Chivas crowns a second winner
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.