Relations between EDHE and AIT-SASBI formed in 2021 when Dr Clarke began serving on the AIT-SASBI Sounding Board, representing both USAf and EDHE. “We are pursuing this relationship with Swiss and other member countries because we believe it will strengthen the work we do in entrepreneurship development at universities,” says Dr Clarke.
EDHE’s 2023 theme is social innovation for societal impact , hence the slogan #innovation4impact. Correspondingly, the AIT-SASBI Spring Conference 2023 theme is Social and Tech-driven Innovation for Impact.
“We appreciate the alignment of values between EDHE and SASBI,” says Dr Clarke. “We look forward to seeing strengthened relationships and newly established relationships focused on innovation in entrepreneurship between South African universities and their counterparts in other African countries and Switzerland.”
The EDHE Kick-off 2023 and AIT-SASBI Spring Conference 2023 will gather like-minded entrepreneurship enthusiasts at an event to be hosted both physically and virtually. Virtual attendees will connect via Glue Up. Registration for virtual attendance remains open through EDHE Kick-off/ SASBI Spring Conference 2023. As part of the programme, 11 students representing the African member countries will pitch their businesses, out of which four successful prototypes will be showcased at the SASBI residency programme in June at the University of Basel. The two-day 2023 kick-off event also promises to impart crucial knowledge to studentpreneurs on social innovation, while enabling cross-pollination of ideas among peers.
Founded in 2016 from the University Education Branch of South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training, EDHE was government’s response to the growing youth unemployment in South Africa. The programme was established to drive small to medium enterprises nationally, and to enable universities to bolster their third-stream income. EDHE is pursuing three-pronged goals to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in students, in academics, and to develop entrepreneurial universities.
The programme has grown in leaps and bounds since 2016, introducing a myriad of projects encouraging entrepreneurial activity among students, and in teaching and research.
Nqobile Tembe is Universities South Africa’s Communication Consultant.