Kate Hach, half South African half German entrepreneurship education expert, is an Adviser to the African Union’s department for Human Resources, Science and Technology. In that function, Kate has helped the AU’s Pan African University to set up its own entrepreneurship and leadership programmes and draw up a concept for a fully-fledged centre which will be constructed within the coming 2 years.
Kate previously worked in internationalisation at Europe’s largest university-based entrepreneurship centre, located at TUM in Munich, Germany. There, Kate ran a pan European exchange programme for entrepreneurs in which young founders joined forces with experienced entrepreneurs from different countries to learn the ropes and get to know each other’s markets. From this experience Kate took away a few insights that have become key issues in her mentoring: all entrepreneurs learn from each other, whether they have 3 or 30 years under their belt; despite apparent advantages in opening up to a larger target market, business is reluctant to cross borders, it needs to be actively promoted.
Kate is passionate about African integration. Through her work with the African Union she has seen the enormous potential for regional and continental markets as well as homegrown products instead of costly imports from abroad that are not adapted to local circumstances. To reach that goal, Kate tirelessly connects entrepreneurs with other founders, professionals and markets, especially across the continent.
Kate seeks to inspire young Africans to create jobs for themselves and become agents of their own futures. She hopes to empower young women entrepreneurs and help them persevere so that they can realize their professional dreams.
Kate has mentored over 20 young entrepreneurs so far and continues to do so via different international platforms.