The Vision to Reality awards programme celebrates emerging companies with tech-enabled solutions spanning across all industries. The programme aims to encourage companies with the best high-growth potential to become market leaders, and to inspire future start-ups.
These awards are designed to recognise and honour companies whose innovative tech-enabled solutions will have a significant impact on the growth of the African continent. To be successful requires vision and leadership, financial accomplishment, strategic direction and innovation. These companies have made a difference in Africa by having the courage to share their visions, and then turn them into reality in the form of revenues and growth in their particular industry.
The 2015 Vision to Reality awards acknowledge the company that has best demonstrated the commercialisation of a tech-enabled solution and is on a viable growth path for national and/or international expansion. The 2015 programme includes two awards categories:
- Top 10 up-and-coming
PwC has collaborated with SA Innovation Summit for the 2015 Vision to Reality awards programme and will use the SA Innovation Summit Pitching Den as the platform for the top 20 Vision to Reality entrants to pitch.
The nomination process will take place on the SA Innovation Summit online platform with a specific category for the Vision to Reality target audience. Once the nomination phase has closed, a shortlist of twenty companies will be selected by an independent panel of judges identified by PwC. The top 10 up-and-coming companies will then be chosen by the independent panel of judges and will be recognised at the SA Innovation Summit ceremony.
- Vision to Reality award winner
The top 10 up-and-coming companies will enter into PwC's mentorship programme towards the end of 2015 and will make their final pitch to the independent panel of judges. The presentations will be evaluated based on specific criteria which will include innovation, financial performance and strategic direction. The top three companies will be selected by the independent panel of judges and the overall winner will be announced at the Vision to Reality awards ceremony.