En­trepreneur­ship is name of game

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Tyler Roodt

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.

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