On the evening of 13 September, it was all excitement and nerves as the finalists, judges and spectators awaited the conclusion to our Entrepreneur Competition.
A collaboration between The Workspace and MiWay Business Insurance, the competition offered all South African entrepreneurs the chance of a lifetime – to win everything required to run a company in a prime Johannesburg business district for one full year.
The finale to the competition was hosted at our Wynberg branch, which took on a festive air with balloons, flowers, gifts and plenty of tempting snacks for participants and guests.
Speaking at the event
Thanks to Xander van Biljon, who served as master of ceremonies for the event.
After welcoming everyone and kicking off the evening, Xander handed over the mic. Mari Schourie, CEO of The Workspace, spoke about what the competition meant to our company, and Dr Jannie Botha talked about the finalists and the experience of judging the competition.
Mari Schourie, CEO of The Workspace, and Dr. Jannie Botha.
Next, Phakiso Tsotetsi – co-founder of The Hookup Dinner (THUD) – spoke about his journey with the entrepreneurs and played videos introducing each of the five competition finalists.
The competition finalists
Well done to all the finalists, who worked so hard and whose businesses made it into the final five.
The finalists: Rethabile M. Letlala (Thabi) of Dwyka Mining Services; Tshireletso TY Hlangwane of Loyal 1; Nthabiseng Moodie of Matla Risk Management Services; Mpho Patience Mpatane (Mphokie) of Minatlou Trading 251; and Sindiswa Beverley Molete (Sindi) of Sindi’s Best for All.
The winner and runners-up
Well done to the winner of our 2018 Entrepreneur Competition, Loyal 1!
Loyal 1 has won prizes valued at R350,000, including one year’s free office space at our Johannesburg CBD branch of The Workspace.
Congratulations to this year’s winner, Loyal 1.
Sindi’s Best for All, in second place.
Minatlou Trading 251, in third place.
Thanks to the judges and sponsors
Thanks very much to the competition judges, who had the most difficult task of all – selecting winners from among all the entries that were received.
This was the culmination of many months of hard work, getting to know the entrepreneurs, watching their skills develop and researching their businesses.
What comes next?
This year’s Entrepreneur Competition was such an inspiring experience. More than a competition, it was a process – one that involved really getting to know extraordinary South African entrepreneurs with a diverse range of businesses and contributing to their skills development.
This is something The Workspace would like to continue – so be on the look-out for another Entrepreneur Competition in 2019.
Well done to the competition winner and runners-up, and to all the entrepreneurs who participated in this year’s competition. Good luck with your businesses – we know you’ve got what it takes!