On December 3, the Cap40 rewarded 7 of the hundreds of individuals and businesses having contributed to the dynamism and innovativeness of the French-South African business landscape in Cape Town.
Best Cap40 speaker: Alexandre Lemille.
Alexandre Lemille, founder and Managing Director of Wizeimpact, shared his consultant experience on how to integrate a more sustainable long-term vision to the strategic plans of our companies and take into account new issues such as natural resources depletion, growing population and global warming in our business models.
Start-up of the year: African Jacquard.
African Jacquard designs and manufactures 100% cotton, high-quality and tasteful table and kitchen linen in Cape Town. In addition to having their own collection, they have been commissioned by four prestigious establishments to personalise products especially for their restaurants, hotels and boutiques. Working closely with small local companies, African Jacquard is proud to contribute to the empowerment of local communities.
Innovation Award: Worksheet Cloud, CodeRed and Redfish.
Launched in October 2014, Worksheet Cloud is an online app that allows teachers, parents and learners to access premium worksheets and tests based on the South African curriculum. Worksheet Cloud was attributed a R50,000 grant in development value. http://www.worksheetcloud.com/
Still at the idea stage, CodeRed is an integrated mobile communications and emergency management platform
empowering those responsible for responding to and managing emergency or disaster situations, to quickly and easily communicate with management, staff, guests and/or local emergency services. CodeRed was attributed a R30,000 grant in development value.
RedFish.co.za is an online lead-generation platform that connects customers with vetted, user-rated tradesmen changing the way South Africans source relevant tradesmen for any home improvement, construction or repair job by making the market transparent, more equal and safer. RedFish was attributed a R20,000 grant in development value. http://www.redfish.co.za/
Investment Award: Soitec.
Soitec is the world leader of semiconductor materials. Given South Africa’s very good climate and increasing demand for reliable and clean power, Soitec massively invested in solar concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) projects. Soitec invested more than 150 million euros in the setting up of a 44 MWp CPV plant, set a local branch and is now looking at further investment opportunities. Soitec’s investments in SA represent a share of close to 30% of its its worldwide investments and have created 76 jobs. http://www.soitec.com/en/
Oil&Gas Award: 3C Metal.
Based in Cape Town, 3C Metal South Africa is a company recognized for its expertise in high-pressure piping. 3C Metal South Africa has contributed greatly to the development of the Oil&Gas sector in Cape Town through its manufacturing facilities and inspection centre. 3C Metal's South African branch reached more than R100 million turnover, creating 110 qualified jobs, and contributing to promote Cape Town as a refurbishment & maintenance hub for the oil and gas industry. http://www.3cmetal.com/
Tourism Award: Marianne Wine Estate.
Marianne is a French-owned wine estate situated in the Simonsberg valley, near Stellenbosch. It crafts fine wines with a French touch and has offered the first wine and biltong pairing in South Africa. http://mariannewines.com/
Entrepreneur of the year: Patrick Moreau for French Oven and Cassis Paris.
Internationally recognized as a fine pastry chef, Patrick set-up French Oven, a luxury bread and pastry production facility, and Cassis Paris, the retail stores distributing the hand-made delicacies all over Cape Town (in Gardens, Newlands and Constantia). French Oven supplies the wholesale range with breads and pastries made with the finest ingredients, according to the French savoir-faire, and Cassis Paris has been known for many years to deliver the best gateaux, viennoiseries and macarons in Cape Town. In seven years, French Oven and Cassis Paris created more than 65 jobs in Cape Town. http://www.cassis.co.za/