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Winners of the ORT JET Business And Mentors Awards Are Announced

The Annual ORT JET award ceremony took place on Thursday, 23 November, at the newly-renovated ORT SA offices.





Winners of ORT JET Business and Mentors awards were announced for 2017. Winners received  Floating Trophies as well as certificates, books and gift packs.

A very big congratulations to the following winners:

1. The ORT JET Business of the Year Award – Robert Horowitz (Plastics Direct)

“I would like to thank ORT JET for everything they have done. I’ve been with ORT JET for about 5 years. It’s not a quick-term fix to be involved with ORT JET. You need to grow and develop with them…I think ORT JET is a great organisation and I’m looking forward to future growth,” – Robert Horowitz

Related: The Mentorship Challenge – Behind Every Great Leader Is A Great Mentor

2. The Sheldon Cohen ORT JET Mentor of the Year Award – Ian Janet (Coaching and Mentoring for High Performance)

“I’ve been involved with ORT JET for many, many years and it’s been an absolute pleasure and privilege being involved with an organisation where we can work one-on-one, or in groups, with people … I enjoy working one-on-one because of the impact you can have on a person’s life, especially at ORT JET, where most of the businesses are individuals. Working one-on-one, you are not only helping the business and the impact that the business has on the economy and on everyone else, but the person as well … and the impact that has on the world…It [ORT JET] is an incredible organisation. It’s a great privilege to be involved,” – Ian Janet

Ronnie Kagan (Closing the Deal) gave an exhilarating elevator-pitch following the awards, cleverly explaining various lessons and how to ‘close the deal’ through the eyes of a child wanting a cookie. The event was brought to a close by Helene Itzkin (ORT JET Manager and  ORT SA Business Development Manager).

Nominees and Thanks:

Nominees for the ORT JET Business of the Year 2017 were:

  • Nadine Hocter (Sheer Bliss)
  • Nadine and Harry Meyerowitz (Western Gas)
  • Adam Swartz (Stickman Group)
  • Lance Katz (Intellivet)
  • Orit Taback (Orit’s Bakery)
  • Mishanth Ardithpersad (Strata Game Changers)
  • Brandon Blumenau (Dreyer Linen)
  • David Kitley (Infinomatix)
  • Robert Horowitz (Plastics Direct).

Nominees for The Sheldon Cohen ORT JET Mentor of the Year 2017 were:

  • Steve Hochfeld (Hochfeld Grains)
  • Ian Davis (Industrial Development Corporation)
  • Mike Said (MikeSaidWhat?)
  • Michael Harf (Aquaspresso)
  • Gary Epstein (Quickbooks)
  • Ian Janet (Coaching and Mentoring for High Performance)
  • Orenna Krut
  • Sally Liebowitz
  • Ian Mann (Gateways Business Consultants).

Related: 5 Business Lessons From Billionaire Mentors

ORT JET would like to extend thanks to its sponsors:

  • Flowers from Saskia Bandd (The Florist Johannesburg)
  • Nougat from Mark Sack (Sally Williams Fine Honey Nougat)
  • Ice-cream from Chani Lavine (Gellatisimo Ice Cream)
  • Photography by Adasah Flaum (Picture Every Moment Photography)
  • Nick Christelis for his keynote address and books
  • Books from Ian Mann (Gateways Consultants).

ORT JET extends a big thank you to the 2017 trainers:

  • Michael Harf
  • Dina Cramer
  • Mike Said
  • Jona Blecher
  • Ian Mann
  • Sarah Malape
  • Lori Milner
  • Ian Janet
  • Dina Diamond
  • Ronnie Kagan
  • Mel Stamelman
  • Jacqui Martheze
  • Justin Berman
  • Elaine Harman
  • Angela Hardy
  • Erich Viedge
  • Natan Pollack
  • Nadia Lang
  • David Zidel
  • Caryn Katz.

Last but certainly not least, many thanks to the ORT JET Panel Members:

  • Steve Hochfeld
  • Philip Rabinowitz
  • Robert Cohen
  • Errol Hurwitz
  • Steve Zagey
  • Ellis Falkof
  • Frank Davidson
  • Rowan Swartz
  • Clive Richards.

Steve Zagey (ORT SA and ORT JET Trustee), Nick Christelis (Managing Partner of Nick Christelis and Associates, a consultancy specialising in aligning strategy, people and performance) presented at the awards and shared their insights into what a leader really means.  With decades of experience, Nick Christelis shared his insights into the attributes of a leader.

Comparing leaders to an arrow, Nick broke down the components of an arrow:

The arrow-head gives intention, direction and leading. At the tip of the arrow head there is purpose, which answers the question “Why are we doing what we are doing? Why are we here?”

Following purpose comes vision: “Your vision is a mental image of what your life will be like if you are living your purpose.”

Lastly is strategy. “The broad, overall strategy is how you are going to get to where you are going,” Nick explains.

The shaft pushes the arrow, which translates to the management and execution. Managers have goals, plans and behaviour. One cannot work without the other. “Human beings don’t want to be managed, they want to be led,” Nick explains.

The fletchings are stability, resonating with company values. These keep the arrow stable, they keep your journey on its correct course.

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FNB Sets Its Sights On Growing Female Entrepreneurs In South Africa

First National Bank looks to grow women entrepreneurship in South Africa.





FNB has set its sights on growing women owned and led businesses in South Africa, a commitment that has seen the bank enter into partnerships to facilitate mentorship for some of the most promising enterprises.

The bank has a good foundation to build on, as 38% of all new business accounts opened with FNB Business are either led or owned by women, highlighting an already established entrepreneurial momentum.

“We are cognisant of the fact that neither government nor corporate South Africa are going to be the sole sources of job creation. We therefore have an obligation to support and grow entrepreneurship. Partnerships such as the one entered into with International Finance Corporation (IFC) enables us to assist in developing women owned business,” says Michelle Geraghty, Head of Women in Business at FNB Business.

Over the last few years, FNB has, through a partnership with the Vumela Fund, assisted businesses such asSAIL, a leading skills and training institute that offers a range of qualifications to the public sector, and Toni Glass who produce a collection of world class tea, to not only scale effectively, but to bolster each of the business’s offering to market.

Related: Watch List: 50 Black African Women Entrepreneurs To Watch

“Our approach is to, much like we have done with the likes of Sail and Tony Glass, enable qualifying women owned businesses in their growth curve by offering help that includes transact, lending, investing and insuring solutions. This will include facilitating the registration of the business online via the FNB registrations system which links to CIPC, to Instant accounting and payroll solutions aimed at reducing operating costs for the business. This will also extend to support in the incubation stage of selected businesses through Vumela. We will carry this right through to private equity funding,” explains Geraghty.

Vumela was established as an innovative model that is aimed at filling the gaps in the current SME funding and support landscape. While Vumela is an SME growth fund, it also functions as the bank’s primary Enterprise Development and Supply Development vehicle, able to fulfil both SME funding and growth needs, and corporate ESD requirements, avenues that FNB will be making use of.

FNB also intends on tracking jobs created through these initiatives to ensure a trickledown effect that not only benefits the business owner but also increases the overall number of women participating in business in South Africa.

“The need to grow the number of women in business is one that if done correctly, can address many of the disparities and anguish that women continuously face. Access to fair opportunities to grow their businesses and in turn make a real impact on the South African economy,” concludes Geraghty.

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Great Bunch Of Entrepreneurs Make Top 10 In The Workspace/MiWay Competition

The top 10 in The Workspace/MiWay entrepreneur competition have been selected.





After an intense four-month process, the top 10 contenders in The Workspace/MiWay Entrepreneur competition have been notified that they’re through to the next round. These entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses to the judges, who will then whittle down the number of contenders to five, from which the winner will be chosen.

“There has been great excitement over the past four months. As every single new entry came in, we would clap our hands and cheer,” said Mari Schourie, CEO of The Workspace. It was a tough job judging all the entries to reach the top 20 submissions, she said, before having to find the top 10.

“We’ve had really strong entries submitted by people with good business knowledge,” said Schourie. “You can see the willingness to work hard and the great amount of effort they have put into their initiatives.”

Schourie said judges saw “wonderful ideas and fabulous business minds and quality people with big dreams shine through the entries”.

The top 10 are:

  1. Loyal 1
  2. Dwyka Mining Services
  3. Minatlou Trading 251
  4. Sindis Best for all
  5. Convergence Three
  6. Zinde Zinde
  7. Matla Risk Management
  8. Artsort Trading
  9. Iconic Talent Agency
  10. Nthedikgwadi Transport Services

Related: How to Name (Or In Some Cases, Rename) Your Company

Schourie said she wished she could tell President Cyril Ramaphosa, who supports the growth of small business as an economic driver, “the ideas and the passion that these business owners have is inspiring and should be focused on more”.

The prize on offer – worth over R350 000 – will help set-up the winning entrepreneur for a period of 12 months, giving them a boost to help build their business.

Morné Stoltz, Head of Business Insurance at MiWay, said the theme that ran throughout the entries was that entrepreneurs wanted to make a difference and contribute to positive change in South Africa. “Many of the submissions focused on technical and developmental fields,” he said.

“Entrepreneurs recognise gaps in the market and see the potential for growth. Getting into the top 10 was not at all easy.”

Stoltz said South Africa had a “great bunch of entrepreneurs” and that standing together to give them a platform to launch was an exciting opportunity. “To grow our economy we need to help with skills development and give whatever assistance we can,” he said.

Part of the finalists’ road to the top includes a skills development programme for the top 10 entrants ahead of their important date to pitch their business plans to the judges.

As Schourie pointed out, it is vital to encourage South African citizens to act on their dreams and passions because “it can be a great success; they just need make that leap”.

Dates to watch:

  • 21 June: Top 10 skills development programme
  • 3 July: Top 10 pitches
  • 6 July: Top 5 announcement
  • 20 July: Final five workshops
  • 10 August: Final five pitches
  • 13 September: Winner announced

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Top 22 Start-ups Chosen For Final Selection Days – Startupbootcamp Africa

After receiving 1,004 applications from all over the world, the SBC team in conjunction with the programme’s corporate sponsors have narrowed the applicants down to 22 top-tier tech start-ups that will be invited to the Final Selection Days on July 11th and 12th at PwC’s headquarters in Cape Town.





SBC Africa received 1,004 total applications from 77 countries on 5 continents. The start-ups that applied were exceptionally impressive and have gained more traction in the market than the applicants for the 2017 cohort. The talent in Africa is phenomenal and the corporate sponsors and SBC team dedicated 2 weeks to narrow it down to the Top 22 to be invited to Final Selection Days.

“It’s been an intense process due to the exceptionally high calibre of start-ups applying to the programme from across the continent,” states Philip Kiracofe, co-founder and CEO of Startupbootcamp Africa. “From 1,004 applications we have managed to narrow down to 22 of the most creative teams tackling daunting African problems. One of the key differentiators for start-ups that participate in the SBC Accelerator is the opportunity to secure commercial contracts with our sponsors. In order to make it onto our Top 22, each start-up has been chosen by at least 2 sponsors for potential proof of concept projects. The 2018 cohort is already shaping up to be a milestone moment for Africa.”

Related: How to Name (Or In Some Cases, Rename) Your Company

Zachariah George, co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Startupbootcamp Africa added, “The investment community across Africa is taking note of the significant traction and access to market that being an alumni of a global accelerator programme like ours provides. We are excited to further galvanize venture capital funding into tech startups through significant de-risking of business models and customer validation with our corporate partners globally.”

From the 22 teams that have been invited to the SBC Africa Final Selection Days, 10 will be selected to join the 2018 cohort. Over the span of the two Final Selection Days, the startups in attendance will have the opportunity to present their pitches to high-profile corporate sponsors, investors, thought leaders and industry experts and will have the chance to sit down with mentors and sponsors alike. At the end of Day Two, the Top 10 will be announced and will be welcomed to the Cape Town-based Accelerator that kicks off in August. During the 3-month period, they will have the opportunity to scale at an incredible pace and seal pilot and proof of concept deals with the corporate sponsors to the programme.

The SBC Africa Accelerator is anchored and endorsed by heavyweight corporate sponsors RCS, BNP Paribas Personal Finance, Nedbank, Old Mutual and PwC.

“We’ve seen an increase in the quality of start-ups applying to the programme. The awareness of the value of the programme has increased and the success of the first year of the bootcamp speaks for itself. More mature start-ups are also seeing the benefits of participating in Startupbootcamp Africa,” comments Stanley Gabriel, Head of Innovation at Old Mutual.

The Top 22 start-ups invited to the Final Selection Days come from 7 different countries. The numbers are as follows: 8 from Nigeria, 5 from South Africa, 3 from Uganda, 2 from the Ivory Coast, 2 from Kenya, 1 from Ghana and 1 from Ireland.

Related: Entrepreneurship Is All About Overcoming Obstacles

The names of the start-ups invited to Final Selection Days by country:

  • Nigeria: Bankly Technologies, Biyabot, CredPal, FriendsVow, Kudimoney Bank, Medikal HMS, NebulaPay, and ZEEZZ Planet Solutions.
  • South Africa: Brandbookalytics Big Data, ifileme, LÜLA, Prospa, and Akiba Digital
  • Uganda: CoinPesa Ltd, RoundBob Uganda, and Swipe 2 Pay
  • Ivory Coast: Digitech Group, and DISTRICASH
  • Kenya: Kakbima, and MPost
  • Ghana: Inclusive Financial Technologies
  • Ireland: Pago Payments

It has been an incredible 3-month scouting journey for SBC Africa and now that the Top 22 have been announced, the Final Selection Days is the only hurdle left before the Accelerator officially kicks off on 13 August 2018.

There are high expectations for the Top 10 of 2018 and if the quality of the start-ups at this stage is any indication, 2018 is set to be a great success for the African tech and innovation ecosystem.

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