Be sure to save the date of the EDHE flagship event of the year!
Discover the future of entrepreneurship in higher education at the electrifying EDHE Lekgotla 2023 & Studentpreneurs Indaba! Co-hosted by the University of the Western Cape, the Department of Higher Education and Training, Universities South Africa, and the Cape Higher Education Consortium, this prestigious event ignites innovation across South Africa’s universities.
Being held from 4 – 5 September, the EDHE Studentpreneurs Indaba is a one-of-a-kind event aimed at empowering and supporting young entrepreneurs. Our mission is simple yet powerful: to share knowledge, open doors to exciting opportunities, and build invaluable networks that will skyrocket your entrepreneurial journey! The EDHE Lekgotla follows the Indaba on 6 – 8 September and serves as the flagship event of the EDHE Programme, bringing together leaders in university entrepreneurship for a multi-day gathering.
What’s in Store: Unite with visionary leaders in university entrepreneurship. Empower studentpreneurs to thrive with knowledge and networking. Embrace “Social Innovation for Societal Impact” (#innovation4impact) – shaping tomorrow’s world. Global Reach: Connect with diverse stakeholders from colleges, academia, nonprofits, and industry giants. Elevate the higher education sector through entrepreneurial brilliance. Action-Packed Sessions: Engage in open discussions, think tanks, and launchpads. Ignite ideas for collective progress and feedback. Hybrid Experience: Experience the buzz of in-person gatherings and seamless online access via the EDHE YouTube channel. Target audience: We would like to invite all existing student business leaders and entrepreneurs
The EDHE Lekgotla 2023 is aimed at facilitating the sharing of good practices and emerging initiatives in university entrepreneurship. The programme promises to bring new insights and recommendations, while developing key aspects in positioning universities for their role in entrepreneurship, innovation, commercialisation, and policy development. There would be ample opportunity for discussion and networking, while identifying and addressing challenges in entrepreneurship development.
Further objectives include: Providing an engagement platform for leaders of entrepreneurship in Higher Education; Facilitating and supporting the work of the EDHE Communities of Practice for Student Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship in Academia and Entrepreneurial Universities; Showcasing support businesses and organisations for entrepreneurship in Higher Education; Providing a learning platform and voice for student entrepreneurs; and Facilitating collaboration with local and international stakeholders.
The theme of the EDHE Lekgotla 2023 is Social Innovation for Societal Impact,#InnovationForImpact, informed by the importance of the commercialisation of research, the imperative to position student entrepreneurs to actively participate in the economy, and the impact of social innovation on universities, identifying ways to leverage it for maximum benefit.
Social innovation within universities is important as it enables the addressing of societal challenges, fosters interdisciplinary collaboration, engages students and faculty, strengthens community partnerships, generates knowledge and research, and cultivates an entrepreneurial mindset, ultimately leading to positive societal impact and a more equitable and sustainable future.
Every year, the EDHE Lekgotla includes the 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 Monday 4 September – Tuesday, 5 September 2023 for studentpreneurs – seats are limited and bookings are essential!
Further objectives include:
Providing an engagement platform for leaders of entrepreneurship in Higher Education;
Facilitating and supporting the work of the EDHE Communities of Practice for Student Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship in Academia and Entrepreneurial Universities;
Showcasing support businesses and organisations for entrepreneurship in Higher Education;
Providing a learning platform and voice for student entrepreneurs; and
Facilitating collaboration with local and international stakeholders.
Day 1: Studentpreneurs Indaba, Monday 4 September
Day 2: Studentpreneurs Indaba, Tuesday 5 September
Day 3: Lekgotla, Wednesday 6 September
Day 4: Lekgotla, Thursday 7 September
Day 5: Lekgotla, Friday 8 September
Studentpreneurs Indaba: Monday 4 & Tuesday 5 September 2023
Studentpreneurs Indaba: in-person
R 50 pp
Day 1 (evening)
Studentpreneurs Indaba: Group bookings of 10
R 4 000
Student market exhibition stand (for 2 people), including 2 tickets to the Indaba – limited space available
Studentpreneurs Indaba – virtual
Lekgotla: Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 September 2023
EDHE Members: In-person participants
R 1 200
Lekgotla Day 3-5
In-person participants – standard ticket
R 1 500
Lekgotla Day 3-5
Lekgotla: Group bookings of 10
R 14 000
Stakeholder exhibition stand (per day) –
limited space available
The programme of the EDHE Lekgotla 2023 is aimed at being 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 2023 will feature four forms of engagement, aligned with each of the three goals of EDHE, i.e.
Open discussions, aimed at hearing the voices of participants in conversations with experts;
a thinktank, aimed at engaging thought leaders in an attempt to solve real problems;
a launchpad, aimed at mobilisation for the impact of potentially high-impact EDHE initiatives, thus ensuring that the lekgotla, in the true EDHE spirit, culminates in action and ecosystemic change; and
A voice for impact, aimed at breakaways for collective reflection and feedback.
Every year, the EDHE Lekgotla includes the two-day EDHE Studentpreneurs Indaba aimed at supporting student entrepreneurs with existing start-ups or small businesses through sharing knowledge, opportunities and networks.
Target audience: Studentpreneurs with existing start-ups/businesses, formal or informal
The EDHE Lekgotla 2023, an immersive three-day program designed to foster relevance, interactivity, and diversity of perspectives. Our theme this year is “Social Innovation for Societal Impact” (#innovation4impact).