Annual Events

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. 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.  

Previous Conferences

2014 Conference Theme: Promoting Township Business Competitiveness: Co-existence of Immigrant, Big and Small Township Enterprises.

Click here to view the 2014 Presentation 

2013 Conference Theme: Turning Tangible and Intangible Assets/ Resources in Townships into Business Opportunities.

Click here to view the 2013 Presentation 

 2012 Conference Theme: Transforming Townships into Economic Power Houses

Click here to view the 2012 Presentation 

2010 Conference Theme: Transforming Black Townships into Economic Powerhouses

Click here to view the 2010 Presentation

To find out more about the Soweto Annual Conference and how to get involved, contact us.


Upcoming Events


​Date(s) & Time(s)​Event​Venue​Purpose​Target​Guest Profile
​04 December 2019​UJ-DR Richard Maponya 7th Annual ConferenceUJ Soweto Campus, Imbizo Hall​The conference is premised on the developmental agenda of the country specifically the fight against poverty, enhancing the culture of entrepreneurship.​SMMEs, Entrepreneurs, Academics and Proffesionals