Business ideas awes audience

2016-10-05 06:00
THE first prize winner of the provincial leg of the Engen Pitch & Polish workshop, Keaobaka Mokime, accepts his prize with pride.

THE first prize winner of the provincial leg of the Engen Pitch & Polish workshop, Keaobaka Mokime, accepts his prize with pride.

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KEAOBAKA MOKIME’S business idea proved to be the best after the Engen Pitch & Polish judges, and the audience, all cheered for him as the overall provincial winner.

With his pitch for his company Bolimi Bokamoso Pty Ltd, he scooped the R6 000 prize money after competing with other entrepreneural contestants at the Kimberley City Hall on Saturday (01/10).

During the annual workshop, entrepreneurs showed their potential and weaknesses in working with numbers in their businesses.

According to Mokime, it did not come as a surprise to him to be announced the overall winner, as he was well-prepared when he pitched his business idea to the audience.

After a process of scrutinising and questioning by the audience on figures, including his business plan, the audience shouted “Bolimi, Bolimi, Bolimi” when the winner was about to be announced.

“I feel very good and proud of myself for participating in this workshop and capitali-sing from it. That gave me the confidence that there is room for expansion in my business and that I understand what I am doing,” he added proudly.

According to Mokime’s business pitch, it is all about making a difference in the lives of farmers and creating jobs.

Based in Kuruman, he runs an agricultu-ral retail and training business where he gives training to farmers.

He revealed that his business has been up and running for four years now.

“I registered it to comply with the regulations. It is at a stage were it is showing a lot of improvement, putting me under a lot of pressure most of the time. I feel there is a need to provide the product that I give advice on.”

He said he is going to use the money that he won to expand his training sessions and on training manuals.

According to Mokime, the Northern Cape is in dire need of the services that he provides. Farmers had to travel to Gauteng to get hold of agricultural training service providers, which could cost aroung R12 000.

The workshop saw Donovan Pretorious as the runner-up and Siphiwe Wolf taking the third prize.

Pretorius was pitching for the promotion of Rubiks cubes at schools to promote Maths and Science.

A member of the audience, Rhulani Shivambo, who manages visits of learners to Naval Hill in Bloemfontein, was impressed with Pretorius’s pitch.

“My interest was caught, as I get many children visiting my tourist destination.

“Those kids can benefit from his product.

“Who knows, we might benefit from a skill transfer initiative,” Shivambo said.

The Pitch & Polish platform is designed to give local entrepreneurs the opportunity to have their ideas brainstormed, tested and challenged. Valuable feedback and insights, as well as winning cash prizes, formed part of the day.

Now in its seventh year, the free entrepreneurial workshop and competition are held in partnerships with Engen Petroleum Ltd, Nedbank, Raizcorp, SAfm and the Youth Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The national competition is expected to be held in Sandton on 10 November.

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