Professor Errol Tyobeka, Special Advisor to the Rector, Polytechnic of Namibia said the Institute is well embedded in Namibia’s Vision 2030 and within the subsequent national development plans, the Institute has so far provided the necessary training and skills through competent staff that specialise in the identified fields.
“The launch of Sanlam’s Innovation Works project provided a great moment for all of us and I believe we should be fully aware of what it stands for,” he said.
Ilke Platt-Akwenye, Senior Marketing and Communications consultant at Sanlam said they and the Institute will this year still open entries for the second edition of the project. She urged entrepreneurs that missed out in the first edition to take part and allow themselves the opportunity provided by both institutions.
“Upcoming entrepreneurs who struggle to pen their business proposals are also encouraged to join an open-day workshop which will be facilitated by the Institute,” Platt-Akweny added.
Aitkens Mainga and Ivan Limbo of OMIG Technology thanked the sponsors and innovators for the platform provided to allow them to grow and ensure that their fledgling business would not falter after the project.
“We will continue to grow our business as young entrepreneurs and allow ourselves to learn from every challenge. We had a few failures but we managed to get back up and become wiser through this process,” they said.
The top five consisted of the winners OMIG technology, M&O Décor, Tses Healthy Herbs, Education Consultancy and Level 27. Each top five team received an amount of N$20,000 to start up their business and an additional N$20,000 was awarded to the final winner.