PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a multinational professional services network has announced the 20 finalists that will participate in its Vision to Reality awards, a programme that celebrates emerging companies with tech-enabled solutions.
The 20 finalists, selected from a pool of over 80 companies across Africa, will pitch at PwC’s Pitching Den at the SA Innovation Summit on August 28, after which 10 companies will be selected by a panel of judges and recognised at the SA Innovation ceremony.
The overall winner of the 2015 Vision to Reality awards programme will attend and present at the global PwC Accelerator conference where PwC’s Accelerator team showcases the flagship companies, to enhance their visibility and credibility, boost their professional reputation and introduce them to potential partners.
“This year’s finalists were chosen from the most dynamic, enterprising and successful businesses. It is encouraging that entrepreneurs are taking pride in the businesses that they have helped to create and transform. It is critical for governments to acknowledge and support these as they play an important role in the economy by creating jobs and stimulating growth.” said Danie Fölscher, PwC Partner in Charge of the Western Cape region.
The 20 finalists are: BabyGroup, Clear Sky Energy (Pty) Ltd, Digicash, Emerge Mobile, eMoyo, Everlytic, Info Slips, Nomanini, Open Box Software, Origin Dynamic Systems (Pty) Ltd, Overscore (Pty) Ltd, PayFast, Quicket, Sea Monster Entertainment, SNC (Stellenbosch Nanofibres Technology), SPARK Schools, Telemedicine Africa (Pty) Ltd, Traderoot Technologies, Xpitec (Pty) Ltd and 10X Investments.
The Vision to Reality awards programme is supported by various key stakeholders in the ecosystem, including COCT, Wesgro, UCT GSB, SmartXChange, BizFarm, Silicon Cape, BWB/CITi, Start-up Grind and Knife Capital.