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The Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Faculty of the Arts has received written confirmation from the National Arts Council that it would receive funding of almost R1 000 000 for its Arts Incubator, which focuses on creative entrepreneurship and capacity building programmes. 

An ecstatic Prof Kennedy Chinyowa, Director of the Centre for Creative Industries at the Faculty, said that the Incubator is part of the Faculty’s newly-established Centre which will be offering Short Learning Programmes in due course.

The money (R937 537), spread over three years, will be used to train 30 disadvantaged beneficiaries on non-credit bearing short learning/capacity building programmes in entrepreneurship, financial management, strategic planning, leadership, intellectual property management, and practical instruction for starting and growing small creative businesses.

The Short Learning Programme will consist of a collection of experiential and hands-on workshops, facilitated by researchers, lecturers and experienced entrepreneurs.  Various Master classes will also be presented as part of the programme where experts will share their knowledge in areas of funding and sponsorship, marketing, distribution, project packaging and other relevant items.

The aim is to create a platform to help beneficiaries understand and fulfil the compliance requirements of specific cultural/creative sector financiers, as well as to increase their skills and knowledge around pitching and business presentation.

“This programme will create opportunities to cultivate innovative business ideas, develop entrepreneurial competence and seek to address sustainability and small enterprise development with a focus on partnering with other funders,” said Patrick Ebewo (Junior), Incubator Manager.

For more information on the Arts Incubator, please contact Prof Kennedy Chinyowa on tel: 012 382 6198 or send him an email on Chinyowakc@tut.ac.za.