Allan Gray Makers Entrepreneurship Inter-College Competition 2024

About Allan Gray Makers

In 2018, the concept of the Allan Gray Makers program was implemented as the trustees’ ideas about entrepreneurship in Africa gravitated towards technical and vocational trades. The Allan Gray Makers programme was born as a pilot project because that time involvement of vocational work was not prominent in the Gray entities. The pilot aimed to prove models that work in this new vocational and technical context in South Africa to accelerate entrepreneurship and create jobs. After experimenting with various models, the programme was initiated across South Africa, later spreading to the African continent.

They work with a mission to empower, prosperous, productively engaged South African citizens to thrive in ethical societies with dignity and hope. Allan Gray Makers aims to offer entrepreneurial education to a minimum of 300,000 individuals specializing in technical and vocational trades, by 2030.

Allan Gray Makers Entrepreneurship Inter-College Competition

About The Allan Gray Makers Competition

Allan Gray Makers invites students to apply for the competition, slated for the 2024 academic year. The competition aims to promote a culture of entrepreneurship among students enrolled in TVET colleges. Registration is open to students attending any of South Africa’s 50 Public TVET Colleges.

Competition Categories:

  • Business Idea: Candidates must have a profitable business idea that can generate income for the exchange of goods and services.
  • Tech Business: Candidates must have a profitable business idea that can generate income for the exchange of goods and services.
  • Artisan Business: Candidates must have an existing business within the technology industry that consists of paying customers.
  • General Business: Candidates must have an existing business that doesn’t fall under any of the other categories that consist of paying customers.

The Allan Gray Makers Competition Provide

In addition to the opportunity to win a portion of R120,000 in prizes, the competition will also have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in mentorship and gain valuable business support.
  • Represent their TVET colleges by being an Inter-College category winner.
  • Network and collaborate with like-minded individuals within a technical space, thus establishing a high business impact.

Stages of the competition:

  • Entries open: 4 March 2024 to 12 April 2024
  • Internal Rounds: 13 May 2024 to 14 June 2024
  • Regional Rounds: August 2024
  • National Finals: 5 September 2024

Eligibility Criteria

Before applying, candidates must fulfill the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Candidates must be currently registered at any 50 public TVET colleges in South Africa.
  • An employee at any of the TVET colleges is not eligible to participate in the competition.
  • Candidates must own at least 50% of the business they are submitting for the competition.

How To Apply?

To apply for the Allan Gray Makers Entrepreneurship Inter-College Competition South Africa 2024, Candidates must follow these steps:

  1. Register Your Account using your name, email address, TVET College.
  2. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the details to Login to your account.
  3. Log Into Your Account
  4. Complete the entry form and submit it.
  5. Finally, you will receive an email confirming your submission.

Selection Procedure

  • After submission, Candidates will receive an email from the coordinators of the competition.
  • Candidates who received a confirmation email will be shortlisted and invited to pitch their ideas/ businesses. 
  • Qualified candidates will engage in an internal university round. Which is hosted by the completion coordinators at the student’s relevant college.
  • Qualified candidates will receive notification from the coordinators depicting the date, time and format of the internal university round.
  • Prizes will be paid electronically into the recipients’ nominated bank account. This will happen within 30 working days of notifying the winner.


Closing Date

12 April 2024.

Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted. So, please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.

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