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26 May 2016
Student Start Up Campaign Launches

CEI searches for UWC’s future entrepreneurs

The UWC Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation invites students and lecturers to attend the launch of the Student Start-Up campaign at the library auditorium from 1PM on 26 May 2016.

The UWC Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, also known as the CEI, was established in 2013 to consolidate, co-ordinate and synergise entrepreneurship and innovation activities on campus.

The department has achieved many milestones over the past two years. This includes its first Fellowship graduation and securing a government tender worth R2 million, which saw the CEI train 1000 entrepreneurs across the Western Cape. It also recently received a R1.2 million sponsorship boost from ABSA, who believes the CEI plays an important role in developing and empowering SMEs.

The CEI is now excited to launch another exciting initiative – the Student Start-Up campaign, which is aimed at supporting and mentoring all aspiring and established entrepreneurs in the UWC community through a series of workshops.

CEI Director Charleen Duncan encourages all students and lecturers to participate in this exciting initiative.

“We live in a modern society with many challenges. One solution is to create more job creators instead of job seekers, and our Student Start-Up campaign is one initiative to help achieve this,” says Duncan.

“Entrepreneurship has become a realistic career option for all academics, especially young people. “We want to mentor and support UWC’s future entrepreneurs to make their dreams a reality. We want you to believe it is possible to start and build your own business from a young age.

Those who participate in the Student Start-Up campaign will interact with some of the best entrepreneurs and business gurus in South Africa, and will have access to many amazing opportunities..

CEI Student Start-Up Campaign Launch

Date: Thursday 26 May 2016

Time: 13h00 – 14h00

Venue: UWC Library Auditorium


1.Fill in the official CEI application form (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD) and submit it via email to

2.Attend the opening conference on 26 May 2016 at the UWC library auditorium

3.Ensure you are able to attend workshops and master classes between June 2016 and October 2016


Please contact CEI administrator Wendy Mehl on 021 959 9549 or