Funding resources for innovative ideas, musicians to kickstart their careers (apply now)

From a multi million rand seed capital to help take your idea off the ground to a lifetime opportunity to showcase your musical talent before an esteemed panel of American record label executives, here are 3 creative resources guaranteed to help kick-start your career

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Gauteng Accelerator Programme (GAP) Innovation Funding Competition

Are you an budding entrepreneur, innovator or a researcher looking for an opportunity to help take off your bright idea off the ground? The  Wits Enterprise is looking for potential candidates to enter the Gauteng Accelerator Programme (GAP) Innovation Funding Competition which will see some big ideas in line to receive financial and mentorship support. 

The Wits University is investing over R2.5-million in seed capital available to help get winning start-up ideas off to a good start. Those who believe they have what it takes to impress the judges  are invited to attend call to entry and information session on Thursday,  May 16, 2019 at 11H00 at the Wits PDH Building. Potential candidates looking to attend the session are required to register by emailing makhosi.cebekhulu@wits.ac.za.

“We are looking for people who are working on novel technologies that will improve the efficiency of government service delivery, increase the competitiveness of the local economy and enhance the quality of life of ordinary citizens,” says Wits Enterprise innovation support manager, Anne Gabathuse.

Entries are open in four categories; ICT, medical, biosciences and green economy. The Wits Enterprise’s Innovation Hub will assist participants who have attended the Business Basics Workshop to put together their applications. The deadline for applications to the funding competition is May 31, 2019.

The Wits Enterprise is investing over R2.5-million in seed capital to support innovative ideas

Winners will share in seed funding and cash prizes, as well as receive incubation services with technical and business mentors and access to a broad network of industry and government partners.

About Wits Enterprise

Wits Enterprise is the Wits University entity established in response to South Africa’s socio-economic challenges and the urgency to prepare young people for the Fourth Industrial Revolution among other things. The entity is tasked with marketing and commercializing the institution’s intellectual capital, research and innovations. Offering customized short courses accredited by Wits University, it comprises of four units dealing with innovation, research, short courses and entrepreneurial development. For more information, visit www.schoolofrock.com/centerstage.

  • Kickstart your music career; Cape Town’s School of Rock

An exciting opportunity exist for budding local musicians, courtesy of the world renowned Cape Town’s School of Rock. The South African chapter of the world acclaimed music institution is offering teenagers of all ages a once-in-lifetime opportunity to showcase their musical talent before an esteemed American record label executives as part of a worldwide artist search, Center Stage.

Budding SA singers aged 13 to 19 years have until June 30 to submit a five-minute audition video in the hope of securing a spot among a total of 25 individuals to be flown to Los Angeles for a one of a kind industry experience.

Selected individuals will perform in front of Atlantic Records and Artist Partner Group (APG) executives at a private artist showcase. They will record songs at APG’s studios with coaching assistance from a group of industry experts. In addition to the main prize for the winning vocalist, 100 other applicants who show promise will receive a scholarship to a School of Rock camp of their choice.

Marketing director of School of Rock Claremont (in Cape Town), Leigh Spaun, had this to say: “South Africa has limited opportunities to expose up-and-coming musicians, and with this competition, Center Stage gives talented artists the potential to reach their biggest audience yet.”

Applicants do not need to be School of Rock students in order to participate in Center Stage programme. For more information on who’s elegible to enter, visit www.schoolofrock.com/centerstage

About School of Rock

Arguably the world’s leading music incubation programme offering students “out of class lessons” and putting them on to the stage, the School of Rock has been the leader in performance-based music education for more than two decades. The institution (formerly known as The Paul Green School of Rock Music)  budding musicians with tools they need to thrive in life. Originally founded in Philadelphia, PA in 1998 by, the school has grown rapidly with more than 230 international franchises in ten global markets. It has gone from 4,000 to a whopping 35,000 plus students currently.

  • Recycle, Reuse and win: The Park Boulevard Centre

One of its kind opportunity awaits primary school learners who are as passionate about the environment and believe that wonderful things can be made out of waste. The Park Boulevard Centre in Durban invites grade 1 to 7 learners to enter this unique recycling competition, where one gets to reuse items from recycled materials to create something truly unique.

Recycle, repurpose & reuse

The competition focuses on the 3R’s of the waste hierarchy’ – recycle, repurpose & reuse – and goes a long way  a way in fostering a concern for the environment and sustainable habits early. With this competition, raising children who will be more aware of environmental issues – while having fun –  is no longer a pipe dream but a close reality. And what better way to do than getting them to create either 2D or 3D reproductions, using only recycled materials.

Entries  are open until Friday, May 24. Impressive creations will judged based on their effective use of repurposed materials and creativity. The winner will get his / her work displayed at The Park Boulevard Centre’s Etchings Gallery, and taking R1 500 cash and R5 000 for their school.

For more info on how to enter, go to www.parkboulevard.co.za.

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