Later this month three winners will be crowned at the FNB Business Innovation Awards 2019.

Five finalists have been selected from three categories which FNB says cover the entire local business landscape.

“Encouraging innovation across all levels of business can help South Africa to be more competitive and address its long-term development goals. The businesses identified have a lot of scope to grow and innovate in response to slowing growth and tough local business conditions in the country,” chief executive officer at FNB Business, Mike Vacy-Lyle said in a statement.

The awards are made possible thanks to FNB Business, Endeavor South Africa, 10XE and Township Entrepreneurs Alliance.

The finalists will have their businesses judged by a panel including:

  • Jason Goldberg – Director at Edge Growth
  • Alison Collier – Managing Director at Endeavor South Africa
  • Bulelani Balabala – Founder of Township Entrepreneurs Alliance
  • Ntsiki Biyela – Director at Aslina Wines
  • Ingrid Osborne – Managing Director of Saryx Engineering
  • Itumeleng Mpatlanyane – Founder of Nkukhu Box

The finalists in each category follow below:

R0 – R5-mil turnover

  • Tshireletso Mokate – Camping RetrEats (Rox Media Pty LTD)
  • Euginia Mokone – Addnum Holdings Pty LTD
  • Nonhlanhla Joye – Umgibe Farming Organics and Training Institute
  • Luvuyo Ndiki – Red Village Trading
  • Jabulani Glen Dlamini – Sidingulwazi Environmental Centre Holdings

R5 – R10-mil turnover

  • Siya Ntutela – Zande Africa Pty LTD
  • Corrin Varady – IDEA Digital Education
  • Muhammad Simjee – Marc1 Dot Com Pty LTD
  • Ashleigh Wainstein – Social Places
  • Jasper Pons – ScanMan Asset Management Software Pty LTD

R10-mil + turnover

  • Phillipa Lee Geard – RecruitMyMom Pty LTD
  • Lynton Peters – OneCart Pty LTD
  • Tinashe Ruzane – Flex Club
  • Benjamin Meltzer – Benjamin Meltzer
  • Warren Myers – AURA

Winners from each category will be announced on the 21st November at the FNB Business Innovation Awards 2019 being held in Sandton.

“Having introduced additional categories to accommodate the entire business landscape will bring us much closer to working with SMEs across different paths in South Africa, resulting in them creating much-needed employment in the country,” Vacy-Lyle concludes.