Students Showcase Innovative Entrepreneurial Thinking at Business ChallengeGeneral

Team BuzziBee Boutique celebrating their victory.Team BuzziBee Boutique celebrating their victory.

Business Partners, sponsors of the Integrated Business Studies (IBS) presentations by UKZN Bachelor of Business Science students, has committed to financing all the innovative business solutions showcased on the day.

The presentations, part of the IBS module, involved four groups each creating a business concept and developing a proposal around business functions such as information technology, top management and finance.

Acting Dean of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Dr Mabutho Sibanda, said he was very impressed with the presentations.

‘I really value Business Science as it is a flagship course for the School and the College,’ said Sibanda. ‘I am proud of the students and their work ethic and how they displayed the soft skills and critical thinking they have learned from the IBS module. I am looking forward to them graduating in record time.’

The students were also required to make a reflection video displaying their perspectives of the course.

IBS Lecturer and event co-ordinator Mr Kenneth Ngwenya said it was important to motivate students to share their experiences and learn how the theory they are taught is so evident in the real world.

‘It has been a pleasure working with a group of students who are always willing to learn and show a keen interest in their academic development.

‘What impresses me the most about the class of 2016 is the quality of business ideas presented in the BuzziBee Botique, SWIFTBUY, Saucery and Vigi Band projects and also the teamwork displayed during the presentations,’ said Ngwenya.

Group Leader of the BuzziBee Boutique project which won top honours, Ms Amy Thorpe, said the idea was to develop a subscription baby clothing store.

Event sponsors, Business Partners were so impressed by the high calibre presentations and ideas showcased by the students that they committed to funding all the business ideas presented at the event.

Thandiwe Jumo