Entrepreneurs in the making: Umnandi and EWB-SA

29 May 2018 12:15 AM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

EWB-SA organized an exciting workshop, in conjunction with Umnandi, to spark the minds of aspiring entrepreneurs. Umnandi, visited South Africa again this year and conducted a workshop titled Entrepreneurial Thinking. The workshop was hosted by 5 masters students from Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship in Sweden. The main focus of the workshop was to introduce the skills needed for an entrepreneur to develop good ideas and implement them in society.

The workshop was held over a period of two days on the weekend of 6 and 7 April, and all the Gauteng EWB-SA student chapters attended. On Friday we started off with a few ice breakers just to, well, break the ice and make everyone comfortable with one another. The Chalmers team introduced themselves and divided us into teams. In our teams we started off by evaluating ourselves with regards to our interests, goals, strengths, etc. Once finished we shared that with each other.

Following that was the introduction to the challenge we had to complete as part of the Workshop. The challenge was the famous and exciting Egg Drop challenge. The objective was to build a contraption that will protect an egg being drop from a height of about 5 meters. We had a limited budget as well as limited resources to try and design this product. We had about 30 minutes to design something that was within the specific price range, using only the resources available. Our budget and resource list had to be handed in by the end of the night.

The following morning we started at about nine o’clock and immediately started with the construction of our egg drop device. We only had about 30 minutes to build and come up with a sales pitch to be presented to the attendees. Once this was complete we proceeded to test the models one by one. This was pass fail. If the egg cracked or broke the team would be disqualified. Each team was also evaluated on the best sales pitch, lowest cost and most effective product.

After the excitement of the challenge we went back to the conference room and proceeded with an interactive session where the 5 masters students introduced the Umnandi 5 step model. This was the principles they apply at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship when coming up with a new idea and converting it into reality. This was a very insightful session where we each took something away that could help us when developing new ideas to solve some of the issues we face in South Africa.

This was a very inspiring event for all the attendees and something definitely not to be missed in the future.

Written by Arno Snijder


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