The Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS aims to honour, benefit and uplift South African SMEs. Now in its 31st year, the competition celebrates excellence in entrepreneurship, serving as an inspiration to others to succeed in the world of business.
EOY aims to recognise, encourage and support the hard-working South African entrepreneurs who continue to do well despite the challenges they are faced with – as well as to inspire and motivate the next generation of budding entrepreneurs, who have the potential to drive real economic growth at a time where the country needs it most.
In addition to offering valuable mentorship support, networking opportunities and national media exposure, the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition, sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS, offers prizes valued at over R 2 million, which includes cash prizes of R 70 000 for each main category winner, and R200 000 for the overall winner.
All South African businesses are eligible to enter this competition, and prizes will be awarded across six categories, namely: Overall Entrepreneur of the Year®; Emerging Business Entrepreneur of the Year®; Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year®; Medium Business Entrepreneur of the Year®; Job Creator of the Year; and Innovator of the Year.