The search for the world’s most creative young entrepreneur has begun. Nominations for the 2012 JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award are open, with JCI Botswana hoping to prove that Botswana’s young entrepreneurs are amongst the world’s most creative.
“The competition is open to all young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 40,” explained Davis Mogapi, President of JCI Botswana. “The nomination process is simple, and anyone can nominate an entrepreneur, and young entrepreneurs are encouraged to nominate themselves.”
JCI Botswana is a part of JCI, a worldwide community of young active citizens, who are dedicated to creating the positive change they wish to see in themselves and the world. There are nearly 200,000 members active in 115 countries across the globe. JCI launched the Creative Young Entrepreneur Award Competition in 2006 in partnership with the Flanders District of Creativity, an initiative of the Belgium Government.
“We’re looking for young business people who use their imagination and creativity to start a business, or evolve a business,” said Mogapi. “That could be any number of things, including using creativity in product development, service development, or even in the way they approach the market. The key is how they have tackled something in a fresh way, using their talent, imagination and ingenuity to drive their business enterprise.
“I know from our membership and contacts in the business community, that JCI Botswana is filled with creative and talented young business owners and entrepreneurs,” Mogapi continued. “We’re excited about these people entering the competition, and their potential to be the international winner.”
In addition, he said they have also started the search for nominees for outstanding achievements of the country’s youth.
“Nominations are now open for the National 2012 TOYP program, recognizing the achievements of young people from Botswana,” said Mogapi.
“We want to honour the outstanding individuals in our communities and in our country. The program is open to people between the ages of 18 and 40, giving us the opportunity to acknowledge those young people who serve as role models to their peers and will become the outstanding leaders of tomorrow.”
Individuals can be nominated in one of ten categories ranging from business accomplishments and humanitarian efforts to outstanding leadership, medical
and cultural achievements.
“By recognizing these young people, JCI encourages them and others to seek excellence and serve others,” added Mogapi. “It’s just one way that JCI contributes to preparing better leaders, who will create better societies.
“If you know outstanding individuals, we encourage you to nominate them for JCI Botswana’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award,” Mogapi said. “Honourees will not only be recognized here at home, they will also be sent on to the International TOYP Program for screening, where ten honourees from around the globe will be selected and recognized for their achievements,” he said.
Mogapi explained that the nomination process involves the simple completion of an online nomination form. Nominations will be entered into an international open pool competition. From these entries, a panel of experts drawn from within the economic and entrepreneurial community will select 3 finalists to move onward to the International 2012 JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award Competition.