Johannesburg, Wednesday October 8 – Entries are now open for South Africa’s hit entrepreneurial reality TV show, The Big Break Legacy, which returns to SABC2 for a third season in February 2015.
Entrepreneurs who enter stand a chance of winning the top prize of R2-million to be invested in their business while three runners-up will each receive a R1-million injection into their companies.
Entries open today and close on October 29.
Says the show’s creator Ezra Ndwandwe: “Season 3 is taking The Big Break Legacy to even greater heights. It will be broadcast from February 14 next year in a prime time television slot. It has been slightly modified to be even more accessible for viewers while providing gripping entertainment. However, our goal remains the same – to develop a new generation of entrepreneurs and to combat unemployment by demystifying entrepreneurship and making it accessible to everyone as a viable career option.”
There are a number of differences to this season of the reality show. For the first time, the top four contestants will be rewarded with each receiving a substantial investment into their business. The show will also be shot in North West Province for the first time.
Explains Ndwandwe: “The North West is open for business! It is a sleeping economic giant with the potential to be the next biggest economy in South Africa. We were drawn to it as an alternative location to showcase the impact of entrepreneurship and where the impact of our intervention can be seen and be experienced by the locals.”
The Big Break Legacy Season 3 will follow the same format as before, a competition that will pit entrepreneurs against each other in various challenges. However, this year there will be a greater focus on discovering young entrepreneurs.
Ndwandwe explained that unlike other business shows on TV, The Big Break Legacy is not looking for “ripe and ready” entrepreneurs to fund and would rather invest time and effort in the development of both the entrepreneur and the business model for future investment.
“What excites us is to find new entrepreneurs and businesses and to help them develop. We are not looking to fund established entrepreneurs and businesses. The development part, whether through experiential training, coaching or mentorship, is the space we are happy to play in and to create a credible deal pipeline for funders.”
So does The Big Break Legacy really foster entrepreneurial spirit? Ndwandwe is adamant that it does: “It inspires people to see entrepreneurship in a positive light and encourages them to take the plunge while providing much-needed advice about how to do it.”
The Top 12 contestants will move into the BBL house on November 15 and the TV series will be broadcast from February 14, 2015.
Sponsors for Season 3 of The Big Break Legacy are the Dr Kenneth Kaunda district in the North West Province, The Department of Small Business Development and General Motors SA.
How does one enter?
There are three ways to enter the competition.
• Via sms (sms full name, ID number & province to XXXXX)
• Via a webform which can be found on www.thebigbreaklegacy.com
• Via video format – explaining their business through a one-minute elevator pitch WHICH IS SENT WHERE.
For more details go to www.thebigbreaklegacy.com
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