Young entrepreneurs awarded

2019-07-11 06:00
Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien with the top 11 of this year's YouthStartCT competition.

Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien with the top 11 of this year's YouthStartCT competition.

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Young, budding entrepreneurs who took part in the City of Cape Town’s fourth #YouthStartCT competition were rewarded during an award ceremony held at the Civic Centre on Tuesday 25 June.

The #YouthStartCT Challenge is a start-up programme which aims to contribute to skills development and innovation, and encourages entrepreneurship in Cape Town.

It is in partnership with the City; mobile network operator, MTN; various higher education training institutions and Radisson Red, among others.

For the first time, the competition saw two finalists taking the third prize. They each walked away with R15 000, a full year incubation from False Bay Technical and Vocational Education and Training College which includes learning, coaching, market linkages and access to mini-factories; a handset and mobile data from MTN, and branding and promotional materials from branding company, Acom.

Jade Wyngaardt of Click Africa Digital took honours with her concept Afriversity, which assists South African entrepreneurs from low resource areas with practical tools, training and mentorship to compete and be part of the digital economy, said the aim of starting the organisation was to empower as many young people as possible.

Wyngaardt received a R50 000 cash prize towards the initiative, a one terabyte hard drive and unfettered access to meeting venues at the Radisson Red Hotel

Click Africa Digital provides online marketing solutions to small businesses using a graduate programme by placing youth that are digitally skilled in small businesses that need skills in order to participate in the digital economy. “#YouthStartCT has been an absolute accelerator. The funding (cash prize) and training we are receiving in order to refine these ideas and bring them forth has been phenomenal,” she explained.

The second place winner walked away with a R20 000 cash prize, a mobile handset and data for a year, and business advisory services, among others.

The funding will help buy three full work stations for their graduates.

Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien said he was proud of the finalists for their hard work and determination.

“Starting a business is extremely difficult, especially for young people. You being here only shows your capabilities. This is a stepping stone to successful business ventures,” Badroodien said.

He encouraged the young businessmen and women of the Parable of the Pencil and said that if they live by it, their businesses have a great chance of achieving great lengths.

“These five parables prepare you for the journey that you are about to embark on.”

Last year’s winner, Thabiso Mokomele who runs a clothing manufacturing business in Gugulethu, congratulated the finalists and said the competition will open doors to a lot of opportunities for them.

“It is no coincidence that you are here. You were to be here so that you could learn,” Mokomele said.

Young, budding entrepreneurs who took part in the City of Cape Town’s fourth #YouthStartCT competition were rewarded during an award ceremony held at the Civic Centre on Tuesday 25 June.

The #YouthStartCT Challenge is a start-up programme which aims to contribute to skills development and innovation, and encourages entrepreneurship in Cape Town.

It is in partnership with the City; mobile network operator, MTN; various higher education training institutions and Radisson Red, among others. For the first time, the competition saw two finalists taking the third prize. They each walked away with R15 000, a full year incubation from False Bay Technical and Vocational Education and Training College which includes learning, coaching, market linkages and access to mini-factories; a handset and mobile data from MTN, and branding and promotional materials from branding company, Acom.

Jade Wyngaardt of Click Africa Digital took honours with her concept Afriversity, which assists South African entrepreneurs from low resource areas with practical tools, training and mentorship to compete and be part of the digital economy, said the aim of starting the organisation was to empower as many young people as possible.

Wyngaardt received a R50 000 cash prize towards the initiative, a one terabyte hard drive and unfettered access to meeting venues at the Radisson Red Hotel

Click Africa Digital provides online marketing solutions to small businesses using a graduate programme by placing youth that are digitally skilled in small businesses that need skills in order to participate in the digital economy. “#YouthStartCT has been an absolute accelerator. The funding (cash prize) and training we are receiving in order to refine these ideas and bring them forth has been phenomenal,” she explained.

The second place winner walked away with a R20 000 cash prize, a mobile handset and data for a year, and business advisory services, among others.

The funding will help buy three full work stations for their graduates.

Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien said he was proud of the finalists for their hard work and determination.

“Starting a business is extremely difficult, especially for young people. You being here only shows your capabilities. This is a stepping stone to successful business ventures,” Badroodien said.

He encouraged the young businessmen and women of the Parable of the Pencil and said that if they live by it, their businesses have a great chance of achieving great lengths. “These five parables prepare you for the journey that you are about to embark on. There will be difficult times, but those will only prepare you for the good times that are about to follow.”

Last year’s winner, Thabiso Mokomele who runs a clothing manufacturing business in Gugulethu, congratulated the finalists and said the competition will open doors to a lot of opportunities for them.

“It is no coincidence that you are here. You were to be here so that you could learn as much as you can from each other,” Mokomele said.

Young, budding entrepreneurs who took part in the City of Cape Town’s fourth #YouthStartCT competition were rewarded during an award ceremony held at the Civic Centre on Tuesday 25 June.

The #YouthStartCT Challenge is a start-up programme which aims to contribute to skills development and innovation, and encourages entrepreneurship in Cape Town.

It is in partnership with the City; mobile network operator, MTN; various higher education training institutions and Radisson Red, among others.

For the first time, the competition saw two finalists taking the third prize. They each walked away with R15 000, a full year incubation from False Bay Technical and Vocational Education and Training College which includes learning, coaching, market linkages and access to mini-factories; a handset and mobile data from MTN, and branding and promotional materials from branding company, Acom.

Jade Wyngaardt of Click Africa Digital took honours with her concept Afriversity, which assists South African entrepreneurs from low resource areas with practical tools, training and mentorship to compete and be part of the digital economy, said the aim of starting the organisation was to empower as many young people as possible.

Wyngaardt received a R50 000 cash prize towards the initiative, a one terabyte hard drive and unfettered access to meeting venues at the Radisson Red Hotel

Click Africa Digital provides online marketing solutions to small businesses using a graduate programme by placing youth that are digitally skilled in small businesses that need skills in order to participate in the digital economy. “#YouthStartCT has been an absolute accelerator. The funding (cash prize) and training we are receiving in order to refine these ideas and bring them forth has been phenomenal,” she explained.

The second place winner walked away with a R20 000 cash prize, a mobile handset and data for a year, and business advisory services, among others.

The funding will help buy three full work stations for their graduates.

Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien said he was proud of the finalists for their hard work and determination.

“Starting a business is extremely difficult, especially for young people. You being here only shows your capabilities. This is a stepping stone to successful business ventures,” Badroodien said.

He encouraged the young businessmen and women of the Parable of the Pencil and said that if they live by it, their businesses have a great chance of achieving great lengths. “These five parables prepare you for the journey that you are about to embark on. There will be difficult times, but those will only prepare you for the good times that are about to follow.”

Last year’s winner, Thabiso Mokomele who runs a clothing manufacturing business in Gugulethu, congratulated the finalists and said the competition will open doors to a lot of opportunities for them.

“It is no coincidence that you are here. You were to be here so that you could learn as much as you can from each other,” Mokomele said.

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