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RECOGNISING AND REWARDING GREEN ENTREPRENEURS: PARTNERING FOR SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH

If you are passionate about your mature product or service that is ready to scale or take to market, and it is a product or service that has a beneficial impact on your community, ecology and industry, enabling a more sustainable and inclusive economy, we want to hear from you!

Entrepreneurs are the driving force of our economy, yet sometimes they lack the support that is needed in order for them to scale and grow into scalable and sustainable businesses. That’s where Green Pitch comes in. Our passion is to provide entrepreneurs with the opportunity to meet with a network that can provide support, funding and pilot projects with corporate. This event is designed to showcase creativity and design-thinking to business leaders across industry and, in doing so, bridge the gap between formal industry and entrepreneurs. This is the key to Africa’s emerging economy.

For entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs

As entrepreneurs, we at Green Pitch resonate with the needs of start-ups and their founders. Our goal is to match you with the company and opportunities that best suits your needs. Tell us your needs, and we will do our best to make things happen for you. Be it mentorship, training, talent, funding, corporate collaborations – we’ve got you covered.

Entry Criteria

Is your company innovative and scalable? Are you creating a positive change in your community? Is your passion to build a sustainable business environment? Do you have needs in order to scale up? Green pitch is for you!

Green Pitch nominees have to measure up
to a robust 6 Capitals scorecard to validate their net positive contribution towards a sustainable and inclusive economy.

Entries close on the 15th of June, space is limited, be sure not to miss your spot!

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Selection process

All entries will be pre-screened based on the entry criteria. Thereafter our independent panel will shortlist the top 10 companies that will take part in the programme on the 28th of June.

How will it work?

During the programme on the 28th of June, you will have a schedule of match-up meetings you will attend, as well as mentorship sessions. On the 29th of June, the top 10 will pitch at the African Sustainability Summit to an audience of industry leaders, corporate and other organisations that are bustling to meet you at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

28th of June | Programme Overview

Workshop: Pitch training & Mentorship

During the morning you will learn how to perfect your pitch in order to deliver the key components of your business in a very short period of time. Yes, the classic elevator pitch. Why is this important? We believe that at any stage of business, it is critical to have a sharp delivering pitch. In today’s fast paced world, you never know if you are talking to your launching customer or a corporate who is looking for someone like you to solve an innovation problem, perhaps even an investor who could fund your business. Furthermore, this session will prepare you for your pitches to take place at the Africa Sustainability Summit.

Match-ups: Corporates & Support

You will spend the afternoon with companies match made to your specific needs as entrepreneur. You will spend 15 minutes with each organisation and have the opportunity to network with them after the sessions. This is your chance to land a pilot contract with a corporate, gain support, possible funding and mentorship.

29th of June | Programme Overview

The high-energy, high impact pitching format at the Summit literally gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to “knock out” their competition in a boxing ring while convincing the audience of their business. Five battles will take place with two entrepreneurs competing toe to toe in the boxing ring through 5 different rounds. These rounds are based on different aspects of their business, and they will have 30 seconds to pitch in each round. A ringmaster will moderate the battles and announce the winner of each battle. After the five battles have taken place, there will be five battle winners who will step onto stage together. They will each have one minute to convince the audience and the judges why they should be crowned the overall winner.

Why enter?

We offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to connect with multiple organisations and individuals in one place through a valuable two day programme. We aim to make connections that are built to last, we take great care in our match-making process. We are working closely with various corporate, and industry leaders, who are looking to work with and support companies like yours.

Prizes

  • One year co-working membership at OPEN
  • Global immersion programme to India by Startup Safari (10 days, November)
  • MyBigStartup Prizes for Winners: We would be ok to do about 3 video profiles of winning companies as content for them to promote their business or what they need next and embed it onto their sites. Valued at R15 000 per profile

    Dynamic Voice – Seats on there Master Class (waiting for final amount value) – presentation skills and speaking with authority and clarity

    Top female entrepreneur: Make over and photo sessions (waiting for final confirmation and value..)

    WILDFIRE: Brand Blaze workshop to the most promising brand ( Valued at R40 000)

    VANTAGEPOINT:  1 x 3-hr Vantagepoint business simulation game session (to the Value of R 3 000)

     R500 Vantagepoint voucher to each of the top 4 entrepreneurs, to use against any one of:

    o   Purchase of a copy of Vantagepoint StartUp!;

    o   Another Vantagepoint game session;

    o   Any one of the half-day business skills courses offered by the Vantagepoint team

 

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You can enter by completing a registration form HERE or if you have any questions please mail us at summit@blankcanvas.co.za  (Terms and conditions apply).
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