Building business with experts

2019-04-09 06:00

TSiBA Business School in Pinelands is now accepting applications for small business owners or start-ups who want to build their business but don’t have the time or skills to do so.

The International Entrepreneurship Dialogue is a two-week programme during which second-year students from TSiBA Business School and Northeastern University consult to small businesses on challenges they are experiencing. The programme takes place from Thursday 11 to Friday 26 July at TSiBA Campus, in Pinelands.

The programme has no cost for the entrepreneurs and it is about adding value. “The aim of the project is to ensure that business school students acquire valuable work experience by applying their skills and knowledge to real-life scenarios, while the entrepreneurs can further develop their business and stimulate the local economy,” says John Durr, entrepreneurship anchor at TSiBA Business School.

Students also learn important life lessons on entrepreneurship. TSiBA degree student, Justin Alexander says: “By working with our entrepreneur, I learned that challenges notwithstanding, you can still succeed and make it to the top. Upon unpacking problem segments our entrepreneur was facing, I realised how hard he had to work just to stay afloat financially, and the determination you need to have to go into self-employment and become successful. It takes sheer hard work and perseverance to do what an entrepreneur does; I felt inspired by it and acknowledged the contribution they make to the economy.”

TSiBA Business School developed the programme with Boston-based Northeastern University. Now in its 12th edition, The International Entrepreneurship Dialogue has empowered more than 3 000 small entrepreneurs. The eligibility requirements for this programme are as follows:

.A small business with a turnover of less than R2m per annum;

.The business must be owned and managed full-time by the entrepreneur;

.The business must be based in the Cape Town area;

.Commitment to six collaboration sessions;

.Entrepreneurs must be prepared to share all relevant information about their business to assist the working groups to make informed suggestions.

V Applications can be done online at www.tsiba.ac.za/apply. The closing date for applications is Monday 15 April.

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