It’s all systems go for Enterprising Women Programme 2015

Annette Willemse -- Mon, 03/16/2015 - 13:13

It’s all systems go for Enterprising Women Programme 2015

After a stringent selection process a group of 17 aspirant female entrepreneurs were chosen to take part in the eight month Enterprising Women Programme (EWP) as presented by the bhive Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).

This year marks the 3rd rendition of this entrepreneurial intervention programme.  

The 2015 group of participants pictured with, from left: Hans Maltha (international partner from the Netherlands), Leonie Greyling (Consultant) and Prof Herman van der Merwe (Dean: Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology)

The 2015 group of participants are:

Mbali Blaai Erica Davis Kido Dhlamini Annari du Plessis
Lizette Jensen Kutlwano Khumalo Maggie Makethi Busi Mako
Natanya Meyer Neo Mosholi Lindelwa Ncokoto Elize Roux
Celesté Swanepoel Grace Telane Ninya van Zyl Francis Viviers
Annette Viljoen      

More about the programme

It is estimated that more than 120 million women are starting or running new businesses in 67 economies around the world. In addition, an estimated 98 million are running established businesses. Across the regions, sub-Saharan Africa exhibits the highest average intentions, with 52% of women possessing the desire to start a business within the next three years.

In light of this and taking into consideration the growing unemployment rate in South Africa, the NWU Vaal joined forces in 2015 with two of the most well-known media houses in the Vaal Triangle region, in an effort to promote female entrepreneurship and by doing so contribute toward the regeneration and growth of the region and the Gauteng province. The media partners are: MooiVaal Media and IFM 102.2.

The Enterprising Women Programme is an eight-month programme, geared to provide business support services to women who wish to establish their own businesses. During the course of the programme, participants will be guided through a process to explore entrepreneurial ideas, develop sound business models and subsequently initiate their business with confidence and entrepreneurial know-how. Participants become part of a close-knit peer network of women embarking on an entrepreneurial journey. This will allow them to share experiences and learn from one another and other established female entrepreneurs through workshops and group sessions.

During the programme the participants are guided through various stages of entrepreneurial development such as idea to concept development, business model generation, market research and business plan development.