Festival of Ideas

Do you have a business idea that addresses a social or environmental problem? 

Together with the SAB Foundation, we're giving away R50 000 in cash prizes!

If you think you have what it takes to pitch to a panel of experts and a live audience, we want to hear from you.  

The GIBS Entrepreneurship Development Academy, will be hosting the 6th annual Social & Green Entrepreneurship Festival of Ideas Competition at the GIBS campus in November. The festival casts the spotlight on sound business ideas that drive a social or environmental mission to achieve social change. Aspirant social entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their unique social or environmental business ideas to a panel of experts for a chance to win spot cash prizes of up to R 50,000.

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          How to enter:

  • Send a two-minute voice note of your idea on WhatsApp to 063 611 8494, include your full name and email address as a text message.
  • Entries close on 31 October 2019.

  • How it works:
  • Send a two-minute voice note of your idea on WhatsApp

  • 50 candidates will be shortlisted and notified by the 8th of November 2019

  • All shortlisted candidates must attend a Pitching for Funding Workshop to be held at GIBS on 15 November 2019 (confirmation will be sent to all candidates)

  • A second shortlisting will take place on the Workshop day and 12 candidates will be chosen to pitch to our funders on the main event.

  • The main event will be held at GIBS on the 21st of November, where the top 12 finalists will pitch their ideas to win a share of the prize money. 
          Terms and Conditions

  • Only SA citizens are allowed to apply
  • Only voice note entries will be accepted;
  • Voice notes must be clear and a maximum of 2 minutes
  • No entries will be accepted after the 31st of October;
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted;
  • Attendance of the workshop is compulsory for all shortlisted candidates. Failure to attend will result in disqualification;
  • Excludes transport and accommodation. All shortlisted candidates will need to pay for and arrange for their own transport to GIBS in Illovo, Johannesburg for the workshop and the main event;
  • All ideas must have a social or environmental benefit;
  • No cash will be given on the day of pitching, your banking details are to be sent and the money will be deposited in your account.
  • GIBS will work together with the winners of the Festival of Ideas to create publicity for mutual benefit.

  • Judges' reserve the right not to award the full amount of money;
  • Judges' decision is final.
  • All competition participants must be over 18 years of age.


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