IN an open Allan Gray entrepreneurship challenge for Grade 8 to 12 learners in South Africa, Sara Gopal from Riebeek College Girls’ High School in Uitenhage has won second position out of 5 000 participants.
The entrepreneurship challenge is run by the Alan Gray Foundation and learners have on a daily basis to compete entrepreneurial challenges on internet.
Three Riebeek learners are doing particularly well in the competition: Teneal Rudman and Sara Gopal are among the top 30 whilst Jessica Craill is among the top 100. These positions vary daily.
One of the challenges was a competition in itself, the Business Pitch Challenge and the top 7 learners were invited to Cape Town to present their pitch in person.
This is where Sarah Gopal was the runner-up with her “Ice Cream Dream” pitch. Sara, in Grade 9, won a cash prize.
Entrepreneurship Challenge (Alan Gray Foundation) wrote on their Facebook page: “Challenge 24 of 60: Pitch Contest?. Thank you to SA Innovation Summit for hosting us so well as our top 7 pitched for their share of R50k!
After some seriously impressive pitches, our young entrepreneurs walked away with cash to help bring their business ideas to life! Well done to our winners:
1st - R25 000: Kai Parsons, Cedar House School; 2nd - R10 000: Sara Gopal, Riebeek College Girls’ High School; 3rd - R7 000: Nina Lewis, Herschel Girls’ School.”