SAGE SA: Changing the World

2015-07-09 07:49

The Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) is a programme and competition that is aimed at ensuring that scholars get real life experience at a young age of how to run a business and being socially responsible. It was founded by Prof. Curtis DeBerg in 2002 from California State University, Chico. The competition has grown in the from the initial SAGE World Cup to having 21 countries competing on the World stage and South Africa is one of the countries taking part in this year’s World Cup, in Seoul, South Korea. The competition takes place from the 7th to the 11th of August 2015. The South African National SAGE Competition happens on Saturday, the 11th of July 2015 and the winners of that competition will represent South Africa in South Korea.

One of the social ills of our country is that we find ourselves with an economy that is not growing as fast as it should and one of the issues we face is that we have a lack of SME’s in the country. SAGE is looking to change that. These students will not only know how to manage and run profitable businesses but they will also learn about the importance of being socially responsible. This way, the organisation is instilling a sense of responsibility as well as ensuring that the learners become holistic global citizens. Entrepreneurship is thus forming part of these scholars’ proverbial DNA make-up.

The South African team has a rich history with this competition having achieved top 4 places in the majority of the editions that they have taken part in. On Saturday, the 11th of July will look to find a South African team that will hopefully go all the way and win their first SAGE World Champion title in Korea. SAGE South Africa has also seen growth and this year’s edition will see 4 provinces battle it out in the Social Enterprise Business (SEB) and the Socially Responsible Business (SRB) sections. This year, teams will be looking to go all the way and better the performance by New Horizon College which saw them get 4th place in the SEB section at the 2014 SAGE World Cup in Moscow, Russia.

SAGE South Africa coordinator, Thabo Pitse has said that this year’s national competition is bound to become the biggest SAGE South Africa competition of all time. The competition has attracted a lot of media attention with the likes of the SABC, CNBC, Africa Magic, Sowetan, just to name a few. SAGE South Africa’s National Competition has also partnered with the University of the Free State in this year’s edition and promises some fireworks from the participating teams.

SAGE South Africa is on the rise and that can only mean great things are about to happen. These young South Africans are the people with the solution to problems we face on a daily basis and should be given support to ensure that this becomes a reality.

Event Information

Date: 11 July 2015

Time: 8am -7pm

Venue: New Education Building Auditorium (University of the Free State, Bloemfontein)

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