Fifteen of the most innovative and dynamic businesses in South Africa will be contending for the much sought-after accolade of the ‘FNB Business Innovator of the Year 2019’ during a gala dinner to be held on 21 November at the Galleria in Sandton.
FNB Business in association with Endeavor South Africa, 10XE and Township Entrepreneurs Alliance (TEA), has shortlisted five businesses across each of its FNB BIA categories namely, R0 – R5 million turnover, R5 million plus and R10 million plus turnover.
Three businesses, amongst the fifteen, will be crowned as the FNB BIA 2019 winners.
Mike Vacy-Lyle, FNB Business CEO says, congratulations to all the businesses that have made it this far. It was certainly not an easy decision for the judges having received record-breaking entries from highly innovative and talented entrepreneurs across various sectors of the economy. These entrepreneurs possess the highest potential to grow and scale their businesses to the next level.
“Encouraging innovation across all levels of business can help South Africa to be more competitive and address its long-term development goals. The businesses identified have a lot of scope to grow and innovate in response to slowing growth and tough local business conditions in the country,” adds Vacy-Lyle.
R0 – R5-mil turnover:
- Tshireletso Mokate – Camping RetrEats (Rox Media Pty LTD)
- Euginia Mokone – Addnum Holdings Pty LTD
- Nonhlanhla Joye – Umgibe Farming Organics and Training Institute
- Luvuyo Ndiki – Red Village Trading
- Jabulani Glen Dlamini – Sidingulwazi Environmental Centre Holdings
R5 – R10-mil turnover:
- Siya Ntutela – Zande Africa Pty LTD
- Corrin Varady – IDEA Digital Education
- Muhammad Simjee – Marc1 Dot Com Pty LTD
- Ashleigh Wainstein – Social Places
- Jasper Pons – ScanMan Asset Management Software Pty LTD
R10-mil + turnover:
- Phillipa Lee Geard – RecruitMyMom Pty LTD
- Lynton Peters – OneCart Pty LTD
- Tinashe Ruzane – Flex Club
- Benjamin Meltzer – Benjamin Meltzer
- Warren Myers – AURA
Independent judges for this year include, Jason Goldberg, Director at Edge Growth; Alison Collier, Managing Director at Endeavor South Africa; Bulelani Balabala, Founder of TEA; Ntsiki Biyela, Director at Aslina Wines; Ingrid Osborne, Managing Director of Saryx Enginering and Itumeleng Mpatlanyane, Founder of Nkukhu Box.
“Having introduced additional categories to accommodate the entire business landscape will bring us much closer to working with SMEs across different paths in South Africa, resulting in them creating much-needed employment in the country,” concludes Vacy-Lyle.