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The Grand Finale to our Entrepreneur Competition

The Grand Finale to our Entrepreneur Competition
September 19, 2018 gnuworld

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.

the workspace entrepreneur competition finale

The finale 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.

entrepreneur competition finale food snacks
entrepreneur competition finale food snacks
entrepreneur competition finale food snacks
entrepreneur competition finale food snacks
entrepreneur competition finale drinks snacks
entrepreneur competition finale food snacks

Speaking at the event

Thanks to Xander van Biljon, who served as master of ceremonies for the event.

Xander van Biljon entrepreneur competition MC

Xander van Biljon, our MC.

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.

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dr jannie botha entrepreneur competition judge

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.

phakiso tsotetsi the hookup dinner hud the workspace

 

Phakiso Tsotetsi , co-founder of The Hookup Dinner.

The competition finalists

Well done to all the finalists, who worked so hard and whose businesses made it into the final five.

Get to know more about each of the entrepreneurs who made it to the competition finale with our personal profiles, or find out about their businesses.

The finalists included Dwyka Mining Services, Loyal 1, Matla Risk Services, Minatlou Trading 251 and Sindi’s Best for All.

dwyka mining services entrepreneur competition
loyal 1 entrepreneur competition
matla risk management services entrepreneur competition
minatlou trading 251 entrepreneur competition
sindis best for all entrepreneur competition

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.

the workspace entrepreneur competition winner loyal 1
entrepreneur competition winner loyal 1 certificate
entrepreneur competition winner prize giving

Congratulations to this year’s winner, Loyal 1.

Congratulations to Sindi’s Best for All for securing second place in the competition.

Sindi’s Best for All has won free office space at The Workspace for six months, along with valuable business strategy and consulting sessions with Phakiso Tsotetsi, Oxigen Communications and Opulentus Wealth.

the workspace entrepreneur competition 2nd second place sindis best for all
the workspace entrepreneur competition 2nd second place certificate
the workspace entrepreneur competition 2nd second place prize giving

Sindi’s Best for All, in second place.

Also, very well done to Minatlou Trading 251, for securing third place. Minatlou Trading 251 has won free office space at The Workspace for three months and business strategy and consulting sessions with Phakiso Tsotetsi, Oxigen Communications and Opulentus Wealth.

the workspace entrepreneur competition 3rd third place minatlou trading
the workspace entrepreneur competition 3rd third place certificate
the workspace entrepreneur competition 3rd third place prize giving

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.

the workspace entrepreneur competition judges

Thanks to the judges: Beyers Muller, Willie du Plessis, Mari Schourie, Dr. Jannie Botha and Phakiso Tsotetsi.

Thanks also to the generous competition sponsors, which along with The Workspace and MiWay Business Insurance, included WebArtist, Opulentus Wealth and Oxigen Communications.

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!

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