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The Western Cape Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (PERA) 2015 is the third edition of an annual competition that recognizes the achievements and potential of some of the Province’s most exciting entrepreneurs.

By acknowledging and showcasing successful entrepreneurs, this Awards programme is helping to build a culture of entrepreneurship in the Western Cape – and in turn, support the creation of jobs and opportunities by small and medium business.

There are 12 categories in the competition.

Entrants may not enter more than one category with the same business.

EMERGING BUSINESS


A business in its initial growth phase operating in the Western Cape for 12 months or longer, but not longer than 2 years (Businesses in this category may not enter the category for Best Emerging Regional Business.

ESTABLISHED BUSINESS 


Operating in the Western Cape for 5 years or longer with an annual turnover of more than R10m and less than R50m.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Operating in the Western Cape for 12 months or longer and embarking on a solution to address a social challenge through innovation.

GREEN BUSINESS


Operating in the Western Cape for 12 months or longer and actively using green technology/concepts in the business.

INNOVATIVE STUDENT BUSINESS IDEA

Student defined in a narrow sense that is any full time student at a Western Cape tertiary institution including FET colleges, this refers to an innovative solution to a new problem or service.

It could be an idea or concept. This category will not be taken into consideration for the selection of the overall winner.

MOST INNOVATIVE BUSINESS

Operating in the Western Cape for 12 months or longer. This refers to an innovative solution or approach to an existing service or product.

JOB-CREATING BUSINESS

Operating in the Western Cape for 2 years or longer with an annual turnover of less than R10m and an indication of the number of permanent employees appointed over the last financial year.

EMERGING REGIONAL BUSINESS

A business in its initial growth phase to be selected from areas outside of the Cape Metropolitan area and operating in the Western Cape for 12 months or longer, but not longer than 2 years, with an annual turnover of more than R3m.

This category will not be taken into consideration for the selection of the overall winner

EMERGING TOURISM BUSINESS

A business in its initial growth phase operating in the Western Cape for 12 months or longer, but not longer than 2 years. This category will not be taken into consideration for the overall winner

EMERGING AGRO-PROCESSING BUSINESS

A business in its initial growth phase operating in the Western Cape for 12 months or longer, but not longer than 2 years. This category will not be taken into consideration for the selection of the overall winner.

SCHOOL BUSINESS IDEA

Any high school in the Western Cape (Grade 8 to 12 learners or equivalent). This category will not be taken into consideration for the election of the overall winner. Learners could also apply on behalf of the school.

BUSINESS WITH GLOBAL REACH

Operating in the Western Cape for 5 years or longer with a turn-over of less than R50m per annum.

This phase runs from 6 July to 14 September 2015.


Unfortunately this position is now closed.

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