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Global Speaker Vusi Thembekwayo to headline Youth Alive Foundation seminar

Publishing Date : 16 April, 2018

Author : REARABILWE RAMAPHANE

Renowned South African mentor, and global speaker, Vusi Thembekwayo will feature as the main speaker at an entrepreneurship and professional development seminar hosted by Youth Alive Foundation (YAF) on April 27 in Gaborone. Thembekwayo is also a successful entrepreneur and holds the record of being the only African to have been invited to speak at a World Bank event.


The seminar, which is YAF’s second, having held the first last year will take place at Ba Isago University Convention Centre. Bringing young entrepreneurs and  aspiring business persons  under one roof  to  network, and interact with potential mentors, prospective investors and partners, the event will be undertaken under the theme “Unlocking opportunities conferred in crowd funding; the mantra key to creating awareness and alternatives to acquiring and/or investing funds” and is expected to attract over 500 delegates.


Speaking at a press briefing in Gaborone on Monday, Tookhona Jobe, President of YAF, explained that the seminar would see financial experts and speakers from various industries discuss youth entrepreneurial development as a way of nudging young people into playing a meaningful role in wealth creation and national economic development. Members of the press were  also briefed that during the seminar which  will run just for a single day topics such as; Professional Development, Skills Exchange, Information Hub as well as Computer Literacy will be discussed at length.


Other speakers at the seminar will include local motivational speaker and business coach Sibusiso Kgosikhumo and Life Coach Boago Ramogapi as well as finance expert Ntombi Setshwaelo amongst others. Bakang Keitumetse, YAF media relations and policy developer explained that this year’s seminar will predominately forge discussed topics into exploring the ideals of crowd –funding.


Crowd funding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.
Keitumetse reiterated that this year’s seminar presents a better packaged set of information for young entrepreneurs. According to Keitumetse, crowd funding could rescue Botswana youth entrepreneurs’ crisis of lack of capital by merging resources into required start up.


ABOUT THEMBAKWAYO

Thembekwayo is a business mogul and renowned speaker and one of South Africa’s richest young people under 35. At 34 he is one of the youngest directors of a listed company and is the CEO of a boutique investment and advisory firm that forces medium, large and listed businesses into much needed lucrative new directions and alse serves on several boards. 


Thembekwayo is celebrated worldwide for being a catalyst of change in businesses across the globe through expertise in strategy, leadership and sales. He has delivered powerful talks all over the globe, including in New York, London, Paris, Lagos, Jersey, Guernsey, Rio de Janeiro, Dar es Salaam, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Colombo, Nairobi, Kampala, San Francisco and another 21 global cities.


He rose to  popularity and prominence  as one of the ‘dragons’ in the South African version of Dragon’s Den. Dragon’s Den was a DSTV Mzansi Magic reality show in which entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to a group of investors with hopes for investment in their businesses. Thembekwayo has invested in many businesses. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Commerce Wits University.


Later, he joined the University of Pretoria GIBS and set modeling and financial evaluation techniques. In addition, he studied corporate finance and business administration with honors (from the University of Pretoria). Recently, he completed his Executive MBA in Business Administration (MBA) from Hult Business School.

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