South Africa's Water Research Commission hosted 50 young aspiring entrepreneurs selected from nearly 500 applicants participate in the water related entrepreneurship programme. The training programme explored entrepreneurship and opportunities in the green economy, unpacking business ideas, facilitating alignment to national priorities, unpacking to market potential, and understanding the funding and partnership landscape.
Young aspiring enviropreneurs from KwaZulu-Nala province attending the bootcamp at the WRC - Picture from left to right: Sifiso Dlakula, Samiksha Singh, Nduduzo Khoza, Lindelwa Msweli Thabo Madlala, Nomandla Ngcoya, Yoliswa Zondi, Mfundo Ntembe.
Named the Imvelisi Environmental Entrepreneurship Ideation Bootcamp, it was held in partnership with GreenMatter and the Young Water Professionals (a division of the Water Institute of Southern Africa). The main concept behind the bootcamp was to support and mentor aspiring green entrepreneurs to interrogate the feasibility of their business concepts and how to take practical steps towards starting and growing their businesses.
The core funding for this programme came from South Africa's Department of Science and Technology (DST), with additional support from a range of partners, including the Water Research Commission, Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and The Innovation Hub.