If you are a Food Entrepreneur or Agripreneur who needs support to sustain and expand your enterprise, then Realise A Dream (RAD) is for you! Food security non profit organisation, Ladles of Love, has just opened a call for entries to their annual food entrepreneur competition.
The tough yet empowering competition was hosted at V&A Waterfront Makers Landing and culminated on Youth Day, 16 June 2021. The results saw three equal winners emerge from the 10-day workshop.
The 2021 prizes were:
- Entrepreneurship Training and Kitchen Equipment sponsored by GrandWest
- Business/food incubation training between 3-6 months at Maker’s Landing (V&A Waterfront)
- Kitchen Credit at the Incubation Space for 3 months at Maker’s Landing (V&A Waterfront)
- A One Day Food/Product Master Class at Maker’s Landing (V&A Waterfront)
- Heavy Chef’s Membership for 6 months
- One Year’s Subscription to TASTE Magazine
- 6 Month Golden Circle Mentorship Programme from Over the Rainbow
- Logo and Corporate Identity developed for your own brand from Over the Rainbow
Working in impoverished communities on a weekly basis, they see first-hand the impact of unemployment on people who line up for food at soup kitchens every day in order to survive dignity.
RAD was established in 2021 to enable food enterprises to grow and provide jobs for people in communities, allowing them to sustain themselves and feed their families.
The programme has expanded to four categories allowing for 20 finalists that will result in four overall winners. Food Entrepreneurs and Agripreneurs can submit an entry form for any of the four categories; Baking and Confectionery, Food Products or Processing, Food Service or Eatery, and Farming Produce or Husbandry. Each category winner will get a line-share of the prize pool worth 1 million rand, including a capital expenditure allocation for their business.
The competition is open to anyone over the age of 20 years who has a valid South African ID and owns a business that has been operating in Cape Town or any of the Cape Peninsula areas for 12 months or more but less than five years.
Founder of the NPO Danny Diliberto says “We believe that if our Realise a Dream Enterprise Development Programme can address the challenges of understanding business fundamentals, we will enable entrepreneurs to expand and create jobs for people in their communities. RAD 2022 is now more inclusive to allow a broader age profile and more categories to allow for diverse food enterprise owners and urban farmers.”
Ladles of Love sees RAD as a platform to open opportunities for partnerships, donors, funders, or corporate companies to invest in enterprise development and enterprise owners to access training, mentorship, and capital expenditure.
If you would like to support the RAD programme or enter this years competition, visit www.ladlesoflove.org.za. Entries close on 25 April 2022.
Prizes and courses are all aimed in creating positive outcomes of supporting local entrepreneurs in the food industry today.