Very Young Entrepreneur Education & Acceleration Summit

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Hilton Hotel


Johannesburg, GP 2196

South Africa

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On 15 April 2019, educators, investors, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders from across Africa will gather for the inaugural Very Young Entrepreneur Education & Acceleration Summit in Johannesburg. This 1-day conference is a new initiative from the Anzisha Prize and made possible by Mastercard Foundation.


Everyone agrees that entrepreneurship can drive job creation. But if there aren’t enough jobs to start with, what does the transition from a high school and university directly into entrepreneurship look like? What kind of experience, skills and support is required to be successful at a very young age? How do we encourage the most talented of our young people to pursue this path rather than other careers? This ground-breaking event will explore excellence in entrepreneurship education and celebrate approaches to supporting very young African entrepreneurs (15 to 25-year-olds).


The Anzisha Prize will be hosting its annual ecosystem awards during the same week, and award nominees will be the panellists and speakers at this exciting event. A packed schedule will allow anyone interested in the education, startup or enterprise development sectors to gain perspectives from those who are on the ground doing this important work to transform our economies. Delegates will also see launches of new resources, innovations and tools, including:

  • Parenting the Boss – A guide to raising and supporting young African entrepreneurs for parents, by parents.

  • The Very Young Entrepreneurs Fund – A new matching fund concept for graduates of entrepreneur education institutions.

Summary Schedule

8:00AM: Registration & Coffee

9:00AM – 12PM

  • Welcome Address – Executive Director, The Anzisha Prize

  • Lightning Talks – Investing in young entrepreneurs

  • Teaching the Boss – A panel with educators from leading schools and universities who have created practice-based approaches to developing entrepreneurial skill.

  • E-book Series LaunchHow to Kickstart an Entrepreneurship-as-Learning Economy in Schools

  • Parenting the Boss – E-book launch and panel conversation with South African parents of young entrepreneurs.

12:00PM – 1:00PM: Networking lunch

1:00PM – 4:00PM

  • Anzisha Prize Applications 2019 – The Start Now Campaign

  • Challenge Prize Awards – Celebrating very young entrepreneurs and their impact

  • Expert Panel Discussion The Anzisha Scenarios Launch. What does Africa look like in the future if young Africans of high potential choose entrepreneurship as a career

  • Young Entrepreneurs Supporters Awards – Celebrating the game changers in the very young entrepreneurs' ecosystem

  • Launch The Very Young Entrepreneurs Fund.

  • Closing remarks

3:30PM: Networking coffee


You should register for this event if you are:

  • In high-school or tertiary education, and want to meet people and explore approaches to developing entrepreneurial mindsets and skills.

  • In the entrepreneur support sector, and want to understand the rationale and approaches for “investing younger”.

  • In the corporate space, and are looking for how best to invest in the development of entrepreneurship talent from a young age.

  • In the policy or public sector, and want to explore ideas for policy reform that could encourage more very young entrepreneurship activity.

  • In the media, and want to find stories and meet people at the forefront of this work.

  • Interested in the future of economic prosperity, and the role of education and entrepreneurship in contributing to it.

  • Someone who wants to learn from other parts of Africa, not just South Africa – as the speakers will come from across the continent.

Spaces are very limited. Register today and help shape this inaugural event; one that will become the leading conversation platform about entrepreneurship and education in Africa in the coming years.

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