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Architecture, Eco-Construction, Urban & Regional Planning

Helsinki: 27 October - 3 November 2017

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Applications open on 14 August 2017 and close on 08 September 2017

The Department of Home Affairs and Labour list Architects, Construction Project Managers, Engineers, Land Surveyors, Quantity Surveyors, Urban and Regional Planners as critical skills for South Africa’s economy.
As part of Investec’s continued efforts to ensure growth and development in key sectors that enable economic growth, Investec has embarked on a global exposure programme for entrepreneurs that operate in these key and specific areas of engineering enabled businesses being architecture, eco-construction, urban & regional planning.
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  • Why Helsinki for architecture, eco-construction, urban & regional planning?

    According to the 2016 Environmental Performance Index, Finland is the most eco-friendly country in the world. Finland is slated to run 38% off of renewable energy by 2020, and is the only country in the European Union to overachieve its own environmental targets while also exceeding the European Union average increase in renewables share for 2014. Its thus implements some of the world's most environmentally-friendly engineering practices as it builds its cities.
    Helsinki has been ranked one of top three cities in the world for entrepreneurship and innovation (CITIE). Helsinki is home to Smart Kalasatama, a Smart City experimental innovation platform that co-creates smart and clean urban infrastructure and services. Finland's universities have some of the world's top programmes in Urban and Regional Planning.
  • Apply for the exposure programme

    Investec and En-novate are embarking on an exposure trip to Helsinki inviting South Africa's most promising entrepreneurs in the architecture, eco-construction, urban & regional planning sector to apply for the programme taking place from 27 October – 03 November 2017.
    Applications open on 14 August 2017 and close on 08 September 2017.
  • Entry level criteria for first round applications

    • Entrepreneur should be South African citizen or permanent resident under the age of 40
    • Entrepreneur must not have attended a previous Investec trip within the past 12 months
    • Applicant must be the entrepreneur/owner of the business and not an employee
    • Applicant should be a 'full-time' entrepreneur
    • Business must be a South African based, for profit business in the architecture, eco-construction, urban & regional planning sector.
    • Business must be operational for at least six months and not in ‘idea’ phase
    • Business turnover must be under R50m per year.

    Other selection factors

    • The commercial viability of the business. Does it affect Investec and En-novate’s ability to market and facilitate relationships, investment opportunities and future global exposure trips?
    • The nature of the business. Is it a business or entrepreneur that Investec would want to invest in and promote based on Investec’s values and philosophies as an organisation as well as in the sector of the trip focus?
    • Completion of due diligence. Which final round candidates are expected to complete before final selections are done?
  • Three-step application process

    1. Eligible candidates complete an online application form (available from 14 August 2017)
    2. Successful first round candidates are invited for a face-to-face interview
    3. Before final selection is confirmed, a due diligence of candidates is completed and outcomes communicated.
  • About the selection panel

    The diverse selection panel comprises representation from Investec, En-novate and other organisations and persons of relevance and interest.
    We aim to ensure that the process and turnaround times move swiftly, remain fair, objective and transparent.
    This is achieved provided all documentation and processes are followed.