Local Is Lekker Winning With Chivas And The Venture

Local Is Lekker Winning With Chivas And The Venture


It is with great excitement to announce Chivas Regal’s The Venture campaign local top five.

The Venture is Chivas Regal’s global search to find and support the most promising aspiring social entrepreneurs who want to succeed whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others.

With over $1 Million in funding and resources, The Venture will enable social entrepreneurs from around the world realise their potential and gain exposure for their business.

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The local social enterprises that have beaten hundreds of applicants are; I’m Not Plastic (INP), Mama Mimi’s, Safe and Sound, Connectmed and CrashDetech.

Sibusiso Shangase, Head of Marketing, Chivas Regal, says: “Year two of The Venture has shown us that South Africa is home to innovative people who are ready to change the communities they live in and beyond. The number of entries received doubled from year one, making the selection process challenging”.

The Chivas Regal judging panel included the following business personalities – Group Chairman of GEM Group Lebo Gunguluza, Executive Creative Director at Joe Public, Xolisa Dyeshana; CEO and President of Ditshego Media, Tebogo Ditshego and Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Wits Business School, Chimene Chetty and media personality and founder of Fix Scholarship, Fikile “Fix” Moeti.

The judging process was moderated by Consilium Consulting Group, South Africa.

Following the success of last year’s competition which saw over 1000 start-ups apply, Chivas Regal is launched the second year of its search to support the most exciting social entrepreneurs around the world.

Last year’s competition awarded businesses tackling diverse social and environmental issues. The local winner in the inaugural launch of the campaign was Lumkani Fire Detection which went on to make top five in the global leg of the competition.

Launched in October 2014, the first year of The Venture saw 16 counties participate. This year’s competition welcomed entries from over 25 countries including Poland, Panama and Peru. Only the most promising start-up from each country will be selected to become a global finalist and have a chance to win a share of $1m in funding.

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All finalists will also take part in The Venture’s Accelerator Week where they will receive training and business advice, as well as mentoring from some of the biggest and most influential names in business. What’s more, each finalist will receive global exposure for their start-up.

Only one of the five local finalists will go to Silicon Valley for the Accelerator Week. The winner will be announced at an exclusive gala event on 14 January 2016 in Sandton, at The Inanda Polo Club.

The finalists in full:

1. I’m Not Plastic (INP):


INP is a ‘plants to plastics’ concept resulting in a single waste stream for both food waste and bioplastic products.

We are truly “Renewable by Nature”. Rigid food packaging is not recycled in SA and is therefore a major contributor towards pollution.

This combined with 10.2 tonnes of food waste per annum sent directly to landfill is not only a logistical nightmare that adds to the carbon footprint, but also creates methane at landfill, a gas contributing more to climate change than CO2.

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2. Mama Mimi’s:


A collaboration between a baker and a businessman, one with a great product the other with a massive vision.

Together creating opportunities and changing lives. Using wood fired bakeries to create baked goods e.g. bread, muffins etc. whilst maintaining a sustainable and very scalable community business. These businesses could create 42 000 jobs in South Africa alone.

There is opportunity for entrepreneurs to become Mama Mimi’s Bakers in their respective neighbourhoods, and there is also a need for agents to service those bakeries in terms of the supply of Mama Mimi’s bread mix on a regular basis. In addition, corporate companies can support the development of neighbourhood bakeries through various means.

3. Safe and Sound:


The business purpose is to connect deaf people with normal hearing people and lifesaving sounds prevalent in our surroundings. We produce a wrist wearable device that picks up human and emergency sounds.

These sounds are then communicated to the user through vibration, LED and lighting. The device also has the capability of alerting the user when the set perimeter in our surroundings has been breached; this then opens up the device to be used for child, car and pet monitoring.

4. Connectmed:


Connectmed is a video based telemedicine platform that allows patients to connect over video. The platform is optimised to work well in low bandwidth areas.

5. CrashDetech:

Crash-Detech logo

With an average of 47 road fatalities per day, South Africa is one of the world’s most dangerous countries in which to drive. Time is the driving factor in case of emergencies and delays in receiving appropriate medical attention often turns out to be fatal.

CrashDetech is a smartphone application that runs silently in the background of your phone.

It automatically detects serious vehicle crashes and reduces emergency response times by pinpointing the crash location. It also ensures appropriate medical attention by providing vital patient information. We’ll know when you need us.

For more information visit www.theventure.com

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Chivas are looking for exceptional start-ups that use business innovatively to transform communities and solve global challenges. Whatever it is, if it's brilliant and can create real, positive change then Chivas want to hear from you.