Innovative Disabled Entrepreneur Award Scheme (IDEAS) - Calling All Entrepreneurs With Disabilities

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Pretoria, South Africa - Innovative Disabled Entrepreneur Award Scheme (IDEAS) is a Ntsika Enterprise Promotion Agency competition for successful disabled Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises.

IDEAS seeks to affirm and give recognition to entrepreneurs with disabilities who have demonstrated excellence and innovation as well as triumph over adversities in their business enterprises.

Entry forms with requirements to be collected at the Provincial SMME/Disability Desk. People eligible for the competition are:

  •   Only entrepreneurs with disabilities may enter this competition.
  •   For the purpose of this competition, disability shall be defined as
      "any restriction or lack (resulting from and impairment) of ability to
      perform an activity in the manner or within the range considered
      normal for a human being."

The closing date has been extended to the 29th September 2000.

The competition is structured into regional and national level winner categories:

R5 000
R18 000
R3 500
R12 500
R2 500
R7 500

In addition, all finalists will qualify for business training worth R2 500 each.

For further information call: Leema Mofokeng or Thembelihle Masondo at: (012) 483 2017