Cape Town invites young entrepreneurs to ‘Youth Start CT’ challenge

Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department is inviting young entrepreneurs at ‘Youth Start CT’ Entrepreneurial Challenge.

City of Cape Town organising Youth Start CT Entrepreneurial Challenge
City of Cape Town organising Youth Start CT Entrepreneurial Challenge

The Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department of The City of Cape Town is inviting the young entrepreneurs to pitch for the annual event of ‘Youth Start CT’ Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The ‘Youth Start CT’ Entrepreneurial Challenge is an encouraging programme for the start-up entrepreneurs and provides opportunities to grow and maintain a youth owned business.

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The entrepreneurial challenge aims to contribute to business skills development, innovation and the growth of entrepreneurs in Cape Town.

At the annual challenge event, the applicants need to pitch an existing business or business idea to judges in just three minutes. Then, the shortlisted applicants will proceed to the first round of the challenge.

The participant must be a South African citizen who is presently residing in Cape Town. The age limit is between 18 and 35 years old.

Participants shall bring businesses or business ideas from categories such as Manufacturing, Agriculture/Farming, Tourism, Finance, Business Services, and Information Technology.

Notably, four opportunities will be provided at City facilities throughout the Metropole for youth entrepreneurs to apply and pitch.

The selected schedule for the same is:

  • 19 Feb 2024 from 8 am to 3 pm at Bellville Library Hall
  • 26 Feb 2024 from 8 am to 3 pm at Grassy Park Civic Centre
  • 7 Mar 2024 from 8 am to 3 pm at Parow Civic Centre
  • 11 Mar 2024 from 8 am to 3 pm at Van Riebeeck Hall, Kuilsrivier

The participants will be able to pitch at any of the four venues but only once. Only the first 50 participants registered will be able to pitch on the applied day.

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Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Service and Health Councillor – Patricia van der Ross said that this year, young entrepreneurs will once again have the opportunity to apply and participate in the challenge.

She talked about the ‘Youth Start CT’ Entrepreneurial Challenge and said that it is a wonderful opportunity to learn new business skills, participate in network opportunities and to create marketing opportunities for business growth or to start a new business.

“We would like to invite all young entrepreneurs to apply and, if successful, to use the opportunities to learn and be creative in setting up a new business or unlocking the growth potential of an existing business,” said Councillor van der Ross.