EO Durban to Host Global Student Entrepreneur Awards - National Qualifiers

One of six students to represent South Africa at the Global Finals

Durban, South Africa (20 January 2020) – The Durban chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), the world’s leading peer-to-peer network of successful business owners will be hosting the national qualifiers of the 2020 EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) this year. The local chapter is proud to announce the names of six student entrepreneurs who have made it to the national finals taking place at The Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga Rocks on 28 January at 8:00 am.

GSEA is a premier awards program for students who own or operate a business while attending college or university. Student entrepreneurs from Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg participated this year and the top six progressing to the national finals are:

  • Denislav Marinov, DVM Designs, student at University of Cape Town
  • Gcinisizwe Mbokazi, AntCulture, student at University of Pretoria
  • Milan Levy, Milan Media, student at Vega School (IIE)
  • Musa Maluleka, Disktjie, student at University of Witwatersand
  • Vuako Aky Khosa, Changing Lives Shoes Laundry, student at University of Cape Town
  • Zamokuhle Thwala, AgriCool, student at University of KwaZulu-Natal

“Managing a business while pursuing education is a remarkable feat and we are extremely proud of all the student participants, “said Adam Shapiro, EO Cape Town and GSEA National Chair. He further added, “The judges will evaluate participants based on their entrepreneurial spirit and their demonstration of business fundamentals applied in their respective businesses. We look forward to finding out who will go on to represent South Africa at the Global Finals later this year.”

Judging this round of the national competition is Karabo Che Mokoape, Social Entrepreneur, Author & Speaker; Mark Essey, CEO & Founder of Debt-In and Capability BPO; Ushir Mehta, MD & Shareholder of Production Logix; Dr Norah Clarke, Director of Entrepreneurship Department of Higher Education and Training; and Baraka Mtunga, Co-Founder & Executive Director at UhuruOne who is flying in from Tanzania for the event.

All candidates have been sponsored a series of presentations skills training by Missing Link and the  emerging champion from this round of the competition will win a cash prize of US$500, an Entrepreneurial Thinking course from Red&Yellow Creative School of Business and US$200 worth of their own logo-branded goodies from Bigeye Branding. The winner will also proceed to the 2020 EO GSEA Global Finals to be held in Cape Town in April this year. To know more about the GSEA competition and participants, please visit: http://gsea.org/  

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