, the lives of students as they develop into more effective, value-driven leaders. Enactus at Univen is currently being ranked the second out of 27 participating Universities countrywide.

“Turn your degree into entrepreneurial career”-Prof Jan Crafford

Univen Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Prof Jan Crafford applauded the Enactus for putting the University of Venda on the map. He further advised students to start their own businesses and experience entrepreneurial life while they still have time and support from the University. “Enactus has already paved the way for you, instead of being stressed by writing your curriculum Vitae (CV) you should be drafting your business plans and start to think about putting it into effect”, said Prof. Crafford.

Dr Norah Clark says we are living in a world of opportunities; students should utilize them.

Dr. Norah Clarke, Project Manager of Entrepreneurship Development at the Department of Higher Education and Training and a founder of AfraLead told students to start their own business ideas and stop the habit of waiting for a job. Clark urged participants to help each other and share ideas about how to become great entrepreneurs and how to exchange services among each other. “Let us not waste time and help each other to grow in this industry. it is all in our hands and we can do it”, concluded Dr. Clark.

Empower yourselves through taking valuable risks – Mandla Shikwambana.

“Let us be positive in life and study to gain self-confidence and become disciplined, not to wait for other people to employ us”, said SRC President, Mandla Shikwambana. Shikwambana also emphasised on taking risk as it is unpredictable to determine your future. “It is not guaranteed that if you start a business then automatically the business will succeed. You have to work hard and sacrifice a lot before the business is where you want it to be,” he said. Mr Shikwambana urged students to empower themselves and their communities by making entrepreneurship a career.

Let us dominate the world of entrepreneurs, – Nomagamaaphelile Bam.

The Univen Enactus team Deputy President, Nomagamaaphelile Bam has advised students who were present at the launch to use the opportunity to network with business stakeholders. “The entrepreneurial word has been preached, now it’s time for implementation and community development”, concluded Bam.

Enactus Univen faculty advisors, executive and presenters posing for a group photo during the official launch.

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Department of Communications and Marketing
University of Venda
Tel: 015 962 8525
Date: 08 August 2017

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