Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) had the honour of hosting a delegation from the Wadhwani Foundation on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 in Pretoria. The meeting touched on a shared vision for accelerating economic development in emerging economies, such as South Africa and other parts of Africa, through entrepreneurship training.

Wadhwani Foundation is headquartered in Bangalore, India with a large footprint in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The Foundation largely operates in association with educational institutions, governments, corporates and other investors to drive initiatives for job creation specifically through entrepreneurship, skills development and innovation.

In line with Enterprises UP’s strong roots in and drive to grow entrepreneurship for the future, the special meeting focused on continued education, research, business development and innovation opportunities. The meeting was also attended by Dr Alex Antonites, Professor in Entrepreneurship and Head of the Department of Business Management at the University of Pretoria (UP).

Dr Antonites is also founder of the UP Business Incubator (UPBI), through which the University focuses on aspiring young, new entrepreneurs to shape the future of business by being pointed in the right direction and acquiring skills, connections and the right tools to kick-start their own businesses.

The delegation, Enterprises UP and Dr Antonites went on to discuss possibilities for future collaboration on initiatives for creating enabling business environments.

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Above (from the left): Ms Hermien Dorfling (Executive Manager: Training Solutions – Enterprises UP), Ms Michelle Bheemraj (eLearning Developer – Enterprises UP), Mr Deon Herbst (CEO – Enterprises UP), Ms Sunita Singh (Executive Vice President: Global Initiatives – Wadhwani Foundation), Prof Alex Antonites (Chair for Entrepreneurship – University of Pretoria) and Mr Atul Padalkar (Programme Manager – South Africa – Wadhwani Foundation).