Rotarians help students

2015-05-26 06:00
The Rotary Club of Newlands supports entrepreneurship students of the Teritary School in Business Administration.

The Rotary Club of Newlands supports entrepreneurship students of the Teritary School in Business Administration.

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The Rotary Club of Newlands wants to make sure that entrepreneurs succeed.

To help it sponsors the recently launched Pitch and Poster competition of the Tertiary School in Business Administration (Tsiba). Students enrolled in the entrepreneurship course are encouraged to enter the competition.

They stand a chance to win a share of R15 000 in prize money, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club.

Abraham Oliver, manager of the Ignition Centre at the non-profit tertiary business school, says: “It will be the first time that students from all the classes will be able to work together and compete against each other with their own business ideas. This competition is part of Tsiba’s strategy and vision to ignite opportunity among its students.

“It will be the beginning of a hatchery within the Ignition Centre for student ideas, which will lead to incubation within the centre and eventually a new business start-up. We are hoping that the competition will lead to many student-initiated businesses and a stronger connection with the Ignition Centre.”

Rotarian Kenny van Aardt says they are excited to be investing in the young entrepreneurs.

“We need more entrepreneurs in our country to help build our economy. Apart from the prize money that we are sponsoring, we are also looking forward to providing our mentorship and guidance to the students throughout the process,” he says.

Ron Duggins, director of the Centre for Business Development at Meridian Technology in Oklahoma in the United States encourages the students with his “P.O.S.T. up” strategy for success as an entrepreneur.

“This inspiring strategy is an analogy for a basketball game when a player ‘posts up’ in preparation for receiving the ball and scoring. The acronym P.O.S.T. stands for preparing a foundation, opportunity or making the most of every opportunity given, setting up your network and taking action,” explains Duggins.

The Rotary Club brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.

The Rotary connects 1.2m members of more than 34 000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries.

Its work improves lives at both the local and international levels – from helping families in need in their own communities to working towards a polio-free world

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