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2017-11-14 06:00
Kai Parsons

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An entrepreneurial competition has inspired learners from Rondebosch and Kenilworth to consider studying towards business professions.

The learners made it to the top 20 of the Allan Gray Entrepreneurship Challenge (AGEC).

Their achievement was rewarded at a ceremony in Woodstock on Saturday 7 ­November.

Two of four learners from the southern suburbs who did so well in the competition say the competition’s challenging and making it to the top 20 nationally taught them a lot about business and problem solving.

Sammer Shaboodien of Bishops in Rondebosch and Kai Parsons of Cedar House in Kenilworth spoke to People’s Post about their experience a few days after the awards ceremony.

Anthony Selley, head of game play of the competition, says a hundred schools from around the country participated in the six-week competion, which was held for the first time this year from Monday 14 August to Friday 22 September.

The aim of the competition was to nurture an entrepreneurial mindset among Grade 8 to 11 learners, and to educate them on how best to act and think like ­entrepreneurs.

Kai, who won second place, says the competition changed his perspective on entrepreneurship and being one of the top achievers means he has potential in the business world.

He says he could not believe it when the announcement was made because a few weeks before the finals he wanted to give up and withdraw because the challenges were becoming tougher and required a lot of effort.

Kai says: “Though there was no preparation needed, I had to do research and learn about technology in the business sector. I would spend hours and sacrificed my after-school activities to prepare. There were new challenges to be completed every day for six weeks. At some point I thought I stood no chance because I was not even in the top hundred and we were getting closer to the finals.

“I will definitely be an entrepreneur in future. The competition changed the way I used to see the business industry.”

Sammer adds that the challenges included essay answers, and saw learners accumulating the most points going to the next level.

He says it helped him get a bigger picture of entrepreneurship and it was a great experience for him.

He calls on other schools to encourage learners to take advantage of competitions like these as they help learners discover the reality of what is happening in the work field, guiding them towards discovering their potential and interests.

The Western Cape was the top performing province in the challenge, with nine learners among the top 20.

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