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Rand Show 2024: Competitions for SMMEs and Young Entrepreneurs

Following the incredible success of the inaugural 2023 SMME Summit at The Rand Show, this year’s Summit is taking things to a whole new level with two competitions, one aimed at supporting SMMEs that exhibit at the expo, and also a pitching competition for young businesspeople, called ‘Mzansi Youth Tycoons’.

SMME Business Stand Competition and Summit:

“Throughout our history, The Rand Show has always helped to launch, support, and grow business for South Africans in the SMME space,” says Adele Hartdegen CEO of the Rand Show. “This year our dedicated focus is on showcasing SMME success stories at our Summit.”

The purpose is to directly link SMMEs with corporate and public sector representatives that play a role in the SMME sector in terms of funding, training, and access to market.

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Participation

SMMEs who sign up for selected stand packages will benefit from two significant concepts designed to aid SMMEs to increase profit, grow their businesses, and set themselves up for success – in addition the incredible foot traffic they will get at the show (last year saw more than 80 000 people in attendance).

Business Stand Competition

The first concept is a competition in which business stands will be judged by Rand Show attendees. This carries a cash prize total of R50 000 towards the business’ development as well as significant PR benefits for the winner.

How to Enter the SMME Competition

Every SMME exhibiting in Hall 7 will have the opportunity to register to attend the SMME Summit, and only SMMEs who attend the Summit will qualify for the cash prize.

Attendees will engage with the SMME stands and rate their experience via The Rand Show App, judging them on three criteria: Stand Look & Feel, Service Received, and Product on Offer.

The winning SMME will receive a cash prize of R50 000 towards the development of their business, but they will be required to provide feedback to The Rand Show on how the money was spent and how it contributed to their business over the next 12-month period. The Rand Show PR team will interview the winning SMME and create post-show campaigns and the SMME will receive exposure on The Rand Show social and digital media platforms where the “winning cheque” will be handed over on the last day of the show.

Free Business Summit

The second concept will see all those classified as SMMEs invited to attend a free SMME business summit alongside corporate and public sector representatives who can assist in the areas of finance, training, and market access. The full-day summit will take place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre at NASREC and will focus on helping businesses with everything from gaining funding to taking their products to market.

Mzansi Youth Tycoons: Pitching competition for young entrepreneurs

The Mzansi Youth Tycoons forum will give young entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their business ideas to a panel of experts.

This brand-new pitching forum will give young entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their business ideas to a panel of experts and secure R10 000, as well as valuable support services for their business. The panel will comprise representatives from both the public and private sectors.

Young entrepreneurs are invited to enter by creating a five min video introducing themselves, their product or business idea, and send it to the Rand Show directly via Facebook messenger. Ten campaign finalists will be able to pitch their business idea to the panel.

The winner of The Rand Show Youth Entrepreneurial Forum will receive the following:

  • A R10 000 cash prize towards the development of their business
  • The opportunity to present their business to all the attendees of the SMME Summit
  • A live interview on Power FM
  • A 3-month social media exposure package developed by the Rand Show Head of Marketing
  • Access to consulting sessions with Financial, Marketing and Managerial experts within the Rand Show team and affiliated companies

For more information, please visit The Rand Show website.

 

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Following the incredible success of the inaugural 2023 SMME Summit at The Rand Show, this year’s Summit is taking things to a whole new level with two competitions, one aimed at supporting SMMEs that exhibit at the expo, and also a pitching competition for young businesspeople, called ‘Mzansi Youth Tycoons’.

SMME Business Stand Competition and Summit:

“Throughout our history, The Rand Show has always helped to launch, support, and grow business for South Africans in the SMME space,” says Adele Hartdegen CEO of the Rand Show. “This year our dedicated focus is on showcasing SMME success stories at our Summit.”

The purpose is to directly link SMMEs with corporate and public sector representatives that play a role in the SMME sector in terms of funding, training, and access to market.

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Franchise Expo

Participation

SMMEs who sign up for selected stand packages will benefit from two significant concepts designed to aid SMMEs to increase profit, grow their businesses, and set themselves up for success – in addition the incredible foot traffic they will get at the show (last year saw more than 80 000 people in attendance).

Business Stand Competition

The first concept is a competition in which business stands will be judged by Rand Show attendees. This carries a cash prize total of R50 000 towards the business’ development as well as significant PR benefits for the winner.

How to Enter the SMME Competition

Every SMME exhibiting in Hall 7 will have the opportunity to register to attend the SMME Summit, and only SMMEs who attend the Summit will qualify for the cash prize.

Attendees will engage with the SMME stands and rate their experience via The Rand Show App, judging them on three criteria: Stand Look & Feel, Service Received, and Product on Offer.

The winning SMME will receive a cash prize of R50 000 towards the development of their business, but they will be required to provide feedback to The Rand Show on how the money was spent and how it contributed to their business over the next 12-month period. The Rand Show PR team will interview the winning SMME and create post-show campaigns and the SMME will receive exposure on The Rand Show social and digital media platforms where the “winning cheque” will be handed over on the last day of the show.

Free Business Summit

The second concept will see all those classified as SMMEs invited to attend a free SMME business summit alongside corporate and public sector representatives who can assist in the areas of finance, training, and market access. The full-day summit will take place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre at NASREC and will focus on helping businesses with everything from gaining funding to taking their products to market.

Mzansi Youth Tycoons: Pitching competition for young entrepreneurs

The Mzansi Youth Tycoons forum will give young entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their business ideas to a panel of experts.

This brand-new pitching forum will give young entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their business ideas to a panel of experts and secure R10 000, as well as valuable support services for their business. The panel will comprise representatives from both the public and private sectors.

Young entrepreneurs are invited to enter by creating a five min video introducing themselves, their product or business idea, and send it to the Rand Show directly via Facebook messenger. Ten campaign finalists will be able to pitch their business idea to the panel.

The winner of The Rand Show Youth Entrepreneurial Forum will receive the following:

  • A R10 000 cash prize towards the development of their business
  • The opportunity to present their business to all the attendees of the SMME Summit
  • A live interview on Power FM
  • A 3-month social media exposure package developed by the Rand Show Head of Marketing
  • Access to consulting sessions with Financial, Marketing and Managerial experts within the Rand Show team and affiliated companies

For more information, please visit The Rand Show website.

 

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