JA South Africa’s Company of the Year (COY) in partnership with Citi Foundation country winners – KeyScape, clinched the PMIEF award and Public Choice Award in third place.
The PMIEF award, recognises teams that displayed Project Management principals throughout the running of their business, whilst Public Choice Award, an award that sees the public voting for their team of choice. The competition in its eleventh edition was made possible in partnership by Citi Foundation, FedEx, The Tomorrow Foundation and PMIEF.
The annual competition themed Innovating with Grit for 2021 was hosted virtually by Mauritius and aired on the JA Africa ; Facebook and YouTube page on from 24 -26 February 2022.
Key scape who won nationally, against eight other teams are manufacturers of key-tag trackers, represented South Africa against 36 student entrepreneurs from eight other countries including Côte d’Ivoire, Eswatini, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The competition, organized annually, is the culminating event of the JA Company Program, which is a 16 week-long business training program that equips young people with entrepreneurial and employability skills needed for career success. Working in teams, the students develop their business skills by starting their own companies while in school. They design, produce, market, and sell their products and services, giving them real-world exposure to the world of business.