“If anything this competition shows there are real quality businesses coming from Africa and now is the time to reach out and connect, if you haven’t already”
Remember our announcement about the 2010 Legatum Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship? More than 2,700 applications were received for the 2010 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship. The following african businesses have been selected and each company will be visited by the evaluation team. A short list of 10 finalists will be selected at the end of October. A Grand Prize of US $100,000 will be awarded with a further five entrepreneurs winning prizes of US $50,000 each. Those shortlisted are:
Beige Capital Ltd.
Beige Capital is a young and fast growing micro finance house which offers loans, business advisory services and investment opportunities to clients at the micro, small and medium scale levels.
Biodeal Laboratories Ltd.
Biodeal Labs was started by Dr. Dhirendra Shah, who is a serial entrepreneur. Prior to Biodeal Labs he started Ray Pharmaceuticals Ltd., a pharmaceutical wholesale and marketing company.
Craft Silicon Ltd.
Craft Silicon is a global software company, providing solutions across 4 continents with core expertise in the domain of providing customised software solutions for the financial sector
Elris Communications Services Ltd.
Elris participates in the implementation of international transmission infrastructure and is well placed to serve the Telecommunication and Broadcasting service providers with knowledge, skill and products that are unmatched, hence contributing to the facilitation of development for the people in the global community at large.
Lota Automobiles Ltd.
Lota Motors is a leading importer of high quality autombiles and commercial vehicles.
Malcom-Ezindaleni Hydraulics & Engineering (PTY) Ltd.
Middleburg, South Africa
Since 1976, Malcom Hydraulics and Engineering has been providing a specialist engineering service, and offers a total engineering capability to the mines, power stations, heavy industry, engineering contractors and agriculture.
Mellech Engineering & Construction Ltd.
Mellech is a construction and infrastructure engineering company offering services in construction of building projects, roads, and water & sewerage projects and related of civil engineering infrastructure projects.
NTR Technology Holdings (PTY) Ltd.
NTR a leading provider of world class cost effective, time saving and high performance engineering solutions and services appropriate to the wide raging needs of its broad based clientele
Planbuild Technology Services Ltd.
Incorporated in Uganda in December 2000, Planbuild Technical Services Limited has grown from strength and in the process progressively gained valuable experience in the broad field of Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering sectors.
Sigma Electric PLC
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
SIGMA Electric PLC is a multi-disciplinary Electro-Mechanical Engineering Company established in 1999.
Steel & Tube Industries Ltd.
Steel & Tube Industries Ltd (STIL) was incorporated in 2003 and started with bulk manufacture of steel tubes and plates and today is one of the leading manufacturers of steel products in the region.
Syscorp Media Ltd.
Syscorp is a long-standing member of the outdoor and indoor commercial signage sector in Tanzania.
Travel Associates Ltd.
Travel Associates specialises in providing safaris, adventure and eco-tourist holidays in Kenya and Uganda.
Tutuka Software (Pty) Ltd.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Tutuka provides innovative and simple software solutions for gift vouchers or cards, prepaid cash replacement and loyalty programmes.
Wilkins Engineering Ltd.
Wilkins Engineering Limited was established in 1993 as an engineering firm. Since its inception, it has grown from a one-man consulting business to the forefront of the electrical engineering field. We have worked in collaboration and with a number of companies in the area of Project Concept, Design and Construction.
Legatum: Legatum is a privately owned international investment group whose primary focus is commercial investment, and which also applies its investor’s expertise to a long- standing involvement in the sustainable development of communities around the globe. See their website.
VC4Africa was pleased to partner with Legatum and its Africa Awards program.
Source: ICT 4 Entrepreneurship in Africa