The Centre for Entrepreneurship, Rapid Incubator (CFERI) of West Coast TVET College hosted its first Entrepreneurship Competition at the Vredenburg Campus of the college in April. A whopping 43 entries were submitted and it was chiseled down to 16 participants that pitched their ideas to the judges who then selected the winners.

“This competition is a collaboration between DHET and other private stakeholders such as Alan Grey Orbis Foundation, Future Managers and assists the college and the TVET Sector in promoting and encouraging entrepreneurship as a career choice,” says Xolani Mhlongo, CFERI Manager at West Coast TVET College.
The competition takes place on three levels: regional, provincial, and then finally national. The competition also has three categories: “I have a business idea”, “I have a product/service” and “I have paying customers”.

“The winners of the competition not only walked away with prizes from our sponsors but also will receive further assistance in accessing grant funding from the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), and they will enter into the business incubation programme that is offered by the CFERI,” added Mhlongo.
The winners were as follows:
“I have a business idea” – Simphiwe Mbatha (Rack brands) and runner up Alrich Boois (Green Diamonds)
“I have a product/service” – Cleevan Koopman (Quantum Leap Driving School) and runner up King Ngubeni (Keep Fit Training Centre)
“I have paying Customers” – Kayla Paulsen (AZB Transport Services)

“We are indeed proud of these students and wish them well in the following levels of the competition,” said Xolani Mhlongo.