30 OCTOBER 2020
GIBS appoints new Entrepreneur-in-Residence
University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has appointed Merchant Capital’s Founder and CEO, Dov Girnun as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) for the MBA Entrepreneurship Focus programme. This is the first appointment of an entrepreneur by GIBS in this newly formed post, the School currently has an Executive-in-Residence, former Executive Director for Anglo American, Andile Sangqu.
The Entrepreneur-in-Residence post is different from the Executive in Residence as it is purely focused on entrepreneurship and the MBA Entrepreneurship Focus programme. Girnun will be interacting with and supporting past and current students who want to start or scale their businesses. As a seasoned entrepreneur, he will be able to give guidance and advice through interactive one-on-one sessions to MBA students who are either interested in pursuing entrepreneurship or are currently entrepreneurs and need guidance in bringing their ideas to fruition.
A successful entrepreneur who is passionate about growing small businesses and seeing them succeed, Girnun has qualifications from Harvard Business School and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. His company, Merchant Capital is an award-winning and leading alternative provider of working capital to small and medium-sized businesses in South Africa.
Lead faculty on the MBA Entrepreneurship Focus, Dr Jonathan Marks said, “We are very excited to have Dov with us. It is an honour and a privilege to have someone of his stature volunteer his time to help upcoming entrepreneurs. We look forward to having him share his experience and knowledge with our MBA students.”
Girnun will spend time with MBA students providing coaching, mentoring and business advice; hosting forums and masterclasses; and helping faculty with guest lecturing, research, and course development. “I’m looking forward to having meaningful and impactful engagements with students as they journey into entrepreneurship. Now, more than ever, the country needs a buoyant entrepreneurship ecosystem and we all need to play our part in supporting young and upcoming entrepreneurs,” he said.
GIBS believes there is more to education than classroom learning, interactions with entrepreneurs and executives aims to inspire students as they share their insights and experiences. The School prides itself in creating deep meaningful connections that will have a positive impact on all students.