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YouthStartCT Entrepreneurial Challenge winners announced <p>​We have come to the end of yet another exciting and successful #YouthStartCT entrepreneurial challenge for 2018. </p><p>The City of Cape Town hosted an awards ceremony at the Civic Centre last night where we announced the overall winner and the rest of the top 13 finalists. </p><p>When the competition started three months ago, we began with more than 100 talented young entrepreneurs who have shown the potential to succeed in the business world with the proper support.</p><p>#YouthStartCT is about providing a platform for the abundance of creative business ideas our young people possess. By growing their businesses and employing more people, young entrepreneurs can also help other young people break free from the shackles of unemployment and hopelessness.</p><p>This innovative programme is a clear example of the goals in the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan to promote economic inclusion. </p><p>Over the last month, the 100 finalists have been put through their paces by the False Bay College Centre of Entrepreneurship – Rapid Incubator to hone their business development skills and participants went through various rounds of pitching innovative ideas to determine the overall winner.  </p><p>After yet another exciting edition, I am happy to announce the following young business owners as the winners of the 2018 #YouthStartCT:</p><p>First place: Thabiso Eroll Mokomele from Gugulethu - owner of T-Squared Clothing.</p><p>This home-grown clothing brand carries slogans that encourage people to push past the limitations of poverty. The sign above the door of his garage in Gugulethu, where he hand crafts the garments, says it all: ‘There is no success without hardship’. What started as Thabiso’s hobby back in high school and a way to support his studies 10 years ago has become a rising brand that is making an impact and serves as an inspiration to young people in the country. The business has grown to a point where he employs other young people to work with him. He has also opened a store in Johannesburg. </p><p>Thabiso has won a R10 000 cash prize, a laptop and further business training support. <br> <br>Second Place: Nomfundo Mabaso from Burgundy Estate - owner of Grey Pepper </p><p>Grey Pepper is a promotional and marketing material supplier.<br>They brand items for organizations to use for marketing. This is where their client’s ideas become tangible, creating unforgettable practical marketing materials that will create a long-lasting good impression for the intended customers.</p><p>Grey Pepper provides services to private companies, government organisations, schools, entertainment companies, promotions companies and any industry that requires their services.</p><p>Nomfundo wins a laptop, a printer and targeted business support. </p><p>Third place: Khuliso Stanley Muthige from Tokai, founder of Educate</p><p>Educate provides educational services to South African youth and adults who are attending various learning institutions. They offer tutoring and mentorship programmes through a digital online platform. The company takes full advantage of the ever-expanding technological arena. It also creates employment by working with graduates and students who are interested in nurturing fellow students, sourced from its database of screened students across all subjects. <br>Khuliso’s prize includes a printer, access to Innovation Hub which has boardroom facilities, internet and workspace/office desk space and targeted business support.<br>The top three have made it through various play-off rounds over the past three months. </p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slides="3" data-slide="1" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/youthstart11.jpg" alt="" style="width:733px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b></b></a>#YouthStartCT entrepreneurial challenge for 2018. </p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/youthstart22.jpg" alt="" style="width:1114px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b>#YouthStartCT entrepreneurial challenge for 2018. .</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/youthstart33.jpg" alt="" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b>#YouthStartCT entrepreneurial challenge for 2018. </p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</p></div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 3</div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​</div></div></div></div>​​</span><p> </p><p>We have been really impressed by the growth shown by the 100 finalists, in particular the overall winners. </p><p>The top three have shown great development over the last month of the competition. Every week they have applied the new information and skills learned in training and have adjusted their ideas and business practice in order to achieve growth.</p><p>This will serve them very well for the future and what they want to achieve with their businesses, particularly around creating employment in their communities, which is at the heart of the competition.</p><p>My message to all contestants was that they were all winners by having the courage to step out and pursue their own ideas and make it a reality. I encourage all the contestants to use the training going forward to constantly improve and grow their businesses. </p><p>The City of Cape Town is grateful to its partners, the Raymond Ackerman Academy at the University of Cape Town; the University of the Western Cape’s Centre for Entrepreneurship; Standard Bank; and the Small Enterprise Development Agency for assisting us to be able to host this competition for a third year.</p><p>It is through their support for this initiative that we see the success achieved by Thabiso, Nomfudo and Khuliso. This is an example of how government and the private sector can come together to push for economic growth that will lead to employment opportunities, especially for the youth. </p><p>This challenge is an accelerator programme for start-up entrepreneurs where the overarching aim is to contribute to skills development, innovation, and the development of entrepreneurship in Cape Town.</p><p>We hope more young entrepreneurs in Cape Town will be on the lookout for the #YouthStartCT challenge and take up the opportunity to grow in 2019.  </p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-06-20T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#5ee99e0f-4d7a-4e4d-b113-662d520eca07;L0|#05ee99e0f-4d7a-4e4d-b113-662d520eca07|Youth developement programme;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#8936016a-84b9-4e4e-8cd2-e10102f00d77;L0|#08936016a-84b9-4e4e-8cd2-e10102f00d77|YouthStart;GP0|#426f33a2-4cf0-4de1-9b5b-d1e5123efbe4;L0|#0426f33a2-4cf0-4de1-9b5b-d1e5123efbe4|Gugulethu1

 

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