Seven mentors. Six contestants. One winner of a salary for a year* to start their business fearlessly.
ENTRIES ARE CLOSED BUT THE HUSTLE NEVER STOPS
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Hezron's passion for food led him to national fame as a contestant on Top Chef. His entrepreneurial journey has taught him that you need more than just passion, but a true understanding of your market and your offering, to reach success.
"Learn as much as you can about the industry you are getting into so you are the go-to guy."
Tears of joy fell down her face as Nohlanhla was announced the winner of My Fearless Next Boot Camp. A R1 million salary to kick-start her business will put a big smile on her bank account. This has all been a fulfilment of a dream she had since 2005, and she’s determined to get Baby Thando, her beautiful black doll, in every South African home. Standard Bank congratulates you for winning R1 million; continue to pusha, phanda and pressa on!
Mamelodi, stand up and recognise one of your own. Meet Kamogelo, who’s been an entrepreneur from the age of 19 and admits that business has always been his calling. His side hustle—an AI bot called Gugu who can help you reach all your savings goals—is truly a genius idea. For this hustler, the sky is not the limit. Gereza till the end, boss!
Verulam, Durban, has its own Aquaman: a hustler by the name of Shiraz Ahmed. One day, just browsing the internet, he saw the MFN competition and applied spontaneously, and now he manufactures and installs marine aquariums all over Mzansi. This is a young man who’s taken the next step in the journey that led to his dream.
What’s in a meme? Apparently, a side hustle idea, if you ask Collins Kwadi, who makes and shares Mzansi memes on social media. His hustle currently has 800 000 followers and continues to grow. This week, though, the judges saw nothing funny but everything business orientated when they choose him as a finalist. Well done, Collins, and keep Mzansi LOL.
If you can dream it, you can fuel it. Nkosinathi and his business partner are the type of entrepreneurs that need no encouragement when it comes to fuelling their passion. From University Researcher to owning a stake in the lucrative fuel industry – and wanting to supply to SADC countries – Nkosinathi wants to grow his oil and gas side-hustle into an empire.
Inspiration sometimes comes from personal misfortune. Meet Marice Mercuur whose daughter suffered from eczema. After following her mother’s advice, she bathed her in rooibos tea water, and her HUSTLE was realised instantly. This confident lady now runs Marice (Pty) Ltd and wants to take her rooibos tea skincare business to the next level.
Nonhlanhla’s struggle to find a doll that her daughter could relate to encouraged her to create Baby Thando, a doll with distinctly African features. While the Girls Ink co-founder’s Next is to grow the business’s market in other provinces, her biggest challenge will be to get out of her shell and be more accessible to her customers. “I know what my product means to an African child. Baby Thando encourages self-love.”
Chicken wings anyone? Not interested, then how about some pork ribs? Our contenders were in Braamfontein this week trying to sell fast-food mnandiness in the streets. Abagerezi went all out, and some teams came back with good returns, while some… made no returns. MFN Boot Camp is heating up and this week’s finalist is a young man who’s running his hustle like a well-oiled machine.
Uz’thola kanjani uhleli ekoneni? Our hustlers were again in Braamfontein, Jozi, selling gourmet street food this time. Some hustlers were very jittery because it was their first time in the City of Gold. In the end, Farah’s team sold the most food and made the most money. Congratulations to this week’s deserving pitch finalist Shiraz Ahmed, who’s got a business that proves that what doesn’t drown you can only make you stronger.
It’s the grand finale, and there has been excitement, heartbreaks, dreams achieved and dreams deferred. MFN Boot Camp had it all… and more. The one-on-one speed dating workshop with the mentors was an interesting addition this time around, and all the hustlers reaped great benefits. But there can only be one: Nohlanhla and her novel doll idea. Congratulations, sisi, for winning the R1 million salary to kick-start your business, fearlessly!
My Fearless Next is an exciting competition that gives you the chance to win* your salary for a year, so you can get your business off the ground without having to worry about money! If you've got a great business idea, or an existing business you'd like to grow and develop, enter My Fearless Next and turn your part-time passion into full-time business success!
As long as you are 18 years of age or older, live permanently in South Africa and operate an income-generating business, you can enter My Fearless Next.
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The competition starts on Monday, 4 June 2018 and ends on Friday, 20 July 2018
No, your business does not have to be registered to enter My Fearless Next.
The winner will receive their annual personal income up to a total amount of R1-million*, as well as business coaching sessions and general support.
The My Fearless Next mentors are inspirational South African entrepreneurs who will share their expertise and experiences of starting a business from scratch. They are:
As South Africa's leading business bank, we believe in the incredible spirit of entrepreneurship – and that every business deserves the chance to be successful. We also understand the challenges you face – the fear of taking that leap into the unknown and the fear of not having a guaranteed income while you try and get your business off the ground. My Fearless Next gives you the chance to win* a year's salary so you can start your business fearlessly and move forward with confidence!