Free State based Activator and social entrepreneur Tshepo Mabuya’s company Afrika Mayibuye Entrepreneurship Hub Accelerator (AMEHA) launched their inaugural Social Entrepreneurship Exchange Summit on 17th to 19 of November at the University of Free State.
The three day summit was launched during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). The summit is one of the flagship programmes of AMEHA. The aim was to create a networking, collaboration platform for young entrepreneurs who want to scale their businesses, build sustainable Pan-African SMME’s and Cooperatives in South Africa and the African continent.
“We wanted to create a platform in which entrepreneurs in the Free State from all walks of life would meet and collaborate with one another, in order to develop and engage while mobilising stakeholders that would be instrumental in the creation of an effective entrepreneurship ecosystem within the Free State province,” says Mabuya.
The summit was attended by a number of renowned social entrepreneurs like Joe Nawaya and Elliot Sithole from Creative Mind Space; captains of industries, Phallang Mofokeng from Kasi Entrepreneurship Youth Summit; entrepreneurship incubators like Gary Smith from Ubuntu Business; managerial leadership Organisations like Black Managemhy Forum represented by the Student Chapter Free State Chair Ayavuya Madolo and one of the best emerging chartered marketers Lebohang Matlabe from Leknaka Media.
Mabuya’s company (AMEHA) collaborated with Ubuntu Business Consulting, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers, Creative Mind Space, Kasi Entrepreneurship Youth Summit, Unqeto IT Solutions, Women in Agriculture, Kairos Conglomerate Lenaka Media and Communications, Mayibuye World, Dream Afrika Magazine, CUTFM, Black Management Forum Student Chapter, Central University of Technology and University of the Free State
Mabuya attributes his personal entrepreneurial journey and event success to organisations like ACTIVATE! Leadership: “ACTIVATE! has helped my entrepreneurship journey through SWITCH where I learned how to improve my business operations through the business modeling canvas. ACTIVATE! has also played a very important role in branding and resource sponsorships with an aim of making the summit a resounding success. Last but not least ACTIVATE! has supported me in my journey through the Community Development Course. This is where I learned the importance of project planning and project execution.” he says.
While explaining the event timing significance Mabuya says: “We decided to host the event during GEW as a way of ensuring that the entrepreneurship flair that we aimed at sparking is in line with the GEW and that this will enable entrepreneurs to feel that indeed they are part of the Global Entrepreneurship Movement.”
AMEHA founders are planning to make Social Entrepreneurship Exchange Summit one of the major Africa-based annual entrepreneurial events on the calendar. The bigger future plan is to make sure that the Social Entrepreneurship Exchange Summit addresses the ongoing entrepreneurship challenges like lack of funding, access to market, while creating conducive intra-Africa small and medium enterprises trade and facilitated mentorship, and promote emerging African entrepreneurs and their startup businesses.
“The post summit feedback has given us a lot of ideas on what to improve next year. For us, it is very clear that the best ways of improving this summit will include working together with stakeholders like the NYDA, Department of Small Business Development, business schools, entrepreneurship accelerators, business advocacy organisations like the Black Management Forum, fellow entrepreneurs, activators and off course ACTIVATE! Leadership business flagship programme, Switch,” says Mabuya.
Mayibuye Entrepreneurship Hub Accelerator has already helped develop over 60 youth led SMME’s, cooperatives. The company provides services like business boot camps, social entrepreneurship exchange summits, youth entrepreneurship festivals, company registrations and brand development. The company’s co-founders are working on establishing an NPO-SMME Mentorship Programme for its clients where clients can get first hand mentorship and guidance from well established companies and non-profit organisations.
Activators and civil society members interested in knowing more about Afrika Social Entrepreneurship Exchange Summit can visit their website: www.ameha.co.za or contact the Afrika Mayibuye Entrepreneurship Hub Accelerator Social Entrepreneurship Exchange Summit organizers on 081 395 9054 or 0739414565 or via their email email@example.com.