This year, the fourth Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Lekgotla will take place virtually from September 14 to 18.
The week-long event’s theme for this year is “African Entrepreneurship through Technology”.
The event will be hosted from the Universities South Africa’s offices based in Hatfield, and is expected to reach a thousand people from Africa and beyond.
Held yearly, the EDHE Lekgotla aims to encourage entrepreneurship in the higher education sector.
Day one (September 14) is dedicated to “Studentrepreneurs”. The Lekgotla itself will start on Tuesday, September 15 and will continue on September 16.
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September 17 to 18 will involve engagement between the four EDHE Communities of Practice in Entrepreneurship.
The communities will devote the last two days to examining the development of student entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship in academia and entrepreneurial universities.
This year’s EDHE Lekgotla will feature experienced international speakers who are leaders in the field of entrepreneurship. These include Dr Kusi Baochie-Yiiadom, Head of the Incubation Centre at Ghana University of Energy and National Resources.
He is also the Paramount Chief of the Suma Traditional Area in Ghana. His speech will focus on the strategic role of traditional leaders as economic change agents.
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Baraka Mtungu, Managing Director of Quest Africa and co-founder of UhuruOne, will give a speech about UhuruOne’s success in providing education and internet connectivity to those without internet resources in Tanzania.
Professor Michael H Morris (Professor of Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, United States) is also participating.
He has been invited back as a speaker after the positive response his speech received last year.
This year, he will deliver an address on “Global Entrepreneurship in the Context of the Covid-19 Pandemic”.
The fourth speaker is Ceri Nursaw, CEO of the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education in the United Kingdom. She will speak on “Deep Embeddedness, Benchmarking and Leadership in Entrepreneurship Development”.
Other themes include “Secrets to Establishing Multi-generational Family Business”, “High-tech Innovation in Africa”, “The University as a Catalyst for Entrepreneurial Change” and “Rethinking the Role of Business Schools”.
The event will use the Whova app (either on desktop or mobile platforms) in conjunction with Zoom.
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