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The approaching year-end brings with it a well-deserved break, a time to enjoy Summer and sunshine with family and friends.  What it also does is allow us the opportunity to reflect on the year that was, and plot the way forward into a brand new one with hope, expectation, and a drive to succeed.
For us at Teen Entrepreneur, 2017 was another year of outstanding achievements, goals reached, and targets exceeded!
We welcomed on board a host of new schools from across Cape Town, thereby allowing many more young people access to the fascinating world of entrepreneurship.  For the first time since running the programme, we also had a primary school, Saxonsea in Atlantis, participating, bearing out our firm belief that the entrepreneurial spirit needs to be nurtured from a young age.    
Awareness of our programme has definitely grown amongst a large number of stakeholders ranging from educational establishments like the Cornerstone Institute which allowed us to promote Teen Entrepreneur at their Open Day earlier this year, to a number of private sector companies and foundations providing for us speaking platforms to promote the work that we do to their members, partners, and associates.
Through one of our funders and supporters, the Sage Foundation, we managed to take a group of girls from Langa who have started a catering business, called Soul Mates, as a result of completing our programme, to the Sage Summit in Johannesburg where they had the opportunity to hear and be inspired by some of the most influential businesswomen in South Africa.  I believe it has influenced them to view entrepreneurship in a totally new way; as a career path that can bring much satisfaction, personal growth, and development.       
Our #TeenBOSS Bootcamp, held during the June/July holidays, was once again a huge success.  It is an intensive 3-day entrepreneurship course, but our participants rose to the occasion and delivered budding businesses over a short space of time.  I always enjoy #TeenBOSS.  In as much as we present young people with a platform to learn, we learn so much from them as well.  My sincere and heartfelt thanks to Praesidium Capital Management for their generous sponsorship of #TeenBOSS 2017!
There are so many partners and stakeholders who work behind the scenes to ensure that SA Teen Entrepreneur functions effectively and delivers to its goals and objectives.  I’d like to thank Entrepreneur & Management Solutions, Colourworks, The Agency, NB Media, and Connectiv Communications Consultants for how passionately you support this cause.  To my office administrator, my sounding board, and very often my voice of reason, Nadia, thank you for your commitment and dedication to the programme.
Thank you to our sponsors – Shoprite, The Vineyard Hotel, Southern Sun Newlands Hotel, the Sage Foundation, the Rotary Club of Cape Town, and The River Club.  Your financial and other support has been invaluable in ensuring the smooth functioning of the programme over the last year. 
While we are geared and ready for further expansion, our growth is at the moment being stunted by financial resources.  There is a great deal of goodwill towards the programme, and my hope is that it will translate into financial support to enable us to reach so many more young learners across the country over the next 12 months.  
And finally, to our young stars and their Teacher Champions, thank you, thank you, thank you!  To see you grow and expand your view of the world as a result of SA Teen Entrepreneur is most gratifying, and the reason why I continue to press on to grow the programme to greater heights. 
I want to wish everyone a wonderful Festive Season, and a successful and prosperous 2018!

Cape Academy, Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa

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