City of Cape Town - Smart Supplier Development Programme

About the programme and competition


CITY OF CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE - Entrepreneurship is a key driver of our economy, but even though your start-up / SMME business is in operation and supplying to a corporate or government, do you feel truly equipped and ready to engage with corporate supply chain in the best sustainable and #Exceptional way?

Supplier development and support whilst driving a hunger for entrepreneurship, is a key driver of our economy. The Smart Supplier Competition and programme has been developed to enable SMME suppliers to engage effectively with a corporate supply chain.

The intention for this development programme and competition to support, develop and train suppliers for the city and region to engage with. The programme and competition helps give shape businesses and smart suppliers of tomorrow.

Applications for 2018 are open and will close on 1 February 2018

The City of Cape Town -Smart Supplier Development Programme serves as a springboard for the winners and finalist, expanding their networks where they receive invaluable exposure for their businesses to corporate buyers.

The programme culminates in exposure for the top businesses to corporate buyers at the annual Smart Procurement World Western Cape / Enterprise & Supplier Development Expo,15-16 May 2018 at the GrandWest Entertainment World, Cape Town.

The City of Cape Town ,Smart Procurement World want to assist your business to become an #Exceptional "Smart Supplier".

Programme and Competition Format

Accepted first round competition entrants will be invited to attend 3 x training "Smart Supplier Bootcamp Session" . Limited to 50 participants:

  • Training Session 1 - February 2018: "Smart Supplier bootcamp" with assessments to be conducted post training
  • Training Session 2 - March 2018: "Smart Supplier bootcamp" with assessments to be conducted post training
  • Training Session 3 - April 2018: Briefing and preparedness for ESD expo participation
Top Finalist - Presentations and assessment interviews - May 2017
Top 20 will attend the Smart Procurement World WC / Enterprise & Supplier Development Expo - 15-16 May 2018‚Äč
Top 10 will pitch to a panel of buyers, funders and business support entities.

Competition Criteria

  • An entrepreneur who has been in operation minimum 18 months
  • EME's and QSE's - which are 51% black owned and managed
  • High growth potential that is scalable with a sustainable competitive advantage
  • Compliant and aligned with core industries or sectors specifics
  • Entrant must be a registered supplier with the Central Supplier database, City - Vendor number to be supplier
  • Nature of business (product / service) must be in Engineering / Manufacturing/ Fleet - Services and Repairs i.e. vehicles, trucks, heavy/ small/ marine/ hydraulic plant, etc / ICT.
  • Accepted Entrants will be required to complete an "agreement" of acceptance and commitment to the programme
Competition prize- Top 10 Programme Entrants will receive
  • R5000 cash prize in contribution to taking their business forward
  • Introduction to between 5 and 10 Chief Procurement Officers/ buyers in their business sector, providing a linkage to a corporate buyer and possible further contract opportunities.
  • Listing Enterprise & Supplier Development Expo event show guide, that is distributed to over 500+ corporate buyers
  • Access to the complete buyers attendee list for their own business development initiatives
  • Access to Supplier Matchup - the Supplier matchup sessions is a great platform where buyer and supplier met to access new markets and build the future. This is a speed meeting event allowing prime buyers to meet with potential suppliers in their relevant industry.

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