The SA Innovation Summit and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) of the national Department of Small Business Development are presenting Season 4 of the Pitch & Perfect Masterclasses and Competition – “Bridging the Gap between Entrepreneurs and Funders”
The initiative provides SMMEs across the country, including those with support from SEDA branch clients and Seda supported business incubator clients with professional tools on how to present business cases effectively and efficiently, in persuasive pitches to potential funders, improving access to market, technology and finance.
SMMEs are invited to apply online, or visit their nearest Seda branch or relevant Seda-supported incubator to register as a client and request to be added to the registry for regional Pitch & Perfect sessions.
Branches, Incubators and Provincial Offices together with the Seda Technology Programme will then choose the best ideas and businesses that will pitch in the regional competitions to a panel of judges made up of representatives from developmental funding institutions, commercial banks and venture capitalists. The panel will judge the pitching, score the pitch, deliberate, moderate and give a final score with advice on improvements and praise where an enterprise has done well.
The initiative aims to:
The initiative aims to:
Match entrepreneurship and innovation to technical funding
Improve leverage of internal and external Intellectual Property assets
Improve business pitching ability, for access to finance.
Improve quality deal flow for investors through market-ready SMMEs
Improved access to finance for SMMEs
Pitch & Perfect will go to a central location in every province around the country. SMMEs will have a chance to present persuasive pitches and attend masterclasses. Ten of these regional workshops and semi-final competitions will be held as follows:
July 2019 – Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, Free State, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape
August 2019 – KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Western Cape
Product and Innovation
Is the product/service convincing and innovative? Why is now a good time? Is the need fulfilment clear? How has IP been used?
Are customers, segment sizes, distribution and after-sales proven? Is there sound knowledge of alternatives and competitive advantage?
Revenue / Feasibility
How is revenue generated? Have operations, marketing, pricing, volume, costs, risk mitigation, and return on investment been quantified?
Can the team and offering grow quickly, outpace competitors, and penetrate new markets?
Is there evidence of driven entrepreneurial mind-set, risk-taking, action, accountability, and learning from failures?
Please take your time to carefully submit your pitch as this application will be the first level of evaluation.
You can enter as an individual, group or a company.
The Intellectual Property should belong to you or your company and you should be able to supply proof of ownership on request.
Entries to this competition close on 25 June 2019, and the last semi-final regional competitions are at the end of August.
The SA Innovation Summit and Seda reserve the right, by their sole discretion, not to accept entries or to disqualify entries at any stage should it transpire that such entries have been made by illegitimate, suspicious, and/or unqualified participants.
Winners will be chosen by a qualified appointed judging panel. Judges for each evaluation round will differ. The judging panel’s decision is final.
Where applicable: The Pitch & Perfect Competition is a non-confidential competition and the full responsibility lies with entrants themselves to protect their concepts through any means. Your concepts will be viewed in public and by many different audiences in order for you to make connections. It is therefore important to be compelling about what you do and how you will be sustainable without divulging your know-how in terms of recipes, formulas, code, knowledge or other means.
By entering the competition, you give the SA Innovation Summit and Seda permission to use images, footage and other visuals collected during the pitch on social media, the Summit website and any other platform relevant to the SA Innovation Summit.
Travel and accommodation costs for regional pitchers and finalists will be the responsibility of the entrants themselves..
The outcome of the results with the announcement of the finalists, after the judging process has been completed after the closing date end of August, will be made available on the website.
A complimentary delegate ticket to the Innovation Summit will be issued to all finalists.