Tenacity Magazine caught up with the 23-year-old Kgabo Rejoyce Legodi from Mmotong Ga-Mokgokong, Limpopo Province. We gave Kgabo a platform to request financial support to attend this event in March 2019. Her dream came true when Limpopo Department of Economic Development Tourism (LEDET) together with Community of Ga-Mokgokong and Chief Kgabo Moloto III assisted her.
This young pioneer flew the South African flag high in the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp 2019 held in Bangkok, Thailand on 27-30 June 2019. We find out more about her experiences at this prestigious event.
What is GEB?
The GLOBAL Entrepreneurship Bootcamp (GEB) is a platform to interact with mentors, successful entrepreneurs who are willing to hear what budding entrepreneurs are planning and guide them on the right path to making a successful start-up.
The Bootcamp is organised in collaboration with Solve Business School, France as Co-organisers , Yunus Centre AIT, Thailand strategic partner, Asia school of Business in association with MIT Sloan management, Malaysia and Porous city network & Thailand as knowledge partner.
What is the purpose of GEB?
GEB is a programme focused on imparting entrepreneurial education, with special emphasis on Asian and African countries where entrepreneurship is growing. It brings together young innovative minds from around the world and place them on a common platform to innovate and create new businesses through collaboration.
Tell us about your experience
The GEB was more than an experience for me. It was an achievement and I felt immensely blessed to make it after the support from Tenacity, LEDET and Chief Kgabo Moloto III. This was my first international trip in a foreign land and I was happy to have travelled safely. I met a lot of amazing young people from all over the world with encouraging stories about their journeys.
What was the highlight of your trip?
This platform provided me with networking opportunities to engage with other young people entrepreneurs and future contacts for my business. I learned new skills to develop and run a successful Social Enterprise. Representing the whole of South Africa was just amazing and being in the presence of Professor Muhammad Yunus was the biggest highlight of this historic event.
How did you get into GEB?
The GEB, like other annual global programmes, is open to young people across the world to apply. There is a criteria on their website and all the requirements and I applied and got selected. The challenge for me was funding.
Would you recommend GEB to young people in SA?
I would really encourage young people to apply for this international programme and go experience the excitement themselves. You expand your horizon, learn new things and be inspired to work hard towards your dream at this event.
Who is Kgabo?
I am a Social Entrepreneur and founder of Hloai Wabo Nkitliki focusing on Public relations and events. The company conduct and organise events, such as Career exhibitions and youth programmes.
Kgabo hold a BA Degree in Public Administration (Local Government ) from University of Limpopo, 2018 Activator, Enactus ZA alumni, Young Entrepreneur and YALI ( Obama Foundation) Graduate.
How did you get into Social Entrepreneurship?
I was exposed to entrepreneurial world through Enactus international organisation and other structures such as Black Management Forum (BMF) back in my varsity days. I was generally curious to learn about business and had interest to explore other things besides my studies.
What are your future aspirations?
My future aspirations are to establish a leadership and youth development academy to assist other aspiring entrepreneurs to start and operate successful businesses. Personally, I would also like to grow my company (Hloai Wabo Nkitliki) into a successful PR and events business.