Entrepreneurship is name of game
THE 2018 Allan Gray Entrepreneurship Challenge (AGEC) has drawn to a close this past week, after six weeks of business-centred challenges for high school pupils.
The AGEC is a digital learning game established by investment company Allan Gray for teenagers in Grades 8-12. It sees players take part in weekly challenges that prod their entrepreneurial minds by getting them to apply business techniques to real-world scenarios.
The number of participating pupils has doubled from last year’s competition, going from 4 000 in 2017 to more than 8 000 in 2018.
The competition put contestants through their paces in subjects ranging from transport and healthcare to climate change and artificial intelligence – all for the grand prize of an all-expenses-paid 10-day trip to Silicon Valley in the US.
Anthony Selley, head of gameplay for the AGEC, said: “The competition aims to directly address unemployment in South Africa, using entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking as a vehicle for change. no better place to start than with our youth.
“The micro challenges were designed to equip learners with the skills and mindset to think more entrepreneurially, whether they choose to pursue an entrepreneurial journey or not.”
With the competition now wrapped up, the awards ceremony will take place this week in Johannesburg, where the best schools and pupils saw the fruits of their hard work over the course of the competition.
Seven of the schools in the top 20 came from the Western Cape, namely: Generation Schools, Hermanus; Glenwood House; Bishops Diocesan College; Bridge House School; Somerset College; Rustenburg Girls’ High; and Reddam House Constantia.
Regardless of which high schools took home the winner’s prize, they all still gained knowledge from the competition.
“Thinking more innovatively and adopting an entrepreneurial mindset can be beneficial to learners entering any work environment, as well as to those wanting to start their own businesses one day,” said Selley.