Students help with ideas

2019-03-20 06:02
Maraka Lefera, a part-time lecturer at the Central University of Techno­logy in Bloemfontein. Photo: Supplied

Maraka Lefera, a part-time lecturer at the Central University of Techno­logy in Bloemfontein. Photo: Supplied

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Business-minded South African university students are encou­raged to enter and submit applications to participate at the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (Gess).

The initiative is a partnership between Social Entrepreneurship Akademie and social impact enterprise LifeCo UnLtd SA.

Gess seeks entrepreneurially-minded South African university students to come up with viable, innovative business ideas to solve environmental challenges.

A total of 140 students will be selected to attend Gess events held in four locations: Querétaro in Mexico, Munich in Germany, Shanghai in China and Cape Town.

Applications close on 31 March.

South Africa will host Gess for the second time this year.

Gess strives to create a young generation of social entrepreneurs who are acutely aware of their responsibility towards global resource use and are who able to create high impact businesses that solve environmental pressures.

Gess also promotes diversity, global networking and critical thinking by bringing together entrepreneurial-minded students from different fields of study from across the world.

This is done to brainstorm and create sustainable solutions that can be turned into viable impact-business ideas.

“Gess strives to create a young generation of social entrepreneurs who are acutely aware of their responsibility towards global resource use and are able to create high impact businesses that solve environmental pressures,” said Carmen di Rito, Life CoUnLtd’s chief development officer.

The initiative is a platform for 35 university students to showcase their creativity in seeking to address the impact of climate change on the world’s oceans and waters.

Last year South Africa was represented at Gess by entrepreneur Maraka Lefera, a part-time lecturer at the Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein.

She was one of the top 35 university graduates chosen to attend the global event held in Cape Town in September.

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