Finalists in entrepreneur competition selected

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Cape Town - After carefully sifting through a record number of entries, the 2014 Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year judging panel has selected 15 finalists to advance to the final round of the competition.

According to Christo Botes, spokesperson for the 2014 Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year competition, the number of entries received this year is a dramatic increase in comparison to the 2013 and 2012 competition.

“We are pleased to announce that we received 214 entries in 2014, which is the highest volume recorded to date and an increase of 21% compared to last year," said Botes.

He believes the quality and quantity of this year’s entries are a direct result of previous winners’ success, as well as the status which the competition has established for itself within the entrepreneurial community.

The 15 finalists operate in various sectors, the most prominent being the services and manufacturing sectors, with the majority originating from Gauteng and the Western Cape.

“Close on 30% of the entrants were located outside the four large metropolitan areas, which indicates that our rural economy continues to have thriving businesses, and that SMEs remain the backbone of those areas," said Botes.

“We also are delighted at the growth in the number of black entries as for the first time it grew to more than half the entries at 54.7%."

Female entries also reached a new high at 31.78%.

The 15 finalists are:         

- Wendy Kemp (Accountability Group);

- Dudu and Leema Mofokeng (Legaci Laundry and Dry Cleaners Services);

- Marthie Jansen Van Rensburg (Ekurhuleni Artisans and Skills Training Centre);

- Dr Michelle Booysen (P'etanque Consultancy)'

- Karabo Songo and Olatoye Amosun (Olive Communications);

- David Green (Thegreencompany Importers);

- Lorimer Gowar (Larrem);

- Johan Eksteen (Agricon);

- Adri and Faan Kruger (Tzaneen Country Lodge);

- Hans Van Aardt (Microworks);

- Theri Rossouw (Therific Naturals);

- Hassan Suleman (Form Force);

- Johan Kilian and Lukas Loots (Pie City);

- Daniel Guasco and Wayne Gosling (Groupon South Africa);

- Theresa Cupido (ATN Roadmarking and Civils).

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