The 2015 Bank Windhoek BizzKids Competition award went to “Nou Gaan Ons Braai”, Danie van der Merwe (15), trading as “Nou Gaan Ons Braai” from Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool (WAP), who walked away with prize money of N$5 000 for himself and N$5 000 for his school.
Danie, who impressed the judges with his business acumen and sales techniques, despite his young age, sold handmade braai packs. The braai pack consisted of 2kg charcoal, a packet of matches and one packet of Danie’s favourite mixed spices. This braai pack is perfect if you want to braai in just 15 minutes.
The ten Bank Windhoek BizzKids finalists got the opportunity to showcase their business ideas by selling their products at the Bank Windhoek BizzKids Market held over the weekend of 23 and 24 October 2015 in Maerua Mall, Windhoek. All the BizzKids stalls were of a very high quality and standard, presenting the judges with an extremely tough task to choose the top three winners.
The runner-up award, with prize money of N$3 000, went to the team of “Fourth Harmony”, Elizabeth Itumba (14), Adelheid Slinger (13), Tatiana Cecilio (13) and Vivalda Cecilio (14) from Augeikhas Primary School, Windhoek. These BizzKids made delicious cupcakes, corn dogs, toffee apples and fudge. Their stall was quite popular as they also had their own Mascot, Winnie the Pooh, who entertained the customers and who you could take photos with. The third place with prize money of N$2 000 went to the team of “The Beach Mocho – Tini’s”, Adri van der Merwe (13), Karin Schutz (14), Mariet Bruwer (13) and Mayvonne Swart (13) from Pro-Ed Academy, Swakopmund.
These four entrepreneurs sold colourful ‘mocktails’, a delicious refreshment with bright colours and exciting ornaments in the glass. Their stall was also very attracted, giving their customers a summer Hawaii beach feeling.
“Choosing the top three winners was not an easy task, as all the BizzKids put in a lot of effort to provide the best quality products and services to their customers. However, the judges were very impressed by the innovative ‘braai pack’ idea of Danie van der Merwe, who not only made and sold something very different from the rest of the finalists, but also had a fantastic sales pitch, which attracted many customers that bought his product. The Bank Windhoek BizzKids Competition aims to promote entrepreneurship amongst the youth, and judging by the business ideas and passions displayed by the BizzKids finalists, Namibia have many future entrepreneurs in the making”, said Mbo Luvindao, Branch Manager of ESME Branch at Bank Windhoek and also one of the judges.