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Applications open for Global Entrepreneurship Summer School 2019

Dying coral reefs, acidification, deadzones and rising sea levels are among the many threats posed by global warming to the world’s oceans and waters. Social impact enterprise LifeCo Unltd SA, in partnership with Social Entrepreneurship Akademie, is inviting entrepreneurially-minded South African university students to apply to the Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (GESS) to come up with viable, innovative business ideas to solve these environmental challenges.

“GESS strives to create a young generation of social entrepreneurs who are acutely aware of their responsibility towards global resource use and are able to create high impact businesses that solve environmental pressures,” says Carmen Di Rito, LifeCo UnLtd’s Chief Development Officer.

A total of 140 students will attend GESS, which is hosted in four different locations: Querétaro (Mexico), Munich (Germany), Shanghai (China) and Cape Town.

Di Rito says GESS promotes diversity, global networking and critical thinking by bringing together entrepreneurial-minded students from different fields of study from across the world to brainstorm and create sustainable solutions that can be turned into viable impact-business ideas.

GESS is based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which are broken down to address regional challenges for relevance. GESS Cape Town 2019 is endorsed by the Department of Higher Education and Training through the Entrepreneurship Development programme in Higher Education.
To attend GESS, or for more information go to
or for Cape Town

Applications are open until 31 March 2019 (1pm CEST).

Global Entrepreneurship Summer School Dates
Querétaro, Mexico: 25 July – 31 July 2019
Shanghai, China: 28 August – 3 September 2019
Cape Town, South Africa: 8 September – 14 September 2019
Munich, Germany: 19 September – 25 September 2019

About LifeCo Unltd South Africa
Built on the legacies of Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela, LifeCo UnLtd invests in impact businesses to deliver social, environmental, economic and financial benefit.

About the Global Entrepreneurship Summer School
The Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (GESS) is a seven-day programme of the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie organized in cooperation with six leading university-based entrepreneurship centers in Munich, Shanghai, Mexico City and Cape Town. GESS combines education, entrepreneurship and a global network to foster sustainable development

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