JA South Africa | Citi Company of the Year Competition 2015
Young business leaders from Qwaqwa, Free State Take First Place at the Inaugural Company of the Year Competition
A group of 27 excited participants descended on Johannesburg on Thursday, 1 October. Two young business leaders from each of the nine provinces, accompanied by a chaperone all had one goal in mind - to be the winning team of the inaugural JA South Africa | Citi Company of the Year Competition 2015.
Prior to their arrival in Johannesburg, the business leaders used WhatsApp messages to submit their responses to challenges, were briefed about presentation content and marketing materials to prepare, and various other methods of support offered the teams. Nthato Malope (@Nthato) from Kairos, a business that works with entrepreneurs and helps them tell better stories about their businesses, guided the young business leaders through a series of workshops to refine their final pitches to judges.
In their exhibition shells, which served as their makeshift business for the day, teams engaged a panel of judges who assessed their trade booth, their company financial reports, their business presentation and their ability to answer tough business related questions posed by the judges. The judges identified a top 5 at the end of this stage of the competition. Read more