Media Room


Click here to download a list of the panellists and their biographies. 


Click on the links below to read news articles about young entrepreneurs in PDF format:

Young voices talk business

Economics reshaped

From teen mum to successful entrepreneur

Black-owned mine excels

Energy blowing in the wind

From blacklisted to boutique hotel

YOUNG and ambitious

Want a job? Create your own

He's all fired up for business


Updates from the conference

IDC CEO launches youth portal
Keen to ramp-up funding to youth-owned enterprises in the financial year ahead, the IDC has launched a youth portal for youth entrepreneurs to engage on challenges, opportunities and other critical issues affecting them. MORE >

Minister challenges SA youth
Young people have a bigger role to play towards accelerating government's efforts to transform and grow the local economy, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel told the inaugural IDC national youth conference. MORE >

SA's greatest challenge - and greatest opportunity

High unemployment compounded by scarcity of critical skills among the youth is one of the challenges confronting our youth.

If tackled in a strategic manner, the potential to place the company on a path to sustainable economic growth is massive after all better lives, access to economic opportunities and improved social cohesion are some of the aspirations of our youth. The IDC’s strategy and interventions to addressing Youth unemployment are indeed based on a deeper understanding of critical issues affecting our Youth.

Driving SA's competitiveness through youth entrepreneurship

The Corporation has increased its focus on creating entrepreneurial opportunities for the youth - and backed this up by setting aside R4.5-billion over the next five years for youth-owned businesses.

This funding will be delivered at affordable rates of up to prime less 3%. The Corporation has further committed to assist entrepreneurs with post-investment support to enable them develop and adopt strategies that could grow their businesses even in a turn trading environment.

It's exactly this kind of support that young entrepreneurs need to break into this turf and highly competitive business environment. Most young and aspiring entrepreneurs are lacking in terms of exposure and business support.

Creating partnerships, promoting entrepreneurial spirit

The national Youth Entrepreneurship Conference, to be hosted by the IDC from 18 to 19 October, will tackle the relatively slow uptake of entrepreneurial opportunities by SA's youth, while driving awareness of the IDC's unique offering for entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-36 years.

At the same time, the conference will build strategic partnerships between the IDC and its subsidiaries and various youth organisations, with an eye to:

  • Creating linkages between youth and potential youth funders and employers; and
  • Providing a one-stop-shop platform for young entrepreneurs to source information on funding, procurement, employment opportunities and business mentorship.

Target audience

The conference, taking place under the theme "Driving SA's Competitiveness through Youth Entrepreneurship", will bring together in the region of 500 delegates, including:

  • Potential and existing young entrepreneurs.
  • Youth enterprise practitioners and organisations.
  • Relevant government departments.
  • Private sector partners.
  • Other stakeholders within the broad youth enterprise network.
  • The media.

Find out more about the campaign.

Click here to download the brochure.

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