“The GSEA awards allow us to identify and help nurture the aspiring entrepreneurs of tomorrow,” said member of the EO, Ross Drake in a press release to Ventureburn.
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“South Africa is in need of entrepreneurial talent, people who can identify gaps and provide solutions thereby contributing to growing and improving our economy.
“We are committed to helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses and believe the students who are just starting out need as much support as they can get,” Drake continued.
Recently the GSEA announced the owner of Amangie Parables, Amanda Jojo as the SA winner during the awards in Cape Town. Jojo also received a cash prize of R1000 and secured her place in the final in Germany where she will compete among 50 other young entrepreneurs on 27 to 29 April 2017.
The GSEA aims to grow young entrepreneurs through an injection of cashflow and mentorship
“I am honoured to win this competition. It will enable me to grow my business and I look forward to learning all that I can,” said Jojo.
To enter the awards, contestants needed to demonstrate that they’re successfully running a business for six months at the least while studying. Their business also needed to have an annual turnover of R65 000.
Five other finalists from across SA also took part in the German qualifiers:
- MA Holdings — is an online company offering university courses.
- FutureShop — Futureshop is an online comparative site which compares and finds products for customers, they also deliver to their customers front door.
- Creatives United — Is a marketing company with focuses on the entertainment industry.
- Uyitolotolo — Assists SMEs with their daily problems, they also assist them with strategy design and implementation as well as business linkage facilitation.
- ODDJOBS — Is a job site that provides jobs that can be completed and paid for within an hour with no long-term commitments.
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