Sir Richard Branson thinks 22 on Sloane is the latest hotspot for innovators and entrepreneurs

Founder of the Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson on Friday morning officially opened the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Johannesburg. This event also doubled as the official opening of 22 on Sloane, the largest startup campus on the African continent.

Said Branson: “Entrepreneurs are the life blood of any economy. They are disruptors and innovators who shape our world for the better. This campus launch is going to help to create a new generation of entrepreneurs who will improve people’s lives across the continent.”

Sir Branson also shared some of his plans for his upcoming space travels, which includes placing 2 000 satellites around the earth.

Also in attendance was Jonathan Ortman, president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, Premier of Gauteng Province, David Makhura and SA’s Minister of Small Business Development.

More about 22 on Sloane
22 on Sloane is the largest startup campus in Africa. The campus is the first for the Global Entrepreneurship Networkd (GEN) in Africa which offers startups and SMEs a complete turnkey solution to scale, from the initial idea all the way to commercialisation, funding opportunities and access to markets.

In order to qualify for the selection process, you need an innovative, financially viable and scalable concept that can be applied across FinTech, Information &  Communication Tech, Manufacturing, Energy, Education, Health, Tourism, Transportation, Services, Water, Sanitation, Agriculture, Arts an Crafts sectors.

Following your pitch to the panel of experts, you will know within a week whether your application  has been approved or declined.

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Additional Reporting: Global Entrepreneurship Network

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