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The Standard Bank Business Awards
Awards that recognise and celebrate the businesses that South Africa banks on.
The Standard Bank Business Awards

An award your business can bank on

When conditions are easy, many businesses flourish. However, the top innovators and the best operators show their true ability during difficult economic circumstances. The Standard Bank Business Awards will be recognising these exceptional, growing businesses by celebrating their strength, vision, and resilience, especially in today’s challenging economic environment.

Business candidates will be recognised across three classifications and can win in any or all of the categories. All entries can be completed online, after which successful candidates will be asked to complete further information.

Some of the benefits

Expand and grow

Use the cash winnings as a capital injection to take your business to the next level

Instant credibility

Be nationally recognised by existing and new clients as one of the top businesses in South Africa

Media and PR exposure

Leverage your award of recognition and gain positive exposure for your business

Great differentiator

Distinguish your product or service from the competition
How to Enter

Entries for the 2021 Standard Bank Business Awards are now being accepted.

To enter, simply submit your application online.

If your business is shortlisted, you will be required to email relevant documentation to move into the next round.

Enter now

 The Standard Bank Business Awards competition terms and conditions

Entry Requirements

Entries are free and open to all service, commercial or industrial companies that manufacture or sell a product or service.

To be eligible for the awards, businesses must:

  • Have only one representative entered on behalf of the company
  • Have been operating for a minimum of 3 years with provable revenue history*
  • Be profitability run
  • Demonstrate intent to scale
  • Be registered
  • Be based in and operate primarily in South Africa
  • Be headquartered in an African country
  • Be entered via an applicant who:
    • is the director of the business
    • has traceable/provable South African nationality (has/has had African citizenship and/or a parent or grandparent who has South African citizenship)

*Except Rising Star Award.

Companies that are not eligible to enter the awards are:

  • Members or affiliated members of a listed group on a national or international stock exchange
  • A government or semi-government enterprise
  • An enterprise in whom government is a stakeholder
Judging and awards announcements
  • An experienced panel of judges will assess the entries and based on the criteria for each category, we will select and announce the top businesses.
  • The top 10 businesses will prepare a pitch to be overseen by an independent auditor.
  • Standard Bank reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions and reduce or extend at any time, any dates of this competition.

The finalists and prestigious guest list of business decision-makers will attend an online gala event where the winners are announced.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

To learn more about Business Awards, view our Frequently Asked Questions

  • How to Enter
  • Entry Requirements
  • Judging and awards announcements
  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Entries for the 2021 Standard Bank Business Awards are now being accepted.

To enter, simply submit your application online.

If your business is shortlisted, you will be required to email relevant documentation to move into the next round.

Enter now

 The Standard Bank Business Awards competition terms and conditions

Entries are free and open to all service, commercial or industrial companies that manufacture or sell a product or service.

To be eligible for the awards, businesses must:

  • Have only one representative entered on behalf of the company
  • Have been operating for a minimum of 3 years with provable revenue history*
  • Be profitability run
  • Demonstrate intent to scale
  • Be registered
  • Be based in and operate primarily in South Africa
  • Be headquartered in an African country
  • Be entered via an applicant who:
    • is the director of the business
    • has traceable/provable South African nationality (has/has had African citizenship and/or a parent or grandparent who has South African citizenship)

*Except Rising Star Award.

Companies that are not eligible to enter the awards are:

  • Members or affiliated members of a listed group on a national or international stock exchange
  • A government or semi-government enterprise
  • An enterprise in whom government is a stakeholder
  • An experienced panel of judges will assess the entries and based on the criteria for each category, we will select and announce the top businesses.
  • The top 10 businesses will prepare a pitch to be overseen by an independent auditor.
  • Standard Bank reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions and reduce or extend at any time, any dates of this competition.

The finalists and prestigious guest list of business decision-makers will attend an online gala event where the winners are announced.

To learn more about Business Awards, view our Frequently Asked Questions

Award Categories
Business of the Year
Business of the Year

Our biggest individual accolade. First, second and third placed businesses will share R3.5 million.


1st prize - R2 000 000
2nd prize - R1 000 000
3rd prize - R500 000

Best Female-led Company
Best Female-led Company

This award is all about recognising great female entrepreneurs and business leaders who are making a real impact on their industry.

R500 000

Rising Star Award
Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award aims to celebrate and support the country’s newest businesses. Entrants to this award must have been trading for a maximum period of three years.

R500 000

Business of the Year

Our biggest individual accolade. First, second and third placed businesses will share R3.5 million.


1st prize - R2 000 000
2nd prize - R1 000 000
3rd prize - R500 000

Best Female-led Company

This award is all about recognising great female entrepreneurs and business leaders who are making a real impact on their industry.

R500 000

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award aims to celebrate and support the country’s newest businesses. Entrants to this award must have been trading for a maximum period of three years.

R500 000

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