CNAM experts visit South Africa to foster entrepreneurship and innovation
Part of a joint programme between the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE), four experts from CNAM visited South Africa between 31 May and 7 June 2017 to work with key local stakeholders to boost youth skills development and to deliver training on entrepreneurship. In this context, CNAM has engaged with several South African institutions:
The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
During the three first days, several students, representatives from South African universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges (TVET Colleges) benefited from a series of workshops delivered by CNAM on entrepreneurship development (including legal advice, financing of start-ups and digital transformation). The experts also provided one-on-one mentorship to academics and practitioners on the entrepreneurship curriculum and engaged with the team of “MyBlgStartup.com” to record content which will be used during the upcoming student entrepreneurship event that the DHET is currently organising for August.
The Innovation Hub (TIH)
For two days, the CNAM experts engaged with the Innovation Hub, the Gauteng Province’s innovation agency established in 2005, to host and manage different enterprise development and incubation programmes. The Innovation Hub business incubators’ managers and the staff that manage the Startup Support Fund also benefited from two full-day training seminars on start-up development and digital transformation.
The French Embassy is already in partnership with Innovation Lab to share best practices in terms of incubation and enterprise development and also provide a platform for South African entrepreneurs wanting to connect with French partners.
The CNAM will soon start an expertise mission with Igalelo, a South African nonprofit organization created in 2014 to support young entrepreneurs from Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town. This institution, which provides training, mentoring and skills development programmes, will also gain from three video-conference workshops to train the mentors on fundraising, business model and business plan drafting.