EDHE Lekgotla 20222023-08-24T10:37:49+00:00

LEKGOTLA 2022

#EDHE #movetomarket #EDHElekgotla2022

  • 19 – 21 July 2022

  • 09:00 am – 17:00pm

  • The Boardwalk Casino and Hotel in Port Elizabeth

Be sure to save the date of the EDHE flagship event of the year!

We invite you to the 6th annual Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Lekgotla 2022 taking place from Tuesday the 19th to Thursday the 21st of July followed by a one-day Studentpreneurs Indaba on Friday the 22nd in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape, South Africa!

The event takes place in collaboration with Universities South Africa (USAf) and the Department Higher Education and Training (DHET), with the support of the five national EDHE Communities of Practice (CoPs). Importantly, the hosting university of this year’s lekgotla is the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth), thus bringing the lekgotla to the Eastern Cape for the first time.

The theme of the EDHE Lekgotla 2022 is #movetomarket, informed by the importance of the commercialisation of research, as well as the imperative to position student entrepreneurs to actively participate in the economy by entering the market with their products and services.

Every year, the EDHE Lekgotla includes the one-day EDHE Studentpreneurs Indaba for student entrepreneurs who are already in business. This event is generally aimed at supporting student entrepreneurs with existing start-ups or small businesses through sharing knowledge, opportunities and networks to support these young entrepreneurs in their entrepreneurial endeavours. This event will take place on Friday the 22nd of July for studentpreneurs – bookings are essential!

Event Information

The EDHE Lekgotla 2022 will take place from Tuesday the 19th to Thursday the 21st of July, from 9:00 to 17:00 daily, followed by a one-day Studentpreneurs Indaba on Friday the 22nd of July for existing student entrepreneurs.

The Lekgotla is expected to host a total of 350 – 400 in-person and 600+ virtual attendees with a dedicated audience of 150 in-person students for the Studentpreneurs Indaba.

The in-person sessions will be hosted at The Boardwalk Hotel, Casino and Convention Centre. The hotel is a mere 4.8km from Port Elizabeth International Airport and located at Beach Rd, Summerstrand, Gqeberha, 6019.

The Lekgotla will be presented in hybrid mode to ensure a memorable in-person experience for EDHE members, while providing inclusive and accessible online attendance to all stakeholders and interested persons. All key session will be livestreamed via the EDHE YouTube channel for registered attendees.

A standard registration fee will be required for all in-person and virtual attendees.

Registration Price Day
EDHE Lekgotla 2022 ticket: virtual attendees
Only valid: 04 July – 22 July
FREE Day 1-3 only
EDHE Lekgotla 2022 early bird ticket: in-person attendees
Available: 20 May – 17 June
R 700.00 Day 1-3 only
EDHE Lekgotla 2022: ticket: in-person attendees
Available: 17 June – 22 July
R 950.00 Day 1-3 only
EDHE Studentpreneurs Indaba ticket: in-person attendance
Available: 20 May – 22 July
R 200.00 Day 4 only
EDHE Studentpreneurs Indaba ticket: in-person attendance
Available: 20 May – 22 July
R 400.00 Day 3 & 4 only
EDHE Lekgotla group ticket for 10 attendees
Available: 20 May – 22 July
R 9,500.00 Day 1-3 only
EDHE Studentpreneurs Indaba group ticket for 20 attendees
Available: 20 May – 22 July
R 4,000.00 Day 4 only

Registrations will take place via the EDHE website and will open on the 07th of June: Register Here

The Programme

The programme of the EDHE Lekgotla 2022 would aim to be relevant and interactive while encouraging a diversity of perspectives and voices.

The sessions are again designed within an action-focused framework with a deliberate sequencing, focus and flow, i.e. showcasing initiatives, learning, practices and policies, engagement with new thinking and ideas, and launching new initiatives and programmes.  

Specifically, the EDHE Lekgotla 2022 will feature three forms of engagement, aligned with each of the three goals of EDHE, i.e.

  • showcase, aimed at introducing examples of leading good practice that would inspire and equip participants;
  • thinktank, aimed at engaging thought leaders in an attempt to grapple with and propose strategic solutions to challenges faced in the university entrepreneurship environment; and
  • launchpad of new and/or existing initiatives, aimed at aligning the showcase and thinktank outcomes with the mobilisation of potentially high impact EDHE initiatives, thus ensuring that the lekgotla, in the true EDHE spirit, culminates in action and ecosystemic change.

High-Level Programme:

  • Morning session: Supporting and Developing Entrepreneurial Universities
  • Theme: Entrepreneurial universities in Africa
  • Target audience: University executives, academics, industry, government.
  • Afternoon session: Supporting and Developing Entrepreneurial Universities
  • Theme: Commercialisation of research in entrepreneurial universities
  • Target audience: TTO Executives and support staff, DVCs Research etc.
  • Morning session: Developing Entrepreneurship in Teaching, Learning and Research
  • Theme: Research
  • Target audience: Academics and support staff in entrepreneurship Teaching, Learning & Research etc.
  • Afternoon session: Developing Entrepreneurship in Teaching, Learning and Research
  • Theme: Learning & Teaching
  • Target audience: Target audience: Academics and support staff in entrepreneurship Teaching, Learning & Research etc.
  • Morning session: Developing Student Entrepreneurship
  • Theme: Student entrepreneurship for the marketplace
  • Target audience: Student entrepreneurship development academics and support staff etc.
  • Afternoon session: Developing Student Entrepreneurship
  • Theme: Student women in entrepreneurship
  • Late afternoon session: Official Lekgotla Closing
  • EDHE Studentpreneurs Indaba 2022
  • Theme: Leadership lessons for the business leaders of tomorrow
  • Target audience: Studentpreneurs with existing start-ups/businesses
  • 19 July: Welcome cocktail from 17:30
  • 20 July: Networking event – TBC from 17:30

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Day 1 – Sessions

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AIT SASBI Swiss – African Entrepreneurship
By Mr Erich Thaler (session 1B)

Innovation for African Universities Programme (IAU)
By Ms Meekness Lunga Ayidu  (session 1B)

University of Venda Creating Future Leaders
by Dr Bernard Nthambeleni (Session 1C)

South Africa University Innovation Ecosystem Mapping Results
by Dr Sarah Allison (Session 1D)

Sleep Science Spin-out Case Study
by Mr Niall Naidoo (Session 1E)

The EAO vision for UJ
by Ms Caro Buitendag (Session 1G)

EDHE Economic Activation Offices (EAOs) at universities – the present and the future
by Mr Richardt Kok (Session 1G)

Day 2 – Sessions

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Entrepreneurship research for the marketplace
by Prof Edward Rybicki (Session 2A)

Fostering entrepreneurial ecosystem vitality
by Prof Nathanya Meyer (Session 2B)

The Genesis Project
by Mr Stuart Hendry (Session 2G)

Day 3 – Sessions

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EDHE Empower People to Help Themselves
by Mr Hennie Bote (Session 3A)

One-person One-connected device EDHE Presentation
by Prof Collins Thaku (Session 3A)

Improving student entrepreneurship support at South African public
by Prof Shelly Farrington (Session 3A)

Showcase Intervarsity 2021
Session 3B

EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervasity 2022 Overview
by Mr Sandile Shabalala (Session 3B)

Introduction to the EDHE Studentpreneurs CoP
by Ms Phetha Mchunu (Session 3E)

Development of entrepreneurship capabilities- Focal areas for incubators and accelerators
by Dr Thobelani Lose (Session 3C)

Agripreneurship in the Eastern Cape
by Ms Nobubele Nzima (Session 3F)

SWEEP Lekgotla SWEEP launch 2022 slides
Session 3G

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