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FAIRLADY Women Of The Future Awards Closing Date Extended

FAIRLADY Women of the Future Awards 2016, in partnership with Santam closing date extended.

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The FAIRLADY Women of the Future Awards 2016, in partnership with Santam, launched in April with a call for entries from South African female entrepreneurs. Two outstanding women will win great prizes in two prestigious categories: The FAIRLADY Woman of the Future 2016 and the FAIRLADY Rising Star 2016.

Great Prizes

The FAIRLADY Woman of the Future 2016 award goes to an entrepreneur, 25 years or older, whose business has made it past 1001 days (basically, the first three years) and who is well on her way to creating an empire. The prize comprises of:

  • R50 000 cash
  • An hour’s invaluable mentorship session with one of the judges
  • R3 000 fashion voucher from Queenspark
  • R12 500 online course from GetSmarter
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Gold cellphone & Wi-Fi tablet
  • Bamboo Revolution watch
  • Issey Miyake (L’Eau d’Issey) hamper worth R7 880.

The FAIRLADY Rising Star 2016 goes to an entrepreneur between the ages of 16 and 25, whose business is older than six months but still within the first 1001 days of business.

The prize comprises R20 000 cash, an hour’s invaluable mentorship session with one of the judges, a R3 000 fashion voucher from Queenspark, a R12 500 online course from GetSmarter, a Sony  Xperia M5 cellphone & Wi Fi Tablet, a Bamboo Revolution watch and an Issey Miyake (L’Eau d’Issey) hamper worth R7 880.

‘FAIRLADY is all about the future of South Africa. We want to reward success, but we also want to award potential – which is why we include the Rising Star award,’ says Brokensha.

Related: Funding And Financial Assistance For SA Women Entrepreneurs

The respected panel of judges presiding over the awards comprise:

Suzy Brokensha

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FAIRLADY editor Suzy Brokensha has always believed that women should be part of the workforce, but particularly in South Africa, where female entrepreneurs can contribute so much to the growth of this economy. ‘It’s not only about personal growth, although that is a huge part of work. It’s also about building this country into the energetic, vibrant economy it should be. ‘We believe in women, and we believe in business, and we believe that women have the potential to turn the South African economy around,’ says Brokensha.

‘I’ll be looking for someone who has spotted a gap in the market and whose business could become a game changer in our economic environment.’ 

Yegs Ramiah

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As Santam Director, Yegs Ramiah will be looking for a female entrepreneur who is passionate and has pulled out all the stops to pursue her dream and turn it into a business. Ramiah also believes female entrepreneurs should not give up too easily: ‘Typically, the first 1000 days or three years are the hardest for any business,” she says.

‘Those entrepreneurs who reach this critical milestone are the ones that come up with creative solutions to obstacles and challenges, are eager to learn, adapt quickly, inspire others and stay focused through good times and bad.’ 

Thuli Madonsela

Thuli-MadonselaAdvocate Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s highly respected Public Protector, is looking for a candidate with a ‘servant heart’, and someone who believes in South Africa’s future. She believes that South Africa is a great place for entrepreneurs – that there are more gaps in the system and, therefore, more opportunities here than in countries that have been operating in a globalised environment for many years.

‘The winner must see herself as part of a force to build our communities, this nation, our continent and, ultimately, a better world,’ says Adv Madonsela.

Jo-Ann Strauss

Jo-Ann-StraussMedia entrepreneur and international speaker Jo-Ann Strauss is a hardworking mom. She sees entrepreneurship as a great opportunity for mothers, allowing for creativity and flexibility. Says Strauss:

‘I will be looking for strong, capable women who have not just dreamed their dreams, but have made them come true through sheer determination and resilience. This is what sets the FAIRLADY Women of the Future Apart.’

Read more on Jo-Ann Strauss here.

Leanne Manas

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TV presenter, radio host & MC Leanne Manas is a part of our morning every day, hosting Morning Live on SABC 2. For Leanne, the entrepreneurial spirit is something that needs nurturing, as that’s where jobs are created. Says Manas:

‘I want the winner to be someone whose business is making a difference in her community by creating meaningful and sustainable jobs, and by empowering women.’  

Entry forms and terms & conditions are available on www.womenofthefuture.co.za. Entries close on 24 June 2016.

Related: 10 Successful SA Women Entrepreneurs’ Top Advice On Balancing Work And Family

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Global Guide For Entrepreneurs, Innovators Launches In Johannesburg

Startup Guide partners with SAP Next-Gen, Tshimologong Precinct to bring global guidebook to Johannesburg innovation ecosystem; calls for nominations.

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Calling all entrepreneurs, accelerators, innovators, co-working spaces and experts in the City of Gold: Startup Guide, the leading global guide for start-ups in high-growth innovation hubs in Europe, the US and Middle East, is open to nominations in Johannesburg.

Founded in 2014, Startup Guide is a creative content and publishing company that produces guidebooks and tools to help entrepreneurs to connect to communities and resources in the leading start-up cities around the world. Its global footprint covers some of the most innovative and thriving start-up ecosystems in the US, Europe and the Middle East, including those of London, New York, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and Stockholm. After launching in Cape Town earlier in the year, Startup Guide now moves to Johannesburg.

According to Sissel Hansen, Founder and CEO of Startup Guide, South Africa’s largest city is emerging as a key innovation hub for start-ups.

“Johannesburg has recently emerged as a growing ecosystem for start-ups and entrepreneurs in Africa, particularly in the tech industry. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to create a comprehensive guide of resources for aspiring founders wanting to do business in South Africa’s largest city.”

Startup Guide Johannesburg was launched at Wits University’s Tshimologong Precinct, one of Johannesburg’s newest high-tech addresses in the vibrant inner-city district of Braamfontein. Tshimologong, which means “new beginnings” in Setswana, focuses on the incubation of digital entrepreneurs, commercialisation of research and the development of high-level digital skills for students, working professionals and unemployed youth. Lesley Williams, CEO of Tshimologong Precinct, says: “South Africa is fast-becoming a go-to source for innovation, especially in the tech sector. We believe the introduction of a dedicated resource for the startup ecosystem in Johannesburg will unlock significant opportunities for innovation hubs such as ours to more easily connect with entrepreneurs, experts and other roleplayers, ultimately providing a more supportive environment for growth.”

Related: Watch List: 50 Top SA Black Entrepreneurs To Watch

Startup Guide has partnered with SAP Next-Gen, a purpose driven innovation university and community for the SAP ecosystem enabling companies, partners and universities to connect and innovate with purpose linked to the UN Sustainable Goals for Development. Ann Rosenberg, Senior Vice President and Head of Global SAP Next-Gen says:

“We strive to connect digital innovators in an open innovation community to drive the future success and growth of industries through the use of technology. As we have witnessed in other high-innovation cities around the world, the introduction of knowledge resources – supported by opportunities for collaboration and partnership in an open ecosystem – enhances the overall success of entire start-up communities. Johannesburg’s world-famous energy and business acumen will greatly benefit from the launch of Startup Guide Johannesburg and the support of industry partners, including SAP Next-Gen and the Tshimologong Precinct.”

Cathy Smith, Managing Director of SAP Africa, adds that the partnership with Startup Guide aligns well with the company’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. “As an organisation we are committed to achieving the high ambitions set out by the SDGs. However, it is virtually impossible to do so alone: the concept of partnership with likeminded purpose-driven organisations and initiatives is vital not only to realising the SDGs but to foster a greater and more inclusive innovation ecosystem in Johannesburg and across the African continent.”

Nominations for the Johannesburg edition of Startup Guide are now open. If you know a start-up, entrepreneur, programme, space, accelerator, or experts and would like to see them featured in the book, please visit https://startupguide.com/shop/startup-guide-johannesburg and submit your nomination.

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Aspirations For SMMEs In South Africa

Research released earlier this year, revealed that there are only 250 000 formal SMMEs in South Africa.

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Entrepreneurs who have started up a business over the past 10 years have done so in an environment that has been largely negative, with slow economic growth and an unstable political landscape. “So, all in all, a very difficult setting to launch, grow or even maintain a business,” says Bizmod MD, Anne-Marie Pretorius.

Pretorius says that many entrepreneurs who operate in South Africa can be forgiven for often wondering if the slog is worth it. Yet they continue – despite economic uncertainty, strikes, retrenchments and downscaling.  “It is this tenacity that sets entrepreneurs apart, and I often wonder how much more successful they would be in an easier and more supportive environment.”

Below, Pretorius shares her ideal pro-entrepreneur outlook for the future:

  • Greater policy certainty on all key government policies from land reform to regulations surrounding labour broking.
  • Being able to do away with bad policy faster. An example of where this did not happen was in the changes of visa requirements; leading to an unnecessary dent in our tourism industry, an industry that should be targeted for growth.
  • Lower compliance requirements for companies with a turnover under R50 million. The cost of compliance for smaller enterprises is significantly higher in comparison to their income and the cash they have available. Smaller companies need simpler frameworks where compliance is required. A portal similar to SARS e-filing, which makes compliance across various pieces of legislation clear and simple, would be ideal.
  • The Labour Relations Act is a key piece of legislation that has done a lot to protect the rights of the employee. It has attempted to balance the power relationship between employee and employer. Some innovation is however required in labour practices, allowing for mutually beneficial flexible working relationships that keep pace with the changing work environment.
  • Buy small, buy South African! A framework whereby large corporations and government would have to allocate a certain minimum percentage to buying from smaller local companies. There are encouraging signs that this is happening more, however this is still not an ingrained practice. In addition, consumers should be more informed on what items are South African produced, in order for them to be encouraged to purchase locally.
  • Easier access to funds enabling entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. There are currently a few options available, but all of the options require significant governance and red tape. Whilst this is understandable from the lenders perspective, it does hamper the agility and growth of companies.
  • Make good financial governance aspirational, attractive and easily accessible.
  • The process for tenders to be corruption free and fair, enabling more companies to add value.
  • Pay SMME’s on 30 days or less. Enormous pressure exists on smaller companies when not paid on time. They simply do not have the cash flow to carry a debtor’s book of 90 days and this inevitably hampers their growth.
  • Tax SMME’s at a lower tax rate. Profit tax should be lowered in order to drive entrepreneurship.
  • Creating a platform that makes it simpler to employ young individuals with potential and create support programmes for SMMEs to upskill them. There is a significant financial and time investment required to train a young person, which can make SMME’s sometimes wary to do so.

“If we are able to make only some of these ideals a reality, there is no doubt that we would see economic growth, entrepreneurial growth, and more employment opportunities,” concludes Pretorius.

Related: A – Z Easy Small Business Ideas

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South African Students Win R50 000 In The Universities Business Challenge

Students from Mangosuthu University of Technology beat 500 students from 13 different universities across South Africa.

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The Overlings from Mangosuthu University of Technology are the 2018 winners of Cognity Advisory’s Universities Business Challenge (UBC), sponsored by General Electric (GE). The winning team of four students are walking away with R50,000 to turn their business idea into reality.

Launched in July this year, the UBC has seen 500 students from 13 different universities across South Africa participate in a business simulation competition designed to develop entrepreneurship skills.

When the competition launched, all teams were challenged to form virtual companies and to virtually manufacture and sell bicycles.

The final 10 teams were from the University of Limpopo, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Vaal University of Technology, University of KwaZulu-Natal and North-West University.

During the two-day final, the teams played six rounds of simulations. Each simulation gave the teams a chance to re-evaluate their progress and better certain areas that needed improving. The winning team realised during one of their simulations that in order to maximise profits they would need to introduce two new products and market it differently from their initial product. They paid special attention to their customer’s needs. 

The aim of the UBC was designed to tackle South Africa’s high level of youth unemployment. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) announced that South Africa’s official unemployment rate increased by 0.3 of a percentage point to 27.5% in the third quarter of 2018.

Nkosinathi Sokhulu from the winning team said, “Even though we didn’t have a great presentation we made the most profit. This experience taught us a lot about ourselves and business. Most of the decisions that we made came from serious debates. We learnt that market research is crucial when starting a business. We learnt that marketing starts and ends with the customer.”

Related: 20 South African Side-Hustles You Can Start This Weekend

“Based on this market research information we realised that it was important for us to introduce two new products and this, in addition to the main product we were selling, helped us to maximise profits. We saw an opportunity to add more products and it paid off” said Mbali Tshozi.

Tope Toogun, development advisor and CEO of Cognity Advisory said, “All the teams showed tremendous promise and I was very impressed by their levels of engagement with one another and their tenacity.”

“We really want to ensure that students are equipped with the necessary skills to not only start a business but to run it effectively. While we have selected one winner, our hope is that each team has benefitted by having learned the skills needed in the workplace.”

“The competition is designed to develop the ‘soft skills’ that are important for those wanting to set up their own business or simply be successful at work. With rising unemployment and ongoing talent shortages, having these skills is crucial for those wanting to get a job.”

The UBC, now in its second year in South Africa, will continue into its third year in 2019 and will run as the Africa Enterprise Challenge (AEC).

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