Youth entrepreneurship expo

Phumeza Jack is head of training and development at the Atvance Academy.

The Atvance Academy will host a youth entrepreneurship expo at the Shawco K2 Building in H Section, Khayelitsha on Friday April 30.

Thirty students from the academy’s Khayelitsha campus will exhibit their ideas and their businesses with the aim of securing funding for their businesses.

The academy has 250 registered students between the ages of 18 and 28 all a course in Business Administration. The course includes computer literacy, life skills and leadership training, extra mural activities, and various entrepreneurship and career building activities.

All the students each received a R42 000 scholarship. The campus, situated in Khayelitsha is run by Thando Makili and Phumeza Jack from the Community Bible Society.

“The Atvance Academy Youth Entrepreneurship Expo is one of the ways in which the Academy supports and encourages the establishment of entrepreneurial ideas. Students are encouraged to think differently, creatively and innovatively about entrepreneurship as a career choice,” says Phumeza Jack, head of training and development.

Thando Makili.

Companies, individuals, and organisations are encouraged to participate in this event and offer both financial and non-financial support to the Academy as they prepare for the event. These organisations will also evaluate, adjudicate and decide the winners of the top three prizes.

Seasoned local businesses are encouraged to show their support by attending the expo and sharing their stories and their expertise with the youth entrepreneurs.

“There is a clear need to stimulate youth entrepreneurship in South Africa, and the Atvance Academy Youth Entrepreneurship Expo is an aspect of student development and skills training that, together with your support we must continue to pursue, so please do support this incredible initiative by our young people,” says Thando Makili, executive director of Community Bible Society.

For more information, contact Thando Makili on 083 436 1199.