South African applications for The Chivas Venture 2019 now open

09 October 2018
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South Africa startups can now submit applications for the 2019 edition of The Chivas Venture $1-million global innovation competition.

Chivas Regal announced the launch of this year’s edition on Monday (10 September). The innovation competition is aimed at innovative startups that are using business to solve social and environmental issues. The competition was first launched in 2014.

Chiva’s $1-million innovation competition is aimed at startups that blend profit and purpose

In a statement on Monday (10 September), Chivas Regal South Africa marketing manager Radley Connor said the competition is an “amazing platform” for SA social entrepreneurs to attract investment and gain global exposure.

“The competition rewards and celebrates individuals whose purpose is to make a positive difference to society. If you have a great idea, that meets the requirements, we encourage you to enter,” added Connor.

SA applicants will compete in a local heat that will culminate in the winner flying to the UK to take part, along with other global finalists, in an exclusive week-long accelerator programme hosted by London-based social change platform The Conduit.

Following the accelerator programme — which will give the global finalists a chance to hone their business and pitching skills — members of the public will over three weeks of online voting select the recipient of the first $100 000 of the $1-million fund.

Thereafter, The Chivas Venture 2019 will then culminate in a series of high-stake pitches at the global final in Europe, where the finalists will battle it out for the remainder of the $1 million.

  • In 2017, innovative South African water company I-Drop Water placed third in the global finals, walking away with close to R1 million in no-strings funding. Since winning, co-founder James Steere grew his business and gained investments due to the exposure received through the competition.
  • Clement Mokoenene is the 2018 South African winner and creator of the Vehicle Energy Harvesting System (VEHS). His business is able to generate electricity at a much lower, affordable cost than coal-fired power stations which South Africa currently relies on. The system works by installing an overlay on the existing road to extract the pressure and transferring it to the side of the road, similar to a wind turbine.
Mokoenene says a 2 km highway stretch could potentially generate enough electricity to supply an entire city in South Africa.

IF YOUR BUSINESS BLENDS PURPOSE AND PROFIT, YOU COULD BE THE 2019 CHIVAS VENTURE WINNER. TO FIND OUT MORE AND TO ENTER, VISIT CHIVAS VENTURE WEBSITE 

Last year SA water startup I-Drop placed third in the global finals with founder James Steere walking away with close to R1-million in funding.


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