The Entrepreneur of the Year competition: South African entrepreneurs apply to win $154,000

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The Entrepreneur of the year competition, is an annual competition sponsored by Sanlam and Business Partners. The competition’s aim is to use its recognition and celebration of South Africans’ excellence in entrepreneurship to inspire many more to venture and succeed in the world of business.

“We hope that when seeing the entrepreneurs that we are celebrating, those entrepreneurs that have been in business for some time might also say: if they can do it, we can do it too. Through this initiative, we can step over the overall quality of South African entrepreneurs,” a statement from the organizers read.

Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner: The Creative Counsel (2015 Winner)

Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner: The Creative Counsel (Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Winner)

Aside the sensitization of South Africans on the need to embrace entrepreneurship, the competition also provides business and financial supports to participating businesses. Finalists stand a chance to win prizes worth R2,000,000 ($154,000 approx) which includes a cash prize of R500,000 ($39,000 approx). Application deadline is May 15, 2017.

Kim Whitaker: Once in Cape Town (2015)

Kim Whitaker: Once in Cape Town ( Emerging Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2015)

Founded by Anton Rupert, Business Partners, sponsor of the competition is a specialist SME financing company and has been around for three decades. The Entrepreneur of the Year award has been around since 1989, initially limited to Business Partners’ client pool. However, in 2010, with Sanlam, the award became open to other South Africans that meet the requirements.

The most important criterion is that interested entrepreneurs/businesses be based in South Africa. For other guidelines on categories to apply for, you can go here.



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