Sanlam winners announced

The first winner of the Sanlam Innovation Works Project that was launched last year, was announced last week at a ceremony during which OMIG Technology, owned by Aitkens Mainga and Ivan Limbo, walked away with a whopping cash prize of N$40 000.

OMIG Technology describes itself as ‘a company that combines strategic thinking and emerging technologies to provide innovative solutions that consistently break new ground.’

Sanlam and the Poly’s Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII) last year offered young entrepreneurs a chance to make their dreams a reality by inviting them to enter the Sanlam Innovation Works Project that aims to assist talent that merely needed a financial kick-start. A year-long mentorship programme was also implemented as part of the project.

The winners were announced at a ceremony where Sanlam’s Senior Marketing and Communications Consultant, Ilke Platt Akwenye, said: “After a year of bonding and mentoring, we are proud to see how our Top 5 entrepreneurs have matured and developed. We believe that with this initiative, we not only assisted in starting up businesses, but will also help to develop new technologies and equip workers with the skills, competencies and ability to master different techniques.”

Each team in the Top 5 received N$20 000 to start its business.

Prof Errol Tyobeka, Special Adviser to the Rector, addressed the ceremony on behalf of the Rector and said: “The NBII is well embedded in Namibia’s Vision 2030 and has so far provided the necessary training and skills through competent staff that specialise in the identified fields. Our working relationship has seen fruits after a year of ups and downs, but most importantly, skills have been learnt in the process.”

Sanlam’s Akwenye announced that the project will be presented again next year and that interested entrepreneurs may contact Bernice Karuhumba at tel (061) 207 2773 or at bkaruhumba@polytechnic. edu.na.

Date: 
Friday, October 9, 2015
for Month: 
October, 2015

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