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6 July 2016 – Issue 5

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016, Issue #5

FIRST #TeenBOSS CAMP A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

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We have been keeping you regularly informed of our upcoming #TeenBOSS event in previous issues of our newsletters.  Our much anticipated #TeenBOSS, a partnership between ourselves, Entrepreneur & Management Solutions, and Over the Rainbow, took place this past week at The River Club in Observatory in Cape Town, and we are absolutely thrilled about how successful it has been.

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We had an amazing group of learners who participated; they were eager to learn, confident, and blew us all away with their high levels of energy and enthusiasm for the course.  We’d like to thank them for their commitment and dedication to completing the 3-day programme!  Social media was abuzz as we posted daily highlights, so much so, that we were trending on the final day of the programme!

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A heartfelt thank you also to all our sponsors who made it possible for the team of learners to attend; they are: Blend Eventlife, Crede Oils, Delia Properties, First Technology Western Cape, Oh Voila, Mobenzi, Jack Hammer, GSDH Advertising, RJ Properties, Olympic Cycles, Business Partners, Nebula, Digicape, Radiiate Design, Auto Pilot Workflow Systems, Shimansky’s, The River Club,  Quirk, African Nature, Colcacchio, and Turning Point.

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We will keep you updated on dates for upcoming #TeenBOSS workshops.  If you’re a budding young entrepreneur, this is one workshop you simply cannot afford to miss!

Contact nadia@teenentrepreneur.co.za or 021 795 0566 for more information.

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DATE TO DIARISE: 20 AUGUST

Awaken The Giant

STANDING TALL – A NEW BREED OF SA ENTREPRENEURS AND INNOVATORS

Our 3rd ‘Awaken the Giant in You’ breakfast for 2016 will take place on Saturday, August 20 at The Vineyard Hotel in Newlands from 09:00 to 11:30. Our special guest speaker is the talented and tenacious, Thulani Khoza, the entrepreneur from Mpumalanga who developed South Africa’s very first locally-manufactured Smartphone. Thulani has defeated and overcome many physical and emotional barriers in his life to become one of our country’s foremost innovators. You are sure to leave the event motivated and encouraged for your own entrepreneurial journey.

We will be communicating more event details in the near future…

 

A SAD GOODBYE TO OUR TSIBA INTERNS

InternsWe said a sad goodbye to our 4 Business Studies students from TsiBA.  Their 6-month internship programme with us came to an end at the end of June.

They were our direct links with our Entrepreneur Societies, and their feedback to us on the running of these societies has been instrumental; it has enabled us to understand first-hand the requirements of each of the societies in order to be able to cater to each society’s unique needs.

We will miss them and wish them all the very best for the future.

WATCH THIS SPACE!  BONGA NGQOBANE IS A YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR ON THE MOVE

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Bonga is a young man with a passion for the youth of his community…. and mountain biking!

He founded and runs a NPO called Bonga.Org Cycling Academy, which was established with the aim of growing and developing the youth in Khayelitsha through sport and education.  Bonga, a keen mountain biker himself, believes that cycling is not just a sport; it is a catalyst to achieve real and meaningful change in our communities.

We are excited about our collaboration with Bonga and his team; this partnership will enable us to make inroads into high schools in Khayelitsha as we aim to take our entrepreneurship message to the four corners of our country.

 

RISING TYCOONS

We have managed to make contact with an organisation called Rising Tycoons, a body in the US which shares our passion for cultivating and promoting entrepreneurship amongst the youth.  We encourage you to log onto their website to read more about the programmes which they offer – www.risingtycoons.com.  Access to a global network enables us to benchmark the success of our existing programmes, share and exchange information, as well as to make adjustments to existing projects if international best practice recommends this.

The team at Rising Tycoons is very keen to work with us; we’ll be sure to keep you updated as this partnership develops.

 

ENTREPRENEUR REALITIES

Entrepreneur Realities

Being an entrepreneur presents an amazing opportunity to test your innovative business ideas and see if they will work.  It provides a way of bringing your passion to life as you play your part in making people’s lives better.  Embarking on this entrepreneurial adventure can be the most exhilarating, happy, frustrating – and profitable – journey of your life.

Myth:
You have to start a company to be an entrepreneur
Reality:
Successful entrepreneurs use their passion and innovation in many ways; this can include buying companies, creating new ventures within existing companies, or re-strategising non-profits.

Myth:
Being first to market is important for success
Reality:

Being first to execute well and delight customers is more important for success.

Myth:
Most successful entrepreneurs start their companies with a breakthrough invention, usually technological
Reality:

Most successful entrepreneurs succeed by exceptional execution of ordinary/basic ideas.

 

 

DATES TO DIARISE

Teen Entrepreneur

If you’re based in Cape Town, you need to ensure that the following dates are in your diary!

Awaken the Giant Breakfast Series
20 August

Entrepreneur Society Grand Finale
22 October

 

 

For further information, or if you have any comments about the content of this eNewsletter, or you/your school want to become a member of the SA Teen Entrepreneur Programme, please contact:
Lydia Zingoni | Founder and Director
E: zingonil@teenentrepreneur.co.za
C: 082 907 0739
W: www.teenentrepreneur.co.za
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26 May 2016 – Issue 4

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Thursday, 26 May 2016, Issue #4

STAYING CONNECTED

Greetings principals, teacher champions, learners, parents, and other partners who take an active (or passive) interest in the activities of the SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation.  We have been very busy over the last couple of months, and our journey has seen us forming interesting partnerships and connecting on projects which will do much to entrench our commitment to promoting a culture of entrepreneurship at as many high schools as possible across the country.  Our monthly newsletter is a means of staying in touch with you and sharing some of our exciting developments, but we are also very active on social media, and would love to engage with you on these platforms too.

Do like our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  Not only will you be able to get a glimpse of what we are up to, but people are engaging with us on a number of relevant issues relating to entrepreneurship and enterprise development.  Why not get in on the action…?

 

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AN ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT PREVAILS AT IKAMVALETHU ON AFRICA DAYIkamvalethu

Young entrepreneurs at the Ikamvalethu High School in Langa raised funds for their Entrepreneur Society by cooking and selling traditional African food at their school on Africa Day. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be ploughed into the group’s big business idea. Well done Ikamvalethu, you are displaying the traits of true entrepreneurs!!
The society at Ikamvalethu High School is sponsored by Shoprite.

 

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#TEENBOSS WEEKENDS TAKE OFF

In our previous newsletter we shared with you information about the launch of our start-up weekends, which essentially are entrepreneurship and innovation short courses aimed primarily at learners who do not belong to Entrepreneur Societies at school level.  Branded #TeenBoss, the module will also extend to other youth groups who wish to gain the requisite knowledge and skills to start their own businesses.

Our first #TeenBoss short course will kick off on 29 June until 01 July at The River Club in Observatory @ R1,450 per person for this life-changing course.  If you wish to sign up, or know of someone who could benefit from attending, kindly contact Lydia Zingoni on zingonil@teenentrepreneur.co.za. Or to book direct: CLICK HERE.

 

OUR TEACHER CHAMPIONS GIVE THEIR
PERSPECTIVES ON THE PROGRAMME

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We caught up with Ms Nedyerdine Abrahams, Teacher Champion at Oude Molen Academy of Science and Technology, on what the SA Teen Entrepreneur Programme means to her and her team.

To excel and achieve success you need to work diligently and passionately towards your dreams. Opportunity will not come knocking at your door, and therefore we here at Oude Molen Academy of Science and Technology are very thankful for the opportunity to develop the inner entrepreneur within our learners.  You have to believe in yourself and embody the very essence of what it is to be an individual. This will demand that you to step up and step out of the comfort zone known as “I will do it later.” Growth happens only on the edge outside of the comfort zone.  Individuality is premised on the ability to use your own abilities in such a way that will make your dreams a reality.  

I am proud to say that my entrepreneurship class embodies all these ideas.  The atmosphere amongst the learners shows excitement and motivation due to the practical application of their newly acquired knowledge.  This entrepreneurship class equips my students with intellectual traits and skills that will support the realisation of dreams, and that is my ultimate goal as an educator.

 

ENTREPRENEUR REALITIES

Entrepreneur Realities

Being an entrepreneur presents an amazing opportunity to test your innovative business ideas and see if they will work.  It provides a way of bringing your passion to life as you play your part in making people’s lives better.  Embarking on this entrepreneurial adventure can be the most exhilarating, happy, frustrating – and profitable – journey of your life.

Myth:
Entrepreneurs have limited dedication
Reality:
Dedication is/should be a trait that all entrepreneurs display.  They are generally dedicated to their businesses, and to this end, will work tirelessly to see it succeed.  However hard entrepreneurs work to grow and develop their businesses, many do tend to change direction from time to time.  Often, it is this ability to switch direction quickly which is essential for success.

Myth:
Entrepreneurs are often ruthless or deceptive
Reality:

Sadly, some people do believe that you have to be deceptive to make it as an entrepreneur.  Quite the opposite!  The ruthless or deceptive entrepreneur will potentially alienate others and waste time and energy trying to repair relationships with employees, customers, and suppliers… or simply fail.

Myth:
Entrepreneurs are mainly motivated to get rich
Reality:

Most entrepreneurs will concur that starting a business is not a get-rich-quick alternative; new businesses usually take from one- to three years to show a profit.  Before then, you are considered to be doing well if you break even.  During the start-up phase, the main focus of the entrepreneur is likely on creating a company with a strong financial base with future growth in mind.  Remember, there’s nothing embarrassing, though, about being partially motivated by money!

 

AWAKEN THE GIANT BREAKFAST
A ROARING SUCCESS
Awaken-May-2016Our ‘Awaken the Giant Breakfast’ on 14 May was a huge success.  Our speaker received a standing ovation from the learners after her most inspiring talk.  Below are a few pics which capture the events of the morning.Truth-SpitterBrian Mbuleki, aka Truth Spitter from Spes Bona, shares his creative tunes with his fellow-learners.DeliaBusinesswoman, Delia Cupido, inspires learners and champions with her entrepreneurial story.TE-May2016Learners listening to the various talks.

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SA Teen Entrepreneur Director, Lydia Zingoni, sports her #TeenBoss-branded t-shirt.

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The team from Tribe waits to share details about #TeenBoss with the learners.

 

 

 

DATES TO DIARISE

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If you’re based in Cape Town, you need to ensure that the following dates are in your diary!

#TEENBOSS
29 June – 01 July

ENTREPRENEURIAL GAMES CHALLENGE
23 July

Best of luck with your exams, study hard, and enjoy an awesome June holiday!

 

 

For further information, or if you have any comments about the content of this eNewsletter, or you/your school want to become a member of the SA Teen Entrepreneur Programme, please contact:
Lydia Zingoni | Founder and Director
E: zingonil@teenentrepreneur.co.za
C: 082 907 0739
W: www.teenentrepreneur.co.za
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28 April 2016 – Issue 3

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Teen Entrepreneur
Thursday, 28 April 2016, Issue #3

TEEN ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAMME EXPANDS TO INCLUDE START-UP WEEKENDS

The SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation is expanding its range of projects to include a programme called Teen Start-up Weekends. The project will do exactly what the name infers – to offer a weekend entrepreneurship and innovation course aimed primarily at learners who do not belong to Entrepreneur Societies at school level. The module will also extend to other youth groups who wish gain the requisite knowledge and skills to start their own businesses. Teen Start-up Weekends will commence from June 2016, and will cost R1450 per person to attend this life-changing course.

This project is a collaboration between Entrepreneur & Management Solutions, Over the Rainbow, and the SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation.

For more information, please contact Lydia Zingoni on t: 021 795 0566 or e: zingonil@teenentrepreneur.co.za

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WE NEED YOU…!

WE’RE LOOKING FOR BRAND AMBASSADORS;
DO YOU QUALIFY?

We’re looking for young ladies and gentlemen who will increase our brand value by representing the SA Teen Entrepreneur Programme to our primary target audience, that being, high school principals, teachers, and learners.  We simply need you to represent- and talk about the programme in a positive way.

We think that brand ambassadors would be great for the programme because:

  • It is true that word-of-mouth is an effective means of selling a programme, idea, or concept. When people hear positive feedback about the programme, they will be inclined to believe and support it.
  • The youth’s level of ‘connectedness’ is very powerful. By empowering young people who are passionate about the SA Teen Entrepreneur Programme to refer fellow learners is not just a ‘nice’ marketing tool, it is absolutely essential for the programme’s success.

Should you wish to become an ambassador, please contact
Nadia Snyders on 021 795 0566 to arrange an interview.

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OUR TEACHER CHAMPIONS GIVE THEIR
PERSPECTIVES ON THE PROGRAMME

Gardens Commercial High School

We caught up with Mr Azeem Firfirey, Teacher Champion at the
Gardens Commercial High School, on what the SA Teen Entrepreneur Programme
means to him and his learners.

“As the champion at GCHS, I wish to thank all involved with the Teen Entrepreneurship project for including us in the programme.  Together with my group of young entrepreneurs, I find the project extremely exciting and stimulating.  The group is being challenged to stretch their thinking to come up with new innovative and exciting products.  I believe that as we continue through the various modules, we will constantly be improving on our original ideas.”

 

ENTREPRENEUR REALITIES

Entrepreneur Realities

Being an entrepreneur presents an amazing opportunity to test your innovative business ideas and see if they will work.  It provides a way of bringing your passion to life as you play your part in making people’s lives better.  Embarking on this entrepreneurial adventure can be the most exhilarating, happy, frustrating – and profitable – journey of your life.

Below are a few myths about who entrepreneurs are and how they function:

Myth:
Entrepreneurs are born and not made
Reality:

While entrepreneurs are born with a certain natural intelligence, a flair for creativity, and energy, these qualities can be described as unmoulded clay.  The making of an entrepreneur comes about by accumulating the relevant skills, knowledge, experience, and contacts over a period of time.  It includes large doses of self-development; the creative capacity to pursue an opportunity is a consequence of a number of years of experience.

Myth:
Anyone can start a business
Reality:

Entrepreneurs who recognise the difference between an idea and an opportunity, and who can visualise potential, start businesses that have a better chance of succeeding.  Starting the business is often the easiest part.  Surviving, sustaining, and building an organisation so its founders can see the reward is often the hardest part.  Only a small percentage of businesses that survive five or more years eventually produce a profit for its owners.

Myth:
Starting a business is risky and often ends in failure
Reality:

Talented and experienced entrepreneurs pursue attractive opportunities and attract the right people and the necessary financial and other resources to ensure that their businesses are successful.  Businesses might fail, but true entrepreneurs do not.  Failure is very often the one thing that sharpens an entrepreneur’s experience and street savvy.

For further information, or if you have any comments about the content of this eNewsletter, or you/your school want to become a member of the SA Teen Entrepreneur Programme, please contact:
Lydia Zingoni | Founder and Director
E: zingonil@teenentrepreneur.co.za
C: 082 907 0739
W: www.teenentrepreneur.co.za
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22 March 2016 – Issue 2

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Teen Entrepreneur
Tuesday, 22 March 2016, Issue # 2

MEDIA PARTNERSHIP WITH CAPE TALK RADIO AND LEADSA GIVES FAR-REACHING EXPOSURE TO OUR PROGRAMME

We have managed to land quite a critical and crucial partnership with LeadSA and Cape Talk Radio.  Cape Talk’s breakfast show presenter, Kieno Kammies, who is passionate about the youth and youth development, and has committed to supporting SA Teen Entrepreneurs’ activities and programs for this year.

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He was recently the guest speaker at our first in a series of 6 ‘Awaken the Giant in You’ breakfast talk for 2016s, and covered many topical issues facing our young people today, these being  – staying motivated and committed to achieving your goals and aspirations, believing in yourself, never giving up, and always striving to be the best that you can be!  Words to live by!!

With the help of the team at Cape Talk, we have managed to produce a video to capture the activities of the morning; see below link…

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Entrepreneur Societies from Ikamvalethu, Langa, Isilimela, and Spes Bona high schools were present at the breakfast.  To summarise the morning… energetic, insightful, interactive…definitely cannot wait for the next one…!

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If we can instil a culture of entrepreneurship amongst our youth, we will go a long way to creating a better outlook for our economy and our country.


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ENTREPRENEUR SOCIETIES AND IDEA CAFÉS ARE ROLLING OUT RAPIDLY

Interest in our programme is growing daily, and we now have a total of 10 schools who have established Entrepreneur Societies in the Western Cape.  The programme is already active in these schools, we have done the kickstart Idea Café, and learners are hard at work with conceptualising their entrepreneurial ideas.

We are encouraged by the enthusiasm from principals, teachers, and learners, and we are tending to requests to come onto the programme from areas such as Atlantis, and as far afield as Gauteng, KZN, and the Eastern Cape.

It is our intention to grow participation to 100 schools in the Western Cape before the end of 2016, with rollout to other provinces having progressed significantly by early 2017.

Participating schools include Gardens Commercial High School, Herzlia Middle School, Ikamvalethu High School, Isilimela High School, Langa High School, Oude Molen High School, Spes Bona High School.

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For schools who want to join the SA Teen Entrepreneur Programme, kindly contact
Nadia Snyders on T: (021) 795 0566 or E: nadia.snyders@teenentrepreneur.co.za

 

SUPPORT OUR FUNDRAISING DRIVE!

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The SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation has been added to the Old Mutual ‘More than Yourself’ charity platform; see link – http://morethanyourself.co.za/cause/sateen/.
PLEASE SHARE THIS link and ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO DONATE TO THE PROGRAMME, THEREBY SUPPORTING THIS EXCITING INITIATIVE!

The Foundation was selected by the Rotary Club of Cape Town – Noon Gun, and the fundraising drive is centred on their participation in the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon on Saturday, March 26.

 

WE CELEBRATE OUR
YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR AMBASSADORS

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We are most fortunate to be supported by a team of Youth Entrepreneur Ambassadors. They work tirelessly to promote the SA Teen Entrepreneur Programme amongst the youth and encourage participation. We caught up with Jamie Thurston and asked him why he is so passionate about the programme:

Q: Why do you support the SA Teen Entrepreneur Programme?
A: I would love to have known what I know now when I was younger to be able to embark on my entrepreneurial journey much sooner. I fully support SA Teen Entrepreneur because they give this opportunity of a head start to youngsters. Their program is informative and fun, unlike most youth focused programs. I support the programme because they have been a huge influence on my life, and I have them to thank for further opening my mind to entrepreneurship opportunities.

Q: What is the extent of your involvement?
A: I’ve been privileged enough to be one of the first graduates in their programme and have since been supporting them wherever I can. As an ambassador I have been representing the SA Teen Entrepreneur Programme on various platforms and at events and interviews. I believe I am a testimony of the good work done on the programme.

Q: What are your interests outside of promoting the programme?
A: I have a huge interest in biotechnology and using science to better the quality of life for humans and animals, as well as to develop innovative ways to creating a safer, cleaner planet with my focus in industrial and environmental biotechnology. I’m also big on business development and this is where SA Teen Entrepreneur has made a bigger impact on my life. Graphic design, brand development, and social media optimization keeps me extremely busy!

Q: Where are you currently employed?
A: Where employment is concerned I have been working for The Agency SA (like the page facebook.com/theagencysa) a company I started in 2011. I do concept development where we work on developing ideas/project management/ running campaigns for various clients. Currently we are involved in a big project at UWC, running the #iamUWC social media campaign and assisting in the Ikamva Lethu fund that financially assist students with university fees, accommodation and food. We need to raise R15 million by August so if you are keen to help in creating a brighter future for someone, please do get in touch with me.

 Besides these I am actively involved in various other projects. I do media and have been a radio presenter, I work in the entertainment industry and work with musicians. I’m also very involved with fashion and design and recently started making hand crafted one-of-a-kind bow ties. Check out fb.com/alwaysbowtime.

Q: Why or how has this job impacted your view of life?
A: The nature of my work gives me the privilege to work with different people from different backgrounds and this opens my mind to new things and new ways of thinking. I’m always keen to learn and through networking in various industries, I’m able to further develop my intellectual capability. I love my job and what I do, the thing I’ve learnt the most is how to work with people and how to turn passion into an income.

 

ENTREPRENEUR REALITIES

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Being an entrepreneur presents an amazing opportunity to test your innovative business ideas and see if they will work.  It provides a way of bringing your passion to life as you play your part in making people’s lives better.  Embarking on this entrepreneurial adventure can be the most exhilarating, happy, frustrating – and profitable – journey of your life.  Below are a few ‘realities’ that most entrepreneurs experience on their incredible ventures:

You have to get out of your comfort zone daily

You need to become a very good listener
– to your clients, staff, investors…the list is endless

You exchange 9-to-5 for 16-hour days, seven days a week

You have to learn quickly to surround yourself with supportive people
– not negative people

You become the jack-of-all-trades in your business

For further information, or if you have any comments about the content of this eNewsletter, or you/your school want to become a member of the SA Teen Entrepreneur Programme, please contact:
Lydia Zingoni | Founder and Director
E: zingonil@teenentrepreneur.co.za
C: 082 907 0739
W: www.teenentrepreneur.co.za
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