Co-hosted by EDHE and HELM

EDHE Studentpreneurs Indaba 2023

#StudentpreneursIndaba #EDHE #EDHElekgotla2023

Fostering Student Entrepreneurs as Visionary Leaders for Economic Growth, Responsible Citizenship, and Societal Impact

  • 4 – 5 Sept 2023

  • 09:00 am – 17:00 pm

  • Western Cape,
    South Africa

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

Event Information:

Key outcomes include:

  • leadership competencies
  • self-mastery
  • understanding of diversity and complexity
  • entrepreneurship for social innovation and change
  • understanding barriers and enablers of entrepreneurship
  • tools to navigate the world of entrepreneurial work
  • self-development plan
  • coaching for leadership

Over the course of two days, we will dive deep into the core aspects that shape successful student entrepreneurs. Through engaging sessions, interactive discussions, and hands-on experiential cases, you will gain insights and practical tools to empower your journey toward becoming a visionary leader in the entrepreneurial realm.

Leadership Competencies:
Explore the fundamental qualities that define exceptional leaders, and learn how to apply them within the context of entrepreneurship.

Building Resilience and Grit:
Discover strategies to cultivate resilience and grit, essential traits for overcoming challenges and persevering in the face of adversity.

Drivers of Entrepreneurship:
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the driving forces that fuel entrepreneurial endeavours, and harness this knowledge to shape your own path.

Visionary Entrepreneurial Thinking:
Receive coaching on refining your vision for entrepreneurial practice, enabling you to approach your ventures with clarity and purpose.

Entrepreneurship for Social Innovation and Change:
Learn how entrepreneurship can drive positive societal impact and contribute to innovative solutions for real-world challenges.

Barriers and Enablers of Entrepreneurship:
Uncover the potential obstacles and facilitators in your entrepreneurial journey, and develop strategies to navigate them effectively.

Tools for Navigating the Entrepreneurial World:
Acquire practical tools and insights that will help you navigate the complexities of entrepreneurial work, making informed decisions for sustainable success.

Self-Development Plan:
Craft a personalized self-development plan that aligns with your aspirations, ensuring continuous growth as both an entrepreneur and a leader.

Coaching for Leadership:
Benefit from coaching sessions focused on enhancing your leadership abilities, refining your strategies, and fostering a mindset of continuous improvement

Day 1: Studentpreneurs Indaba, Monday 4 September
Day 2: Studentpreneurs Indaba, Tuesday 5 September

Studentpreneurs Indaba: Monday 4 & Tuesday 5 September 2023

Registration Price Day
Studentpreneurs Indaba: in-person R 500 Day 1-2
Studentpreneurs Social R 50 pp Day 1 (evening)
Studentpreneurs Indaba: Group bookings of 10 R 4 000 Day 1-2
Student market exhibition stand (for 2 people), including 2 tickets to the Indaba – limited space available R 500 Day 1-2
Studentpreneurs Indaba – virtual  Free Day 1-2

Student Market for the EDHE Studentpreneurs Indaba

  • Access to a stand to exhibit your business at the Student Market and to attend Studentpreneurs Indaba
  • Target: Social Entrepreneurs
  • Only 25 Spots
  • Package: R1500
  • Includes a table and 2 chairs

High-Level Programme:

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

Our theme this year is “Social Innovation for Societal Impact” (#innovation4impact).

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Student Market for the EDHE Studentpreneurs Indaba

Access to a stand to exhibit your business at the Student Market and to attend Studentpreneurs Indaba
Target: Social Entrepreneurs
Only 25 Spots available to book on Glue Up
Package: R1500
Includes a table and 2 chairs

Contact Sandile Shabalala at or WhatsApp 078 103 2519

You’re Invited to the Student Entrepreneurs Social!

Join us for an inspiring evening of creativity and innovation as we celebrate the blazing entrepreneurial talents of South African student entrepreneurs. Don’t miss out on this chance to make unforgettable memories with fellow youth who are ready to conquer challenges and celebrate life to the fullest! Live music, captivating dance performances, hilarious comedy acts, and a showcase of student entrepreneurial talents.

Student Entrepreneurs Social
Date: Monday, 4th September 2023
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Venue: UWC Student Centre
Dress Code: Come as you are and express your unique style!

Don’t miss out on this exciting event! Secure your spot by getting your ticket – Register Here

If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to email us at

Come be a part of this vibrant gathering, where creativity meets entrepreneurship, and let’s celebrate the unstoppable spirit of our student entrepreneurs together!

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