Could you win in the Dragons Den?

Creative entrepreneurs find it harder than most to be taken seriously.

Many creatives are also guilty of not recognising themselves as business people who make a valuable contribution to the economy and to society – and being respected and paid as well as people in other professions.  Indeed, the cultural and creative industries contribute R90bn to South Africa's GDP, which is not insignificant.

Creative Business Cup is distinct because it celebrates entrepreneurs who are making an impact in the creative industries by recognising and rewarding them.  This competition showcases our local creative talent – but also contributes toward changing people’s view of the creative professionals.

Who Can Enter?

Creative Business Cup is inviting early-stage design businesses based in Gauteng with good market potential – to register NOW.

This year, they are focusing on the design disciplines.  From 2018 the scope will be extended to include all the creative arts and the competition will be open nationwide.

  • Applications will be screened by a panel of judges who will then select 10 finalists who will attend a two day event on 1 and 2 September at The Small Business Expo in Johannesburg.
  • The contestants will participate in a business skills workshop delivered by specialists, some of whom are creative entrepreneurs themselves.  Experts will then put them through a gruelling boot camp to prepare them for pitching to a panel of top flight judges in a Dragon’s Den type battle.
  • The winner will represent South Africa at the global finals in Copenhagen on 16 November, 2017, where more than 60 other national winners will be pitted against one another.
  • The international finalists will have the opportunity to meet with top international creatives and representatives from government and commerce, as well as investors.

Designers can register online now:  Applications close on 31 July. Good luck.

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