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The initiative aims to facilitate improved access to finance for small, medium and micro-sized enterprises. Entries close on 25 June.
Seda explained in a statement last week that the initiative provides small businesses from the agency’s branches and network of incubators, with tools on how to present their business cases effectively and efficiently to potential funders.
Entries for Season 4 of the Pitch & Perfect masterclasses and competition will close on 25 June
In addition, the initiative also assists entrepreneurs with access to markets, technology and finance.
Seda Pitch & Perfect masterclass facilitator Kgaladi Thema said the main aim of the programme is to attract investment funding and access to new markets which will enable small businesses to grow and become sustainable.
The agency said this year, 10 regional workshops and competitions will be held in each province to narrow the field down to the top small businesses that will then participate in the national competition.
The national competition will take place during the SA Innovation Summit between 11 and 13 September in Cape Town.
Those looking to participate in the initiative can also visit their nearest Seda branch or incubator, register as a client and request to be added to the registry for regional Pitch & Perfect sessions.
The agency’s branches, incubators and provincial offices together with the Seda Technology Programme will then select the best ideas and businesses cases to pitch in the regional competitions.
Judges for the competition include representatives from development finance institutions, commercial banks and from the venture capital sector.
Featured image: 2018 Seda Pitch & Perfect Gauteng winner Local Village Food founder Siphamandla Mangele (Small Enterprise Development Agency via Facebook)