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Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Our vision is to develop and grow entrepreneurial thinking and acting within all disciplines across campus, the city and nation. 


The University of the Western Cape’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) exists to consolidate, coordinate and synergise entrepreneurship activities at UWC in order to:  
  • Highlight the successes of UWC more prominently with respect to current and future entrepreneurship-related activities
  • Fulfill a coordinating role for the current and new entrepreneurship related activities at UWC and external stakeholders
  • Fundraise and develop a long-term sustainable financial model for the Centre by developing projects in entrepreneurship
  • Provide the environment with a fellowship of support to new and existing entrepreneurs
  • Collaborate with national and international partners active in the area of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship development
We encourage entrepreneurship across faculties and actively work to provide opportunities for students to market their businesses through market days and various pitching competitions.


Contact Details

Physical Address

Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Business Innovation Building
University of the Western Cape
Robert Sobukwe Road
Tel: +27 21 959 9551


Charleen Duncan
Position: Director

Wendy Mehl
Position: Enterprise Development and SMME Coordinator

Lana Franks
Position: Student Entrepreneurship Programme Lead and Coach

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The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation has a number of programmes for students from any faculty to develop an entrepreneurial mindset toward either becoming entrepreneurs who run their own businesses or intrapreneurs who work innovatively within a company or other organisation. 

The main student programmes include:
  • Design Sprints for developing new business ideas
  • Startup Sprints where ideas are further developed into viable business models
  • Grow Your Business to accelerate existing early-stage businesses
  • Enactus for Social Entrepreneurs to advance the sustainable development goals
  • Virtual Internships is an opportunity for real work experience with global start-ups and companies
  • EDHE Intervarsity is an annual pitching competition involving all 26 universities across South Africa
  • WearSA Fashion Incubator is an opportunity for students with businesses within the fashion industry to develop vital industry-related skills
In addition to the aforementioned programmes, there are also numerous other opportunities for students to take part in workshops, competitions and programmes advertised on behalf of our partners and the broader entrepreneurship ecosystem we are connected to.

The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation has been actively involved in training over a thousand private sector business owners to date who would not be able to access the student entrepreneurship programmes.  

The main programmes include: 
  1. eSkills Programme (NQF Level 5) is an accredited short course aimed at supporting SMMEs in their use of mobile technology to effectively run and grow their businesses. 
  2. The Fellowship Programme is for the entrepreneurs who successfully completed the eSkills programme to further engage in networking opportunities and to enhance their skills through knowledge and peer to peer learning.