SA Treps Go to Italy

SA Treps Go to Italy


Six entrepreneurs have been chosen to go to Italy to represent SA at the U-Start Bloom global business showcase.

U-Start is a global online platform that puts entrepreneurs worldwide in touch with international investors who are focused on innovative, high growth, and impact-driven projects.

Over 250 enterprises entered the SA leg, 19 finalists were short listed and 6 winners emerged at a pitching session held on 11 April.

Who chose the winners?

The judges for the U-Start Bloom business plan competition were:

  • Meredith Ryan from ABSA

Each of the finalists had a chance to pitch their business in the allocated time of three minutes, followed by a questions and answer session with the judges.

What is Bloom?

Bloom is an event dedicated to showcasing the best international start-ups on the U-Start platform. It entails three days of networking, meetings and seminars with successful Italian, Brazilian, Russian and South African entrepreneurs and investors.


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The winners are….

The SA entrepreneurs who will be going to Milan, Italy from 11 to 13 May are:

Growth Sector:

Seed Sector:

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