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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 - Issue #38

OUR GRAND FINALE 2019 SHOWCASES BUSINESS IDEAS OF THE HIGHEST CALIBRE

We concluded our year on a high note once again!  Our Grand Finale, held in October, has shown that the quality of business ideas and business plans produced by our participating schools are improving year-on-year.  Our learning materials are sensitising them to identifying challenges in their communities from which business opportunities can be created.  The next two years will see our programme migrating to a digital platform, which will see more learners from schools around the country, and in fact from around the Continent, participating.  A digital platform, apart from being more cost effective to operate, will make it possible for young entrepreneurs to access our course content from their mobile devices.  We have made significant progress over the last year with setting up the platform, and look forward to announcing its coming online in the near future.
Our thanks go to our participating schools, the Newlands Rotary Club, Kroombridge Rotary Club, the Southern Sun Cape Sun, Resource Design, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, our Trustee – Paul Baines, Michael Johnson, and so many others who have contributed to making this last year, and our Grand Finale, a huge success.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL THE PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT

WE WELCOME PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA’S CALL TO TEACH ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT SCHOOLS

This is a big moment for us, and a huge endorsement of the work we have been doing since 2010!  There is a real need for entrepreneurship to be taught at schools to arrest the unacceptably high levels of unemployment, particularly amongst our youth.  And we are pleased that Government is backing this notion too!
CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE IN ENGINEERING NEWS
We need to unlock their thinking to the idea that entrepreneurship can be a solution to solving a need in their communities, to contributing to their becoming financially independent and sustainable, to creating employment opportunities for others too.
 
If you are reading this and are an educator, why not contact us to discuss the possibility of starting an Entrepreneur Society at your school in 2020?  Or if you are possibly a funder who wants to channel your CSI resources towards making a difference in the lives of our young people - we can be reached on 082 907 0739 or zingionil@teenentrepreneur.co.za.

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020

So we know that 20/20 vision refers to visual acuity, right?  So it is with crystal clear clarity that we look into 2020; we are excited for what it holds for Teen Entrepreneur and our plans for the future.  Here are a few highlights to look forward to.

Fundraising Gala Dinner (February 2020). 

Under the theme of ‘Growing Young Entrepreneurs in South Africa’, this event will bring together some of the country’s foremost opinion leaders to debate and share their insights on promoting entrepreneurship as a viable platform for employment creation.  Given President Ramaphosa’s recent announcement calling for entrepreneurship to be supported at school level, the timing of our Gala Dinner could not be more favourable.  More details will be shared in upcoming issues of our newsletter.

Launch of 50/50 Campaign.

In an attempt to garner more support from big business, and to involve their employees in building and promoting entrepreneurship at schools too, our 50/50 initiative aims to canvass the support of employees to join hands in raising 50% of the costs (R75k to R100k, depending on the school’s specific needs) to run an Entrepreneur Society for a period of one year, with their employer contributing the balance of the set-up costs.  The cost to run the Entrepreneur Society at the school on an ongoing basis following Year One, will be in the region of R40k to R50k, and in so doing, entrepreneurship will become an ongoing extra mural activity at supported schools.  Parents, why not support your children’s high schools?  Past pupils, why not support your old high school?  You can be the change, starting in your community.  We have learnt many lessons over the last two weeks from the Rugby World Cup; we can be so much #strongertogether if we unite, support, and lift each other up!

3M Impact to Collaborate with SA Teen Entrepreneur. 

We have been approached by 3M, a US-based global science company, with the prospect of partnering with us on their pro bono programme, called 3M Impact.  As part of this programme, we will benefit from specialist input such as staff training courses, training manuals, a fundraising plan, a donor mapping report, feasibility studies, and communications plans, to name a few, and based on our specific needs.  We look forward to engaging further with the 3M Impact team, and will benefit greatly from their experience and insights in a number of strategic business development areas.

2020 is indeed looking promising!

SUPPORT US TO GROW OUR PROGRAMME

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. 
 
We therefore call on our loyal readers/champions/partners/stakeholders to assist us in our fundraising initiative.

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Or share this link with the people in your circle to make it possible for us to reach more young people across the country, and the continent digitally!
 
Thank you for your ongoing support!

AN APPEAL FOR YOUR SUPPORT…

At Teen Entrepreneur we have seen what can be achieved when our partners rally around us to give support to our cause.  We’d like to make an appeal to you again to please support SA Teen Entrepreneur as part of the MySchool Programme.  If you are a supporter, and already have a beneficiary, we’d like to remind you that you are able to support up to 3 charitable organisations. 

Your contribution is appreciated and can impact the sustainability of our programme significantly. If you are not a MySchool supporter yet, please sign up here: 

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