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Press Release: iEntrepreneur – a Week of Entrepreneurship at Wits

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first_imgThe 2017 Wits Student Entrepreneurship Week will explore how entrepreneurship can help overcome South Africa’s high unemployment. (Image: Wits Business School)Johannesburg, 30 August, 2017 – Unemployment among the youth of South Africa has reached an ‘all time high’ and young people need to step out and make their own way in the economy. This is according to various stakeholders at Wits University involved in entrepreneurship.In response to this imperative, Wits is pleased to announce the launch of Student Entrepreneurship Week (SEW) 2017 in order to raise awareness of entrepreneurship as a career. The project is an initiative of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to combat high unemployment, foster sustainable economic growth and facilitate the development of an entrepreneurial economy.SEW, which will run from the 28 to 31 August, will include a variety of presentations, workshops, discussions and displays, with the aim of making the concept of entrepreneurship accessible and fun.“We want to encourage students to explore the option of entrepreneurship as a career path versus looking for employment,” says Chimene Chetty, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Wits Business School (WBS). “It takes courage to take the plunge into becoming and entrepreneur, and there are often so many questions. This initiative, involving both Wits and WBS, aims to make entrepreneurship accessible and easy to understand by breaking it down into ‘bite sized chunks’.”Framed as ‘iEntrepreneur’, the programme will focus on the following ‘I’s’:Information – answering questions on where entrepreneurial support exists at Wits and elsewhere, start-up toolkits, compliance guidance and funding options;Ideas and innovations – focusing on business ideas that are making waves at present; simple solutions that have been built into successful start-ups, and national initiatives and agencies that support innovation;Implementation and impact – how to make those ‘out there’ ideas concrete and gain maximum impact in the market.SEW, driven by WBS’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, will include 15 events focusing on all things entrepreneurial, including presentations by entrepreneurs and practitioners, research findings, workshops, pitching sessions, a student market and various displays.SEW will take place at four university venues: The Wits Tshimologong Precinct, the Transnet Matlafatso Centre, Science Park and the Wits Business School.One of the ‘must attends’, according to Chetty, is a discussion with Stafford Maisie, former Google SA CEO and entrepreneur, and innovator of and innovator of Absa Bank’s Payment Pebble.“We started the ball rolling in March after the DHET shared with us its vision of advancing entrepreneurial ecosystems and entrepreneurial education in Higher Education Institutions, at a Legotla. Various partners immediately jumped on board, including the Tshimologong Precinct, the Transnet Matlafatso Centre, Wits Enterprise and the Wits SRC, all sharing the same vision,” says Chetty.“It is imperative that we encourage and support more young people to step into the space of start-ups, considered the weakest link in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. This initiative is about creating awareness, demystifying what it means to start a business and to inspire students and increase their appetite for entrepreneurship.”For more information on the Wits Student Entrepreneurship week please contact Sibongile Horo on 011 717 3942 or sibongile.horo@wits.ac.za. To register or see the programme, visit www.witsew.co.za.Twitter: @WitsUniversitylast_img read more

How personal beacons can help keep women safe

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first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Puck “It’s not at all safe for women to walk around alone in the city at night” is sadly something women often hear.Whether it is a developed or a developing country, women feel unsafe anywhere. Keeping pepper spray or other devices can bring comfort, but may not be a safer solution. You need something that guarantees complete protection and also alerts your family or 911 at the time of emergency. You need personal safety alert device.What are personal safety devices?Personal safety comprises of not only physical safety but also psychosomatic protection. It includes freedom from worry about physical safety as well as belligerence and harassment. Women must be aware of all these terms because many times they have to face different physical or mental abuse from the people around them. See also: Can safety wearables really stop crimes against women?Many companies have stepped forward to work in this direction and even come up with some unique ideas in the form of innovative safety devices to protect women from stalkers. One of the successful devices that have helped several women to protect themselves and alert their loved ones at the time of emergency is personal safety beacon.A safety beacon is a wearable device that women can wear on their wrist, around their neck as a pendant or put it on their vehicle key ring. These devices are gaining a strong foothold in the market as they offer complete safety to the women of all age groups. From school going girls to working women, this device assures safety to all of them. How does this safety device work?These safety beacons are GPS based devices that get activated on the click of a button and share your location information with 911 or your loved ones. When your life is in danger or there is some medical emergency, you can’t control them through a call. Simply click distress beacon and it will be activated instantly despite your location. Whether you are traveling by air, sea or land, your loved ones will be alert about the emergency situation.This alert signal activates the app stored on your mobile device, which in turn send an alert message with your location or message to all the contacts listed in your safety app. Your family and friends will be notified that you have a problem. You can even make a call through safety beacon. Some wearable safety devices also allow you to send emails and text messages to your contacts. There is a lot of hope from safety wearables and emergency alert apps. Women can carry safety device with them and silently let their loved ones track them even if there is no emergency. This safety gadget will definitely go well with your taste and lifestyle. Choose the best brand safety beacon and emergency app and stay safe. Related Posts Vatandeep Pareekcenter_img Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#security#wearables#Women safety Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Cramming Gilas out to ‘shock the world,’ says Reyes

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first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games The 2017 Fiba Asia Cup is slated on August 8 to 20 in Lebanon, with the Philippines gunning to finally nab the gold after bagging the silver medals in the past two offings of the tourney. IDLSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Reyes is well aware of the deficiencies the national team is facing, from the absence of naturalized big man Andray Blatche, the team’s limited preparation time for the international tourneys, to the fluctuating attendance for his sessions.READ: Blatche says there are numerous reasons why he can’t join GilasBut despite all of those, Reyes is keeping his positivity on a high as he hopes that this chip on the team’s shoulder could motivate the squad to aspire for greatness and overachieve against fellow Asian contenders.“There’s a lot of people who are saying that we won’t go very far, especially with Andray Blatche not here. Everyone knows that Andray won’t be here. Everyone knows that we are not getting enough practices. All the other teams like China and Australia are playing tuneup games against each other. Qatar and Iraq are getting a lot of practice and tuneup games. We are not getting even enough practice and we have already accepted the fact that we will not get enough practices but that has always been the case,” he said.“So, we have to have the mentality of being brash and aggressive and the belief that we will shock the world. We are not going to enter the tournament as favorites, but we want to be able to shock them.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img View comments MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFinally getting a complete team on Monday, Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes could only express glee seeing his 12-man roster for the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup all on the court at the same time.“Of course, I’m very happy. It’s not just Calvin (Abueva), but everyone came here for the first time and it’s the first time we got all 12 guys for the Fiba Asia team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Three NBA teams to host clubs from Australia’s NBL in preseason  Conspicuously absent for the first four sessions, the energetic Abueva, who was reportedly dealing with some “personal issues,” finally showed up on Monday evening at Meralco Gym.BACKSTORY: Reyes issues ultimatum on absent AbuevaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsStill, the team’s completion is just half of the battle as Reyes seeks to form a cohesive unit before Gilas flies for Beirut, Lebanon on August 6.“I really like what I’m seeing, but the problem is we don’t have that much time. We’re like cramming for the exams. We are trying to put everything in just one or two days and we all know on Wednesday and on Friday, there will be PBA games. So we are just taking advantage of what we have,” he said. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more

February 22 2017The 2017 COMMUNITY ART SHOW is on

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first_imgFebruary 22, 2017The 2017 COMMUNITY ART SHOW is on display in the Arcosanti cafe and open through April 29th 2017.You will be able to see lots of terrific artwork from ceramics to jewelry, paintings, sculpture, bronze castings, a concrete cast table.Photo us if ceramics by show organizer Aimee Marcinko. On the wall are two of several paintings of alumnus Larry Meagher.[photos by Sue Kirsch]Architect and construction volunteer Fernanda Torres with her concrete cast table.Ceramics by alumnus Richart Johnson.One of volunteer Trinity Divilbiss paintings.Bronze castings by foundry crew Alison Gibbs.Ceramics by alumnus Larry Meagher.Sculpture by architect Kevin Pappa.And so much more. Come and see.The next report will be on the musicians that played at the artshow opening.last_img read more

Music video service Vevo has launched today in Ger

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first_imgMusic video service Vevo has launched today in Germany, marking its 13th country rollout to date. Announcing the launch, Vevo said that going live in Germany was a “milestone” for the service and that German viewers will now be able to access more than 75,000 HD music videos, live concerts and original music programming from international and local acts.“From the day I joined Vevo with a mandate to expand the video platform’s global presence, a launch in Germany was my top priority. It took us two years of hard work to get to this day and I couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Nic Jones, Vevo’s senior vice president, international.Vevo’s music video platform can be accessed from its own mobile, tablet and connected TV apps, as well as on Vevo.com. Earlier this year, YouTube also renewed its agreement with Vevo with YouTube’s owner Google taking a stake in the business.last_img read more