A STUDENT'S business plan to bring internet access to rural Eastern Cape schools has won him a top entrepreneurial prize.
NMMU third-year accounting student Azola Gqwabaza was yesterday announced as the regional winner of the Business Partners SME Toolkit Young Aspiring Entrepreneurs Business Plan Competition. His winning business plan was based on an internet cafe for Grade 12 pupils to be set up at rural schools around Qumbu, where he is originally from.
"This way, the learners will have access to important information regarding tertiary studies and applications for bursaries at further learning institutions," Gqwabaza said.
"The competition has taught me to persevere and put a lot of time and effort into planning my business."
Along with 19 other entrepreneurs, he took part in a Business Partners training day for the selected top 20 entrants in the region, before writing up his winning plan.
He said he would like to start his business after completing an Honours degree next year.
Business Partners executive general manager Pierre Mey said the judges had been impressed with the winning plan due to its sound nature, practicality of implementation and Gqwabaza's overall enthusiasm for starting up the business.
A part of yesterday's prize was a mentorship programme with Business Partners worth R5000 and he will now compete against four other regional winners for the overall title. The national winner will be announced on November 14.