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The top 20 finalists in PwC’s Vision to Reality awards programme have been announced.
The companies chosen have not only made a difference in Africa with sharing their vision but were able to create revenue growth in their industry. Each is a dynamic and emerging company, which have shown successful growth and are some of Africa’s most outstanding tech companies.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Partner in charge of the Western Cape region, Danie Fölscher, reiterates this:
These businesses’ ability to inspire others and ignite a business from the start-up phase to leader in industry is a significant achievement
Having received 80 entries, PwC put the entrants through a validation process, which yielded 50 companies. From there the companies went through an additional desktop assessment and the top 20 finalists were chosen. “This year’s finalists were chosen from the most dynamic, enterprising and successful businesses,” adds Fölsche.
The 20 finalists will pitch at the SA Innovation Summit PwC Pitching Den. The SA Innovation Summit, which PwC has partnered with, provides a platform for finalists to make commercial connections with global investors, marketers, funders, and more. Unlike other competitions, there is no cash or equity prize, but rather a chance to make valuable connections.
The overall winner of the 2015 Vision to Reality awards programme will attend and present at the global PwC Accelerator conference. The conference showcases companies hand-picked by PwC’s Accelerator. They are shown worldwide to give them more visibility, credibility, a reputation boost, and introduce them to potential international partners.
The 20 finalists are as follows:
- Clear Sky Energy (Pty) Ltd
- Emerge Mobile and iKhokha
- Info Slips
- Open Box Software
- Origin Dynamic Systems (Pty) Ltd
- Overscore (Pty) Ltd
- Sea Monster Entertainment
- SNC (Stellenbosch Nanofibres Technology)
- SPARK Schools
- Telemedicine Africa (Pty) Ltd
- Traderoot Technologies
- Xpitec (Pty) Ltd
- 10X Investments
These innovative emerging companies are disruptive and are highly scalable businesses. They require professional services to add value to their goals and vision, and ensure they are sustainable
The first round will take place on 28 August at the PwC Pitching Den at the SA Innovation Summit, the top-10 up-and-coming companies will be selected by an independent panel of judges and be recognised at the SA Innovation ceremony.
PwC opened an Office in Cape Town at the Bandwidth Barn, which extended its reach to emerging companies and emerging startups. Fölsche says, “This initiative is in accordance with PwC’s strategic growth plans and means better industry knowledge and service for our clients, in particular in the privately held business sector market.”