STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) career expo sponsored by FNB ( First National Bank), Rand Water, Accenture, Dimension Data, Britehouse and RoTinto; invites students and recent graduates in the above mentioned field to exhibit and present their startup ideas in hopes of getting financial backup, mentorship and guidance on the July 27-28 2018.
The event, in partnership with South African Department of Labour, SANSA ( South African National Space Agency) and Space generation advisory council, seeks to address the lack of tech startups in the country, where there is a massive gap in the market, and to encourage students to continue their pursuit to enter the field. This expo also serves as a recruiting space for companies, big or small, to scout technical talent and for recent graduate to market their skills.
“We believe that by bringing graduates and students together in one room with top companies that are looking to offer an internship, bursaries and scholarships. This is done in an effort to bridge the gap between technical skills and employment opportunities” said Eric James Wright, CEO of STEM conference and Career Expo.
“We also want to encourage STEM-based entrepreneurship and to highlight the benefit of having a STEM degree and that you can do anything with a STEM degree,” he concluded.
Some of the speakers include Welakazi Cele, an engineering technologist and regional director at Hatch; Muimeleli Mutangwa, who presented a mathematical model at the International Conference on Sustainable Chemical Product and Process Engineering (SCPPE) 2016 in China. Mutangwa also owns a small company, Tailor Klinik, which is a shoe cleaning business where he uses the cleaning detergent that he has created.
Some of the topics to be covered include ‘How To Build A Brand In The Digital World,’ ‘How To Recruit The Right Millennial’ and ‘What Water Shortage.’ It is a free-to-attend event and will be held in Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.