Getting in Gear for Startup Weekend Durban
A flash mob to promote Startup Weekend Durban was held on the Westville, Howard College and Pietermaritzburg campuses.
Aimed at budding entrepreneurs, Startup Weekends are held in more than 200 cities around the world in places as diverse as Mongolia and London.
Participants pitch business ideas with the best ideas worked on by teams. Coaches, who include established business people, engage with the participants and assist in creating workable business plans. Judges select the winning presentation at the end of the weekend.
ENACTUS-UKZN President Mr Sethu Sidzamba said the events on the UKZN campuses were geared at creating a buzz in the run-up to the Startup Weekend Durban on 27-29 September at UKZN’s Graduate School of Business and Leadership on the Westville campus.
Sidzamba, a third-year BAdmin Supply Chain Management student, is part of the Durban Startup Weekend planning committee chaired by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Higher Education on Entrepreneurship and an Associate Professor at UKZN’s Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L), Professor Shahida Cassim. The planning committee also includes students from the Enactus-UKZN, the Black Management Forum and management from GSB&L.
The weekends are ideal testing-grounds for budding entrepreneurs to check the viability of business ideas; and to hone their business skills. Sidzamba advised students who want to participate in the Durban Startup Weekend to visit the Startup Weekend Durban webpage http://durban.startupweekend.org/
Startup Weekend Durban, hosted by the GSB&L, is supported by various companies and institutions including Sigma International, ABSA, eThekwini Municipality, Shanduka Black Umbrellas and the Technology Innovation Agency.
- Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer