The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the Mara Foundation have embarked on an exciting new partnership to empower and inspire South Africa’s young talented entrepreneurs.

Mara Mentor is an online community that connects ambitious entrepreneurs with experienced business leaders. The initiative encourages idea and knowledge sharing among Africa’s most talented young entrepreneurs, stimulating a collaborative approach to business start-up and growth. Mara Mentor is an initiative of Mara Foundation, Founded by African entrepreneur Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder and Managing Director of Mara Group

The National Youth Development Agency is a state entity responsible for youth development in South Africa. It is located in the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa and supports young South Africans with various programmes.

This collaboration, will enable young South Africans to be mentored by industry leaders via the new Mara Mentor App. Through this App young entrepreneurs will be able to raise questions, kick-start discussions and build their network among others. Key global stakeholders include EY while major local partners like ABSA, MTN, Tim Tebeila Foundation and Vodacom have also come on board.

The launch will be addressed by Deputy Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency, Honourable Buti Manamela, Mr Ashish J. Thakkar and Mr Yershen Pillay, NYDA Executive Chairperson who will discuss how the programme will be rolled out.

Media are invited to attend this launch

Date: 17 June 2015

Time: 10:00am

Venue: Ernst & Young 102 Rivonia Road, Sandton (Entrance on Johan Avenue, GPS Coordinates Latitude : -26.110174 | Longitude : 28.057752)

RSVP: Nawhal Kara-Foster

National Youth Development Agency

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: 071 897 7575

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