DAR ES SALAAM – Friday, November 15, 2013 – On Friday morning, Enablis East Africa in collaboration with energy4everyone Foundation (e4e) announced the seven winners of the 2013 Enablis e4e Business Plan Competition which had been running since August 27 2013. The total prize money won was 24 million Tanzania Shillings (USD 15,000) and each of the seven successful entrepreneurs took home a part of the winnings.
This was the first competition organized by Enablis in Tanzania.
It was aimed at discovering and supporting entrepreneurs for growth and was funded by e4e in partnership with Enablis. It brought together more than 571 participants during the training and awareness sessions organized in Dar es Salaam, Coast Region and Arusha and 228 business plan entries from entrepreneurs based all over Tanzania.
The best 50 business plans were selected for the final round of the competition and the representatives of these businesses were invited for a 3-day intensive training session which culminated in the final judging and selection of the 7 top winners. The judging panel consisted of 20 highly reputable Business Development stakeholders.
The Overall Winner of the 2013 Enablis e4e Foundation Business Plan Competition is Pilly Kafuye Mpangamawe who beat 49 other entrepreneurs to carry the highest title. Ms. Mpangamawe who runs a Dar es Salaam-based textile manufacturing community-based organization under the name Samara Art Group, also won the category prize for Agri-Business and Agri-Processing including Manufacturing. Under her guidance Samara Art Group currently has 24 members and supplies textile products all over Tanzania. The group aims to become a market leader in manufacturing of quality hand-made traditional textiles in Tanzania by 2015.
The remaining categories and respective winners include:
All 50 Finalists will also receive Enablis membership so that they will continue to be supported to grow their businesses through training, mentoring, capacity building and access to finance.
Speaking during the award ceremony held in Dar es Salaam on Friday 15th November 2013, Enablis East Africa Regional Director, Fredrick Kariuki said that the business plan competition aims at developing entrepreneurship in Tanzania by helping people discover commercial opportunities in the economy. “The quality of business plans has been very high and the competition was equally stiff” he said.
According to Mr. Kariuki, most of the businesses that entered the competition are existing enterprises seeking affordable expansion capital. Overall, forty-four percent of the business entries to the competition were from the Agri-Business and Agri-Processing sectors “This is good because Agribusiness is more labour intensive and thus is likely to create more jobs.” said Mr. Kariuki. He advised small business owners to aim higher in terms of market presence, as this is the only way to grow revenues and create more jobs.
Frank Durnford, energy4everyone Foundation Acting Chief Executive Officer, said that innovation and grassroots business are fundamental to improving energy access in Tanzania, not to mention to building a thriving economy.
ABOUT ENABLIS EAST AFRICA
Enablis Entrepreneurial Network is a member-based organization that has presence in six African countries and Argentina, South America. It was launched at the G8 meeting in 2002 and founded by Accenture and Telesystem in collaboration with the Government of Canada.
Enablis East Africa, a not-for-profit organization, is geared at leveraging and supporting entrepreneurial talent in Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.
For further information contact:
Regional Director, Enablis East Africa
Tel: +254 20 4454440/1