Background on:
EDHE Lekgotla 2017

The high level of unemployment in South Africa necessitates the introduction of measures to stimulate entrepreneurship development at universities. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are well placed to catalyse entrepreneurship and innovation for the development of a new economy. A vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem at universities would encourage students to consider entrepreneurship as a career path.

The Department of Higher Education and Training has implemented a project to develop an entrepreneurship ecosystem at HEIs that would promote the development of student and graduate entrepreneurs, along with entrepreneurial universities. This initiative is mandated at the highest level and is headed up by Dr EL van Staden, Chief Director: University Academic Planning and Management Support, assisted by a dedicated project manager, Dr Norah Clarke.

A number of stakeholders in the university entrepreneurship space have been engaged as part of an initial fact-finding mission and a framework and action plan for entrepreneurship development in higher education has been developed.

One of the first actions prioritised by the relevant Task Team is a Lekgotla on Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) for leaders and key stakeholders in the field. The purpose of the Lekgotla is to establish a Community of Practice, while putting the necessary structures in place to drive entrepreneurship development and sharing of best practice.

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EDHE Lekgotla 2017:

Please download and view the following pdf presentations provided below:

Framework and action plan for EDHE
by Dr EL van Staden | Department of Higher Education and Training

Findings on entrepreneurship in the SA University System
by Dr T Blecher | Rhodes University

An interdisciplinary partnership in entrepreneurship education
by Dr T Mohapeloa | Rhodes University

Building a foundation for entrepreneurship
by Mr C Maisel | BeBold

Rethinking the entrepreneurial ecosystem
by Ms CL Duncan | University of Western Cape

University based youth entrepreneurship development
by Ms Elli Yiannakaris | Raymond Ackerman Academy

Building an innovation ecosystem
by Ms J Barnett | Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Teaching and Learning of Entrepreneurship in Higher Education
by Ms M Kunene | University of KwaZulu-Natal

Solution Space
by Ms S Arnold | University of Cape Town

Architecture for a UP Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
by Prof A Antonites | University of Pretoria

A case study of CUT
by Prof A Ngowi | Central University of Technology

The role of university executive management in promoting entrepreneurship development
by Prof D Ramjugernath | University of KwaZulu-Natal

Inspiring entrepreneurship through mindset & effectuation
by Prof S Cassim

Establishing a university-owned technology commercialisation company
by Prof WA Clarke | Resolution Circle