The Western Cape Government is pleased to announce the 2014 finalists of the Premier's Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards.
Three finalists have been selected in each of the five categories following a province-wide call for entries and an independent judging process. They represent a diverse range of businesses covering activities such as:
- Food production.
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, said one of his key goals was to foster a strong culture of entrepreneurship.
“The annual Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards is the showcase event for entrepreneurship in our province. It allows us to identify inspiring, high-potential entrepreneurs, and to recognise them for the important role they are playing in putting Western Cape business on the global map, and for creating growth and jobs in our economy,” Winde said.
“Entrepreneurs don’t only create jobs – they spur innovation, make our province and country more competitive, and create economic opportunities throughout the value chain in their respective industries. They also inspire others to follow in their spirit.”
This year, the Awards received more than 300 entries – a more than 300% increase compared to the inaugural competition last year. The awards recognise five categories: emerging business, established business, green business, social enterprise and student business idea.
The winners will be announced on 20 November at an awards ceremony hosted by Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism.