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In celebration of Mandela Day on 18 July, Seed Engine is offering one hopeful South African entrepreneur a free ten-week course through their business startup competition.
The startup accelerator will grant early stage entrepreneurial hopefuls the chance to “build successful businesses” with free training via the company’s academy — a prize valued at R16 000. The South African entrepreneur with the best business plan will also have access to training classes in an accelerator-style model, which aim to develop leadership and business decision skills.
Jeff Miller, Seed Engine’s Chairman, says that he wants his company to follow in the stead of late former South African President, Nelson Mandela, by releasing those with potential from the shackles of economic oppressions:
“Whilst South Africa has gained democratic freedom, economic freedom is still out of the reach of many. We have a 25% rate of unemployment and entrepreneurship is not seen as a viable career option. There’s a desperate need for jobs and business creates these. Seed Engine wants to develop early stage entrepreneurs so that they can build successful businesses.”
Seed Engine currently offers entrepreneurial education and training, incubation, workspaces, mentorship and project acceleration to prospective and ambitious business people. Those who wish to enter the Mandela Day competition, are encouraged to subit their business plan to Seed Engine by 20 August. More information regarding Seed Engine and the competition, can be found here.
SAB is also having an entrepreneurial event in honour of Nelson Mandela.