About us 2017-06-12T12:26:30+00:00

ABOUT US

Vision

The SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation is a registered NPO Trust (click here to download our Registration Certificate). The vision of the Foundation is to cultivate and promote an entrepreneurial spirit amongst high school learners across South Africa through interactive seminars, workshops, conferences, and exhibitions. We target primarily high schools, but also interact with universities, churches, and youth centres to promote entrepreneurship and enterprise development amongst our youth.

Business Model

The SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation has streamlined its value proposition to seven key elements:

Workshops:
Business idea generation workshops which are promoted under the banner, ‘Awaken the Giant in YOU’ (Read more…)

The Teen Entrepreneur Fund has created a breakfast networking series called “Awaken the Giant in YOU”. The primary target audience for these networking opportunities is the parents of high school learners who are keen to encourage their kids to embrace a culture of entrepreneurship. These sessions are also aimed at community leaders, teachers, business owners, NPOs working with young people, as well as public sector institutions and agencies charged with youth development- and related programs.

The purpose of these breakfast sessions is to:

  • Make information available about the SA Teen Entrepreneur Programme and promote membership
  • Share information about entrepreneurship and enterprise development with high school learners to encourage them to start their own businesses as a career path
  • Get familiar with legislation which governs enterprise development, and to understand what Government is doing to promote entrepreneurship, particularly amongst the youth
  • Inspire the youth by creating a platform for them to engage with entrepreneurs who have broken ground and are operating successful and sustainable businesses
  • Link up with parents, teachers, and other influencers in order for them to continually encourage the youth around entrepreneurship

Online Business Tools Shop:
Your one-stop business information resource hub (Read more…)

All items cost R150 each, and will be emailed to you in pdf format after payment has been received.

SA High School Entrepreneurship Olympiad:
A competition where high school teams which are selected by the school are invited to compete (Read more…)

Open to all high schools in South Africa, the Entrepreneurship Olympiad is a catalyst for bringing together teen entrepreneurs, using a competition as a platform and to foster and develop a student/learner entrepreneurship ecosystem.

For more information on the competitions and to register your school, please contact:

Nadia Snyders at nadia.snyders@teenentrepreneur.co.za

The Association of South African High School Entrepreneur Societies:
We strongly encourage all schools to sign up to join our Entrepreneur Societies (Read more…)

  • Main Objective

The Association was formed to spearhead the creation of Entrepreneur Societies in high schools. Each High School will in turn establish its own Society that will become a the nucleus for the propagation and spread of a spirit of entrepreneurship in the school environment. Each Society will operate under the Terms of Reference issued by the Association, and will also benefit from its relationship with the Association.

  • Organisation

The Association is headed by a Director and Administrator who oversees the day-to-day running of the affairs of the organisation. A group of 4 Trustees assists the Director in creating various links with relevant government departments, business networks, schools, and civil society. The Association is, through the office of the Director, be responsible for fundraising activities.

  • Activities of the Association
  • Fundraising and procurement of resources for the propagation of Entrepreneur Societies in schools
  • Creating a framework for the Schools Societies
  • Organising provincial and national competitions
  • Creating various holidays and Weekend Activities that promote the growth and spread of entrepreneur activities
  • Guide and assist each new school Society

Young Entrepreneur Conferences and Exhibitions

(1) BRICS Young Entrepreneur Expo & Conference (Read more…)

The main objectives of the expo and conference are:

  • To create a platform to showcase the products and services produced by BRICS’ young entrepreneurs
  • To create a platform for the cultivation of a networking environment between BRICS’ young entrepreneurs
  • To create and promote inter-trade among young entrepreneurs
  • To learn and to share innovative methods of exploiting the vast natural resources of BRICS nations in ways and means that benefit the BRICS population
  • To debate the business challenges and discuss the business opportunities that exist within BRICS
  • To share research findings in the propagation and fostering of youth entrepreneurship in the BRICS countries

The main focus areas are:

  • Innovation
  • Employment creation
  • Infrastructure development
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Education
  • Science and technology
  • Food security
  • Agriculture
  • Technology
  • Communications
  • Health and fitness
  • Energy
  • Renewable resources
  • Transportation
  • Tourism and eco-systems
  • Social enterprises

To get more information on the conference please contact Lydia Zingoni at zingonil@teenenetrepreneur.co.za

(2) African Young Entrepreneur Expo & Conference (Read more…)

The main objectives of the expo and conference are:

  • To create a platform to showcase the products and services produced by African young entrepreneurs
  • To create a platform for the cultivation of a networking environment between African young entrepreneurs
  • To create and promote inter-trade among young entrepreneurs
  • To learn and to share innovative methods of exploiting the vast natural resources of Africa in ways and means that benefit the African population
  • To debate the business challenges and discuss the business opportunities that exist in Africa
  • To share research findings in the propagation and fostering of youth entrepreneurship on the African continent

The main focus areas are:

  • Innovation
  • Employment creation
  • Infrastructure development
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Education
  • Science and technology
  • Food security
  • Agriculture
  • Technology
  • Communications
  • Health and fitness
  • Energy
  • Renewable resources
  • Transportation
  • Tourism and eco-systems
  • Social enterprises

To get more information on the conference please contact Lydia Zingoni at zingonil@teenenetrepreneur.co.za

Mentorships

The success of most businesses can be attributed to encouragement from colleagues, peers, and mentors; we recognise the important role that mentorships play and have therefore established a partnership with the Vuka Mentorship Programme.

This partnership will see us linking our up-and-coming young entrepreneurs with mentors who are running well established and sustainable businesses, and who can share valuable insights in terms of the management of their businesses.

Membership:
The SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation has a three tier membership programme, namely

(1) TEEN MEMBERSHIP (Read more…)

BECOME A TEEN ENTREPRENEUR

Young learners/teenagers/the youth is at the heart of everything we do.

Our core objective is to develop the youth to be able to establish and run their own successful businesses as a career path. We develop one-on-one relationships with those learners who are part of the programme, and we are privileged to be able to share in their growth. The vast majority of them have improved self-confidence, and they have hope for the future. They are keen to create values which they can be proud of. We learn as much from them as they can learn from us!

We aim to instil the following values in those young people who are keen to develop their entrepreneurial skills and thinking:

  • Become my own boss and be a forward-thinking leader in South Africa.
  • Realise my own ideas and innovations in order to make a meaningful impact on our to the economy.
  • Create jobs through my business and create wealth for others.
  • Build and develop a set of values which will guide my business; they will be values of which everyone who interacts with my business can be proud.
  • Massively increase self-confidence and give hope to others

 

(2) Young Entrepreneur Membership (Read more…)

BECOME A YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR

We’re calling all the Young Entrepreneurs out there! We need ambassadors who are able to promote the SA Teen Entrepreneur Programme amongst the youth. In turn, you also stand to benefit from the exposure created by an association with us.

Member Benefits:

As a Young Entrepreneur you will be able to:

  • Profile your products and services through our monthly  eNewsletter, called Teen Tabloid.
  • Have access to research relating to business opportunities as.
  • Enjoy a 10% discount on all our products and services, including attendance at conferences and exhibitions.
  • Automatically qualify to be captured on our ambassadors’ list.
  • Enjoy discounts on products and services offered by our Corporate Partners.
  • Build your brand by giving exposure to your company logo and your personal profile on our website.

Young Entrepreneur membership costs R250 per year.

 

(3) Corporate Membership (Read more…)

Member Benefits:

As a Corporate Member, you:

  • Have access to, and become a part of, a powerful network of stakeholders in government, partners in the private sector, as well as schools across the country.
  • Have an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to fostering and developing young people in our country to becoming skilled entrepreneurs who are able to manage profitable and sustainable businesses over time.
  • Have an opportunity to play an active and meaningful mentorship role in the journeys of young entrepreneurs who are part of the programme.

 

Advocacy and Media 

Through its various partners, stakeholders, and platforms, the SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation promotes the benefits of embracing a culture of entrepreneurship amongst our youth. (Lydia’s Profile), (Twitter), (Facebook) and (LinkedIn)

Organisational Arrangements

The SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation is a Trust and is registered as a non-profit organisation.

Management Structure

The SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees. Board Members are responsible for the development of the Foundation’s strategic planning and execution, policy development, financial management, and direction. The Founder and Managing Director oversees the day-today administration, project management, and financial management of the programme.

Financial Management and Policy

The SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation’s financial management is performed according to South African Auditing Standards. Audited financial statements are available for review at the end of each financial year. The auditors for the SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation are Kirkman Lanfear Inc. (www.kirkmanlanfear.co.za).

Quality and Performance Management

Quality management is integral to the operation of the SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation. Through its performance management strategy, it is able to monitor and evaluate all its activities and projects with a view to implementing remedial actions should this be necessary. Performance management systems are reviewed regularly.