A SELECT few of the previous achievers in the Top 40 Under 40 are now acting as judges in the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber initiative.
Judging for the first time after being one of the first achievers of the competition in 2011, Elilox Group managing director Bridgette Gasa said the competition opened doors for young people who were known in their area but not on a national level. "The Top 40 Under 40 puts the young achievers of Nelson Mandela Bay on a national map," she said.
Mandela Bay Development Agency communications manager Luvuyo Bangazi, who was also in the first group and will be judging for the first time this year, said the Top 40 Under 40 was a great innovation from the chamber to recognise local business talent.
"Formerly employed by Boomtown, I did get a lot of time to network but the Top 40 Under 40 opened up my networking opportunities even more in terms of speed networking, corporate social investment initiatives as well as being involved in think tanks. It is a great way of identifying and nurturing the future business leaders of the city," Bangazi said.
Coca-Cola Sabco communications manager Buli G Ngomane, who was also an achiever in 2011, said the competition was a good way of encouraging young people to achieve greater heights in business.
Top 40 Under 40 convener and judge Nicole Klokow said a fantastic group of diverse young business achievers had already been nominated to the third annual list. "We hope to see many more nominations to put before our judging panel.
"I initiated the first Top 40 Under 40 list of young business achievers through the chamber in 2011, in a bid to highlight the enormous pool of business talent available in the Eastern Cape," Klokow said.
Nominations close on September 11.