- Three Grade 11 pupils walked away with the first prize at the national leg of the 2019 Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE)
- The trio developed an innovative idea they hope will eradicate unemployment among the youth
- Their win booked them a ticket to Berkley University in California where they will compete against their teen entrepreneur counterparts from 30 different countries
Three 17-year-olds from Gauteng - Mkhize-Mkhize, Kamogelo Tshabalala and Sihle Mandla - will represent Mzanzi on an international scale next month.
The trio walked away with the first prize at the 2019 Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) on Saturday night.
According to an official statement by SAGE, the teens came up with an idea to start a virtual market place for businesses and service providers - which they hope would put an end to unemployment amongst the youth in SA.
"To explain their business idea in a nutshell, they want to launch an app where customers looking for any kind of service rendered by small businesses in South Africa can simply log in to their app, search what their looking for and find it," the statement read.
Briefly.co.za gathered the winning team will be in California on 7 August, where they will compete against other young entrepreneurs from 30 different countries at Berkley University.
Apart from an all-expenses-paid trip to America, the winners walked away with a R10 000 cash prize, as well as a small business mentorship to the value of R100 000 from Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), MTN Foundation and Hodisang Dipeu holdings.
The event over the weekend had the former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chief defender, Siboniso Gaxa, as a guest speaker.
The former footballer gushed about the talent in the room and added Mzansi needs more competitions such as the one SAGE offers to grow entrepreneurial skills amongst the youth.
“Being here and being able to witness the brilliance of these kids was for me the highlight of the event because these are literally the people who will become tomorrow’s leaders and with ideas such as the ones they presented, we may have good future to look forward to,” Gaxa said.
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