The Innovation Hub, an innovation agency of the Gauteng Province through its Fablab School programme, in collaboration with PrimeStars Marketing have launched the Step up 2 a Start-up IV programme. The programme is aimed at providing solutions for thousands of young South Africans who face a future without work.

The Innovation Hub said it is fitting for the FabLab Schools Programme to be in association with the Step up 2 Start Up initiative and that it will strive to nurture entrepreneurship in high school learners. This is to ensure that a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation is instilled at an early age. The FabLab School programme works in collaboration with schools in disadvantaged communities around Gauteng to provide learners with access to grassroots training in technology and also to encourage entrepreneurial mindset at an early age.

Emerging from the launch event was the theme Seeking Opportunity, Connecting People and Creating Sustainable Value. This year’s programme will focus on social entrepreneurship. Learners will be tasked with finding innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social and environmental problems. Just as entrepreneurs change the face of business, social entrepreneurs act as the change agents for society. Social entrepreneurs are those that seize opportunities that others are often oblivious to; they improve systems, invent new approaches and create solutions that change society for the better.

“We are pleased to be part of Step UP 2 Start Up Programme initiative to advance and combat youth unemployment, the success of future innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem is dependent on the youth, Step up 2 Start Up Programme is an important instrument in supporting these future innovators – Mr McLean Sibanda, CEO of The Innovation Hub


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