Girls for STEM, a pilot programme run by the NMMU Innovation Office and Propella Business Incubator, recently organised an excursion to the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm for the participants. An article on the trip was published in the PE Express on 23 November 2016.
Girls for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), a programme dedicated to inspiring young girls towards STEM subjects and ultimately careers, hosted a Business Women’s Luncheon at the Propella Business Incubator this past weekend.
An electronic waste recycling start-up based in the Propella Business Incubator aims to be one of the first companies on the continent to fully recycle electronic waste, such as computers, cellphones and household appliances.
“Should we receive our required funding we will be the first electronic waste plant in Africa to have an end-to-end zero-to-landfill facility,” says Enrico Vermaak of eWaste Technologies Africa.
“Electronic waste” is defined as “anything with a plug” such as discarded computers, office electronic equipment, entertainment device electronics, mobile phones, television sets and refrigerators.
Port Elizabeth is rising as a software development city, where the quality of life matters, and a pipeline of graduates who are skilled in software development will accelerate to new opportunities.
Business owners can find out how to grow their businesses at a Propella Business Incubator workshop.
The workshop, sponsored by Telkom FutureMakers, will be facilitated by Wilhela Gie on Thursday, June 30.
Red tape, misdiagnosing customer problems, struggling to establish true value propositions and focusing attention on the wrong thing are some of the issues that Gie has picked up that SMME businesses suffer from.
She is the owner of Enterprise Development Solutions, which has been in business since 2005.
Port Elizabeth business incubation heavy-weights, Propella Business Incubator, were very well represented at this year’s SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards after two of their incubatees walked away with Social Innovation Seed Grant Awards – each receiving R150,000.
On Wednesday, June 8 Propella Business Incubator will be hosting a free introductory course on project management.
The course will be facilitated by Glenton De Kock, who is a former project manager at the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber.
“The purpose of the introductory course is to expose workshop attendees to the basic philosophy of project management as a unique and specialised discipline of management” says De Kock.
Amish and Vuvu trading enterprise soon to trade as LLab tech solutions, is a company that was formed by fate and is driven by the need of road safety and authority. Amanda Baloyi, the initiator of the concept - alongside her partners Luyanda Njiyela, Bongisizwe Qeqe and Luyolo Ntshobodi who co-inspired in this initiative.
One of the biggest challenges that entrepreneurs and managers are faced with when it comes to problem solving is that they can’t identify the root cause of the problem.
“Things are never easy for a small-business owner. No matter how hard you try, there are always problems to solve and fires to put out. At least you can take comfort in knowing you're not alone. Every small-business owner goes through the same thing” says entrepreneur Shaun Pillay.
“In today’s fast-paced business environment it is essential to acquire the skills and knowledge to peel away the symptoms of a problem and identify the root causes. Failure to do this will impact greatly on the valuable resources of a business,” Pillay adds.
He will be presenting a free introduction to problem solving workshop at the Propella Futuremakers Hub.
The latest Innovation Conversation appeared in The Herald on 27 September 2016 and discusses the establishment of the Propella Business Incubator.
Read the full extract from The Herald below:
"Nelson Mandela Bay is home to many talented entrepreneurs, with hugely-innovative ideas which they hope to transform into commercial reality.
Innovative entrepreneurs working out of the Propella Business Incubator in Humerail Port Elizabeth will be able to connect to the rest of the world through the fastest business data line in the Eastern Cape.
It will be housed in the Propella Futuremakers Hub, which is a partnership between Propella and Telkom.
Telkom has installed a dedicated 100MB fibre link.
This is the fastest business data line available in the Eastern Cape, and can download a 200MB movie or the equivalent in just 25 seconds.
It is the second business incubation centre to be unveiled under FutureMakers, Telkom’s enterprise development programme, after the Bandwidth Barn in Cape Town.