Closed: The Nedbank Open Procurement Doors competition

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Due to overwhelming demand, we're offering our members the opportunity to win a wild card entry.

Simplybiz members do not need to be Nedbank clients to enter.

Wild card entry

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Hurry, wild card opportunity closes in 36 hours!

You may dream of landing that one major contract that will ‘put your business on the map’. However, it's daunting to try to navigate the procurement process. Tax compliance, BBBEE, proof of financial health, proof of capacity, and pricing – it is admin-intensive and requires a delicate balance of getting your compliance in order and your presentation skills up to scratch.

Not having your financials up to date and compliance documents ready for inspection is like scoring an own goal.

That's why SimplyBiz is proud to have co-designed the Open Procurement Doors programme with Henley Business School Africa.

Become the key supplier that bigger organisations want to do business with:

  • Get strategic – plan and prepare to land that major client.
  • Get compliant – compile your business's procurement-ready financial and legal documents pack.
  • Get coaching – benefit from peer review and practical one-on-one input from leading Henley faculty.
  • Get pitch-ready – make that presentation count.
  • Get certified – receive a certificate of completion from Henley Business School Africa, an international and quadruple-accredited Institution.

This offer is exclusive to Nedbank small-business clients who want to break through the typical corporate procurement barriers to become suppliers of choice. You could be one of 50 business owners who will attend this specially curated live online course and receive business-specific coaching.

Enter now and give your business a short at experiencing a step change.

 

What you will learn

The 5-week programme will cover the following:

  • Key business principles.
  • Marketing and presentation skills.
  • Customer centricity.
  • Finance, pricing and profitability.
  • Procurement processes and compliance.
  • Governance, ethics and sustainability.

Learn, apply, and reflect without the need to be out of your business for prolonged periods (10 x 90-minute live virtual sessions taking place between 25 October 2022 and 26 November 2022.)

Download the course programme here.

And there’s more.

 

Pitch Battle:

9 December 2022

You could be one of 10 delegates selected to battle it out and pitch before a panel that includes Nedbank procurement specialists and decision-makers. The Pitch Battle winner will receive an AVO voucher to the value of R30 000! *

 

Get strategic and procurement-ready with SimplyBiz – the platform for business owners, by business owners – and the business school that builds the people who build the businesses that build Africa.

 

Frequently asked questions

How do I enter?

How do I enter the wild card draw?

What could I win?

You could win a seat in the unique and specially curated Open Procurement Doors programme presented live online by Henley Business School Africa. In addition to 10 bi-weekly sessions presented by leading Henley faculty, you will also receive group coaching and a certificate of completion, should you meet the course requirements.

 

What form will the programme take?

The course format will be as follows:

  • Modular, live online virtual sessions, followed by assignments in which you apply the learning to your own business.
  • Dates:
    • Course: 25 October 2022 to 26 November 2022
    • Pitch Battle: 9 December 2022
  • Time commitment – two times 90-minute online classes and approximately 90 minutes of self-study per week for 5 weeks.
  • Pitch Battle – online presentations to the panel by selected delegates, followed by a question-and-answer session and culminating in a winner ceremony.
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What is the programme about?

This practical programme is aimed at business owners wishing to create a step change in their business and will cover the following topics:

 

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The course is designed for you to learn, apply, and reflect without the need to be out of your business for prolonged periods.

Will I receive a certificate?

  1. To obtain a Certificate of Completion, students are required to:
  • Attend all 10 sessions virtually. Students are encouraged to attend with their allocated cohort but may attend with the other cohort if needs be. This must be arranged with the Henley Programme Manager
  • Both reflective assignments must be submitted and receive a 50% pass mark. Assignment submissions as follows:
  • Assignment 1 – Due on 7 November 2022
  • Assignment 2 – Due on 21 November 2022
  • These will be practical applications of work covered with a 300-word summary submitted
  • Submission of final Pitch Battle video – Due 29 November 2022
  1. Students failing to meet all the above-mentioned criteria will be eligible for a Certificate of Attendance. To obtain this, students are required to:
  • Attend a minimum of 70% of all online sessions i.e. 7 sessions
  • Both reflective assignments must be submitted and receive a 50% pass mark. Assignment submissions as follows:
  • Assignment 1 – Due on Monday 7 November 2022
  • Assignment 2 – Due on 21 November 2022
  • These will be practical applications of work covered with a 300-word summary submitted
  • Submission of final Pitch Battle video – Due 29 November 2022
  • Students who do not meet the requirements for either the certificate of completion or attendance will not be eligible for certification.

Pitch Battle

On completion, you could be one of 10 delegates selected to battle it out and pitch before a panel consisting of SimplyBiz, Nedbank and Henley Business School Africa representatives, including procurement specialists on 9 December 2022. This is a valuable opportunity to hone your skills and get in front of actual procurement decision-makers.*

The winner of the Pitch Battle will receive an AVO voucher to the value of R30 000 *!

The Pitch Battle is intended to provide experience and feedback from a real panel for learning purposes only. There is no expectation that any of the competition winners will be accepted by the Nedbank procurement division.

 

What are the entry criteria?

You must be:

  • a Nedbank small-business client with an annual turnover of between R5 million and R30 million;
  • aged 18 years or older, with a valid South African identity document or card;
  • a business owner or partner and have been working full-time in your business for over three years;
  • available to attend the bi-weekly online sessions between 25 October 2022 and 26 November 2022
  • available to attend the Pitch Battle on 9 December 2022, should you be selected to take part.

What are the wild card entry criteria?

You must be:

  • a small-business owner with an annual turnover of between R5 million and R30 million;
  • aged 18 years or older, with a valid South African identity document or card;
  • a business owner or partner and have been working full-time in your business for over three years;
  • available to attend the bi-weekly online sessions between 25 October 2022 and 26 November 2022
  • available to attend the Pitch Battle on 9 December 2022, should you be selected to take part.

What are the minimum education requirements to attend the course?

There are no formal education requirements. While every reasonable effort will be made to be inclusive of different languages and cultures, Henley Business School Africa is an English-language institution.

 

How are the winners selected?

The 50 winners will be selected via an electronic draw on 9 October 2022 and announced on 14 October 2022 by email. Winners will be required to complete the Henley application form. Thereafter, a Henley Business School Africa representative will be in contact to make the necessary arrangements.

How are the wild card winners selected?

The winners will be selected via an electronic draw on 18 October 2022 and announced on 19 October 2022 by email. Winners will be required to complete the Henley application form. Thereafter, a Henley Business School Africa representative will be in contact to make the necessary arrangements.

 

Why do I forfeit prizes?

The intention of this competition is to grow your business and to become procurement-ready via this unique programme aimed at business owners. If you do not commit yourself fully to the opportunity and complete the programme successfully, you may forfeit the prize.

 

Does my business get any publicity if I win?

Yes. You and your business will be featured on the SimplyBiz website, magazine and social-media platforms. We will encourage the public to support your business further.

 

* Terms and conditions apply

 

 

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