Young Hull entrepreneurs link up with South African counterparts

Published: Monday 5th December 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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Young entrepreneurs in Hull recently shared their business ideas and stories with fellow entrepreneurs from South Africa thanks to a Google Hangout hosted in KCOM’s Learning Zone.

The Hangout was part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2016 which is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. Hull City Council, in conjunction with Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership, organised a series of events across the week as the city took part in GEW for the twelfth successive year.

A number of the Hull-based entrepreneurs visited their counterparts in Johannesburg last summer and shared their memories of that trip as part of the Hangout which aimed to celebrate and strengthen international links.

Ross Bennett, chairman of the Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Google Hangout was an incredible experience, linking together entrepreneurs from South Africa and Hull. Not only did we get to explore skills and common hurdles, but the real opportunity for establishing a trade relationship was a massive result.”

Selebogo Molefe, who organised the Johannesburg end of the Hangout, is keen to build on the growing links between Hull and Johannesburg and said:

“The world is getter smaller every day thanks to the power of technology as an enabler but young people are discovering that they have more in common than differences across the world.

“The opportunity for South African entrepreneurs to connect with their counterparts in Hull through the Hangout bridges the gap for information, learning, knowledge exchange, collaboration, partnerships and trade linkages.

“We have seen this partnership grow over the past three years and we know that in the future we’ll have more successes that emerge from this for young entrepreneurs. My thanks go to all of the stakeholders involved in producing a successful GEW 2016 partnership between our organisations.”

KCOM community coordinator, Brendon Smurthwaite, added: “Having hosted the Google Hangout for the past two years we know what a great event it is and it’s now becoming a regular fixture on the calendar.

“As a long-standing partner of Global Entrepreneurship Week we’ve seen the positive impact that all of the events have on young people in our city and we’re delighted that we’re able to play a small part in that.”

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Published: Monday 5th December 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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