Participants of the U.S Embassy's Desert Bootcamp gathered at the American Corner at Es'Ka Mphahlela Library. Picture: Matlhatsi Dibakwane
MATLHATSI DIBAKWANE 

Young aspiring Tshwane entrepreneurs gathered at the American Corner at Es'Kia Mphahlela Library to kick start the US Embassy's Desert Bootcamp (DSBC). 

The DSBC in it's second year is a programme of fifty aspiring young Tshwane entrepreneurs that participate in a three month programme designed to hone their entrepreneurial, business and leadership skills through practical hands-on learning. 

DSBC participants were selected from over 80 impressive applicants. 

They will meet weekly at the American Corner to participate in workshops, marketing or pitching sessions, mentoring, and networking with established business leaders. 

The programme culminates in June with a pitch session for entrepreneurs to access networks, education, and investments to launch their business ideas. 

Partner of the programme CEO of Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa, Gill Bates, congratulated the entrepreneurs and told them of the amazing journey that awaited them. 

She said the 25 session programme was a way to turn around poverty, inequality and unemployment for young people in South Africa.

"You are in for an exciting journey, congratulations on being selected to be amongst the best. The 25 sessions will be immense with amazing skills," Bates said.