Festival of ideas 2019

Event Information
No cost
GIBS - Illovo
Faiza Mallick: +27 11 771 4347

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

Together with the SAB Foundation, we're giving away up to R 50 000 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.
  • 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 8 November 2019.
  • All shortlisted candidates must attend a Pitching for Funding Workshop to be held at GIBS on 15 November 2019 (date subject to change, 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 21st November 2019, 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 2019;

  • 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 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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