​Conferences and Events

One of UJCfE's a long-standing partnership is with renowned Soweto entrepreneur, Dr Richard Maponya through the Institute for Skills and Entrepreneurship Development. Dr Maponya built and expanded his businesses in Soweto and became a highly successful entrepreneur during the dark days of apartheid. Today he remains committed to the development of young township entrepreneurs and understands the importance of young entrepreneurs fostering local and international business-to-business partnerships.

Conferences, Seminars and Events at UJCfE are implemented in partnership with Dr Richard Maponya Institute for Skills and Entrepreneurship Development.

1.     UJ-Dr Richard Maponya Annual Soweto Entrepreneurship Conference

The Centre for Entrepreneurship, in partnership with Richard Maponya Foundation, annually hosts a conference that fosters the development township youth-owned businesses by facilitating information provision, skills development, shared knowledge and best practices, and business-to-business partnership in Soweto.

2.     Dr Richard Maponya Think Tank

UJCfE, in partnership with Dr. Richard Maponya Institute, facilitate Think Tanks with topical emphasis on entrepreneurship. The Think Tank convenes a body of experts, industry bodies, SMMEs, post graduate students and lecturers, to provide advisory and ideas on topics around entrepreneurship, outcomes of which contribute to policy and advocacy in entrepreneurship development space.

3.     Dr Richard Maponya Annual Lecture

The lecture is aimed at providing industry insights from a thought leader. The lecture inspire guests to take action while equiping them with the relevant information and tools to understand what is taking place in industry. This is targeted at thought leaders, esteemed industry members, business consultants and academics. The lecture serve to inform those publishing research papers.

4.     Johannesburg Entrepreneurship Festival (JEF)

JEF is a technology based one-day entrepreneurship conference focused on innovation and technology-based start-ups, SMEs and social entrepreneurship. It aims to broaden the geographic scope beyond townships and South Africa to the rest of the African continent using tech.

5. UJ Student Entrepreneurship Week

As part of fostering a culture of entrepreneurship among the UJ student community; UJCfE annually hosts a Student Entrepreneurship Week, a week-long event with various programmes designed to skill, impart knowledge and showcase products and services of aspirant and existing student enterprises cultivated within the University. The highlight of the event is the Innovation Pitching Contest in which student entrepreneurs stand a chance to win an opportunity to go pitch their business to international investors and gain access to other international start-ups.