The National Business Case Competition (NBCC) is back in full force and we are so excited about the innovative and sustainable solutions presented by the learners during the just ended Provincial Competitions. The provincials kicked off on the 19th of July in Harare and ended on the 29th in Midlands, having covered all the 10 provinces of Zimbabwe!
This Venture Development Competition empowers learners and educators to turn their passion for entrepreneurship into real and valuable business ventures, enabling them to create economic opportunities and employment in their communities. This all builds up to our vision for an Africa where all young people are equipped to create opportunities for themselves and others.
During the NBCC Provincial Competitions, the top 3 student teams or schools were selected from each of the 10 provinces. The 30 teams will proceed to the NBCC National Finals, where each team has to prove to the judges why their idea deserves to receive seed capital which will allow them to realise their business venture.
Through the NBCC, the country’s brightest minds get the opportunity to come up with innovative and sustainable solutions for problems within their communities whilst building profitable ventures. The competition therefore develops learners’ critical thinking, problem-solving,entreprenuership, collaboration and team-building skills.
The Emergination Africa team would like to commend all the participating schools for showing up for themselves and putting their best foot forward. Even though only 30 schools are proceeding to the finals, a lot of viable innovative solutions were presented. It was exciting to see that the student teams had understood the assignment and showed preparedness throughout their presentations. Business ventures presented covered almost all industry sectors and spoke most of the key Sustainable Development Goals for Africa. We hope to see some of the products and services on the market in the near future.
The Harare Provincial Competition took place on the 19th of July and 20 schools battled head to head to be in the province’s top 3 so as to secure a spot in the national finals. The following schools came out at the top: Nyatsime College, Queen Elizabeth School and Westridge High School.
On the 20th of July Mashonaland West and Mashonaland Central provinces had their turn and Mashonaland West will be represented by Kutama High School, Munyaradzi High School and Chikangwe High School in the finals.
Mashonaland Central will be represented by Amai Mugabe High School, Bradley High School and Chindunduma High School.
Congratulations to Marist Brother’s Nyanga, St Dominics Mutare and Nyamaruru High School from Manicaland Province who will be proceeding to the finals.
Winners from the Matebeleland South competition were Minda High School, Empandeni High school and Tongwe High School.
Nashville High School, Chegato High school and Anderson High School will be representing the Midlands Province.
Bulawayo Province will be represented by Milton High School, Mpopoma High School and Northlea High School.
Marondera High School and St Dominics Chishawasha are the top 2 teams from Mashonaland East Province proceeding to the finals.
From the the Matebeleland North province, St James High School, Fatima High School, Marist Brothers Dete and Tsholotsho High School will be moving forward.
And lastly, from the Masvingo province, Mutendi High School, Hippo Valley High School and Christian college came out victorious.
From the determined entrepreneurial spirit we’ve witnessed in the past few days, it’s safe to say that we can expect innovative African solutions to African problems from these young people. It was an exciting and life changing two weeks at EA with the NBCC Provincial Competitions.