In a nutshell, the Allan Gray Entrepreneurship Challenge is a competition that gamifies learning about entrepreneurship for high school learners in South Africa. The challenges are designed to engage participants to act and think like entrepreneurs and rewards those who finish among the top performers.
AGEC SA runs from 2 September 2019. Each week learners log on to the AGEC website or mobile app and complete a series of micro-challenges. These challenges take 15-60min to complete depending on their complexity. Leaderboards mean that progress can be tracked by individual performance, classes (for Partner Schools) and schools.
Each challenge has a maximum number of points that can be earned for completing it. Depending on the complexity of the challenge it is worth more or less points. Easier challenges need to be completed in order to unlock the higher value, more difficult challenges.
MARKING AND MODERATION
Challenges are marked by multiple other participating learners with the help of marking rubrics. Points are earned and lost by each marker depending on how close their assessment is to the final mark awarded. If the marks awarded by various learners vary too greatly then a moderator assesses the submission and makes a final decision of the mark to be awarded.
TYPES OF CHALLENGES
Through AGEC SA, participants are exposed to useful mindsets, habits and concepts for entrepreneurs. These include exposure to exponential technologies such as Blockchain, Digital Biology, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things or 3D Printing. Some challenges include uploading images, some are theoretical and some require action.
WHO IS AGEC SA FOR?
• South African high school learners
• Schools that want to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship in their communities
• Teachers, parents, and alumni who want to support a spirit of entrepreneurship in the school can get involved by encouraging learners to sign up and complete challenges.
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