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University of Western Cape is located in Bellville, a suburb of Cape Town in the Western Cape of South Africa. It is an industrial area of town between Cape Town and the townships where students will work with small business owners. University of Western Cape is a historically black institution of higher education and has 14,000 students.
You will be housed in one of the student dormitories at University of Western Cape. Meals are not provided by the dorm, but there are cooking facilities where you may fix meals on your own.
You will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements to Cape Town, South Africa and back. Transportation will be provided from the Cape Town airport and for all included excursions. Vans will transport students to their clients in the townships daily. You will not be using public transport.
Course: INBU 4925
Credits: 6 upper-division credit hours
Approved for: This course fulfills the Global Experience requirement for the Global Business Certificate. This course counts towards business electives. This course counts as internship credit for both the Entrepreneurship Certificate as well as the Cross Campus Entrepreneurship Certificate.
Grading: This is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
The courses will be taught on the University of Western Cape campus by three faculty directors from Oklahoma State University and the University of Colorado. Students from three US institutions and Western Cape will participate. American students are paired with South African students from University of Western Cape to form consulting teams that work with two emerging enterprises. The teams are responsible for understanding the needs of the entrepreneur and providing tangible deliverables that can be implemented.
Entrepreneurship is the key to the South African dream. It is a gateway to opportunities for those traditionally excluded from the economic and political mainstream. There is a need for entrepreneurs with creative business concepts and the courage to turn these concepts into sustainable enterprises---enterprises that can create jobs while also providing society with needed products and services. However, most small businesses fail to achieve meaningful growth, are marginally profitable, and operate as "hand-to-mouth" types of ventures.
EESA participants will develop an understanding of the challenges and barriers to success encountered by firms that are generally: undercapitalized; lack market leverage; do not have deep knowledge of business "specialty" support functions such as accounting, law, finance, marketing or advertising; have no powerful friends in high places; and lack economies of scale or scope. The program focuses on applying a model of how the small enterprise can meet these challenges in order to create a sustainable competitive advantage and long-term value.
There are no examinations in the EESA program. You will be developing a portfolio of solutions to problems. The focus is on implementing and doing, not simply analyzing. You will be evaluated based on the impact of 4 deliverables per client, not on the quality of the recommendations or proposals of what the client should do. The deliverables should cover at least 3 functional areas of the clients' business such as Marketing, Accounting, or Operations. Each consulting team will be expected to complete assignments related to different aspects of the consulting experience for discussion and implementation.
The courses will be jointly taught by CU-Boulder faculty member Dr. Erick Mueller and Oklahoma State University faculty member Dr. Mike Morris.
Staff at the University of Western Cape will provide additional support and the EESA team will make all in country arrangements, including transportation to and from the airport, housing, and transportation to the townships and other excursions. They are available for counseling on any concerns you may have during the program.
: EESA Group by Frank Moyes. EESA Student with Kids in Kyalitcha by Frank Moyes.
Dates / Deadlines:
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