Background on the COSY Programme

The COSY entrepreneurship training programme forms part of the project ‘Creating Opportunity for South Africa’s Youth’ (COSY). Its overall objective is to build the capacity of young people aged 15-25, particularly young women, to become entrepreneurs, enabling them to become more active agents in sustainable growth in South Africa. COSY is funded by the European Union and delivered by the British Council in partnership with Business and Arts South Africa, LifeCo. Unltd South Africa and Livity Africa. Based on the experience and expertise of these partners, COSY has three focus areas: creative, social and digital enterprise.

The programme:

  •  targets youth between the ages of 15 and 25
  •  particularly encourages the participation of young women
  • will be delivered in 8 modules, spread over a period of 4-5 months.

 PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING

What we provide   What we do not provide   What we expect of you  
Training programme, free of charge, including materials   Funding for business ideas or businesses   Commitment to attend all training days  
Catering on training days Transport to training venue Active participation


Training Schedule (Venue/s to be confirmed):

Modules

Organisation/Delivery Partner

Duration (days)

Dates

1: Identity – Who am I

LifeCo Unltd South Africa

1

4 July 2018

Livity Africa 

1

5  July 2018

2: Digify business basics Part 1

Livity Africa

5

16-20 July 2018

3: Digify business basics Part 2

Livity Africa

5

23-27 July 2018

4: Entrepreneurial readiness and practice

LifeCo Unltd South Africa 

4

6-10 August 2018

5: Business viability and inventory of assets

Business and Arts South Africa

4

20 -24 August 2018

6: Business planning

Business and Arts South Africa

4

15 -19 October 2018 

7: (Part 1): Partner and Relationship Building

Business and Arts South Africa

2

29-30 October 2018

7: (Part 2): Opportunity Ready

LifeCo Unltd South Africa

2

31 October - 01 November 2018 

8: The Pitch

All

1

02 November 2018  


Information Required for Applications:

  • Personal details
  • Contact details
  •  Entrepreneurship experience
  • Expectations
  • Prior learning

 Important Dates

Applications open                                11 April 2018

Applications close                               04 May 2018

Selected participants are notified     28 May 2018