Stephné Botha, CEO of Innovation for the Blind, secured R25 000 for the non-profit organisation (NPO) thanks to a successful pitch at the MTN Donors Den session, held at the 15th Trialogue Business in Society Conference in May.

Runner-up, Isizanda Sempilo Organisation, received R15 000 for its project, which focuses on HIV and GBV prevention. Limpopo Mental Health Society, which provides services to people with mental disabilities, received R10 000.

Donors Den – which takes the format of reality TV programme Dragons’ Den, where entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists to secure funding – is a crowd-pleasing pitch session in which three non-profit organisations present to a panel of corporate donors. Their pitch for funding is assessed by the judges, and the audience votes for a winner.

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