Entrepreneurial challenge kicks off

2018-04-19 06:00

The City of Cape Town’s #YouthStartCT challenge is back for its third instalment.

The competition, now in its third year, is aimed at young adults between the ages of 18 and 35 who have innovative business ideas that can help grow the local economy and create employment in their communities.

Competition entries are now open for young entrepreneurs. Forms are available online at http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Jobs-and-opportunities/youthstartct-2018 or at one of the City’s libraries.

The City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department first launched #YouthStartCT in 2016, as part of its youth development initiatives.

The challenge is open to young adults aged between 18 and 35 who have existing businesses or start-up ideas that have the potential to stimulate economic growth and sustainable job creation.

This year the winners will be given the chance to partner with the City on projects that will uplift job seekers and provide sustainable employment opportunities.

“Entrepreneurs will present their business ideas in their entries. All the entries received will be reviewed, and the top 100 entries will be offered 10 weeks of after-hours mentoring in Cape Town,” said JP Smith, Mayoral Committee member for Safety and Security, and Social Services.

“Thereafter 20 finalists will be selected for the play-offs. The top 20 will be offered further mentoring. The top three winners will be announced at a gala event.”

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