Cell C has announced the launch of a challenge in which SMEs in the ICT sector will be able to pitch their ideas for a shot at accelerating the SME’s solutions.

The Cell C Innovation Challenge will give SMEs with great ideas a partnership opportunity that consists of interest-free loans, mentorship and the chance to work with Cell C as a supplier.

The challenge opened on Wednesday 9th October and, according to Cell C, there is no deadline to submit ideas. That having been said, the initial pitch days are scheduled for 30th and 31st October. Ideas submitted after this date could still be selected to present at pitch days in the future.

The network operator has also said that successful applicants will be contacted at least seven days before the pitch days in order to prepare. Those that submit pitches and don’t hear back from Cell C in 30 days should consider their initial entry unsuccessful.

“We believe in the exponential growth that technology-enabled services can bring to the world of work and play and want to be the catalyst that enables first-stage entrepreneurs to catapult their start up concepts into businesses,” said chief human capital development and transformation officer at Cell C, Juliet Mhango.

“This challenge not only provides support for up and coming businesses, but also sets the stage for technological revolution in the ICT sector, while providing a platform for meaningful transformation. There may be more than one successful SMME, so we are hoping that businesses will come out in numbers to provide compelling pitches to us.”

To submit your idea head to the Cell C website, download the application form and other documents and then simply follow the steps.

We also recommend checking the FAQs [PDF] out for some additional information.

The good news is that if you’re a fountain of good ideas you can submit more than one idea.