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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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:
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.
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.
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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How Your Devices Can Improve Your Business Travel
Dawn Weir, head of kulula work and a veteran business traveller, offers these tech-savvy tips for road-warriors.
Technology has made business communication and business travel easier than ever, but it’s still possible to have a minor disaster involving your indispensable devices. Dawn Weir, head of kulula work and a veteran business traveller, offers these tech-savvy tips for road-warriors.
Stay on track
Activity trackers can help you stick to your fitness regime by recording step-counts, distances covered, sleep and nutrition. If you don’t fancy wearing one that looks like it’s from the flight-deck of the starship USS Enterprise, others are available which clip onto your ankle or clothing. Many are water-resistant and rugged, but if you prefer to not buy-one, apps like Samsung Health will record and analyse your daily activity.
A few bad nights’ sleep while travelling can leave one feeling unfocused and tetchy. Some of us sleep better in hotel-rooms than others, and some can be downright noisy. You can try using earbuds, but we don’t all like having wads of foam stuck into our skulls when trying to slip into the arms of Morpheus. One alternative is to load a white-noise generator on one of your devices. A site like www.mynoise.net has hundreds of soothing sounds, including waves, rain, crackling fireplaces, trickling streams and even Tibetan monasteries.
It might not drown out the sound of the guys returning to the hotel from their “team-building dinner” at 2am, but it’ll help to smooth out the noise of traffic and air-conditioning.
Cancel the chatter and clatter
Many business-travellers now swear by noise-cancelling headphones, which block out distractions and racket and can subtly let fellow travelers know that you’d prefer to not engage in lively conversation. Researchers disagree on the effectiveness of binaural beats for everything from creativity to concentration, but many students, academics and entrepreneurs find that they help with focus the mind.
Most mobile devices have decent battery-life nowadays, but the size and brightness of their screens and the plethora of apps running on them can drain that very quickly. Save your battery by switching off anything you don’t need: BlueTooth, location, mobile data and so on, as well as apps you’re not using. Switching your phone to Flight mode will also save battery power. Travellers increasingly user power-banks to boost battery-life, but Weir suggests reading users’ product reviews before buying one, as some are far more efficient than others.
Back up and go
Save your important documents – scans of your passport if you’re travelling internationally – as well as hotel reservations and travel itineraries, and take pictures and screenshots of them on your phone. That all-important PowerPoint presentation? Use a file-hosting service like Dropbox to put it in the cloud so you can access it wherever you need to.
If you’re a regular business traveller make a point of emptying all your luggage every few weeks. You’ll probably find you’ve accumulated flash-drives, USB adaptors and stationery and other stuff that takes up space and adds weight.
Everyone from business travelers to backpackers loves the portability of laptops, but while they’re lighter than ever, those with bigger screens can be bulky. One option is to travel with a tablet, which offers the efficiency of a laptop while taking up less space. If you need to do a lot of inputting while you’re on the road, get a flexible keyboard that can be rolled up until need, or pair your tablet or smartphone with a laser projection keyboard. It’s a clever gizmo that projects a full-sized QWERTY keyboard onto any flat surface, allowing you to type pretty much anywhere.
We’ve all seen the infographics showing how smartphones combine all the devices we once owned separately, like cameras, DVD- and CD-players, and that innovation continues. The Belkin Travel Rockstar combines a battery pack, surge protector and charger. It has three plug-ports (you may need an adaptor, depending on which plug configuration you use) and two USB ports.
Still not high-tech enough? Try Pluggage, a smart suitcase produced by luggage brand www.delsey.com that has its own app. It’s available in three sizes and its features include fingerprint ID to lock and unlock it (you can also lock and unlock it using the app), interior lighting and speakers. It weighs itself, has integrated USB chargers for your devices, and GPS tracking notifies you when it’s on a luggage carousel at the airport or being loaded onto or off a flight.
Technology In Accounting – Race For Relevance
Change is not just coming, it’s already here and the rate of change is growing exponentially.
Change is not just coming, it’s already here and the rate of change is growing exponentially. The recent research from ACCA around the race for relevance talks of six key technologies (Analytics, Artificial intelligence, Cloud computing, Cyber, Social and Robotic process automation), likely to present opportunities that challenge our traditional ways of working to all businesses, including SMEs – as well as their finance function.
The report explains that whatever the size of the business, technology change is having an impact.
It is imperative for SMEs to understand these technologies and start to, at least, plan. Failure to capture opportunities runs the risk of businesses being marginalised.
Technological advances provide finance functions with significant opportunities to play a valued role in maximising the organisation’s strategic ambitions and in how it is evolving. Not of all the key technologies may be relevant to all immediately, however, understanding which of them apply and can deliver value, is important.
In this corporate race for future relevance, recognising the opportunity is essential. Organisations are in a race to remain relevant to their customers and communities. Adapting and embracing technological changes in business is critical. Companies who leverage new technology well are going to win big in business. If CFO’s are to remain in decision making roles the need to understand the importance of data analytics is crucial. Businesses need forward thinking CFO’s who:
- understand how to use the information available to them to provide strategic insight in real time;
- capture, measure, report and predict future performance in a much more agile manner to support better and quicker decision making;
- ensure they have in place effective and efficient processes that satisfy the overall business requirements of finance.
This is not to say that there is one approach. No single model fits all finance teams but there is an overall direction of travel. However, its not enough to become more efficient, but finance function must assist businesses to make decisions based on the right data. To achieve the goal of transforming the finance function, the CFO needs an understanding of the emerging technologies and the opportunities available. The CFO must ensure that there is sufficient governance of the data sources, be these internal or externally generated, to provide insights based upon ‘one version of the truth’.
In realising the finance technology strategy, it should be remembered that this is often a partnership between the Information Technology (IT) team and the finance function. As business partnering has affected the relationship between finance and its customers so the same process can be replicated in the relationship between finance and IT.
By 2020, organisations are expected to gain $1.2 trillion in business from their slower-to-adapt peers. How do you, as the accounting professional, influence this today? How do you work with IT to thrive in this age of change?
Register A Company In South Africa
With over 120 Start-up Services, Company Partners is the perfect Partner for Company, Tender and Contract compliance.
Company Partners is the leading Company Registration Service Provider in South Africa, offering a One-Stop-Shop for all the Company Registration and Tender Compliance Documents.
With over 120 Start-up Services, Company Partners is the perfect Partner for Company, Tender and Contract compliance.
Established in 2006, Company Partners guarantees that the services they offer meet the standards of the best in the industry. Over 30 full-time Consultants offer services and standards of the highest quality.
Company Registration Benefits
Your Company Structure is the first consideration you need to make when you want to register a new Company at the CIPC. The preferred choice of a legal entity for most Businesses is a Pty Company.
- You protect your personal life and assets from your business when you register a company. If one runs a business, it is necessary to operate in a safe legal structure where your business assets and risks are separated from your personal ones.
- You look more professional when you operate under a registered company name. If you want to obtain a large contract or a tender, it appears more professional to trade in a Pty Company capacity than in your own name.
- Most Suppliers and Government Departments require businesses to be registered as a Company to apply for their Tenders and Contracts.
How to Register a Company
Step 1: Complete and submit the easy online sign-up form here.
Step 2: Your dedicated Consultant will call you to assist you with any questions you may have.
Step 3: Email your ID and easy supported documents – which your Consultant will explain.
Step 4: Within a few days you will receive your brand new Company ready to use for Tenders and Contracts, via email. You can contact your Consultant at any time on a toll-free number.
Need a Company fast? Perhaps consider a Shelf Company
Company Partners offer a variety of Shelf Company Options to suit your needs, including 2016- year Registration Number Shelf Companies. Within 24 hours after purchase, you will receive the registered Shelf Company.
You can start using your Company Registration Number and Bank Account (for income) immediately.
Each Shelf Company includes a 2016 Year Registration Number, Free Share Certificates, a Free ‘Tax Number’ and a Free ‘Official BEE Affidavit’.
You can also make use of a Nedbank Business Bank Account that’s active for your Shelf Company.
Luckily, getting your own Shelf Company is easy in terms of compliance. All that’s required is that you are at least 18 years of age, an ID document / Passport and a South African Business Address.
Why use Company Partners to Register a Company?
Fast timeframes: Your Company will be registered fast and effectively online. Your documentation is set-up in less than 24 hours, after which CIPC will process it.
Simple requirements: The only requirement for Company Registration is an ID / Passport. Everything gets done online, so you can be based anywhere in South Africa or the World.
Dedicated Consultant: Your own dedicated professional Consultant takes care of the entire process – he or she is available on his / her email and also on a toll-free number.
Professional Service: With years of experience of representing our Clients in Government, the entire process runs smoothly over the Internet. No lost documents and no frustration.
Company Partners completes all necessary applications correctly and reviews all the paperwork for you. You simply have to wait for your company documents via e-mail, confirming when you may start trading using your registration detail.
After Company Registration
Any new Business needs guidance to prepare for Tenders and Contracts. After Company Partners gets you registered for your Company, Company Partners can assist you through the entire Company start-up process (optional).
That means they will ensure you have everything you need for a Tender or Contract application like a new PTY Company, BEE, Tax Clearance, VAT Registration, Logo Design, Website, Business Plan, COID, Letter of Good Standing, NHBRC, Accounting, Payroll and more.
To start, just complete and submit the easy application form here and a friendly Consultant will contact you. Alternatively contact Company Partners toll-free on 0800 007 269 (toll-free from landlines and cell phones).
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