The Entrepreneur 2023

We are thrilled to announce The Entrepreneur 2023 competition and programme.

To participate, please follow the guidelines below:

Entry Form Submission Deadline:

14th August 2023

Submission Options:

  • Scan and email to
  • Drop off at George Business Chamber offices: Room 111, 1st floor, 101 York Street (cnr. York & Langehoven St), George
  • Drop off at George Tourism office – Information Desk, York Street, George
  • Drop off at Garden Route Mall – Information Desk, N2 Highway & Knysna Rd, George

*Please note that late or incomplete applications will automatically be disqualified.

All applications will be carefully reviewed against the selection criteria. Interviews may be conducted to select finalists who will participate in The Entrepreneur 2023 competition and programme.

Selected business owners will have the opportunity to take part in a 10-week entrepreneurial developmental programme endorsed by the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and the USA-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This comprehensive programme includes tuition and mentorship and will commence on the 19th of August 2023, running until October 2023.

Competition winners will be judged based on the perceived potential of their businesses, programme participation and attendance, as well as the content of the business plan submitted.

Finalists who successfully complete the programme will be offered the chance to showcase their businesses at The Entrepreneur 2023 Exhibition. This event will provide an excellent platform for networking and recognition, as the competition winners will be announced during the exhibition.

Prize money will be in the form of business development funding, which will be dispersed in line with the submitted business plans after being approved by the assigned mentor for each finalist.

We are excited to see the innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit that will emerge through this competition. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to take your business to new heights. Should you have any further questions or require additional information, please feel free to reach out to us.