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Invitation: Eastern Cape Regional Seminar-2-3 December 2020

 Indalo Inclusive South Africa and its project partner the Climate Innovation Centre-SA in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) invites you to the Eastern Cape Indalopreneur Ecosystem Regional Seminar.  The theme for the seminar is “ Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Communities”.  The Regional Seminar will further be presented in collaboration with the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) as well as the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) as content partners.  This collaborative partnership approach will further enrich discussions and dialogue for a robust foundation of an eco-inclusive entrepreneurship foundation for the Eastern Cape Province.  

Indalo Inclusive South Africa is a lead organization in the implementation of a Government of Flanders funded project that is aimed at “reaping the potential of entrepreneurship for an Eco-Inclusive and Climate Smart Green Economy in South Africa” (ECISGE).  One of the four key components of the project is Building Ecosystem for Climate Change Adaptation entrepreneurship in South Africa.  Included as one of the activities therein is the hosting of a symposium/seminar that is primarily geared towards showcasing and convening partners and entrepreneurial ecosystem players to dialogue and develop strategies for Climate Change Adaptation.

The seminar’s objective is to contribute to ensuring that participants, entrepreneurs and ecosystem players understand their role in building an ecosystem for Climate Change Adaptation entrepreneurship as well as commit to strategies for implementation and also be part of a continued remote platform for identifying and implementing climate change adaptation policies and financing mechanisms. The seminar also aims to create linkages and identify opportunities for support of emerging Climate Change Adaptation Entrepreneurs in the province. These will be profiled through a replicator and starter award programme to be announced at the event.

The Regional Seminar will be deliberated under the below sub-themes:

  • Showcase the successes of the collaborative partnership between Indalo Inclusive South Africa and the Eastern Cape Development Corporation in the promotion, building and supporting of eco-inclusive entrepreneurship in the province
  • Engage provincial entrepreneurial ecosystem players to dialogue on strategies for incorporation and strengthening of eco-inclusive and climate smart entrepreneurship into mainstream enterprise development support initiatives, including those that are led by the ECDC
  • Facilitate dialogue and engagement among research, non-profit, private and government sector institutions with an objective of development strategic interventions that seek to identify challenges and opportunities for Climate Adaptation Policy and Financing Instruments

The Seminar will take place as follows:

Day 1: 2 December 2020 (Opening session and panel discussion from 15h00-17h00 followed by a networking cocktail)

Day 2: 3 December 2020 (parallel sessions and a panel discussion: 9h00-17h00)

Venue: East London (Conference Venue to be Confirmed) and Virtual participation will be made available

For more information please refer to the attached concept note of the seminar and the concept note for the rural climate adaptation policy and finance workshops. 

A full programme will be provided in due course.

To participate in the Regional Seminar please register through the Indalo e-learning platform via https://indaloelearning.org.za/ec-conference-application/

The seminar will accommodate a limited number of people inhouse at the venue to promote observation of COVID-19 regulations  and online participation will be made available.

We look forward to receiving your registration and engaging with you further during the seminar.

Please contact us on info@indaloinclusive.org.za and 012 844 0135 should you have any inquiries.