NWU Vaal Campus joins forces with local media to boost female entrepreneurship

Annette Willemse -- Mon, 01/18/2016 - 13:05

NWU Vaal Campus joins forces with local media to boost female entrepreneurship

Taking into consideration the growing unemployment rate in South Africa, the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently joined forces with three of the most well-known media houses in the Vaal Triangle region in an effort to promote female entrepreneurship.

According to the second annual Gender-Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI) most countries are not meeting the most fundamental conditions required for female entrepreneurs to prosper. This also applies to South Africa – which ranked 11th out of 30 countries surveyed.


The partnership between the NWU Vaal and media groups will not only aim to emphasise the importance of female entrepreneurship, but also ultimately strive to contribute toward the regeneration and growth of the region and the Gauteng province.

Media partners

The bhive Enterprise Development Centre (bhive EDC) on the Campus are inviting all female entrepreneurs to take part in the fourth annual Enterprising Women Programme (a short learning programme for business start-ups with a specific focus on female entrepreneurs). The bhive EDC represents a dynamic unit within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology and this year sees MooiVaal Media, 90.6FM and IFM (102.2FM) joining the drive as print and broadcast partners.

Enterprising Women Programme

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.

For more information about the programme and to obtain the application documents, contact the bhive EDC on 016 910 3393.  The closing date for submission is Saturday, 30 January 2016.