Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE)

Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) was established at the end of 2016 from within the University Education Branch of the Department Higher Education and Training. The EDHE Programme focuses on enhancing:

  • Student entrepreneurship throughmobilising the national student and graduate resource to create successful enterprises that will ultimately lead to both wealth and job creation;
  • Entrepreneurship development in academia through supporting academics in instilling an entrepreneurial mindset within all students and graduates through the offering of relevant knowledge, transferral of practical skills and the application of business principles, not only to a specific discipline, but across disciplines; and
  • Developing entrepreneurial universities through creating a conducive environment that will enable universities to adapt strategically and embark on projects whereby third-stream income can be generated through innovative business ideas.

The School of EMS’ partnership with EDHE was officially established in 2017 when colleagues from the school attended the annual EDHE Lekgotla in June 2017. Since then, the school has had representation at the EDHE Lekgotla in 2018 and 2019, hosted Student Entrepreneurship Week (SEW) in 2018 and 2019 and had students participate in regional level of the national intervarsity student entrepreneurship competition in 2019.

The school also has colleagues who are members of the EDHE national Communities of Practice in Student Entrepreneurship and in Entrepreneurship in Academia, who frequently attend EDHE workshops and are involved in the robust conversations and activities towards helping Entrepreneurship become an integral culture in our universities.

Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA)

The School has a Memorandum of Association (MoA) with the LGSETA (Provincial Office) through the involvement in various LGSETA funded projects.

Kimberley Diamond and Jewellery Incubator

The Kimberley Diamond and Jewellery Incubator (KDJI) was registered as a non-profit company on the 16th of April 2015. We are located at the Kimberley Diamond Jewellery Centre in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. We have entrenched ourselves as the only incubator in the Minerals Beneficiation and Jewellery Manufacturing industry that provides knowledge exchange, shared infrastructure and technology support services to the unemployed or struggling jewellers, diamond cutters and polishers at one enabling environment and location.

KDJI offers an intensive incubation programme comprises of two (2) phases. Phase one (1) is a six (6) month programme that is fully subsidized. During this phase graduates are being made business ready and emphasis is placed on compliance. Phase two (2) is a twenty-four (24) months incubation programme that ensures that small enterprises in the diamond and jewellery manufacturing industry becomes competitive and self-sustainable. During this phase KDJI links enterprises to access to technology, markets and finance.

KDJI strives to become the premium incubator in the world by ensuring that small enterprises become competitive, self-sustainable and profitable with the intention to transform the diamond industry and by creating decent employment for youth.

In partnership with SPU’s School of Economic and Management Sciences, throughout the year of 2018 the KDJI has hosted the third year entrepreneurship students entrepreneurship students as mentors to their jewellery makers. The students learned jewellery making methods including diamonds and metals. 

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