During the month of April, we will be facilitating the “Fundamentals of starting and running a business” certificate course on behalf of the US Embassy in Pretoria. This course is presented as part of their YALI program in South Africa and will be presented and examined over a four week period.

What is YALI?

President Obama launched YALI in 2010

President Obama launched YALI in 2010

President Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur/spark growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. Through YALI, the United States is investing in an emerging generation of African leaders by committing significant resources to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another, the United States, and innovative leaders in the private, civic, and public sectors. YALI programs such as the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, YALI Regional Leadership Centres, and the YALI Network provide interconnected avenues of opportunity for young Africans to grow their leadership skills.

We are massively excited to be part of this movement as YALI will be presented in a face-to-face format for the 1st time in Pretoria instead of through their usual online channels.

This gives us tremendous opportunity to really get involved with aspiring entrepreneurs at the grass root levels across all industries, ages and cultures – how exciting is that! – says founder and CEO, Luan van Rhyn

What is the course content?

The fundamentals of starting and running a business course is presented over a 4 week period. Each week we’ll be covering one module with the examination taking place at the end of the fourth session.

Modules that will be covered are:

  • Developing a business model
  • Creating a business plan
  • Identifying your markets
  • Pitching your business idea for investment

We’ll be presenting to both aspiring entrepreneurs and young business owners with the aim that this, entry level understanding of what it takes to start a successful business, will play its part in ensuring the sustainability of their ventures.

Entrepreneurship in South Africa

On a daily basis we are faced with learning opportunities such as unemployment and it seems that every communication channel that has a voice speaks of the same thing – we need to empower the youth and encourage entrepreneurship in our country. During a recent conference, international speaker and entrepreneur, Roger Hamilton, shared statistics with us that globally, Africa has the largest percentage of entrepreneurs! How many of these startups are successful is another discussion all on its own off-course, but what the African continent does have, is the entrepreneurial spirit!

It is really heart warming to have realized that organisations such as the US administration is taking action right underneath our noses and doing their bit to empower and equip these aspiring entrepreneurs – van Rhyn quotes

We are really excited about this pilot version of the program and have a feeling it is the start of  great things to come! We’ll be sharing our journey with you over the following 4 weeks so be sure to check back in for more.

Click here for more information on the YALI program.