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Believe Begin Become

Believe Begin Become is a business plan competition (BPC) developed by TechnoServe to support and grow new businesses in Africa.

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Believe Begin Become is a business plan competition (BPC) developed by TechnoServe to support and grow new businesses in Africa. It is an incentivized, practical training and business development program to help entrepreneurs turn their business ideas into fundable and implementable business plans. The program is currently being run in Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania and Swaziland.

Mission

This program is designed to give enterprising men and women the training and resources they need to launch or expand businesses, while fostering a broader culture of entrepreneurship within their country. Believe Begin Become is based on a similar program that we established in 2002 in Latin America, where we currently run BPCs in Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru.

Entry criteria

  • A highly motivated South African citizen or permanent resident
  • Over the age of 21
  • Who has promising businesses or ideas

Prize

To be confirmed

Closing date for Entries

Please visit the Believe Begin Become website for details

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Africa Awards for Entrepreneurs

Entries are now open for the Africa Awards.

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From the Longitude Prize in the 18th century to Alfred Nobel’s laureate awards at the start of the 20th century, the power of prize programmes to catalyse innovation and inspiration is undeniable. Such prizes serve a purpose beyond recognition and reward alone – also raising awareness, creating role models and igniting ambition.

From our experience with previous prize programmes within Africa and globally, we have met remarkable entrepreneurs who never lost belief in themselves, even when confronted by overwhelming challenges but persevered to bring their ideas to fruition. As such entrepreneurs work to create businesses that meet the needs of those around them and by doing so raise the living standards of their communities while also creating something of lasting value for themselves, their employees, their communities and their nations. The Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship is honoured to provide a platform upon which they may continue to inspire a new generation of African entrepreneurs.

Mission

  • To promote the value of entrepreneurship as a driving force of today’s Africa
  • To celebrate the standards of business excellence within Africa
  • To encourage small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to embrace the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship
  • To build strong networks of African entrepreneurs as a source of learning and sharing of best practice
  • To attract more venture capital inflows towards good businesses across Africa

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Applicant Criteria

Small and medium sized, for-profit enterprises who are headquartered in Africa may apply. A local subsidiary of an African-headquartered company may apply provided it meets the eligibility criteria on its own.  Please note the minimum qualifications of turnover between US$ 1 – 15 million; demonstrated profitability; and more than 10 employees.

Closing Dates for Entries

24 August 2011

Contact Details

www.africaawards.com

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Business Launchpad Competition

The Business Launchpad is South Africa’s biggest entrepreneur competition. It focuses on both start-ups and business expansion.

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Overview

The  Business Launchpad is the country’s biggest entrepreneur competition. During 2009 more than 6 000 people registered to enter their business idea or expansion plan across 10 industries.

Mission

The Business LaunchPad competition aims to create an opportunity for anyone with a business idea or existing business, and who finds it difficult to secure conventional commercial funding, to be considered for access to start-up or expansion funding.

Entry criteria

Any South African citizen or permanent legal resident over the age of 18 may enter.

Note: Section 21 companies, Public Benefit Organisations and other non-profits may not enter as the competition funding partners do not provide grants or funding to non-profit entities.

Prizes

To be confirmed

Closing date for Entries

Visit the Business Launchpad website for details

Contact details

Website: http://www.businesslaunchpad.info/

Tel: +27 21 422 0690

+27 11 234 2526

+27 31 312 4233

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African Access National Business Awards

The National Business Awards brings together some of the greatest minds in business in South Africa and celebrates their success.

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Overview

The National Business Awards were first introduced by Topco Media in 2002 to recognise and honour the top performers of the year in both industry and commerce, for individuals and companies. The event is presented in association with the annual business publication, SA’s Top Performing Companies.

Mission

To recognise companies and individuals who are committed to the philosophies of empowerment in business in South Africa today.

Categories

Top Performing Company Categories:
  • Investing in People Award
    In recognition of the company that has demonstrated the highest level of per capita expenditure on training, education, wellness and health. Areas such as productivity; the ratio of skills procurement vs turnover; staff turnover; company policies and procedures will be taken into account.
  • Alt-X Performance Award
    A quantitatively-judged award for companies on the JSE’s Alt-X Board. Financial performance such as sales growth over a previous accounting period in both Rands and percentage, growth in share price, and return on investment (earnings per share) are all key areas of interest.
  • Logistics Award
    Recognising excellence in specialist logistic support for industry, from supply chain to distribution, construction logistics, shipping, etc. Entrants must demonstrate excellent delivery; minimal stock loss; as well as crisis management procedures, etc.
  • Innovation through Technology Award
    This award goes to the company whose technology-based innovation demonstrates improved productivity or enhances the competitiveness of the South African economy.
  • Customer Focus Award
    This award will be made to the company that demonstrates the highest level of service and loyalty to its customers. They must demonstrate that comprehensive customer service procedures and policies have been put in place and show how this has resulted in increased loyalty and a larger customer base.
  • Marketing Excellence Award
    In recognition of marketing innovation and creativity. The award will acknowledge a marketing strategy that has impacted significantly on both the company turnover and the brand’s public profile.
  • Exporter of the Year Award
    In recognition of the company with the highest export growth by volume over a year. Criteria include the number of jobs created in South Africa as well as foreign income earned during the financial year.
  • Fast Growth Company Award
    This category is open to SMMEs with a turnover of under R50 million in their last financial year. The winner will have demonstrated significant growth in their market sector through best business practices and innovation, under-pinned by a strong financial performance.
  • ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) Award
    This Award will go to the company that has shown a strong adhesion to Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance policies. Evidence of achievements of set targets in these areas must be demonstrated. The winning entrant will also be actively involved in promoting ESG policies and, by doing so, setting an example for other corporations in South Africa to follow.
  • Healthcare Excellence Award
    In recognition of the healthcare organisation that has demonstrated an overall standard of excellence and innovation in the course of providing health services to the public, showing best practice throughout. Pharmaceutical companies that have shown a similarly outstanding performance (for example, through the development of innovative products) are also eligible to enter.
  • Sports Contribution to Business Award
    Recognising the sports organisation or association which has made a significant and meaningful contribution to the economy through job creation/ and or foreign investment. Of particular significance are organisations that have leveraged their event or brand on a global stage and have attracted foreign income into the country as a result.
  • Manufacturing Excellence Award
    The recipient must produce a high quality product in a competitive manner whilst complying with all relevant SABS accreditations. They must also display an increase in revenue.
  • Business Education & Training Award
    This award will be made to either a business school or a business training organisation. The award winner must be able to show how they are contributing positively to the corporate world by developing skilled professionals. The number and standard of graduates produced, reputation of the school and overall contribution to skills development will all be taken into consideration.
  • Diversity in the Workplace Award
    This company must be able to demonstrate their commitment to diversity and transformation in the workplace. Companies must show they are integrating black, female and disabled employees into their workforce, and promoting diversity. They should be able to show preferential recruitment policies, skills development programmes and the progress they’ve made in transforming their workplace.

Individual Categories:

All entrants must fulfil the following specific category criteria:
  • Top Businessman of the Year Award
    This award goes to the businessman whose leadership is reflected in his service to his company and also to interests not exclusively his own. His company must have achieved great success in the business environment.
  • Top Businesswoman of the Year Award
    This award goes to the businesswoman whose leadership is reflected in her service to her company and also to interests not exclusively her own. Her company must have achieved great success in the business environment.
  • Top Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    This award goes to the person who took significant personal risk to start a business or businesses and built them into a substantial entity. The recipient must demonstrate that the business has achieved financial success and is clearly sustainable.
  • Top Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    This category is only open to individuals under 40. This award goes to the person who took significant personal risk to start a business or businesses and built them into a substantial entity. The recipient must demonstrate that the business has achieved financial success and is clearly sustainable.
  • Top Government Leader Award
    In recognition of the individual at national, provincial or local level who has achieved outstanding results in the last year. Important considerations will include financial management skills, the meeting of set targets, outstanding service delivery and the respect and admiration of their peers and other stakeholders.
Government Categories:
All entrants must fulfil the following specific category criteria:
  • Top Government Department of the Year Award: Job Creation
    This Public Sector award will be judged on how successful the department has been with regard to job creation. In particular, judges will be looking for the department that has created the highest number of permanent jobs within the financial year.
  • Top Government Agency of the Year Award: Growing Business
    The award will be made to the government agency that has demonstrated the highest level of efficiency and effectiveness in terms of achieving their goals, working within allocated budgets and generally making the greatest impact in their portfolio. Judges will be looking for agencies that have carried out successful public-private initiatives.
  • Top Municipality of the Year Award: Service Delivery
    The award will go to the Municipality that has delivered its mandate in the most effective and efficient manner possible, ensuring that essential services are provided to its constituents, whilst employing its allocated budget for the financial year in an effective and disciplined manner.
  • Top Performing Company of the Year Award
    This award goes to the company who best demonstrates an improvement in financial performance over a three year period – growth in annual revenue and net profit after tax year on year will hold a high weighting when reviewing company entries for judging. This award will be selected from the finalists of the Top Performing Company Awards.
  • Best Managed Company of the Year Award
    This award goes to the company who can demonstrate its performance in all spheres of the general criteria (people, planet, profit), and the management thereof. Good corporate governance practice will also be taken into account. This award will be selected from the finalists of the Top Performing Company Awards.

Entry criteria

The following criteria will be used to review all entrants:
People (employees, society)
  • OHS 18001
  • Social Economic Development
  • Skills Development
  • Policies
Planet (environmental)
  • ISO 14001
  • Environmental impact assessment
Profit (turnover, profitability, growth)
  • Annual turnover
  • Turnover growth
  • Rate of profit
  • ISO 9001
  • Productivity

Prize

To be confirmed

Entry Closing Date:

Please visit the National Business Awards website

Contact details

Hayley Fletcher
Tel: 086 000 9590
Website: http://www.topco.co.za/national-business-awards/

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