City spearheads entrepreneurship ecosystem symposium

The City of Joburg’s Department of Economic Development (DED) will host the Joburg Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Symposium at the Joburg Theatre on October 23 and 24.

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The purpose of the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Symposium is to address and improve entrepreneurial ecosystems, to grow the economy and facilitate job creation.

Member of the Mayoral Committee responsible for Economic Development (MMC) Clr Leah Knott said it will be the first entrepreneurship ecosystem symposium in Johannesburg – a gathering of government, private sector, educational institutions, NGOs and, most importantly, entrepreneurs.

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“As per the department of Economic Development’s 17/18 financial year deliverables, we have committed to increased regional economic development and support towards entrepreneurial development. In order to succeed, such an approach can only work through stronger alignment between the department and regional offices as well as collaboration between the city, private sector and small businesses,” said Knott.

She said it is a citywide event, looking at affirming the city’s position on entrepreneurship and future working groups with regional offices, small business, the private sector (business chambers), academics and industry players.

Leading up to the citywide symposium will be a series of regional economic summits, which the DED will run in partnership with the regions.

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