R300,000 worth of advertising donated to five small businesses as part of ITWeb's enterprise development drive in partnership with Raizcorp.
SA's technology news leader, ITWeb, has started an enterprise development initiative aimed at helping businesses to speed up their development, sustainability and financial independence, by donating R60,000 worth of advertising to five growing enterprises.
Introduced by ITWeb's empowerment advisor, PFour, a partnership was struck with Raizcorp, Africa's only unfunded for-profit business incubator model, which provides full service business support programmes that guide entrepreneurs to profitability. Five entrepreneurs were selected from a list of 10 put forward.
"We were impressed with the skills and entrepreneurship displayed by these businesses, and hope our marketing advice and packages will help their businesses," says Robert Mace, ITWeb's sales director.
He adds that each business is allowed to spend its R60,000 in advertising on ITWeb's platforms, on either online, print or events, or a mixture of all three, and that ITWeb will help guide and support the businesses when selecting how to spend their budget. In addition, ITWeb's board of directors will be available to provide knowledge transfer and business management assistance.
"It is always a pleasure working with companies which are supporting the development of small businesses. This initiative from ITWeb is just another example of such commitment to growth within the small business sector, and we would like to challenge other businesses to follow suit," says Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp.
The five winners are:
The Weram Group International is a technology business focusing on 'revolutionising the world of technology' through its individual and specialised operational divisions. The company offers multimedia creative digital design, Web and application development, advanced desktop support, IT systems security, data backup and management solutions. It also offers SAP implementation and training, office automation and PABX, voice and data access plans, indoor and outdoor branding and equipment sales.
Maredi Technologies is an ICT infrastructure solutions company that works with both private and public sector clients. The company, founded in 2005, is 100% black-owned, and aims to provide clients with turnkey solutions that are both cost-effective and operationally efficient. This is made possible by the significant experience and knowledge acquired by its management that has years of experience in the ICT sector.
Pluritone is a 'smart business solutions' provider, which offers both smart business solutions as services and as products. The company provides a set of IT services on a consulting basis, including software development, project management, mobile app development, IT support and Web hosting. Pluritone is constantly innovating by bringing smart products to market to fill the gaps in a particular industry. Popular products include an e-commerce solution for the African market, and biometric identity verification for the unbanked population in Africa.
Investong Human Capital is a specialist recruitment services company that focuses on IAT and finance placements. The company has many years of experience in these disciplines, and as a result, can deliver high levels of service to job applicants and recruiters alike. Its team of professionals always look beyond the CV, and identify those unique characteristics which will provide an ideal fit between the job applicant and the company looking for specific skills.
Openbravo is a provider of the preferred commerce and ERP platforms. The company offers a state-of-the-art commerce solution for agile retailers and a broad horizontal ERP solution for any industry. These are both built on top of a flexible and easily extendible Web, mobile and cloud-ready development platform, ready to power companies' ideas for building smart enterprise solutions.
ITWeb is South Africa's leading technology-focused publisher, with media products and services that span online, print and events.
ITWeb's online platforms reach over 200,000 unique readers a month and service a large client base through its Virtual Press Office offering. Its website at www.itweb.co.za is recognised as the most trusted voice in South African business IT sector and is the first port of call for an audience that ranges from technology professionals to CIOs.
ITWeb's Brainstorm magazine is South Africa's most influential business IT monthly, reaching 12,000 executives and decision-makers with its in-depth, issue-driven, "big picture" stories in business technology.
The ITWeb Events division extends ITWeb's content value proposition by delivering events such as BI Summit and IT Security Summit that are relevant, well-timed and address a real business need.
Founded in 2000, Raizcorp has become Africa's premier business incubator model. It is Africa's only unfunded for-profit business incubator model, which provides full service business support programmes that guide entrepreneurs to profitability.
Raizcorp has created "Prosperation" - a unique, world-renowned model of business incubation. Through a rigorous selection process, programmes are targeted to those with the highest potential to succeed. In association with the Da Vinci Institute, Raizcorp operates as a faculty of entrepreneurship, offering entrepreneurial learning approved by the Council on Higher Education (CHE).
Raizcorp is the first business support organisation in Africa to be recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI), the UK government-approved standards setting body for entrepreneurial development.
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