Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship2014-10-14
South Africa is one of the most innovative countries in the world and we’re so lucky to be living here right now! Nothing spurs on that innovation quite like our entrepreneurial spirit, and Sir Richard Branson knows this better than anyone.
Sir Richard Branson is the founder of Virgin Group, and an iconic entrepreneur. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, called Virgin Records, and today has seen his company grow into a group comprising more than 400 companies.
Sir Richard Branson sees business as a force for good. When asked about starting the Branson Centre in South Africa, he said, “The South African economy is dependent on entrepreneurial activity for creating future economic growth and jobs, but the economic contribution to South Africa’s entrepreneurial sector is below the developing country norm. I believe that increasing entrepreneurship in this country is the golden highway to economic democracy.”
It’s this idea that The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in South Africa was built on. It’s an independent centre of entrepreneurial expertise and is part-funded by Virgin’s non-profit foundation called Virgin Unite.
The Branson Centre is dedicated to assisting young entrepreneurs and helping their businesses succeed. The entrepreneurs that work with the Branson Centre are making a huge difference not only to their immediate families and communities, but also as business leaders and employers of the future.
We’d like to introduce you to these spirited innovators! Each week we’re going to be profiling a different Branson Centre entrepreneur. These fiery, driven young minds will be sharing their secrets to success and the greatest lessons they have learned in their journey of starting businesses in South Africa.
Take a look at how we have got involved with the Branson Centre to do our bit for good here!