Business Awards & Competitions

Business Awards & Competitions

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The Anzisha Program is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation that seeks to fundamentally and significantly increase the number of job generative entrepreneurs in Africa. We believe that a key to doing so is to test, implement and then share models for identifying, training and connecting high potential, very young entrepreneurs (15 to 22 year olds) so that many more organisations have better collective success in creating a pipeline of entrepreneurs with the capabilities for scale.

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D-Prize
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D-Prize funds new entrepreneurs who increase access to proven poverty interventions. D-Prize is for aspiring entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world, of any age, and any background. We will consider funding existing organizations only if: you are piloting a new distribution-focused initiative, and you need high risk capital.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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Funding opportunities in various categories.

 

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FUTURE AGRO CHALLENGE
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The current problems in our world today are almost too many to list: food security is coming under attack, rural and urban poverty and inequality is at an all-time high and the environment is quickly buckling under the weight of the human footprint.

With the proper policies and incentives in place these issues could be rectified. But when traditional players like governmental bodies and NGOs are too slow to react and time is running out, we have to start taking matters into our own hands.

FAC is dedicated to solving these on-going problems by bringing the important players together to create a much-needed positive change in the world. We are an independent grassroot organisation run by entrepreneurs that aims to make a global impact by bringing together agro innovators, entrepreneurs, farmers, investors and stakeholders to address national policies and challenges.

There isn’t one single solution to the myriad of complex global challenges we face — like feeding the estimated growing population of 9 billion people by 2050. While disruptive solutions are being created across regions, individuals and visionaries often feel overwhelmed by the complexities involved in integrating with the agricultural ecosystem. We’re here to untangle those complexities.

We believe discovering solutions to global challenges doesn’t have to be complicated. Our goal is to foster a community of agro visionaries, startups, farmers, manufacturers, and distributors from countries across the world so they can start a global conversation. We bring these stakeholders together in their shared interest to learn from each other, grow with each other and develop solutions together to solve problems and bring about positive change.

Agriculture’s share in the economic GDP may be low but in the electoral and political arena it certainly has a voice — and a strong one. By supporting agripreneurs we aim to close the gap between the agricultural labor force and the agricultural contribution to economic GDP.

As a new agricultural revolution is underway, our goal is to unlock natural capabilities by merging nature and technology to achieve an increase in food production by 70% by 2050. We hope to do this by efficiently boosting agricultural productivity while at the same time decreasing our environmental footprint.

New technological solutions are coming to the forefront. With these come new opportunities for the workforce. To give some perspective: the Agriculture industry employs over 1.3 billion people throughout the world — close to 40 percent of the global workforce. In more than 50 countries across the world, half of the population works in Agriculture — in some poorer nations that percentage rises to 75%.

The Agriculture industry is the world’s largest provider of jobs and, in many countries is the largest provider of jobs to women. This is a giant industry that bears so much of the weight of the world’s struggles. It is constantly growing and changing and proving to be fertile ground for opportunity, efficiency and innovative change.

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GLOBAL STARTUP AWARDS SOUTHERN AFRICA
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Empowering Possibilities.
Bringing together talented entrepreneurs, investors, and other thought leaders in the world of technology
Celebrating high caliber founders who not only drive their businesses with passion and energy, but also take responsibility for the focused execution of their ideas.

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Hello Tomorrow
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Hello Tomorrow is a global organisation bringing together a community of actors aiming to unlock the potential of deep technologies to solve the world’s toughest challenges. We source deep tech projects and startups and facilitate collaboration between entrepreneurs, industries and investors in order to propel innovation from the lab to the market. Hello Tomorrow organises startup competitions and a series of events around the world, as well as educating and consulting relevant stakeholders on the emergence of deep technologies. Hello Tomorrow is fast becoming a key reference platform in deep tech innovation and entrepreneurship.

 

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Pitch & Polish
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Pitch & Polish now entering its tenth year, is an Idols-type competition in which contestants are given the opportunity to present (pitch) their businesses or business ideas to an audience. The members of the audience are primed to act as investors and bankers. Would they – on the basis of the pitch – invest in the entrepreneur?

Throughout the course of a day, the facilitator takes both the participants and the audience through a workshop designed to develop lateral-thinking skills. As part of the workshop, the facilitator – in conjunction with the audience – works with the contestants to improve (polish) their pitches.

The process highlights the current inadequacies and gaps of the contestants’ pitches. Through a combination of the workshop, audience participation and the facilitator’s probing, contestants are equipped with the requisite skills to produce a compelling and well-rounded pitch.

Pitch & Polish is a unique synthesis of training, audience participation and competition. The beauty of the format is that the audience learns as much as the contestants. Everyone leaves the process enriched!

Each day of the event culminates in each of the entrepreneurs pitching their polished business ideas to a panel of expert judges. The judges ask clarifying questions and then provide feedback to each contestant before appointing the day’s winner.

Because entrepreneurs are inherently competitive, the Pitch & Polish format provides a powerful mechanism to vicariously educate and inspire aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Sasol New Signatures
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Art plays an important part in the cultural fabric of our nation and competitions serve to encourage greater creativity across age, gender and education, as well as to acknowledge the wealth of talent that we have in our country.

We recognize that art is one of the most fundamental expressions of human behaviour, and Sasol has thus been assembling a collection of contemporary South African art since the 1960’s.

The collection came about through the efforts of former Sasol Chairman, Johannes Stegmann, who worked tirelessly to assemble a collection that gives enjoyment, inspires, enriches, and occasionally perplexes.  His influence began a period of many years where talented young South Africans were given the opportunity to excel in the visual and performing arts.

According to Stegmann,”What touches the spirit of man more than art?  From the earliest times, it was literature, music and the visual arts which distinguished man from other beings.  Art is a mystery which communicates through languages which cannot easily be translated into words.  Art is also often controversial, especially when it is contemporary. “

The Sasol New Signatures competition has been a platform for promoting emerging artists and their work to the art loving public at large.  Many of the works now have a proud place in the Sasol art collection.

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Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio)
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The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is a shared biosciences research, development and innovation platform for working collaboratively to address some of Southern Africa’s key biosciences issues in health, nutrition and health-related intervention areas such as agriculture and environment.

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The Chivas Venture
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At Chivas, we believe that blended is better – in life, in business and in Scotch – and that you don’t need to choose between making money and making the world a better place. This belief was instilled by our founding brothers, James & John Chivas, who supported their local community as their business grew in 19th century Scotland.

Today, more than ever, we need to work together to build a more sustainable future for people and the planet. That’s why we launched the Chivas Venture back in 2014, a global platform to support entrepreneurs who are solving the world’s biggest social and environmental issues. Every year, we give away $1 million in no-strings funding, and expert coaching at the Chivas Venture Accelerator Programme.

Over the last 4 years, we’ve received over 8,000 applications, and supported 100 startups with funding and coaching. From turning plastic waste into affordable housing, and cow manure into sustainable fashion, to unlocking education for the blind, or lifting people out of homelessness through coffee, these startups have been redefining “business as usual” into “business as a force for good”. Collectively they have already enriched the lives of more than 1 million people in over 40 countries, across 6 continents. See our Impact Report for more details.

The Entrepreneur of the Year
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The Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS is an annual competition that recognises and honours successful South African entrepreneurs in the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sector. The competition celebrates excellence in entrepreneurship with the aim to inspire others to venture into and succeed in the world of business.The competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS has built up a stellar reputation of unearthing and celebrating top South African entrepreneurs in the SMEs sector.

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The MTN App of the Year Awards
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The MTN App of the Year Awards is a champion of app development in South Africa; celebrating local talent and out-of-the-box thinkers that drive disruption and change.

App of the Year has entrenched itself as the premier app development competition in the country, and we’ve come a long way since our inaugural event in 2012, thanks to the amazing calibre of entrants – some of whom have become household names – and our partners, whose support makes the magic happen year on year.

We offer an array of great prizes, massive media exposure and publicity to all of our entrants, finalists and winners.

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THE TOWNSHIP ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS
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THE TOWNSHIP ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS
are an initiative by the Gauteng Department of Economic Development to celebrate, recognize and reward entrepreneurial talent in the townships whilst supporting the provinces’ goal and commitment to revitalizing the township economy.

A first for the province and the country as a whole, the main objective of the awards is to recognise and reward entrepreneurial talent in township settlements whilst building and cementing confidence in township based businesses.

Equally important is the impact that the awards will have in changing negative perceptions about township based businesses as well as encourage and inspire township entrepreneurs to realise the

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Township Entrepreneurs Alliance better known as TEA is an organization that was established in 2015 and has a focus in empowering township based companies and entrepreneurs with knowledge sharing, skills development, enterprise development and access to market. Township Entrepreneurs Alliance was started out of a need to advocate for entrepreneurship and a possible career choice through its high school engagements and empower existing and aspiring entrepreneurs with skills require to operate and grow an business sustainably through is monthly free workshops hosted in various townships across the country.

Township Entrepreneurs Alliance has directly impacted over 6500+ entrepreneurs and 20 000+ township high school students. Our dream is to develop hubs of economic development that will aid the youth in townships and rural areas in South Africa. We are driven by the passion and creativity we see and experience in the different entrepreneurs we engage. We believe that the African story is yet to be old and entrepreneurship acts as a great platform for execute on this.

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