R50 000 cash for your business & R50 000 worth of coaching, training & marketing
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PLEASE NOTE: The money must be used to grow your business – as guided by the organizers of this competition.
How does it work?
Students in Grade 8 to Grade 12 can enter their existing money-making venture, hobby or business and stand a chance of winning R100 000. Four runner-ups will each receive R10 000 worth of coaching for their businesses.
Step 1: Register
Register your business by entering your email address below. Remember that you can only enter one money-making venture, hobby or business per email address, so if you want to enter more, please use another email address.
Step 2: Wait for approval
We will review the information you entered during registration and approve your entry within 24 hours. Please keep an eye open for a confirmation email from us once your entry has been approved, and remember to check your SPAM folder as well.
Step 3: Vote and Share
Once your entry has been approved you will be able to vote for your business and share your profile. Please note that only one vote per person per entry is allowed, so share with your family, friends and fellow learners.
Step 4: Watch out for updates
Check the website for regular updates including the amount of votes that you have, and keep voting and sharing your profile with family and friends.
Step 5: Top 5
The Top 10 and 5 Wild Card Entries will be announced on our social platforms and on our website.
Step 6: The Winner
The winner will be announced on our social platforms and on our website.
These are the dates that you need to remember.
The R100k Scooler Clash launches and entries and voting open
Entries close at 12 noon and 1 week before voting closes, to allow late entries to get votes
Voting closes at 12 noon; votes are counted and 5 Wild Cards decided
Top 10 (with the most votes) and the 5 Wild Card announced
The WINNER and the 4 runners-up announced – Judges decision is final
It seems that you’re in need of some assistance. Please read through the questions and answers below.
Who is the organizer of this Competition?
* Scooler is the brainchild of Leon Lategan, the CEO of The Lions Den, which is an entrepreneurial company, involved in numerous businesses, which educate, coach, mentor and support entrepreneurs and business owners.
* The Lions Den also provides products and services to assist entrepreneurs and business owners to grow their businesses.
* Leon was also previously the CEO of Independent Newspapers’ digital division IOL (Independent Online)
* We also run a charity initiative supporting 27 charities: www.mmb.gives.
What is the main purpose of this Competition?
“To create and inspire an entrepreneurial spirit in our schools, so that our students can shape their own futures by exploring an alternative to mainstream tertiary education, namely entrepreneurship.”
What is a “Scooler?
A “Scooler” is an entrepreneur who is at school.
Why create an entrepreneurial spirit?
We believe in creating an entrepreneurial spirit in our schools because right now students either drop out of school before reaching Grade 12 or if they reach Grade 12 and pass, they either head off to University or College (if they are accepted) or they take a gap year or they get a job or they remain unemployed.
Therefore we believe that by educating them about entrepreneurship they can begin to shape their own futures in a different direction when they leave school and this opens up other exciting opportunities for them, which they were unaware of. The following primary reasons are why we want to create this spirit:
* Because of the high unemployment rates in SA amongst our youth. In SA, those aged 15 – 24 are considered as youth and the unemployment rate was 32.4% in the first quarter of 2018, which implies that more than one in every three young people is not in employment, education or training (NEET). Of the 10.3 million youths (age 15-24 years), this means that approximately 3.3 million are NEET.
* Because of the high overall unemployment rates in SA. SA’s unemployment rate came in at 26.7% in the first quarter of 2018. This translates to 5.98 million unemployed people. The unemployment rate in SA averaged at 25.54% from 2000 until 2018. Our lowest unemployment rate over the past three decades was in 1995, with 2.4 million people were unemployed.
* Because of the high drop out rates at our schools. The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) reported that while 1.185 million learners were enrolled in Grade 1 in 2006, the number of those who sat for matric exams in 2017 was 651 707, meaning that 533 491 had dropped out along the way. In effect this dropped the Matric pass rate from 75.1% to 41%, when all dropouts are also included in the final figures.
* Because of the high drop out rates at our Universities. The most recent data available, from a study by Stellenbosch University, states that after 4 years, the completion rate was 36.9%. Audited data from 6 tertiary education institutions, published by the Council of Higher Education (CHE) in 2017, shows that between 11 – 31% of students completed their 3 year qualification in 3 years.
* Because of the high cost of tuition, including accommodation and living expenses. In 2017 Universities of SA (USAf), an umbrella grouping of SA universities, told the Fees Commission, that contributing factors to the high dropout rates, include financial security. The average fee to attend university in SA in 2018 is approximately R40 000 per year for a BA degree and approximately R50 000 per year for a B.Eng degree, excluding living and accommodation expenses.
* Because of limited spaces available at tertiary education institutions. In total SA universities can accommodate approximately 71 000 students. Simply put this is just not enough space to accommodate all the students who qualify to study a degree at a university. For example, University of JHB received more than 135 500 applications and the intake of first year students for 2017 was only 10 500 (less than 10%). Another example, the University of Witwatersrand received 69 000 applications and they only had capacity for 6 200 first year students.
* Because there is no guarantee of a job, as a graduate, let alone a matric qualification. The Institute of Race Relations in 2016 reported that 51% of students with a matric have a chance of finding a job, while 76.7% with tertiary education have a chance of finding a job.
* Because of the massive threat that Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robots and Automation poses to jobs and industries. Certain futurists and researchers predict that 2 billion jobs which exist today, will not exist in 2030 and that 65% of children entering grade school this year, will assume careers which don’t yet exist.
Are there any restrictions on who may enter?
The entrants need to be registered in a secondary, combined or high school in South Africa (or “home-schooled” and they need to be in grade 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12. The money-making venture, hobby or business must exist (it must not be an idea for a business) and the entrant must be earning money from the business already. The entrant must be the owner or part-owner (one other partner) of the venture/hobby/business. This competition is not for NPO’s (Non-Profit-Organisation).
All information on the registration form will need to be completed, especially your Principal or school’s contact details, for verification purposes.
If you are “home schooled” you may choose that option or enter it next to “Principal Details” on the entry form.
Unfortunately entries that do not have all the required information may be disqualified.
How do I enter?
1. Register your business by entering your email address here.
2. We will review the information you entered during registration and approve your entry within 24 hours.
3. Once your entry has been approved you will be able to vote for your business and share your profile.
Is there a charge to enter this competition?
There is no entry free.
What future growth is planned?
* The School Entrepreneur Movement wants to attract more grade 8 to grade 12 students to become “Scoolers” from more high schools each year.
* The movement wants to increase the amount of quality entries into the yearly competition.
* The movement wants to establish School Entrepreneur Societies with our partner Teen Entrepreneur in as many schools in South Africa as possible.
* The movement wants to introduce entrepreneurial education e.g. via Entrepreneurial Societies into the schools (as an extra curriculum activity)
* The movement wants to establish a “Schools Entrepreneur Investment Fund” to assist Scoolers, where relevant and appropriate, to growing their businesses.
What if someone enters the same type of business?
This is absolutely fine as each business will be reviewed on their own merits, business model and profitability.
What do I do if my registration doesn’t go through?
Please ensure all the necessary information is completed in your entry from before you click “Send”. Be sure to acknowledge that you agree to the terms and conditions. Make sure your photo is not larger than 10MB (or less than 5MB is even better). Make sure your photo is in JPG, PNG or GIF format and you have sufficient data/airtime to upload the photo from your phone. If the “Choose File” button is not working on your mobile device, please try to register on a desktop computer or laptop instead. If you still experiencing problems entering, please complete the Help form section here.
How can I edit or change information on my entry?
Please click here to login with your email address and password, and then follow the prompts on the screen to edit your profile.
When does the competition start and end?
22 Aug – The R100k Scooler Clash launches and entries and voting open
26 October – Entries close 1 week before voting closes to allow late entries to get votes
2 Nov – Voting closes; votes counted and 5 Wild Card Entries decided
5 Nov – Top 10 (with the most votes) and the 5 Wild Card announced
12 Nov – The WINNER and the 4 runners-up announced – Judges decision is final
Prizes will only be paid out at the end of January 2019 – once the winner is announced, payment, coaching and support services will all be discussed and finalized by end of January 2019.
What are the judging criteria? What are the judges looking for?
* They are looking for original, innovative ideas, that will work in SA and that can possibly scale (grow).
* They are looking to see who did their homework when thinking through the challenges the proposed business may face.
The top 15 will be closely scrutinized for legitimacy in terms of the business actually “existing”, is it generating an income, as well as legitimate voting (for the top 10 – only one vote per person per entry as per T&C’s).
The judges will look at the following in terms of the business idea that the students submit:
* Evaluate the spirit and the mindset of the student to determine if they have what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur.
* Understand the student’s ambitions about their future plans after school including their dreams and aspirations in terms of the vision of the business idea.
* Ensure the student has demonstrated a good work ethic at school and trusted by their teachers and peers.
The judges will also need to understand whether the business idea (the product or service):
* solves a particular problem,
* and that the problem is a big enough problem,
* that enough people will be willing to pay for it and
* that it can be a profitable business.
* does it provide the desired outcome, change, transformation or result the potential customer requires.
* The decision of our Judges will be final and is not subject to an appeal with regard to the selection of the winner. Given the number of entries, feedback on individual entries will not be possible.
What are the prizes?
* The Winner will receive:
* R50 000 cash for their business (please read the terms and conditions here)
* R50 000 worth of coaching/training/marketing aid for their business
* The Four Runners-Up will receive:
* R10 000 worth of coaching/training for their business
How will the Top 15 including the winner be announced?
The winner will be announced as follows:
* The winner will be contacted via email
* The winner will be displayed on all Scooler social media platforms and on the website
* The Top 15 will be displayed on the website
Will my details be used for future marketing campaigns?
Your details can be used in future direct marketing campaigns, but only with our direct sponsors and ourselves. They will not be shared with any other 3rd party. You will be given the opportunity to unsubscribe from these campaigns.
How do I delete my entry?
In order to delete your entry, please complete the Help form here and we will action your request to delete.
Why should I enter the Competition?
You should enter the competition, if you believe you have a fantastic money-making venture, hobby or business and you think the prize money can help you grow your venture, hobby or business.
What do I have to submit to enter the Competition?
Before you fill out any entry forms, please consult the Terms & Conditions here. You want to make sure you’re eligible.
How will I find out whether I’m a Winner?
You will be officially notified via email as a Winner of the Contest.
Are non-profit business ideas eligible for entry?
No. The contest is limited to “for-profit” business ideas.
What about the copyright of my information?
The organisers have the sole right to publish the submissions in any media.
Can I submit my entry in my mother tongue or any other language than English?
Entries can only be submitted in English.
Can I submit materials in addition to the entry documents listed on this website?
No, sorry. We know you’re proud of your marketing materials, and you should be. But, this contest is about the brilliance of your business. Your other materials will not be considered during the evaluation of your submissions. Brochures, folders, flyers, photographs, and the like will not be shown to the judges. Only the entry documents listed on this website will be reviewed.
What is a Wild Card Entry?
We know you may not be able to get many votes, but you have a brilliant money-making venture, hobby or business! That is why we also have 5 Wild Card entries, which will be selected by our judges from the entries received, based on the brilliance of the money-making venture, hobby or business. These 5 entries will be added to the top 10 – and they also stand a chance of winning.
Can I see who voted for me?
No, unfortunately not. Your supporters may only vote once. Please keep sharing and they will tell you if they have voted for you already.
Can I see how many votes I have?
Yes, simply click on your profile, scroll down a bit and the amount of votes is on the right, in pink.
You can see how many votes other entrants have by checking their profiles as well.
Leaders will be announced on social media throughout the competition and the top 10 and 5 wild card entries will be announced on the 5th of November 2018.
How do I get more votes?
Please share your profile from our website (go to our website gallery here, find your profile and click on any of the share buttons), or you can copy and paste the URL at the top of the page and send it to friends and family.
Some entrants have also put posters up at their school (with permission from their Principal of course..)
We know you may not be able to get many votes, but you have a brilliant money-making venture, hobby or business! That is why we also have 5 Wild Card entries, which will be selected by our judges from the entries received, based on the brilliance of the money-making venture, hobby or business (not based on amount of votes). These 5 entries will be added to the top 10 – and they also stand a chance of winning.
I have registered, but now I can’t find my profile?
Please see our FAQ’s and T&C’s to make sure your entry qualifies.
Remember this competition is for EXISTING money-making ventures/hobbies/businesses, not “IDEAS” or NPO’s (non-profit organisations).
Your entry may have been deleted as it did not qualify as per our T&C’s.
If you have an “IDEA” for a business, please keep following us, as there will be more competitions in future.
I have a brilliant "idea" for a business, may I enter?
This competition is only for EXISTING money-making ventures/hobbies/businesses, not “ideas” and not NPO’s (non-profit organisations).
Please keep following us for future competitions.
Will you advertise my profile or business on your social media pages?
Unfortunately, we do not offer paid advertising opportunities for entrants on our Social Media platforms, as we have many entries and it would be unfair to only advertise specific entries. Your profile and business details are on our website www.scooler.co.za (please share your profile link on your own social media pages) and every entry is featured on our home page, We also randomly select entrants to feature on our social pages. If you mention us in your Instagram story, we often repost to our stories.
I have entered, but have not received my welcome mail?
Please check your spam folder (in the email account that you provided when registering) for your welcome mail.
If it is not there, please contact support.
How do I get the link to share my profile?
Please check your email inbox (in the email account that you provided when entering) for your welcome mail with information about your profile and link.
Also remember to check your spam folder in case.
If your profile was approved, it will also appear in our Entries Gallery, where you can copy the URL and share.
Does my business need to be registered?
No, your business does not need to be registered, however if you make the finals, you may need to provide proof that you have an existing, money-making venture/hobby/business.
May I enter more than one business?
Yes, you may, as long as it is a different business altogether (do not enter the same business twice) and you have made sure that all other criteria are met as per our T&C’s. You will need to use a different email address to enter another business.
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