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Young Entrepreneurs invited to South Africa


A delegation of Hull young entrepreneurs have been invited to take part in in South Africa’s largest entrepreneurial event #THUDfest 31 Aug to 2 Sept for 2016 in Johannesburg. Hull City Council and the Youth Enterprise Partnership have been sharing good practice with colleagues in South Africa for two years and now it’s time to build on those relations to develop practical business and learning opportunities. With the support of KCOM, our young entrepreneurs have been communicating via online technology in events during Global Entrepreneurship Week since 2014.

Thomas Arran - Photographer
“To be given the opportunity to visit enterprising people like myself in South Africa is amazing.  Having started my own business at the age of 17, with the support of the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank, I think this will be a fantastic opportunity to be able to go visit young people in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa and see how they are supported.”

Kit Hargreaves, Apple Pear.
“From a personal point of view, I see this trip as an opportunity to do just that, to learn. We are not going there to impart our business expertise, but to see how organisations are helping young people succeed in less luxurious support systems than we have here, and to see how those young people can grow into successful businesses.”

Haggai Mwiko founder and chairman of Habby Business
"Africa has a bright future, not only is it encouraging to see more upcoming entrepreneurs but also inspiring. Habby Business therefore wants to be part of that journey by contributing in any way no matter how small and I am really excited to be taking part in South Africa’s largest entrepreneurial event, The Hook up Dinner Annual Conference in Johannesburg."

Selebogo Molefe CEO - Lifesgud Global Investments (Pty) Ltd said
"In 2014 I visited Hull as part of fact finding mission to see how your City and Council were supporting young entrepreneurs and I was highly impressed – since when we have held web based link ups and I am pleased that a delegation supported by your John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank will be visiting us and taking part in South Africa’s largest entrepreneurial event, The Hook up Dinner Annual Conference in Johannesburg.

I am very confident that we will be able to further develop links between your great City and Johannesburg – we are particularly interested to know more about your £5 Blossom Programme, your Youth Enterprise Bank, your enterprising teachers group, Project Blyth run by Greenpower Trust that enables young people to learn more about STEM and Enterprise, and your latest programme, MC4C, which will inspire young people who are the furthest away from the labour market to set up in business.”


Further Information

  1. The Hook up Dinner bridges the gap by capacitating them with access to networks, education and investments into their businesses. We partner with organisations that see an economic opportunity in capacitating SME’s by helping them access our vetted community of entrepreneurs.
  2. The John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank supports enterprising young people aged 13 to 21 with a grant, a business mentor and opportunities to network and work with colleagues at Hull Youth Support Trust.