The finalists of the Western Cape’s most prestigious entrepreneurship competition have been announced.
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, congratulated the 33 finalists in the Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (PERA).
The total prize money up for grabs this year is just over R2 million.
The awards ceremony at which the winners will be announced is set to take place on 23 November at the Century City Conference Centre.
Launched in 2013, PERA is an initiative of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, through which we honour excellence in entrepreneurship.
Minister Winde: “PERA continues to go from strength to strength. This year, we’ve had 333 entries, and since the launch in 2013, we have received 1 041 entries. We know that once you enter the competition, you start to think differently. With that comes a focus on finding innovative ways to improve your enterprise.”
Premier Helen Zille said: “Entrepreneurs are the engine room of our economy, they employ 500 000 people in this province. That is why since 2009, we have supported over 35 000 small businesses to grow. PERA forms part our suite of services for entrepreneurs and celebrates the important role they play in our economy. I wish every finalist well, and thank all entrants for their role in growing the economy and creating jobs.”
There are 11 categories this year. In each category, three finalists were selected. A winner will be announced in each category.
The overall winner will receive a cash prize and an overseas trip relevant to their field of expertise. The initiative also provides a platform for promotion and networking for entrepreneurs.
A panel of ten judges scored the finalists on a set of criteria including growth, jobs, innovation, industry relevance, sustainability, creativity and socio-economic impact.
Please click here for the PERA 2016 Finalists, which includes the West Coast Way and Darling Sweet!
Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
Western Cape Government
Physical Address: 142 Long Street, Cape Town
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