SAB KickStart is aimed at 18 to 35 year old entrepreneurs from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, over 22 700 existing and budding entrepreneurs have already benefited from KickStart and more than 3200 business have been started by KickStart participants.

Creative Lead has been selected into the top ten of the Eastern Region (KwaZulu-Natal). The competition consists of six regions and the last two legs sees our company compete with 60 companies from all over South Africa.

SAB launched its KickStart programme in 1995 as a poverty alleviation programme but it has subsequently become a platform to stimulate sustainable enterprise development.

64% of grant winners from 2001 to 2005 are still in business, with 87% of those who received grants in 2004 and 2005 still operating. No fewer than 83% of SAB KickStart participants have reported that their businesses are growing and the turnover of KickStart businesses has increased by an average of 375%. Almost one third supply goods and services to SAB. Many of these enterprises have grown into multi-million Rand organisations, employing a significant amount of people.

We feel honoured that we have made it this far. It has been a very educational experience that has given us a new lease and re-ignited a hunger for success. Creative Lead spent a good two weeks with some of the most amazing minds in business and we think we came out winners. Our rebranding and positioning of the company is testimony. The networks acquired. We look forward to the rest of the competition