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July - Issue #42

COVID-19 TEEN CHALLENGE DRAWS ATTENTION TO THE YOUTH’S ABILITY TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

Our SA Teen Entrepreneur Trust covid-19 Challenge has brought to light the ability of our young people to develop sustainable solutions to challenges in times of crisis. We put out a global brief to young people to become part of the solution in our fight against the coronavirus pandemic in March this year.  Responses to the challenge, and the quality of ideas presented, have served to highlight that our youth are entrepreneurially-minded, and able to develop sustainable solutions to difficulties we face in our daily lives. 
 
In adjudicating the submissions, it was clear that our youth have no intention of buckling under the pressures of the pandemic, but that they intend on combatting it by means of creative and innovative application. 
 
We would like say a sincere thank you to all the entrants, without your participation this challenge would not have been possible.  And an enormous congratulations to our winners!  Your ideas have inspired us, and have certainly given us hope for the future!
Here are our winners and their prize-winning ideas:
1ST WINNING IDEA
Youth providing support to the elderly during the pandemic
Targeting females between the ages of 55 and 75, Linda Maqasha’s idea involves the youth doing essential shopping for the elderly during lockdown because they (the elderly) are most at risk during this time.  Apart from shopping for them, young people will spend time with the elderly to guard against loneliness during this time of isolation.  A splendid idea, Linda, congratulations!
2ND WINNING IDEA
Ensuring that learners and educators have masks when
they return to school after lockdown
Mpho Chinowa, a 15-year old learner from KZN, has based her idea on ensuring that learners at her rural school are safe when they return to school as part of Government’s phasing in of grades.  She intends on partnering with other like-minded young entrepreneurs at her school to produce facemasks for all learners and educators at her school.  Well done and congratulations, Mpho; your idea addresses an important call from Government to wear masks when we venture outside of our homes to prevent the transmission of covid-19!
3RD WINNING IDEA
Custom-fitted masks for children
Kreeti Panday has observed that covid-19 created a number of small businesses with people producing masks at home to earn an income.  However, her research has highlighted that these masks were not always made from fabric that would be effective in stopping the spread of the virus, they were generally not comfortable to wear, and/or they were not sized appropriately for children, and she foresaw challenges with what was available for children when they return to school.  Congratulations, Kreeti, your one-size-fits-all pleated design would ensure that your masks are both comfortable, and perfectly sized for children too!
4TH WINNING IDEA
Will our children be safe when they return to school?
Social- and mainstream media have been reporting extensively on the safe return of learners to institutions of learning in recent times.  Ramoratile Morake’s business idea proposes the use of writing boards for learners, coupled with online learning, to eliminate the sharing of books and stationery amongst learners at a time when covid-19 infections are spreading rapidly.  Well done, Ramoratile!  Who better to devise safety interventions for learners at school than a learner himself!
5TH WINNING IDEA
Don’t fall prey to cyber crime
Our South African youth are incredibly tech-savvy.  Nomthandazo Ndlovu’s idea is to partner with an IT or tech company to teach our youth about cybersecurity and how young people are able to apply their tech skills in a way that is safe and secure, while possibly generating an income at the same time.  This is a great idea; congratulations, Nomthandazo!
A huge big thank you to our sponsors (The Agency, EM Solutions, Edu Nova, E3, The Amy Foundation, and Learning to Lead) and judges (Sabirul Islam, Logan Guleff, Landi Jac, Mike Handcock) too; thank you for believing in our youth as much as we do.

STEVE REID’S ‘ENTREPRENACITY’
IS A MUST READ

Fellow supporter and entrepreneurship champion, Steve Reid, recently launched a new book, called Entreprenacity.  The book captures the journeys of many entrepreneurs, shares nuggets and tools for aspiring entrepreneurs, helps those needing incubation and coaching, strengthens those needing to pitch to investors, and helps focus on the growth and entrepreneurial mindset. 
 
It represents 10 years of leading 2 incubators and working with a broad range of entrepreneurs, and has been a work in process for Steve for 5 years.
 
It is now available on Amazon Kindle for $3.44 (roughly R60), is a great investment for your personal growth and development, and would make for a great gift too!
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ON AMAZON

OUR DIGITAL/ONLINE TEEN ENTREPRENEUR LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (TELMS) WILL LAUNCH IN SEPTEMBER!

Covid-19 and our national lockdown has precipitated our need to fast track the completion of our digital/online Teen Entrepreneur Learning Management System (TELMS) in order to make our entrepreneur content and learning solutions available to young people digitally.  We are pleased to inform you that we will be launching our TELMS in September!
 
Work on the system is progressing according to schedule, and most of the learning content has been migrated online.  Preparations are underway for testing, which is scheduled to commence from July 20th.   
 
Our digital/online TELMS will be a game-changer as it will make our entrepreneur content available to schools across South Africa, across Africa, and across the world. We encourage you to register to join our Teen Entrepreneur movement on our website; why not share with your friends in your networks too!

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We believe in the work that we do, we see it changing the lives of young people, we see how they in turn are able to re-invest what they have learned into their communities. 
 
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