Centre for Entreprenuership
Wherever you are on your journey of entrepreneurship, we can walk it with you
Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur, an established entrepreneur, or you are ready to scale up, we can assist you with a range of support and learning & development interventions.
In working towards a vision of an entrepreneurial economy, the offerings of the Centre for Entrepreneurship caters for anybody, as we believe the benefits of an entrepreneurial orientation can add value to non-entrepreneurs as well, through providing a toolkit for creative /design skills for innovating and iterating for contestant improvement in whatever space or context you are in.
The Centre for Entrepreneurship also works in townships and strategic partners to add -values to communities and to help grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
At the heart of what we do is a transformative imperative. We take our IP to communities and citizens whose lives it can optimally transform and allow them to take advantage of economic opportunities for optimal self-actualisation. It is not our interests to just churn out more entrepreneurs, rather by teaching entrepreneurs to bring purpose to their business, apply valued based principles and sow strong ethical foundations we facilitate the transformation of our economy from extractive to generative.
The Centre for Entrepreneurship’s learning and development support and interventions are provided through a three tiered model; namely a generator, incubator and accelerator approach. We provide insights, skills, tools and mentoring at every stage of the entrepreneurial journey.
In the generator stage, critical foundations are laid for entrepreneurial success including content around design and entrepreneurial orientation, the development of a minimum viable proposition and customer development. In the incubator and accelerator stages, the interventions address the technical competencies for building and scaling up businesses.
Courses can be customised to address unique needs or for specific groupings like women, youth and social enterprises. In addition to the traditional courses, our mentoring labs offer easy two or three hour weekly sessions with business coaches for business model canvas development and other support. By disaggregating our approach to learning and development, both the entrepreneur and the enterprise are supported to optimally develop for results and growth.
The Centre for Entrepreneurship produces applied research with various partners. In addition academic research and other related issues emanating from WBS and other local and global spaces are utilised as a basis to engage entrepreneurs and practitioners in public debate and discourse forums.
The Centre for Entrepreneurship’s advocacy plays out in various spaces in the public sector and private sectors. Around policy, processes input on issues, and as subject matter experts on colloquiums, conferences and media. The Centre also hosts regular information sessions for entrepreneurs.
The key to entrepreneurial success in South Africa is developing a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem that optimises successful entrepreneurship development. This expands our thinking beyond job creation and economic growth to include the areas of self-actualisation, self-development, a shared-values approach to business and community-based development.
The Wits Business School Centre for Entrepreneurship focuses on BOP and township economies to address poverty alleviation and socio-economic rights, and ultimately, produce an ethical cadre of African entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs have an important role to play in the economic development of the country as economic leaders and role models.
At the heart of what we do is a transformative imperative. We take our IP to communities and citizens whose lives it can optimally transform and allow them to take advantage of economic opportunities for optimal self-actualisation. It is not our interests to just churn out more entrepreneurs, rather by teaching entrepreneurs to bring purpose to their business, apply valued based principles and sow strong ethical foundations we facilitate the transformation of our economy from extractive to generative. - Chimene Chetty, Director
The Centre for Entrepreneurship was formally established at the Wits Business School toward the end of 2007. The Centre is an integral part of Wits Business School and the University of the Witwatersrand and was established to facilitate entrepreneurship development which is recognised as a critical lever in economic growth and poverty alleviation.
The Centre provides education, training, research, discourse, debate, information, projects, support and advocacy. Its aim is also to facilitate the development of an entrepreneurial economy in South Africa and the rest of Africa.