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Entrepreneurship gaming challenge crowns South Africa’s brightest young entrepreneurs at Gala ceremony

by Media Xpose

Top 5 learners from the Applied Learning Challenge L – R: Oluwadamilola Adeyemi, Panashe Memaringa, Faraaz Parker, Nasiruddin Allie and Asivile Mondile

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Young learners and students rewarded for entrepreneurial skills.

The next generation of entrepreneurs were honoured at the Allan Gray Entrepreneurial Challenge (AGEC) Gala Dinner on Friday, 11 August 2023. The event recognised innovation, creativity, and the entrepreneurial spirit of top performing South African learners who took part in their 2D games aimed at developing entrepreneurial aspiration within primary school, high school and TVET college learners.

This year’s event was a resounding testament to the entrepreneurial aspirations flourishing within South Africa’s youth. Over 17,500 learners from primary schools, high schools, and TVET colleges engaged across the gaming network.

“We believe that teaching entrepreneurship is essential for our youth. We aim to channel the entrepreneurial potential into real-world business ventures that can solve some of our society’s most pressing social-economic issues. We are not simply fostering aspirations. We are seeding an entrepreneurial revolution within our education system by cultivating the innovators and trailblazers of tomorrow,” explains Marcel Manikum, AGEC Project Lead.

Celebrating its 5th anniversary, the AGEC gaming network has become more than a competition; it gives the next generation of business leaders access to entrepreneurial thinking and mindset development. Through gamification, the challenge provides a unique and engaging platform for young minds to gain exposure to industry-relevant skills essential to make their mark as emerging entrepreneurs. 

“Our platform transcends a gaming network. It’s a launchpad for an entrepreneurial career. It empowers learners and students by providing them with a platform to apply and showcase the skills that underpin their studies and future careers. We celebrate the extraordinary student entrepreneurs who’ve risen to the challenge, making a real, impactful changes in their communities with the skills they’ve gained,” explains Manikum.

The success of this year’s competition echoes a vital message: South Africa’s youth is ready to lead, innovate, and inspire.

Top Primary School Winners

The following primary schools received R30 000 in cash to start and support activities that teach entrepreneurship in their schools as they outperformed their peers during gameplay.

ProvinceTop School
1Eastern CapeSt Andrews Primary School
2GautengGalway Primary School
3KwaZulu NatalQurtuba Online School
4MpumalangaVukasambe Primary School
5Western CapeRondebosch East Primary School

Top performing learners from across the country were also awarded with prizes and Allan Gray Unit Trust Funds in recognition of their outstanding performance and entrepreneurial potential.

2D High School game awarded the Top 5 learners

1st placeKwaZulu NatalReddam House, BallitoDarren LarkensGrade 11
2nd placeGautengJeppe High School For GirlsGina TanGrade 9
3rd placeWestern CapeGeneration Schools – SandownJo SwanepoelGrade 12
4th placeGautengHoërskool HugenoteStephan SteenkampGrade 12
5th placeEastern CapeRiebeek College Girls High SchoolAsivile MondileGrade 12

2D Game for TVET students awards

1st placeNorth WestKagiso PilaneOrbit TVET College
2nd placeNorth WestNompumelelo NtombelaVuselela TVET College
3rd placeWestern CapeAbduraghmaan SasmanFalse Bay TVET College
4th placeGautengThembelani MhlangaSouth West TVET College
5th placeMpumalangaVusimuzi MavusoGert Sibande TVET College

The Gala ceremony included business venture pitches from high school learners who participated in the Applied Learning Challenge. The following prizes were awarded on the night to kick start their businesses:

1st placeOluwadamilola Adeyemi, Grade 12 learner at Khanyisa Education Centre, Limpopo.R40 000 Prize Package (R30 000 Allan Gray Unit Trust Fund and R10 000 in Cash)
2nd placePanashe Memaringa, Grade 11 learner at Claremont High School, Western CapeR30 000 Prize Package (R25 000 Allan Gray Unit Trust Fund and R5 000 in Cash) 
3rd placeFaraaz Parker, Grade 12 learner at Star College Bridgetown, Western Cape.R30 000 Prize Package (R25 000 Allan Gray Unit Trust Fund and R5 000 in Cash) 
4th placeNasiruddin Allie, Grade 11 learner at Waterstone College, GautengR18 000 Prize Package (R10 000 Allan Gray Unit Trust Fund and R3 000 in Cash)
5th placeAsivile Mondile, Grade 12 learner at Riebeek College for Girls, Eastern Cape.R18 000 Prize Package (R10 000 Allan Gray Unit Trust Fund and R3 000 in Cash)

An honouree certificate was awarded to Kgolathuto Secondary School for the Best Performing School within the Free State Province.

Top 3 SADC Winners:

Top performing learners from across the SADC region including Namibia, Eswatini and Botswana were also awarded on the night for their outstanding performance and entrepreneurial potential.

 CountrySchoolTop 3 Learners
1NamibiaWindhoek GymnasiumNico Van Staden, Grade 8
2EswatiniWaterford KamhlabaXolile Masuku, Grade 11
3BotswanaMaru-a-pulaFelix Vuylsteke, Grade 11

The organisers of the Allan Gray Entrepreneurship gaming network extend their heartfelt gratitude to all the learners and students that participated in this year’s challenge. “We would like to thank all the educators, teachers and parents who supported our efforts this year in nurturing the next generation of young entrepreneurs, we are proud to be part of this entrepreneurial revolution in our education system,” notes Manikum.

Visit www.entrepreneurshipchallenge for more information.

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