Invotech event brought hope to young people

Professor Anthony Rippon motivating and inspiring people at the InvoTech Youth in Business Event Photo: Thembela Makhuba

“Looking at design thinking as a way forward entrepreneurship from the context of South Africa”

This is what the first speaker in the panel, the strategic advisor Professor Anthony Rippon had to say to the number of young people in the Invotech Youth in Business Event hosted at Durban University of Technology’s Ritson campus.

Rippon said the youth needs to be uplifted by the idea that it is important to know that there are processes in design thinking that can uplift their innovation talents.

“There are process that can change their thinking and get them on the road to be purposefully driven by what they are talented in,” Rippon said.

He said there is also a process called ideating which is about empathizing, defining the problem and coming with ideas as much as you can through a group participation because many different ideas can become so one.

He alluded to the fact that in the country, we need entrepreneurship as an uplifting tool for going forward.

“My main focus is to see how we can assist leadership in development, whether being at a university level,” he said.


From the panel, Rippon shared Steve Jobs’ experience in design thinking.

Jobs was an American entrepreneur and business magnate. He was he chairman, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Apple Inc.

Two business partners Jason and Jordon shared the panel telling young people how they started their company and the importance of communication in a sustainable business.

Creative Art College student, Lionel Mkhize said what is being done by Invotech for upcoming businesses is such a great thing.

“Not everyone is willing to uplift or empower young entrepreneurs,” Mkhize said.

Lungile Mazibuko who is a student, also appreciated what Invotech is doing. She said young people have lot of business ideas but they don’t have platforms.

Mazibuko said the experience she had at the event gave her the assurance that there are people who are willing to assist and giving mentoring on what to do when you get stuff like funding.

“We took so much in, so now we know going forward when to knock and how to empower ourselves using our own business ideas,” she said.

In closing,  said Invotech is an important role player because it close the gap between research study and the actual practical implementation through incubation. It allows for a buffer for those who have good ideas, innovations, design and potential to come in and become an educated implementer of finding that gap that they can bring to the table in order to assist with South African economy and environmental consciousness as well as social responsibility to the communities.

By Mndaba Lindelani

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