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Metropolitan Oliver Empowerment Awards (MOEA)

This business to business event has been running for several years now and aims to celebrate the individuals who have added to the growth and development of BEE within South Africa.






Metropolitan Oliver Empowerment Awards are SA’s most influential awards recognising leadership and innovation in Empowerment. The Awards are now in their 10th year and have become hugely prestigious and are considered the ultimate accolade by winning companies for their transformation activity.


The Awards, with official media partners – Impumelelo and Business Report, are the primary means by which the Metropolitan Oliver Empowerment Awards identifies, celebrates and disseminates good practice and communicates the positive impact on business and society.


Top Empowered Company Awards:

  • Resources
  • Basic Industries
  • General Industrials
  • Food & Beverages
  • Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail
  • Travel, Leisure & Entertainment
  • Media
  • Business Support Services
  • Professional Support Services
  • Transport
  • Financial Services
  • ICT
  • Education

Top Empowered SMME Company Award:

  • FNB Top Empowered SMME

Top Empowered Government Awards:

  • Top Empowered Government Department
  • Top Empowered Government Agency
  • Top Empowered Government Parastatal

Top Empowered Individual Awards:

  • Top Black Entrepreneur (Male)
  • Top Black Entrepreneur (Female)
  • Metropolitan Top Young Black Entrepreneur
  • FNB Top Black Businessman
  • Metropolitan Top Black Businesswoman
  • Top Black Public Sector Executive

Overall Categories:

  • Musa Capital Top Empowered Big Business Award (Revenue of R500 million and above)
  • Top Empowered Corporate Award (Revenue between R35 million to R500 million)

Entry criteria

All entrants will be reviewed on the following general criteria as well as the specific category criteria:

  1. Implementation of strategic B-BBEE policies.
  2. Implementation of effective internal B-BBEE measurement mechanisms.
  3. Demonstrate effective transformation policies.
  4. Status with regards to the seven pillars of empowerment as per the B-BBEE scorecard:
    • Ownership
    • Management & Control
    • Employment Equity
    • Skills Development
    • Preferential Procurement
    • Enterprise Development
    • Social Economic Development
  5. Strong financial performance, based on the following indicators:
    • Turnover
    • Growth
    • Profitability
    • Productivity
  6. Only companies with a valid B-BBEE scorecard will be considered for entry.


To be confirmed

Entry Closing Date

Please visit the Impumelelo website for details

Contact details

Tel: 086 000 9590

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Enter The Total Startupper Of The Year Challenge

Are you a young entrepreneur? Do you have a project you believe in? Is it innovative and does it address a social or community challenge in your country or for your fellow citizens? Register and apply now. You could be the Startupper of the Year!

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Startupper of the year challenge

After the success of the first Challenge in 34 African countries, this year’s has been extended to a total of 55 countries around the world.

3 winners from each country will receive financial support, extensive publicity and coaching. From among these 3 winners per country, we will select grand winners by region, who will be provided with exposure.

This year, a Top Female Entrepreneur category has been introduced. During the first Challenge, women accounted for almost 25% of the winners, even though they only made up 13% of the applicants.

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With this special award this year, we hope to give the women entrepreneurs an extra push to take part. It is also aligned with other Total initiatives for women.

The 2018/19 Challenge

We aim to support good ideas and projects that help address a widespread problem affecting communities in your country. It could be about providing educational opportunities, reducing child mortality, improving public health, developing access to electricity in rural areas, improving road safety on the roads or building houses with eco-friendly materials — in fact, anything that could make life better in your country.

Tell us how your project will help more and more people over time, at home or even abroad. Tell us how it empowers people, improves living conditions, and contributes to overall economic well-being.

Anyone can change the world — teenagers or graduates, men or women. As long as you believe in your project and want to make things better, take this opportunity to participate. You could be the next Startupper of the Year or the Top Female Entrepreneur!

Enter the Total Startupper Of The Year Challenge Here

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35 Young South African Change-Agents Seek To Solve Global Consumption Challenges

LifeCo Unltd SA calls university students to apply to Global Entrepreneurship Summer School





Social impact enterprise LifeCo Unltd SA, in partnership with Social Entrepreneurship Akademie, is inviting entrepreneurially-minded university students to apply to the Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (GESS).

Thirty-five young South Africans will join 105 fellow global change-agents from Germany, China and Mexico on a seven-day programme to develop innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to solve the global challenge of consumption.

Developing young minds

“GESS is a programme that develops young entrepreneurs, and challenges them to create innovative, high-impact businesses that solve society’s myriad challenges. Through GESS, we are striving to build a generation of champions who will challenge the status quo and go on to change the world,” says Pat Pillay, LifeCo’s chief executive officer. “This year, we are hosting the summer school in Cape Town, which is a huge privilege.”

According to GESS consumption is one of the major drivers responsible for global resource use, environmental pressures and impact on society.

The United Nations has stated that if the worlds’ population should reach 9.6 billion in 2050, we would need almost the equivalent of three planets to support us with natural resources in order to sustain the globe’s current lifestyle. Thus, it is necessary to develop innovative solutions towards this problem and its consequences

A gathering of nations

GESS is organised in conjunction with six leading university-based entrepreneurship centres in Munich, Shanghai, Mexico City and Cape Town. This will be the first time the event will be coming to Africa, bringing together 140 young people from different nationalities

Click here to apply or go to for more information. Applications are open until 16 April 2018 (1pm CEST).

GESS Cape Town 2018 is endorsed by the Department of Higher Education and Training through the Entrepreneurship Development programme in Higher Education.

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Africa Awards for Entrepreneurs

Entries are now open for the Africa Awards.






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.


  • 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



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

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