Entrepreneurs who are striving to contribute positively towards South Africa’s economy and increase job creation are encouraged to enter the 2014 Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year competition.
Nimo Naidoo, project manager at Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year, says, “The competition aims to recognise, profile and reward entrepreneurs, as well as foster a culture of entrepreneurship in SA.
“It is truly inspirational to listen to entrepreneurs share their journeys, and it is important for these stories to be shared – not only to provide acknowledgment to the entrepreneur for their constant hard work and dedication, but also to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”
Last year’s winner, Tommy Makhatho, owner of BiBi Cash & Carry, says that the most interesting stories in business involve entrepreneurs and that these need to be shared, especially with the youth.
“In my opinion, the number of entrepreneurs in the country is slowly declining, and one of the reasons is because the youth are not exposed to inspirational success stories.”
The competition provides entrepreneurs with the chance to win prizes worth R1 340 000, which includes cash prizes to the value of R350 000, as well receive mentorship support, networking opportunities and associated marketing and national media exposure.
Who can enter
The competition is open to entrepreneurs from all industries and businesses of any size. A series of national workshops will also be hosted leading up to the competition, which enables business owners to gain valuable entrepreneurial knowledge and lessons from a variety of speakers.
Entrepreneurs interested in entering the competition can download entry forms online.
The closing date for the competition is 16 June 2014.