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Abe Oliver is currently the Program Manager for Centre for Entrepreneurship at False Bay College: Westlake Campus. Vision of CFE is:

  1. Inspire venture creation initiated by their graduates
  2. Inculcate entrepreneurial thinking amongst staff and students
  3. Support community entrepreneurs

Key focus is to design curriculum for graduates who wants to start up business in their respective field of study, particular in the following industries: carpentry, plumbing, metal fabrication, electrical, boat building, mechanical, spray-painting etc. In process of setting up Innovation Hub Space and Rapid incubator supported and funded by SEDA.

For 5 years Abe worked at TSIBA as Entrepreneurship Anchor and Ignition Centre Manager in Pinelands. The mission of TSiBA is to be an innovative and sustainable learning community that graduates entrepreneurial leaders who ignite opportunity and social change. Key focus of the Ignition Centre is the development and growth of confident entrepreneurs who earn sustainable livelihoods, create jobs and drive economic and social prosperity. The ignition Centre strategy is therefore to create an enabling environment for the development of sustainable SMME’s through partnership with corporate and private sector organizations’ through structured Enterprise Supplier Development projects.

Abe hold a BEcon (Hons) degree and Higher Diploma in Education (HDE) from University of Western Cape and Higher Diploma in Higher Education and Training (HDHET) from CPUT. Currently registered for Master’s Degree at UWC. My entrepreneurial project is to set up a Social Entrepreneurship & Service Learning Unit where students (local and international), corporate business and community based organizations including SMME’s are in partnership to address the huge unemployment rate (25.2%) and poverty in SA. The National Development Plan sets out to create 11million additional jobs by 2030. The strategy of SESL unit is to provide students with practical entrepreneurial experience opportunities, corporate with structured way to spend their ESD funds and for community and SMME’s to get structured consultation with practical deliverables and execution support.

Key Goals

  1. To gain knowledge and explore practical diagnostic tools to evaluate SMME to determine key areas of development.
  2. To understand best practices and methodology to enhance incubation model for SMME’s from concept to commercialization.
  3. To understand the international demand for practical community engagement and service learning opportunities in SA. Co-create a SL Framework that grow Community Based Organisations; Non-Governmental Organisations and broader SMME.
  4. Acquire knowledge on strengthening our current Mentoring and coaching methodology for SMME.
  5. Attain knowledge on Practical innovative Entrepreneurship practices for tertiary students and short courses for SMME.