Chivas crowns a sec­ond win­ner

CityPress - - News - BOI­TUMELO MVIMBI boi­tumelo.mvimbi@city­press.co.za

Thurs­day night her­alded the crown­ing of a win­ner in the sec­ond in­stal­ment of Chivas Re­gal’s The Ven­ture SA. This ex­clu­sive black-tie event was held at the Inanda Polo Club in Sand­ton.

Guests ar­rived to red car­pet treat­ment and a glass of bub­bly. The venue was all dressed up in­side, with sparkling chan­de­liers and gold Tif­fany chairs. The out­side area looked just as spec­tac­u­lar, with its dia­mante-stud­ded black-and-white leather couches and mo­bile bars serv­ing Chivas­in­fused cock­tails and drinks.

The MC for the evening was Nozipho Mban­jwa, head of Ak­wande Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and se­nior an­chor at CNBC Africa, look­ing stun­ning in black. The plush event was at­tended by A-lis­ters such as the de­part­ment of trade and in­dus­try’s Vuk­ile Nk­abinde, model Maps Maponyane and so­cialite Edith Ven­ter.

The Ven­ture is a global ini­tia­tive by Chivas Re­gal to find and sup­port the most promis­ing en­trepreneurs who want to make it big while mak­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lives of oth­ers.

The win­ner re­ceives a share of $1 mil­lion (R16.8 mil­lion) in fund­ing for their busi­ness, along with busi­ness mas­ter­classes in the US’s Sil­i­con Val­ley, men­tor­ship by the best in the busi­ness, global ex­po­sure and other prizes. Be­fore this in­stal­ment’s win­ner was an­nounced, the judges were in­tro­duced. They in­cluded ra­dio DJ Fik­ile “Fix” Moeti; Te­bogo Dit­shego of Dit­shego Me­dia; Xolisa Dye­shana, ex­ec­u­tive cre­ative di­rec­tor of Joe Public; en­tre­pre­neur Lebo Gun­gu­luza; and Chimene Chetty, di­rec­tor of the cen­tre for en­trepreneur­ship at Wits Busi­ness School.

The five South African fi­nal­ists were I’m Not Plas­tic’s Pi­eter Botes, Mama Mimi’s Ross Kramm, Safe & Sound’s Zuko Mand­lakazi, Con­nec­tMed’s Zweli Gwebityala and CrashDetech’s Jaco Ger­rits.

They each had a chance to of­fer back­ground in­for­ma­tion about them­selves and ex­plain their ven­tures.

Ger­rits was de­clared the win­ner.

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