Whether you are looking to start, or you have already established a business, the ENGEN Pitch & Polish entrepreneurial workshop and competition programme is where you want to be on Saturday 4 November 2017 in Port Elizabeth.
Now in its 8th year, ENGEN Pitch & Polish has helped approximately 10 000 entrepreneurs to improve the way they present their business to potential funders. Having a polished pitch is the key to growing your business.
During the first part of the day, all delegates will be taken through unique, experience-based entrepreneurial training, developed by Raizcorp – described by The Economist as “the only genuine incubator in Africa”. This year’s facilitator is best-selling author, international speaker and TV talk-show host, Justin Cohen.
“ENGEN Pitch & Polish allows me to combine my two major passions – personal development and entrepreneurship – in a way that effects real change. I look forward to seeing you there,” says Cohen.
After Cohen’s inspirational message and training, contestants will be given the opportunity to pitch their idea or business to the audience. This is where the day heats up as contestants improve their pitches based on feedback from both Justin and the audience. Contestants must work hard to ensure that the answer to the question, “Would you invest in this person?” is a resounding “Yes!”
ENGEN Pitch & Polish, in collaboration with Engen Petroleum, Nedbank, and Raizcorp, culminates in a final event held in Johannesburg where the winners of the regional rounds compete to be crowned the ultimate pitch champion of 2017.
“It is widely held that growing and nurturing business skills for emerging entrepreneurs in South Africa will boost employment and help alleviate poverty, as well as empower a significant portion of the population. By sponsoring Pitch & Polish, Engen is contributing towards creating a sustainable entrepreneurial culture in the country, creating jobs, and helping transform the national business landscape by equipping these entrepreneurs with better capabilities to sustainably grow their respective businesses,” says Unathi Njokweni-Magida, Transformation Head at Engen Petroleum.
“At Nedbank, we are committed to using our financial expertise to do good for individuals, families, businesses and society. Our Pitch & Polish partnership goes a long way in realising this commitment.” says Alan Shannon, head of Nedbank Relationship Banking Sales.
Register as a delegate to attend the workshop for free. And, if you feel you have what it takes, complete the online entry form, and stand the chance to be selected as a contestant. Either way, you will learn valuable lessons, including:
How to turn your idea into a business;
How to connect with like-minded individuals;
How to take your business to the next level; and most importantly, how to pitch your business to potential investors or bank managers.
Book to ensure your place in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 4 November 2017. SMS PITCH to 43719 (charged at 50c per SMS) or visit www.pitchandpolish.com.