Unlocking the Power of Student Entrepreneurship
The newly-formed Student Entrepreneurship and Innovators Society hosted an event showcasing the thriving culture of student entrepreneurship at UKZN.
The Society was founded by College of Law and Management Studies’ Acting Public Relations Manager Ms Thandiwe Jumo, Enactus member Mr Muhle Ndwalane, and “Deniim Friday”member Mr Rinae Thenga, based in the School of Management, IT and Governance.
Supported by a committee from the Discipline of Management and Entrepreneurship where it is housed, the Society strives to uncover innovative ways of promoting student entrepreneurial activities within UKZN under a social movement known as CAVE - Creative, Accelerator, Vibrant, and Entrepreneurial.
‘The motivation behind this initiative is for UKZN to play a proactive role in being part of a process of developing an entrepreneurship-conscious South African society,’ said Jumo. ‘That is why we formed the Society which assists students by empowering them with information, skills and a practical sense of entrepreneurship. The aim is to have students and academics working together in this teaching and learning journey with the end result being the graduation of UKZN students who will spark economic development through new products and services thus contributing to the development of new markets which grow the country’s economy.’
Using edutainment to set up a market environment for the event on the Westville campus quad, student vendors sold items such as organic hair products, artwork, clothes, baked goods and organic produce.
For Ndwalane, the initiative is close to his heart as being a member of Enactus UKZN he sees entrepreneurship as a tool to address socio-economic issues.
‘As a student entrepreneur I have encountered many challenges, mostly because of insufficient knowledge when it comes to business,’ said Ndwalane. ‘With all I have learned in my journey, I realised that an entrepreneurial ecosystem to cultivate the culture of entrepreneurship and information sharing was needed within UKZN and that’s why I jumped at the opportunity to be part of this initiative.’
For Thenga, being a member of the socio-economic movement “Deniim Friday” is a good platform for creative people to gather and explore their talents, enhance their exposure or more simply aspire to reach greatness.
Looking to the future, the Society plans to host boot camps and seminars linked to the entrepreneurship curriculum.
For more information on the society visit: https://smitg.ukzn.ac.za/student-entrepreneur-innovator-society/
Word: Lungile Ngubelanga
Photographs: Khumbulani Myeni and Itumeleng Masa