A new breed of innovator is emerging, one that uses business ideas to improve the communities in which they operate, and, in time, the world.
To support this movement, Chivas Regal launched The Venture in 2014, a competition covering 19 countries to find and support the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs.
The project is not only inspired by socially conscious business people, but also our founding brothers, James and John Chivas, who generously supported their local community for years.
Today, their modern counterparts find that it is through sharing success that business becomes truly rewarding.
This year’s The Venture covers an even more extensive global range, welcoming entries from over 25 countries, including South Africa. However, only one accomplished, capable and original for-profit start-up from each country will be selected to become a global finalist, standing a chance to win a share of USD$1 million in funding.
Want to know what happened in 2014? We recommend you read 10 Things You Need to Know about The Venture.
All finalists will also take part in The Venture’s Accelerator Week, where they will receive training and mentoring from some of the most influential names in business. Moreover, each will receive invaluable global exposure.
Last year’s competition rewarded start-ups tackling diverse social issues, with South Africa based Lumkani Fire Detection taking one of the top spots and receiving USD$75 000.
A worthy reward for an enterprise that provides early warning fire detection systems for informal settlements, saving lives.
“We’re proud of and encouraged by the success of the first year of The Venture,” says Chivas South Africa Brand Manager Mandla Holomisa.
“The diversity and ingenuity of the finalists was inspirational, and we can’t wait to discover another wave of inspiring entrepreneurs this year. Whether your business focuses on technology, agriculture, healthcare, food or the environment, we want you to enter.
“It is also important to note that Chivas Regal will take no equity from the start-ups participating,” Holomisa continues.
“Our aim is to give social entrepreneurs an opportunity to change the world for the better, without the burden of unsustainable profits.”
Today’s Chivas connoisseurs – and, in fact, consumers in general – expect brands to do more than just sell a product; they want brands to uplift and empower, to do things in new and better ways.
If you believe that your business’ solutions can propel this movement, take the chance to have your innovation or solution judged against the best humanitarian start-ups from across the globe.
To enter The Venture, and for more information on the competition, our values, company and web series, please visit https://www.theventure.com. Entries close on 15 November 2015.