Global Entrepreneurship Week: Highlights and Markets

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) will run from the 17 November 2014 to the 21 November 2014. There are a series of events planned across the country, and there are way too many to include all in our post. Literally, there are over 90 events packed into one week. Click here for the full programme.
Each of these events, does a little something to help grow our economy (which it must be said is one of the most unequal in the world). Starting and running a business requires many attributes, especially resilience, and events such as GEW provide encouragement to start and continue. A couple of events worth considering are listed below.

Market at the Grove 

Why I like this : Markets help to support entrepreneurs. 
The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship has an exceptional week planned of talks and workshops under the theme, “Passions to Profit”. The highlight for me, is the market on Friday, 21 November 2014. It will take place at The Grove, an open-air square at 18 Melle Street in the centre of Braamfontein, from 10am to 4pm on Friday, 21 November. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The market is a good opportunity to get a head start on some holiday shopping, while supporting small businesses that have a unique offering,” says Gavin Meiring, the Branson Centre’s Marketing Manager. “Goods are locally made and people can look forward to a fun shopping experience.”  To contact the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship, click this link.
 

Book Launch – Resilience: Portraits of a new South Africa.

Why I like this : It would be wonderful to see a reality I understand in these portraits. 
Depicting entrepreneurs in South Africa in a visual form is incredibly difficult – is the entrepreneur the guy in the suit starting a new product in an established company with a mega marketing budget, or is the geek girl building a MXIT solution to improve schooling asking you to like her page, and share the app? We would all agree that both are engaging in entrepreneurial activities, but the experiences are so different. For this reason, this release of the art exhibition called RESILIENCE: PORTRAITS OF A NEW SOUTH AFRICA, looks extremely interesting. They will hold events in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Entry is R 125-00, and the book will be available for purchase.  The authors and artists describe the book thus:

Paradigm Shift launches its first full-colour coffee table book called RESILIENCE: PORTRAITS OF A NEW SOUTH AFRICA. It stunningly depicts the beauty, challenges and possibilities of entrepreneurship in South Africa. This thought-provoking book offers a timely tribute to South Africa’s continuing journey of transformation now 20 years post-apartheid.

The website with all the details, can be accessed by clicking here.
 

Festival of entrepreneurship: Maboneng precinct

Why I like this : Johannesburg, looks to be doing things more and more frequently. 
The Maboneng Precinct will play host to the “festival of entrepreneurship”.  There is a frenzy of activities, and a night market (yes, people do go out at night in Johannesburg). The full details of the programme are available via the link below. The website can be accessed by clicking here.
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Everywhere …

Why I like this : Because entrepreneurs do not only live in Johannesburg and Cape Town. 
The most exciting part of the GEW 2015 is that it is occurring across the country, and there is something literally for everyone in most places.
 

On a personal note, I am hoping to get to some of the events, but launching Proposal Desk is the priority. 

Related:
Destiny Man has a great roundup of events. Click here. 
Durban Events. Click here.
 
 

Automechanika Middle East

Automechanika Middle East will be hosted from the 2 – 5 June 2015 in Dubai. The event will be of interest to component manufacturers, and other companies involved in the automotive sector. The organisers describe the event as follows:

With 1,696 exhibitors spanning 59 countries and 28,709 visitors from 130 countries, Automechanika Dubai is geared up to supply intermediate markets. A trading link to markets difficult to reach, this trade fair is a good platform to find out more about new products, find new suppliers and compare product alternatives.

This event is supported by the DTI, and there is support available to South African companies. The dates listed on this page are for the closing dates to apply for support from the DTI, and not for the events themselves.
For more information on exhibitions, trade shows, and National Pavilions supported by the DTI, please start with this overview. Click here.

China Agro-Processing conference

The China Agro-Processing conference will be hosted in Shangai, China from 6-8 May 2015. The conference organisers have this to say:

SIAL CHINA is the leading Asian meeting point for the food and beverage industry.
Major market players from retail, catering, hotel/restaurant/catering (HoReCa), food services, the import/export trade and manufacturing come to this show.

This event is supported by the DTI, and there is support available to South African companies. The dates listed on this page are for the closing dates to apply for support from the DTI, and not for the events themselves.
For more information on exhibitions, trade shows, and National Pavilions supported by the DTI, please start with this overview. Click here.

The Turkey Aerospace, Rail and Marine conference

The Turkey Aerospace, Rail and Marine conference is scheduled to take place 5-8 May 2015, in Istabul. The event website shows a strong focus on the defence industry.
This event is supported by the DTI, and there is support available to South African companies. The dates listed on this page are for the closing dates to apply for support from the DTI, and not for the events themselves.
For more information on exhibitions, trade shows, and National Pavilions supported by the DTI, please start with this overview. Click here.

Offshore Technology Conference

Offshore Technology Conference is scheduled to take place in Houston, Texas from the 4 – 7 May 2015.  The conference organisers describe this conference as:

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. 
Founded in 1969, OTC’s flagship conference is held annually in Houston. OTC has expanded technically and globally with the Arctic Technology Conference, OTC Brasil, and OTC Asia.

 
OTC ranks among the largest 200 tradeshows held annually in the United States and is among the 10 largest meetings in terms of attendance.
This event is supported by the DTI, and there is support available to South African companies. The dates listed on this page are for the closing dates to apply for support from the DTI, and not for the events themselves.
For more information on exhibitions, trade shows, and National Pavilions supported by the DTI, please start with this overview. Click here.

Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF)

The Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) 2015 will be held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe from the 21-25 April 2015. The 2015 theme is “Stimulating Trade: Seizing Opportunities To Accelerate Growth”. The range of products to be exhibited is diverse, including:

  • Agriculture; Infrastructure; Implements; Seed, Fertilisers and Pesticides; Irrigation and Water Technology; Consultancy; Livestock
  • Management; Training and Development; Ecological Management.
  • Cultural artifacts,
  • Export Promotion,
  • Finance and Investment,
  • Furniture and Interior Décor,
  • Research and Development
  • Tourism and Hospitality

Multi-Sectoral www.zitf.net 22-Dec-14 Mayanda Kondile
This event is supported by the DTI, and there is support available to South African companies. The dates listed below are for the closing dates to apply for support from the DTI, and not for the events themselves.
For more information on exhibitions, trade shows, and National Pavilions supported by the DTI, please start with this overview. Click here.

Malaysia International Halaal Showcase (MIHAS)

The Malaysia International Halaal Showcase (MIHAS) 2015 Kuala Lumpur will take place from the 1-4 April 2015. The closing date to apply for support from the DTI is the 1 December 2014. (Halaal products) www.halal.com.my 01-Dec-14 Tshepiso Malunga
This event is supported by the DTI, and there is support available to South African companies. The dates listed on this page are for the closing dates to apply for support from the DTI, and not for the events themselves.
For more information on exhibitions, trade shows, and National Pavilions supported by the DTI, please start with this overview. Click here.

Go International – DTI Announces National Pavilion List

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has announced the list and dates for the National Pavilions, exhibitions and trade shows . These events provide South African businesses with an opportunity to gain experience and exposure to markets outside South Africa. In releasing these details, the DTI is inviting manufacturers and exporters to participate in the international trade shows.
The details of these exhibitions can be found in the attached PDF document.
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The DTI further notes that:

If your company is competitive in the South African market, has been in business for at least two years and is export ready, it stands to benefit from the dti’s Export Marketing and Investment Assistance scheme.

The details on the forms of assistance available can be accessed on the DTI website, by clicking here.